Armed with a glass of wine, the man himself – Mr. Su Xiaobai poses for us at the commercial gallery opening of Pearl Lam Galleries at Gillman Barracks that took place on 24 Nov, yesterday. For an art collector, being seen at the best commercial gallery openings can really up your profile as a collector. Once you are on the radar of commercial galleries, it is hard to say no to an exhibition opening and you will find yourself looking forward to the invites.
Hong Kong-born art dealer and collector, Ms. Pearl Lam is the founder of Pearl Lam Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Pearl Lam, Gillman Barracks is the second gallery in Singapore and with its opening, aims to connect with both mature and younger collectors in the region.
“Our new gallery space demonstrates our commitment to Singapore and Southeast Asia at large. With Dempsey Hill, we see an opportunity to create more areas for dialogue and education, especially among those who are not yet familiar with contemporary art,” says Lam.
Lam chose Artist, Mr. Su Xiaobai who is one of China’s most distinctive first generation painters, to inaugurate the opening of the latest outpost, with his solo exhibition entitled Luminescence.
Influenced by his background in German and Chinese art practice, the exhibition is a series of subtle and monochromatic paintings. The artist echoes the principals of materie which is coined by German-American Painter Josef Albers (1888-1976) – that is the manipulation of the external experience or character of the work perceived by touch. Here, Su uses a lacquer, a thousand-year history traditional Chinese material to embody his artistic ideology. He creates an undeniable tension on the surface of the artwork which deliberately cracks and wrinkles what is supposed to be a glossy exterior of the material. This is the idea of materie – indicating presence and quality, while Su also resists the allure of tradition and not rely on the innate nature of lacquer.
Mr. Su Xiaobai is known for his independent view of the world and live on his own terms – as is expressed through the aesthetics of his artworks, that can only be achieved with patience, hard work and a grand vision for art.
The exhibition will be on show from now to 31 December, daily from 11AM – 8PM. For more information, click here.