3 Coleman Street, Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3rd Floor
24 Feb - 31 Mar 2018
Aggregate presents specimens of eroded pavement and broken asphalt, worn and weathered by forces of nature. The humble fragments carry a layered mineral history, compacted by man into the structures that build our urban environment. Juxtaposing these solid segments are clusters of composite objects, crafted from industrial materials to replicate organic forms in geological phenomena.
Base materials with an original and specific function are appropriated and reassembled according to new processes and decisions here. Objects are not defined by their inherent properties; rather, their conceivable value is shaped by the chance and contingencies of placement and consumption.
Reimagining the site of exhibition as vitrines of history and ethnography, Aggregate considers the agency of display and how value systems are constructed through our representations of material culture. Setting up a confrontation between industry and ecology, viewers find themselves in a liminal space of reflection where natural patterns are measured against societal precepts.
I_S_L_A_N_D_S is an experimental platform that encourages artists to reconsider the boundaries of their practice by testing novel concepts and alternative means of exhibition-making. The programme introduces short-term presentations in various formats, each building upon a topic or subject matter proposed by the artists.
[Island ecology ascribes increased speciation and biodiversity to islands, due to their isolation and high concentration of empty niches.]
Eight showcase windows situated in the passage between Peninsula and Excelsior Shopping Centre are repurposed as a hybrid social network, bulletin, and transitory space for dialogue and exchange. I_S_L_A_N_D_S adds and distracts from each individual’s practice, much like the ebb and flow of the tides.
Read the interview with Pey Chuan Tan here.