Reception: Thursday 8th Sept 2005, 7pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 18th Sept 2005.

What is an icon? In the view of Dodie Kazanjian, an icon is an absolute of style. It is something that makes us feels “wonderful, glamorous and beloved”. As such it is something that we wish to worship, belong to, or own. Pardon My Icons is an exhibition presenting the works by three local artists: Herman Salleh, Ezzam Rahman and Sufian Hamri @ TraseOne. They belong to a generation whose youth has been marked by prospering consumerism, the growing influence of media and the internet. In response and reflection to this dynamic cultural environment, the artists have come out with their own answers to the representation of icons. Works concerning popular themes, motifs and images form the expression of their social condition. By integrating various influences into their works, the resulting icons constitute their reaction to this subject matter. From Ezzam’s chic formal figures to Herman’s playful and provocative social commentary to the repetitive simplicity of Sufian’s works, each provides responses to which society provides its own multiple icons.

- Kartini binte Saat, curator