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The Story of the Stone
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Majesty 豪門     Pigments and Chinese Colours on Rice Paper, 138 x 173 cm, 2014

Art Projects Gallery proudly presents Singapore artist Tay Bak Chiang’s solo exhibition titled “The Story of the Stone”. The exhibition also celebrates the opening of Art Projects Gallery’s new gallery space at the newly renovated PMQ in Central, a heritage building formerly known as the Police Married Quarters.

“The Story of the Stone” is titled after a Chinese literature of the same name (also known as “Dreams of the Red Mansion” written by Cao Xueqin) that tells the story of a Stone Spirit in the mortal world. Bak Chiang is particularly inspired by the allegorical portrayal of the Stone, in which a lifeless object could be bestowed worldly experiences and personal expressions. In his distinctive compositions of abstract minimalist forms, striking colors and rich textures, Bak Chiang imbues each of his stone subjects with its individual character and seeks to tell their unique stories.

Tay Bak Chiang, born in 1973, graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore.


藝途畫廊榮幸舉辦新加坡藝術家鄭木彰的個展《石頭記》。這個展覽也為藝途畫廊位於中環元創方(既前已婚警察宿舍的历史建筑)的新址掀开序幕。

《石頭記》的展覽名稱取自于由曹雪芹著作的中國古典長篇章回小說《紅樓夢》,描述一塊有了靈性的通靈寶石來到人間的故事。小說對木彰的啓發,莫過於石頭的寓言和寫照,一個沒有生命的物體被賦予世俗的經驗和個人的表達。藝術家採用其個人獨特的表達手法,簡約抽象的構圖、大膽的色彩和豐富的質感,試圖讓作品中的每顆石頭都注入了獨自的個性,力求講述自已獨有的故事。

鄭木彰,1973年出生;1995年,畢業於新加坡南洋藝術學院; 1997年,受教於杭州中国美術學院。2000年及2003年,木彰曾兩度獲得新加坡大華銀行全國繪畫比賽第一奬;2002年,榮得新加坡國家藝術理事會頒發的視覺系青年藝術家奬。

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