DOPPELGANGERS: Solo Exhibition by Gerardo Tan
TAKSU Singapore, 1 - 30 March 2012
TAKSU Singapore is honored to present Doppelgangers, the first solo exhibition of Filipino artist Gerardo Tan in Singapore. Exploring the recurrence of representations in his process of artmaking, Gerardo Tan continues to question postmodern notions of originality and individuality. Doppelgangers, featuring Gerardo Tan's new series of paintings and collages, was first exhibited in TAKSU KL on 17 November - 8 December 2011. As a series of two exhibitions, Doppelgangers explores the site specificity of the installations in the two neighboring metropolitan cities; the impacts of the viewership to the work, and consequently, the works to the viewer.
"The pursuit of authentic states in a time of multiple conditions has always been a challenge to modernist ends. How can one continue making unique items when uniformity proves to be more effective from a market standpoint - as mass production and mediatization supersedes singular experience? Since art has always been a medium of representation, a critique about its continued role as mirror of reality has become a constant companion if not a thorn on its side. It is no surprise that instead of pictures of nature directly observed, what we commonly have are depictions of such rendered from photographs. Thus, the practice of photorealism turns into a clever ploy aimed at neutralizing the modernist burden of being original in a time of copies..." continue reading essay by Arvin Flores.
GERARDO TAN (b. 1960, the Philippines) took his BFA degree in Painting at the University of the Philippines and his MFA degree in Painting at the State University of New York at Buffalo on a Fulbright grant. A multi-media artist, Tan works with object and photo-based installations, artists’ books, collages and mixed media paintings. His recent collage-based paintings fuse digital prints and paint, probing postmodern concepts of originality and individual style. Tan has participated in many local and international exhibitions among which are the 1st Melbourne Biennale (1999), the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists Award Exhibition (1988) and the 2nd Asian Art Show in Fukuoka Museum (1982).
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