ARTESAN GALLERY + STUDIO
SCRATCH A WALL OR GO CRAZY
Exhibition opens 9th April, 2021
Artesan Gallery + Studio proudly presents Scratch a Wall or Go Crazy, a first-time showcase of works by street art collective RSCLS [pronounced: ras-kuhls]. The exhibition is a collaboration between Artesan and RSCLS, and takes an imaginative form of an installation and wall jam, as well as works on
canvas from the collective’s Southeast Asia-wide event, The Solidarity Movement.
The title of the exhibition references a quote in Michael Ondaatje novel, In the Skin of a Lion, which speaks of personal transformations and evolving identities. Scratch a Wall or Go Crazy, is an artistic purging of pent-up energies and ideas, a “decluttering” of the old and redundant, of renewal and rejuvenation; and moving forward.
As a collective, RSCLS is a recipient of the Seed Grant from the National Arts Council Singapore and have been involved in numerous exhibitions and events both locally and internationally. The Solidarity Movement is an initiative by RSCLS that creates a regional sharing network for urban arts. It is also a program that documents, archives and provides an understanding and education of street art and graffiti as an art form in the cultural and urban context of different cities in South East Asia.
MASKS FOR A CAUSE
You Can Make a Difference
Artesan and RSCLS (pronounced ’ras-kuhls’), Singapore’s pre-eminent urban art collective, have collaborated on a limited edition face mask exclusively available from 9 April 2021, at the Artesan Gallery at The Esplanade.
Proceeds from the sale of the limited release masks, each priced at Fifteen Dollars each (S$ 15.00), will be donated to Singapore’s at-risk youths, in partnership with the Youth Guidance Outreach Services (YGOS). The funds will support YGOS’ initiatives that help out-of-school or troubled kids and teenagers learn life-coping skills, such as the Experiential Learning and Mentoring Program (ELMP).
The mask will be presented and offered at the opening of RSCLS’ first art showcase Scratch A Wall or Go Crazy, which takes imaginative form as an installation and art jam, and also features works on canvas from the collective’s Southeast Asia-wide event, The Solidarity Movement. The exhibit is open for public viewing from 9th April to 6th May, 2021.
The cool, urban mask design by the RSCLS, which they have titled, ‘This is Not the End” is an ironic visualisation, hinting at the pandemic’s grave consequences, while also offering hope and protection through the face-hugging gesture.
It is a moving souvenir to commemorate a moment in human history when we had to end old ways, as well as honour a time of introspection leading to positive transformation.
“We are grateful to RSCLS’ for their donation of talent in this partnership to help Singapore youths,” enthuses Artesan Gallery Director, Roberta Dans.
Artesan Gallery + Studio opens 2021 with a wistful yearning to recall our own uniqueness by presenting masterful artists whose works are omnipresent throughout Singapore’s landscape.
We are also extremely honoured to announce our collaboration with the venerable artist and sculptor Sun Yu-li. More excitingly, the gallery is exhibiting for the first time, Sun's canvas and paper works by the respected artist whose works take on a far more amorphous characteristic than his previous art forms – a timely reflection of the uncertainties we experience during these times.
For enquiries, please contact us at 9842 7817 for Sun Yu-li's inventory of paintings and sculptures.
Meeting the needs of collectors, corporate acquisitions, interior designers, decorators and architects, Artesan’s team is comprised of specialists sourcing works by Southeast Asian artists, and the provision of advice on collection care, storage conservation and restoration as well as showcase opportunities.
Artworks - whether 2D, 3D, video or audio for specific locations, special occasions and events, can be commissioned through the Gallery as it has access to artists who create a myriad of art styles and media, alongside project managers with expertise in materials,
placement and on site installation.
Art Matters - A series of workshops developed upon request for corporate clients, collectors, institutions and arts enthusiasts that address a multitude of needs from corporate team building, to private collector events that can touch upon topics such as basics in art collecting, visual acuity, critical thinking and the arts as well as sessions on developing life skills that help embrace uncertainty, reframe failure and problem solving through creativity
and the appreciation of the arts.
Superbly located in Singapore’s premier arts venue, The Esplanade, the gallery welcomes opportunities for private presentations where creativity and the arts underscore the sponsor’s vision - and where the target audience is complementary with that of the Gallery.
GALLERY OPENING HOURS
Singapore is in Phase 3 of the Covid situation. In line with that we are open from Mondays 1- 7pm to Sundays and Public Holidays 2 - 7pm. Do look out for some truly different and exciting exhibitions and events! We will continue to follow protocols to safeguard your health & safety!
Please call or text +65 9842 7817 for enquiries, or to book an appointment for viewing.
Mondays - Saturdays 1 - 7pm
Sundays & Public Holidays 2 - 7pm