Featuring Vertical Submarine
Exhibition Dates: 23 September – 18 October 2015
Opening Night: Wednesday, 23 September, 7-9 PM
Singapore, 20 August 2015 – Chan Hampe Galleries is proud to present Penetrations, a new solo exhibition by Vertical Submarine.
Taking a playful stance on otherwise serious discussions of language policies and identity in Singapore, the series of work by Vertical Submarine exercises a tongue-in-cheek preservation of quickly disappearing pockets of colloquial conversation among Singaporeans. Despite the gradual loss of vernacular language, the presence of lyrical rhymes recited in the local Hokkien dialect still stands as endearing figures of expression in Singapore. The collective’s tribute to the unique verbal vestiges of the local dialect culture is sold to audiences via a selection of rhyming verses presented in forms archetypal of olden-day advertisements and illustrations.
These lyrical rhymes, commonly conjured out of jest and void of actual meaning, are suitably presented in the form of visually appealing poster art aesthetic. Taken together, the boldly printed silk-screen vintage posters, light box and billboard signages mimic a pseudo marketing campaign, serving up a roguish record of the dialect while rekindling a certain fondness for the peculiarities of speech oft overheard in coffee shops around the island.
Penetrations runs from 23 September-18 October 2015, at Chan Hampe Galleries, located at Raffles Hotel Arcade #01-21, 328 North Bridge Road. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am – 7pm. Admission is free. For enquiries please call +65 6338 1962.
Vertical Submarine is an art collective from Singapore comprising of three members – Joshua Yang, Justin Loke and Fiona Koh. Their works include installations, drawings and paintings, which involve text, storytelling and an acquired sense of humour.
The collective has participated in projects in Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico City, Australia and Germany, and has most recently completed their residency and research at Foundation La Roche Jacquelin, Singapour en France –le festival in Anjou, France. Collectively they have won several awards including the Celeste Prize 2011 (Installation), the Credit Suisse Artist Residency Award 2009, and The President’s Young Talents Award 2009.
Chan Hampe Galleries seeks to cultivate and promote the contemporary visual arts of Singapore, increasing the exposure and value of Singaporean art and its contribution to contemporary art practice from this region.
By offering a diverse mix of exhibitions and programmes Chan Hampe Galleries fosters Singapore’s emerging artists, celebrates Singapore’s established artists and seeks to expand the community of Singaporean art enthusiasts.
With its central location in the esteemed Raffles Hotel in Singapore’s Bras Basah Cultural District, Chan Hampe Galleries serves as a focal point for discourse and discovery of Singaporean contemporary art.