Traces and Residues


10 Jan 2017 to 24 Jan 2017


 1am - 8pm, daily


Artspace @ Helutrans, 
39 Keppel Road, #01-05, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 
089065 Singapore


Traces and Residues relate to Singapore-based artist Kanchana Gupta’s new exhibition comprising “skins of oil paint” and “peeled-off canvas surface”.

The works reflect her latest development in the examination of the act of tearing and peeling of paint, residues and the traces left behind.

According to the gallery’s press release, the works are “composed of skins of paint and with their initial support removed; transformed into sculptural wall-mounted with fabric-like folds and sharp edges”.

Each work begins by repeating the layering of oil paint, building a skin of paint that is later removed from its support structure.

The artist explains that the paint and canvas contain the history and relationship between the surface and the “removed pieces” by exposing the visible traces and “bruises”.

“Residues and removed skin” show the existence and passing of something, as well as the process can be seen as an act of revelation and acceptance of that result. The process of tearing and peeling can be read as a form of performance, engaging the interstitial space between the fragment and the canvas surface, each rip exposing a rawness underneath, revealing its past in unpredictable ways.

The colours in these works are reminiscent of the colours of the evening sky in Singapore, a time of day within which the artist finds traces of both day and night.

Gupta received the Winston Oh Travel Research Award in 2015. And she has shown works in solo and group exhibitions in Singapore. Her artworks have been included in private collections in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia and India. She recently completed her master in fine arts at the Lasalle College of Arts in Singapore.

The opening reception will be on Jan 10 at 6pm.

Click here for e-catalogue.