Mumbai’s Experimenter gallery presents “If the Seas Catch Fire,” a solo exhibition by Indian sculptor Sakshi Gupta (b. 1979), on view through October 26.
Sakshi Gupta recycles industrial metal, waste concrete, and stoneware to create large-scale sculptures. Her work addresses the existential theme, the disconnect one experiences with oneself, and the turmoil this creates. She visualizes different human states through various metaphors: a confused, suffocating head depicted as a large chicken coop, and an overwhelmed heart portrayed as a ruffled carpet. By utilizing mundane objects and crossing animal, human, and plant forms, Gupta seeks to transcend the distinction between objects and lives to experience the self in a larger context. Gupta’s work is often described as horribly mutilated, irrational, and grotesque, but also as having a seductive and poetic beauty.
Artizon Museum, Tokyo, presents “Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection x Yamaguchi Akira Drawn to the Irresistible Sensation” through November 19. Akira Yamaguchi (b. 1969) seeks to escape socially imposed art history and systems by pursuing an “irresistible sensation.” The jam session in the title refers to a concert where musicians freely jam after a performance.
Yamaguchi uses oil paint to create his works in the style of traditional Japanese painting. He also creates sculptures, comics, and installations, and has been involved in major public art projects in Tokyo.
Through Yamaguchi’s work, the show aims to question the meanings of “modernity,” “Japanese codes,” and “the essence of Japan.” It examines the impact of the influx of modern painting from Western Europe into Japan within the context of Japanese history, which differs from Western Europe. Alongside Yamaguchi’s work, modern paintings from the Ishibashi Foundation’s collection, both Japanese and Western, are on display.
From September 22 to February 25 next year, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) presents “Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of Artificial Intelligence.” The group exhibition asks questions about humanity in the face of new technologies.
It examines the unstable relationship between identity, subjectivity, and authenticity under the influence of popular culture and new technologies, and sheds light on the changing concept of humanity. The works in the exhibition expand the portrait genre, depict human and non-human subjects, and explore the nature of humanity in the 21st century. They also question what “real” means today, as celebrities, regular social media users, and bots alike use the same digital technologies to commodify their authenticity.
The artists are Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983), Christopher Kulendran Thomas (b. 1979), Annika Kuhlmann (b. 1985), Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg (b. 1982), William Wiebe (b. 1992), Zach Blas (b. 1981), Jemima Wyman (b. 1977), Charmaine Poh (b. 1990), and Song-Ming Ang (b. 1980).