A Duad In Play
Time & Location
About the Event
One of the main objectives of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore is to bring seminal works from Southeast Asian contemporary arts that create discourses to Singapore. With the recent suite of new works the Philippine artist, Ronald Ventura and Singapore artist, Francis Ng created in their visual dialogues A Duad in Play added another dimension to our foray into collaborations between artists and organizations since our galleries open in the new campus last year 2008.
Bringing together two established artists in the region, this exhibition signifies the collaborative ties of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, LASALLE and Artesan Gallery + Studio momentously held in conjunction with the celebration of 40 years of bilateral ties between Philippines and Singapore.
A Duad in Play is not about the pair of artists committing to emulating and aligning with each other, but it is rather an impassioned series of visual dialogues distinguishing them in their practices. As artists, Ventura and Ng are essentially different, who while having been led by motivations that diverge into contrasting ends apply various processes to contemporary art. Simultaneously, there is an inexhausible list of dissimilarities we draw from them, by the virtue of their differing cultural background, ie different languages, different passports, different sense of time and space etc. The list goes on! So how the two artists and dialogues will in actual fact come to play in the gallery as their common playground, will be the part the audience will see.
On behalf of the Institute, I am pleased to co-present and co-curate the exhibition with our Artesan counterpart, Roberta Dans whose dedication to the arts materializes in this collaboration and exhibition.
My congratulations to Ronald Ventura and Francis Ng for their sophisticated play of differences and possible parallels in A Duad in Play.
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,
LASALLE College of the Arts