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feb 17 - apr 10 2022

Masuri Mazlan

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Artist Statement:

A series of seemingly incongruent elements – industrial materials and natural fibres, abstract compositions, vibrant colours and hard edged forms come together in a garment that rejects conventions of constructions, wearability, pointing towards the timeless, the genderless, and the seasonless. 

 

The garment is made using craft techniques and casting methods in a pastel inflected palette. Inspired by “radical softness as a weapon” by Lora Mathis, it alludes to notions of hyperfemininity and softness, creating a space for the viewer to swaddle in the possibility of a transformative future. 

 

The work is an attempt by the artist to forge his identity, investigating subtle markers and veiled signifiers that lie on the margins. It is an ongoing project that he has been researching and manifesting in various forms of creative manipulation using mixed media.

On view from 11th March - 10th April 2022.

Artist's Previous Works:

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About the Artist:

 

Singapore-based cultural worker, object maker and co-founder of Tekad Kolektif, Masuri graduated with a BA in Fine Art (First Class Honours) accredited by Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Masuri debuted a sold-out solo presentation, Softstrong at Coda Culture, Golden Mile Complex, SG (2019). He has also participated in several group exhibitions like Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chan+Hori Contemporary, SG (2020), Emerging: Collecting Singapore Contemporary - Selections from DUO Collection, The Private Museum, SG (2020), THE NEW NOW II, VIVID & VEILED, Gajah Gallery, SG (2018); What the stars are telling us, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, SG (2018); International TAKIFUJI Art, Meiji Kinenkan; JP (2018),+Project BETWEEN, Gallery Tomo, JP (2017) and Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award Exhibition, National Gallery Singapore, SG (2016).

Masuri’s studio practice has long oscillated between sculpture, as well as painting and installation work. His core practice concerns the effect of materiality and the transformative potential of everyday industrial materials into painting and/or sculptural media. This interest is informed by blurring distinctions between art and decoration through the expansive parameters of the non-representational to circumvent these structured binaries. His sculptural paintings and objects tap on industrial materials like silicone adhesive, polyurethane, and gypsum as a conduit towards larger narratives of personal identity, aesthetics, and embodied memory.

 

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