Irfan Hendrian: SANS ☒ - Art Collector

Irfan Hendrian, ‘Piles of Inks on Paper’, 2018, offset lithography on stacks of paper and wood, various sizes. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Singapore

  The nature of representation is inherently flawed. Ideological and innately restrictive, the meaning of any given representation is never definitive, as the gap between intention and realisation, original and copy, can never be bridged.

Irfan Hendrian’s ‘SANS ☒’ explores the expansive potential of non-representational aesthetics and thinking strategies. The artist’s non-objective practice operates beyond the finite nature of representation, extending the possibilities of perceptual and imaginative experiences. In this exhibition, ‘SANS’ (literally, without) followed by the symbol “☒” is used to describe an absence of representation.

Within the space opened up by the absence of signs – things that "stand for" or "take the place of" something else – Hendrian presents us with a particular aesthetic experience; foreign and strange, but equally playful. In these eccentrically coloured, painstakingly constructed forms, Hendrian draws us into a peculiar imaginary space, releasing us from the rules of representation into a state of perceptual ‘tabula rasa’.

Exhibition opens: 5–7pm, Saturday 7 July 2018
Exhibition closes: 12 August 2018 

Location: Sullivan+Strumpf, 5 Lock Road #01-06 108933, Singapore

Phone: +65 6871 8753 (Singapore) +61 2 9698 4696 (Sydney)



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