Maya Gallery presents Trans(form), a group exhibition, for the Singapore Contemporary 2017, from 19 to 22 January 2017 at Booth D01, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. This selection of new artworks features architectural paintings by Jeffrey Wandly and Manx, and ceramic works by Hiroko Mita. Each of these artists goes beyond form; changing meaning through their own interactions with mediums, be it through interpretations of society, nation, family, nature or emotional journeys.
Jose Martinez aka Manxdeconstructs the linear form of cityscapes and architectural landmarks by questioning the value and meaning of excessive capitalist dreams. In this new series, Manx conveys the collective experience of iconic world cities, such as New York and Tokyo, reflecting a Marxist view on urban politics where the city centre is an immersive physical space that is a placeholder of change, density and complexity. Manx visually reclaims the hearts of metropolises, transforming spaces of capitalistic dissonance into a bevy of Technicolour concrete sirens rising up to the same subversive tune.
Jeffrey Wandlytransmutes physical architectural spaces into intimate dialogues where forms become energy. This new series, created for Singapore Contemporary, Street Scenes – Singapore, Hanoi, Malacca brings together an evolved contextualization of man-made spaces vis-à-vis their larger geography, tourism, gentrification, urban development, historical context and cultural value and signifiers. It is his hope that modern cities can undergo more organic spatial transformations that take into account the local culture, people, heritage and spirit of the place or risk endangering our geographical, cultural, national and personal identity.
Trained by master potter Iskandar Jalil, Hiroko Mita uses clay from Singapore to create quietly powerful works that are an elegant balance of nature, music, and influences from Japan, Singapore and America. For Singapore Contemporary, Hiroko’s five new ceramic sculptures are themed, “Unity and Harmony”, as physical manifestations of our relations and shared consciousness through communities. Hiroko’s works portray a balance achieved by a collective strength; one that harmonises the duality of individuality with a unified society, coming together to celebrate our shared human experience.
About Maya Gallery Originally located in historic Kampong Glam, Maya Gallery reopened in Ubi in April 2015. The gallery actively contributes in the promotion of Southeast Asian artists, with a strong focus on Singaporean artists. It has collaborated with various galleries and organisations, and participated in international art fairs and festivals in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Korea. Its activities range from art consultancy, exhibitions and talks to art programmes. Maya Gallery was officially opened in 2012 by Ms Janice Koh, former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) for the Arts. Since then, the gallery has shown more than 90 artists and 40 exhibitions, and contributed to numerous community and fundraising efforts. It is a member of the Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS).