Afterimage

iPreciation will be presenting a group exhibition titled “Afterimage…” featuring five contemporary painters from Singapore, Japan and Philippines. They are Hilmi Johandi (Singapore), Khairulddin Wahab (Singapore), Jon Chan (Singapore), Kenichiro Fukumoto (Japan) and Allan Balisi (Philippines). The exhibition will include a weekend artists’ talk. The five artists featured in this exhibition work primarily with the medium of paint; the common thread that runs through their practice is the individual inquiry into the hyper visual culture they are situated in. The works on showcase were created in light of this position and offer diverging perspectives on the afterimage.

Hilmi Johandi (b. 1987, Singapore) uses cinematic language to develop methods of compressing temporal and physical spaces into non-linear narratives in his paintings. He composes and synthesises images from films, archival footages and photographs into a fragmented montage that often hints at the social effects of rapid development, and the conflicts between traditional and modern ways of living. Hilmi received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Arts from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. He has been involved in group exhibitions such as Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock at the Southeast Asia Platform with Art Stage Singapore; Primavera 4 with Dena Foundation in Galerie Frédéric Lacroix, Paris; Portraits in Verses with Fred Torres Gallery in New York; Perculiar Textures with Galerie Steph in Singapore; and Flux – City of Change with Strarta Art Fair in Saatchi Gallery, London. Hilmi lives and practices in Singapore.

Jon Chan (b.1982, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in 2007, and a Masters of Fine Arts, from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. Chan is the winner of the Winston Oh Travel Award for the years 2003 and 2007. He was also the winner of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arts award of 2007. Other than having numerous exhibitions showcasing his paintings, Jon also produces and self-publishes comics. He is the co-founder of the Graphic Novels Programme in Lasalle College of the Arts where he has taught comics and drawing classes.

Khairulddin Wahab’s (b. 1990, Singapore) practice is informed by his interest in the politics of representation and the philosophy of photography. His interest in the photographic image stems from its significance as a site for memory, history and the emergence of a hyper visual culture in the digital age. His paintings inquire on the authenticity of representation and the construction of its meaning. Khairulddin Wahab graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts (2014) with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine arts.

Kenichiro Fukumoto (b.1986, Hiroshima/Japan) graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts (Painting) from Tokyo National University of the Arts in 2014. He studied at Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore in 2013 as an exchange student and was awarded the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize and art award Tokyo Marunouchi in 2014. In 2013, he exhibited with a group of Singaporean and Japanese artists at the Japan Creative Center (Japan embassy) in Singapore. He has been influenced by tropical plants and nature since he started travelling in South East Asia in 2013. His works showcase his own uniquely created forms and images inspired by the various shapes found in the realms of fine arts, industrial art, folk crafts and decorative art.

Allan Balisi (b. 1982, Philippines) From his first show in 2006 onward, and despite its fragmentary albeit figural nature, there’s always been a very strong narrative undercurrent in the work of Allan Balisi. Beggars Fortress, his latest one man show, is no less fragmented, no less drawn from personal history and no less given over to the pursuit of the elusive stories under the image. Solo exhibitions include Five Paintings at Blanc Gallery, Mirages at Silverlens, Manila and We are Awake Elsewhere at Richard Koh Fine Art. He has been short-listed for the 2009 and 2013 Ateneo Art Awards.

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