Locally based artistic duo Pang + Kanako fuses the creative impulses of Singaporean 3-D artist Calvin Pang and Japanese ceramicist Kanako Furukawa, who both studied at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The pair joined forces in late 2010 while participating in NAFA’s exchange programme at the UK’s Loughborough University – studying, respectively, 3-D design and fine art – and began producing mixed-media artworks to express ‘beauty without the need for splendour’. Still in their formative stages, they present a new installation this month at The Substation in which hundreds of delicate porcelain flowers cover the floor of the gallery space. They explain more to Tania De Rozario
First published on 29 Jun 2012. Updated on 29 Jun 2012.
‘The primary medium for this installation is porcelain. There’s a mixture of raw and glazed pieces, all hand-pinched ceramic flowers scattered all over the gallery space. There will also be an actual lily flower dying in the gallery throughout the duration of the show.
‘The whole show is a conceptual perspective of a departure ceremony, and how the departed is manifested in the form of a flower – a life-form of visual and olfactory pleasure that has an uncanny relationship to death in the context of human funeral processions. The idea is simply to present the impermanence of a lily; the beauty of a natural element glorified in a funeral scenario.
‘Viewers are encouraged to partake in the “departure” of the work by taking away the ceramic flowers scattered all over the gallery. We hope that the message of impermanence can be brought about by this ceremony. It need not be an involvement with death, nor the dying. It is a simple message that what you see or have with you now does not mean eternity. Objects suffer wear and tear, people come and go, seasons change and pass. Departures can, have and will continue taking place everywhere around us: in a neighbourhood park, in airport terminals, even on the soles of your shoes.’
‘Departing the Departed’ is at The Substation Gallery from 20-29 Jul.