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Art What!: Cuttings at Mizuma Gallery

Mizuma Gallery is pleased to announce Cuttings, an exhibition by Singaporean artists Ang Song Nian, Marvin Tang, Robert Zhao Renhui, Sarah Isabelle Tan, thesupersystem, and Woong Soak Teng.

Marvin Tang, Hybrids_01 (left) and Hybrids_02 (right), 2022, UV print mounted on acrylic block, 21 × 14 cm each, edition of 2 + 1 AP each © Marvin Tang, courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery

Cuttings presents new commissions by six Singaporean artists inspired by the natural world. The exhibition considers interactions with environments across history, geography, and personal experiences.

Ang Song Nian, This Garden Bears No Weed, 2022, edition 1 of 3 + 1 AP: UV Print on Samba Backlit and LED Lightbox, 240 × 300 cm; edition 2 and 3 of 3 + 1 AP: print on archival inkjet, 80 × 100 cm © Ang Song Nian, courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery

A cutting often refers to a horticultural act of propagating a new plant by creating a cut; where something is removed and given a new life, and often, only for selective traits of its former parent. This act of propagating is an ancient act of cloning; a highly selective act of controlling, editing and moulding nature to fit human demands.

thesupersystem, Hutan jauh diulangi, hutan dekat dikendana, 2022, mixed media, 170 × 50 × 50 cm © thesupersystem, courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery

With each cutting, the plant is greeted with a new birth and a potential death, a simultaneous occurrence when something is extracted and given new life. This duality in our relationships with the environment is central to the works presented in Cuttings, where the six artists explore various ways of photographing, archiving, cloning and manipulating to give root to new ideas, forms and hope.

Robert Zhao Renhui, Untimely Meditations I (detail), 2022, wooden cabinet, found photographs, lightjet lightbox, LED TV, diasec, 200 × 420 × 50 cm © Robert Zhao Renhui, courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery

Cuttings will run from 16th August to 11th September 20222 at Mizuma Gallery. More information available here

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