PASSING by Rajshree Gupta (India) & Bai Tianyuan (Singapore)
Opening Reception: 30 September 2016, Friday 7 - 9pm
Performance by Tian: 30 Sept, 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: 1 - 2 October 2016, Sat & Sun 12 - 6pm
Address: INSTINC, 12 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-163, soho2@central, Singapore 059819 (For entry to the gallery, please dial unit number using the intercom at the entrance of the building.)
Singapore – INSTINC is pleased to present an exhibition by INSTINC September 2016 artist-in-residence Rajshree Gupta from India, together with Bai Tianyuan from Singapore.
"PASSING" presents a collaboration between artists Rajshree Gupta from India and Bai Tianyuan from Singapore. With their shared interest in Chinese ink, the artists explore new possibilities by combining traditional ink techniques with light projection and sounds. This project presents an opportunity to dig deeper into the idea of "Passing" – the passing of time; transiting through stages of life; coming to terms with anxieties; dealing with losses.
On the opening night Friday 30 Sept, there will also be an 8-minute performance art piece by Tian, titled "30 November 2015 - 30 September 2016", which marks the duration from when Tianyuan first joined the workforce to the day when this piece is performed. Tianyuan condenses her ten-months experience into a 8 minute expression of how days pass, months repeat, and sense of time distorts.
Rajshree Gupta was born and brought up in Delhi, India, where she studied her BFA at College of Art. She received her MFA with merit from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London. Her work has been reviewed by United Kingdom’s Wellcome trust’s for Axis Web’s MAstars profile for the year 2014. She has participated in different exhibitions both in India and London.
Her practice is tangible. She tries to connect with her viewers in the most human way possible. She believes that her drawings and films, which are heartfelt accounts of her mother’s life, are not to entertain but works of art to provoke thought. Recent productions include two short films titled “Unrevealed...Unspoken...Untold..." and "Because I miss my mother too...”
Rajshree currently works as an Education Outreach Program officer at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, where she designs creative and interactive art workshops for students, teachers, corporates and NGO’s to educate them with different terms and techniques.
TIAN was born in Heilongjiang, China on a cold winter and grew up on the sunny island of Singapore. She is a recipient of the UOB Painting of the Year Award (2010) and furthered her studies in USA with support from the National Arts Council.
During her years in New York City and Chicago, she acquired skills in industrial and interior design on top of pursuing fine art. She worked on engaging communities through public artworks and managed museum public outreach and education programs. Driven by her love for the stage, she was also heavily involved in theatrical productions and worked as a theatrical lighting designer.
After graduating with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tianyuan continues her artistic endeavours in Singapore. Besides paintings, she often works with mixed media installations involving space, light and sound.
She believes that art is a way to communicate meanings, a lens to our world and a solution to what we face in daily lives.