"I coME from over tHERE"
Emerging visual artist Dr
Rajinder Jit Singh displays his collection at the
Pan Pacific Hotel Public Art space. The ink and acrylic paintings exhibit a
fresh new style of the abstact narrative genre influenced by graffitti and
tattoo art. The paintings critically analyse notions of nationality and
The paintings in the exhibition highlight the diversity of worldly
influences of many who have chosen to reside in Singapore and the
refreshingly modern and necessarily global lives that they live. The artist
explores issues surrounding the growing phenomenon of individuals who
transcend boundaries and cultures , who are in a constant state of
progression, has a willingness to co-exist with the less explored, and
nurture a sense of adventure and a thirst for truth, peace and balance.
'In the process of enjoying continual change and discourse, the artist
dedicates much of his art to the rich cultural mix that Singapore offers. He
nurtures a growing optimism for the future as Singapore continues
challenging the hegemony of an "International Style" while transporting the
notion of the "Ethnic" beyond definitions of cultural diversity.'
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel Public Art Space
Exhibition title: "I coME from over tHERE"
Until: Through Feb 28th.
Address: Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Square, 7 Raffles Blvd.,
Tel no: 63368111
Open 24 hours.
FIRST ART EXHIBITION AT PUBLIC
“I coME from over tHERE”
Singapore, 14 November 2005 – The first art exhibition at Public Art Space at Level 2, Pan Pacific Singapore showcases acrylic paintings by local artist Dr Rajinder Singh. Titled “I coME from over tHERE”, the collection celebrates a visual culture with a timeless style; transcending today’s conventional definitions of Art.
In “I coME from tHERE”, Dr Singh brings to fore the rapidly growing phenomena of transnationalism which challenges the very nature of citizenship and nationhood. Having lived a fragmentary life for years in various degrees of lack of comfort, certitude and settlement, he has located an inner middle ground, a fertile space for artistic expression. “I relish the fact that I have been denied the comfort of settled truths for a big part of my life. For me I claim the responsibility of cultural insurgency to bring in a sense of newness”
With his past exhibitions, 'Gridlocked' and 'Existenz', Dr Singh continues to question absolute forms of knowledge or systems of thought which purport to be complete. In “I coME from over tHERE”, he shows that reality is an artifact which can be made and unmade. The middle ground, the in-between places of his diasporic condition is explored and celebrated.
About the Artist
Dr Rajinder Singh lives and works in Singapore. He is predominantly a self-taught visual artist and has been painting, sculpting and making films for several years. Having previously lived in Malaysia and the UK, Dr Singh has a PhD in Engineering Mathematics and an MBA from California State University. His work has been described as modern and carries a message of change. In the process of enjoying continual change and discourse, Dr Singh dedicates much of his art to the rich cultural mix that Singapore offers. He nurtures a growing optimism for the future as Singapore continues challenging the hegemony of an "International Style" while transporting the notion of the "Ethnic" beyond definitions of cultural diversity.
He has had several successful exhibitions and his art has been purchased by prominent households and businesses locally and in Europe. His work was previously displayed in San Marco and can be seen on display at the Michi Gallery in Holland Village and Merbau Gallery on Neil Road. Dr Singh is presently completing his postgraduate studies in Philosophy of Art at NUS.
Previous Art Exhibitions
Oct 2005 “A prettier picture” - Art auction – Your Mother’s Gallery, Singapore
Aug 2005 “I can SMELL your BAD breath”, Solo Exhibition – Merbau Gallery, Singapore
July 2005 “Racial Harmony" - Group Exhibition - Bradell Heights CC Art Room, Singapore
April 2005 “Anthro” – Solo exhibition - Anthropology Gallery, Singapore
March 2005 “Chip Bee Artist Boheme” – Group Exhibition - Michi Gallery, Singapore
Jan 2005 “Gridlocked” - Solo exhibition – Block43 Art Gallery, Singapore
November 2004 "Batch No 3" - Group exhibition, Singapore