SINGAPORE – Platform Projects Singapore and The Lohia Foundation, is pleased to present Your Love is Like a Chunk of Gold (Pris), a 1-tonne sculpture made of bronze and polyester resin, by Singaporean artist, Sookoon Ang. This is Ang’s first work of this scale. The sculpture has been installed on the lawn in front of Platform Projects’ space at Gillman Barracks. A private preview was held on 22 September 2015, with the commission’s donors, Amit and Aarti Lohia of The Lohia Foundation, representatives from Platform Projects Singapore, The National Arts Council, Singapore; National Gallery Singapore, The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Commenting on what this mentorship has meant to her, Sookoon said, “The Lohia Mentorship is an exceptional programme, which has allowed me to fulfil my ambition of making a public outdoor sculpture. My mentor, Jitish Kallat’s guidance and cool confidence allayed my concerns—something only a fellow artist could do. His counsel made the process of realizing this work quite meaningful. I gained invaluable knowledge and know-how, which can only be acquired through practical experience. My confidence also comes from the faith in the qualified members of the selection committee and I am honored to be its first recipient.”
Supported by The Lohia Foundation in partnership with Platform Projects Singapore, The Lohia Mentorship Series is an annual public sculpture commission launched earlier this year in January 2015 during Art Week Singapore and gives a Singaporean artist the opportunity to be mentored by an international artist over a period of seven months, culminating in a public sculpture housed at Gillman Barracks.
A selection committee chaired by Savita Apte of Platform Projects and comprising of Dr. Eugene Tan, Director, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore; Ute Meta Bauer, Director, CCA, Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive at The National Arts Council, Aarti Lohia from The Lohia Foundation chose Sookoon Ang after careful deliberation. Sookoon worked and corresponded with The Lohia Mentorship’s first international artist mentor, Jitish Kallat over a period of seven months.
The official unveiling of Sookoon Ang’s resulting sculpture, Your Love is Like a Chunk of Gold will be held on 25 September, during Gillman Barracks’ third anniversary and will be on view in the art compound until September 2016.
Sookoon Ang was born in Singapore and majored in sculpture in School of Visual Arts, New York and was artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Recent major exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo (2014), Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); Singapore Biennale (2013); Paris Scope: Sookoon Ang, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York (2013); Absurdistan, OV Gallery, Shanghai (2013); Future Proof, Singapore Art Museum (2012). Her film and video work has also been screened in Arte Channel and major International film festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen and Fribourg International Film Festival. She currently resides and works in Singapore and France.
Jitish Kallat was born in Mumbai in 1974, the city where he lives and works. Kallat’s work has been exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin Gorpius Bau (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Serpentine Gallery (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe), Arken Museum of Moderne Kunst (Copenhagen), MAXXI (Rome) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney).
His work has been part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Guangzhou Triennale, and the Kiev Biennale amongst others. He has had one-person exhibitions at galleries such as Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai), Haunch of Venison (London), Arario (Beijing), Arndt (Berlin) andGalerie Daniel Templon (Paris). His solo exhibitions at museums include the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the curator and artistic director of the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.