Abdul Rashid Bin Abdul Gapur


The President's Young Talents Exhibition Book
Library Shelf Location: 17.PRES

Page(s): 95

ISBN: 9810440294

Category: Group Exhibition

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Publisher: Singapore Art Museum

Related Artists: Abdul Rashid Abdul Gapur; Chan Tuck Yew, Ernest; Hong Sekchern; Khiew Huey Chian; Lim Kok Boon; Noni Kaur; Pang Hwee Kuen, December; Puah, Benjamin; Woo, Ian; Ye Shufang

Related Gallery: Singapore Art Museum


X Ray: Spatial Approaches and Processes
3 – 26 April 2004 · An exhibition at Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts


Five local artists explore space at Earl Lu Gallery

Monday, March 29, 2004

Five of Singapore’s most promising young artists investigate space as part of the latest group exhibition at Earl Lu Gallery at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. Featuring the artworks of Abdul Rashid Gapur, Khiew Huey Chian, Tang Ling Nah, Sawn Hwang and Lim Shing Ee, X-Ray: Spatial Approaches and Processes aims to examine both the artists’ developmental processes as well as their personal engagements with spatiality. It also intends to highlight these processes as a significant and integral aspect of contemporary art practice.

Says Lawrence Tio, the curator of the exhibition: “X-Ray: Spatial Approaches and Processes highlights the often-overlooked significance of process in contemporary art. In particular, it examines the processes involved in the creation of a spatially-oriented work. This exhibition takes as its premise, the processes and approaches of five Singaporean artists to their engagements with space.”

For instance, Khiew’s work seeks to question the functions of particular spaces. By installing a ‘house’ within an interior space of a gallery, he problematises the relationships between interior and exterior spaces. On the other hand, Abdul Rashid’s Rear View features unappealing laundry hung in a random yet organised manner – shadows and colours within the congested yet organised space. After simplification of these complex aesthetics using lines on aluminium sheets, they are repositioned and presented in a gallery – a space far removed from its origin. Hwang’s work, however, does not deal with spatial concerns on an aesthetic level – he aims to epitomise the concept of the artwork as a pure artistic form. His work, 88 Branded Pedestals shows 88 white Formica shelves fixed onto the entrance walls of the gallery. They are empty shelves with no objects or artwork on them – just empty spaces. Immediately viewers are challenged with the questions “what makes art?”, art and “if absence can be accepted as art?”. Meanwhile, Tang deviates from her usual methodology for this exhibition by leaving parts of her urbanscape drawing ‘incomplete’ and by continuing to develop the image throughout the duration of the exhibition. Lim’s work Sealed Medley, on the other hand, is an installation consisting of two ‘buildings’ – a smaller, organically-shaped ‘building’ made of clay, bringing to mind an earthiness that exudes a sense of being out in the open, natural landscape, as well as a larger wall-like structure that resembles an industrial power plant or factory.

Says Tio: “The dominating urban landscape of Singapore and its social implications has revealed itself to be a prevalent preoccupation among artists in Singapore. While this is an unquestionably significant issue, my concern is with the various processes and approaches through which local artists engage with space and spatiality. This exhibition will examine not only the results of these approaches but also reflect upon the processes taken along the way.”

Artist Talk

Abdul Rashid Gapur, Khiew Huey Chian, Tang Ling Nah, Sawn Hwang and Lim Shing Ee wiill each deliver a talk on their works and their underlying themes. This session will enable members of the public as well as art students to gain a greater insight into the modus operandi of the artists. The talk will conclude with a casual Question and Answer session with the curator and artists.

Sunday Art Trolley
The Sunday Art Trolley is a series of drawing sessions tailored for children between the ages of seven and twelve. Children are encouraged to express themselves through drawings and craft in response to the X-Ray exhibition by using a variety of drawing materials provided by the gallery. Participants will be guided by an art instructor and each session is 3 hours in duration. Admission and participation is free-of-charge.

INTERVIEWS with the curator, Lawrence Tio, and selected artists can be arranged.

Participating Artists

Abdul Rashid Gapur

Sawn Hwang

Khiew Huey Chian

Lim Shing Ee

Tang Ling Nah


Lawrence Tio - Curator, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts

Event Information

X-Ray: Spatial Approaches and Processes

Exhibition Preview
2 April 2004, 7pm-9pm

Exhibition Period
3 April - 26 April 2004

Earl Lu Gallery I
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road

Viewing Hours
10 am – 6 pm, open daily


Related Event I
Artist Talk

7 April 2004

Earl Lu Gallery I
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road

1:30 – 2:30 pm