STPI Presents Works by International Artist Collaborations at Yokohama Triennale 2017
These works were selected by Yokohama Triennale Co-director Akiko Miki and are comprised of four innovative composite works created using the surrealist game of Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse), as well as sixteen individual works. They will be exhibited in the Yokohama Museum of Art alongside Surrealist artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, in a special segment curated by Miki.
In Cadavre Exquis—which was often played by surrealists in Paris in the 1920s—an artist starts off the piece, and the next artist picks up where the previous one left off, given only the end of what the previous artist worked on. This unique collaborative process forces each artist to let go of full artistic control and explores the tension between individualism versus the collective, which lies at the heart of the Triennale’s theme of “Island, Constellation and Galapagos”.
These challenging works, produced with STPI’s professional team of print and paper makers, will be showcased outside of Singapore for the very first time. They were first exhibited at STPI in March 2017 as one of the highlights of STPI’s 15th anniversary programme.
The collective artworks feature unique motifs that hint at each artist’s individual explorations during the collaboration. These are fleshed out in their solo works; Höller’s architectural prints, Rehberger’s graphic screenprints, Sala’s organic palm line compositions, and Tiravanija’s fluid monoprints.
These oeuvres are an important response to today’s complex world of separation, connectivity and disjointedness while reflecting STPI’s commitment to creative and innovative collaborations in the field of paper and print.
As STPI Director Emi Eu states, “We push artists out of their comfort zone to collaborate and go beyond what they would usually do in their studios. STPI is like an R&D centre where a lot of brainstorming happens between the team and artists. This creative process is really the core of STPI’s raison d’être.”
STPI is an internationally renowned space in Singapore with a Creative Workshop focusing on innovative print and paper techniques. It collaborates with leading artists from around the world on unique projects, where artists can experiment and push the boundaries of artistic creation with alternative methods and materials. The combination of critically acclaimed artist collaborations, a gallery, and exceptional workshop expertise make STPI one of the most cutting-edge destinations of contemporary art in Asia.
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