The National Gallery will present the first comprehensive display of Iskandar Jalil’s career from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will cover over 5 decades of work, featuring close to 180 ceramic pieces from the 1960s to the present.
Entitled Kembara Tanah Liat (Clay Travels), the exhibition showcases the potter’s artistic journey through his extensive travels and his role as a teacher. For Iskandar, his experience as a teacher has influenced several of his artworks. He advises his students to travel, explore new forms and glazes and to take the road less traveled for a wider perspective and understanding on the materiality of the clay medium.
“Kembara” means to travel in Malay and “Tanah” refers to clay. He advises aspiring potters that the best way is to work with the clay is to see what it can offer you. “It is like working with what a child can give you and not what you want from the child” says Iskandar.
He explains that in honing a craft, while practicing discipline is important to achieving success, learning and looking up to successful examples are as equally important.
The showcase is curated by the National Gallery and is presented in 2 parts. The first space at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery presents 6 themes that are central to Iskandar Jalil’s practice while the second space at Concourse Gallery 2 brings us the idea of “home”, also featuring a commissioned work by Singaporean contemporary artist Gerald Leow.
Admissions to the exhibition are free and will run from 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2017 in The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery and Concourse Gallery 2 at the National Gallery Singapore.
Click here for an exclusive interview that we conducted with Iskandar Jalil behind the scenes.