The exhibition as part of Teater Ekamatra’s Artist Residency Programme.
This month, Teater Ekamatra presents Chonteng by Rizman Putra. Chonteng (which translates as doodle in English) is a drawing installation that explores the idea of line – and mark – making based loosely on the method of automatic drawing. It documents the stream of iconography and creatures from the consciousness of the artist.
The concept was first explored in previous exhibitions entitled Labyrinth of Things I and II which were presented at Coda Culture and Cake Theatre’s Running with Strippers, respectively. The alternative drawing projects explored the transformation of gesture and forms of various stimuli, materialising as abstracted forms, and investigating anthropomorphic figures.
For the third and final presentation of the trilogy, Teater Ekamatra’s Greymatter is currently being transformed into a drawing installation bringing audiences into another dimension. A meditative experience like how one would encounter a cave with drawings of a Neanderthal.
About the Artist
Rizman Putra graduated with Master of Arts (Fine Arts) from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2007, has been actively straddling between performance, visual arts and music for the last decade. Winner of Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Arts Award 2005 (as part of artist initiative Kill Your Television [KYTV], is a co-founder of the now dissolved arts collective, Kill Your Television (KYTV), as well as one half of the retro-futurist electronic duo, NADA. Rizman has also performed and exhibited his works in Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Rizman was one of the four artists selected for the President’s Young Talents Exhibition (2005), as well as being included in the Fukuoka Triennale (2005). He received the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) Most Outstanding Award 2002-2003. He exhibited his works at the inaugural Singapore Biennale 2006. Rizman is currently an Associate Artist with Cake Theatrical Productions.
About the Artist Residency Programme
The residency offers invited emerging and established artists the space and means to practise their craft. Artists-in-residence receives funding, logistical and marketing support from Teater Ekamatra, and have full access to our studio space for exhibitions, rehearsals, and performances. We are excited to expand our theatrical vocabulary through collaborative, interdisciplinary work that pushes the boundaries of theatre practice in Singapore.
The main objective of ARP is to engage and have a deeper relationship and dialogue with artists, extending beyond theatre-makers. By constantly redefining the work that we do, we are able to stay relevant in today’s artistic climate. This idea is inspired by the Fluxus movement during the 60s and 70s.
In its inaugural year, Ekamatra had Zul Mahmod, a leading sound artist to create a sound piece entitled No Substance which travelled to several countries after its conception at Greymatter.
Credits: Teater Ekamatra
Exhibition: 23 to 28 April 2019, 10am – 10pm
Opening Night: 26 April 2019, 8pm – 10pm [Limited slots!]
Venue: Greymatter – 28 Aliwal Street #02-10, Singapore 199918
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