Extant Phantoms: Early Work by Gary Simmons
Opening Reception: 30 May 2014, 6-9 pm | Tues - Sat, 12 - 7 pm, Closed on Public Holidays
Ikkan Art Gallery
39 Keppel Road, #01-05 [email protected] Tanjong Pagar Distripark Singapore 089065
Ikkan Art Gallery is pleased to present Extant Phantoms, an exhibition of early work by widely acclaimed American artist, Gary Simmons. This is the first solo presentation of his works in Singapore.
Extant Phantoms features some of Simmon's first chalk drawings on blackboards done in the artist's "erasure" technique, not seen since its presentation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC in 1994. The chalkboard and its history as a tool for disseminating knowledge become an investigative site into how ideas about race are deeply embedded in the structures of our academic and cultural institutions.
Addressing personal and collective histories of race and class, Disinformation Supremacy Board interrogates educational hegemony and prevailing notions of white supremacy in pedagogy while Simmon's early Erasure drawings appropriate from vintage cartoons and mass culture to highlight the role of televised media in perpetuating racial stereotypes. From the crows of Disney's "Dumbo" to Honey in Looney Tunes' "Bosko", Simmons explains that he wanted to show "how we can attempt to erase the stereotype, but the image won't easily go away, it persists".