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Fri Jan 24 2014, 11:00am–7:00pm
Sat Jan 25 2014, 11:00am–7:00pm
Sun Jan 26 2014, 11:00am–7:00pm
Mon Jan 27 2014, 11:00am–7:00pm
Tue Jan 28 2014, 11:00am–7:00pm

Where: Element Art Space, Raffles Hotel Arcade 328 North Bridge Road #02-13, Bugis, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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To open the new year, Element Art Space is pleased to present Lugas Syllabus's second solo exhibition in Singapore.

Amongst the increasingly popular new media works in the contemporary art scene today, Syllabus’ paintings of imaginary landscapes stand out. In disquieting, entropic mis-en-scenes, this Bengkulu-born, Yogya-based artist limits the boundaries between the real and the 'unknown.' His paintings combine scenographic drawings and characters that hint at unworldly dimensions. Whether found or created, Syllabus’ “environmental imageries” are melancholic yet highly charged narrative containing echoes of other lived spaces and realities, which oscillate between the real, the imaginary and the phantasmic.

In this exhibition, Lugas explores a currently prevalent theme of nomadic life and the question if our identity is formed by where we came from or by where we travel to. In the work “From Sumatra, where shall I go?” the stooped figure is a picture of his experience as a child who witnessed how powerful old men hunched up and down mountains with a coffee cart on his shoulders. The hunch could be due the heavy burden constantly on his shoulders while the volcano Krakatoa is a symbol which separates the land of his origin (Sumatra) and shoreline land of Java, where he is currently based. He also questions if globalization and uniformity in society today has become the accepted norm and if we are slowly creating a homogeneous culture. 

The exhibition "From Sumatra, Where Shall I Go?" consists of 12 paintings and 1 sculpture, and it will run until January 28.

Lugas Syllabus was born in 1987 in Bengkulu, Indonesia. This exhibition will be his third solo exhibition. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally, including in Rochester Contemporary Art Center (New York, USA), Museum of Modern Art Saitama (Saitama, Japan), and The National Museum (Jakarta, Indonesia).