Seni sana sini meski di kilang besi
(Art here and there even if it’s in steel factory)

28 January 2016
Berita Harian

Who would have guessed that various artworks that will open your mind about art, which is often belittled by the public, exist within a small, secluded room in a steel factory?

This is what a group of young artists would like to achieve through their exhibition “Dancing On The Spot” that is held until this Saturday at Mettle Work art studio, located along Lorong 17 Geylang. The 7 artists - Dzaki Safaruan, Khairul Ikhwan, Lai Yu Tong, Nhawfal Juma’at, Ryan Ben Lee, Tay Ining and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee - combined their strength to create artworks based on sources discussing about the state of art scene in Singapore.

Local theater advocate, Ong Keng Sen, talked about the issue of art quality before in an interview here with broadcast journalist, Bharati Jagdish. Walter de Maria – an American artist, sculptor and composer - has also written an essay titled “Meaningless Work”, which is the foundation of this exhibition.

Dzaki, a graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (24 years old), explained that “Dancing On The Spot” is a platform to present honest artworks that are free from commercial factors and serve as a discourse on an artwork’s purpose. Zulkhairi, 24 years old, also a graduate of NAFA, added that they hope the exhibition could provide a space for young artists to experiment while emphasizing on Do-It-Yourself concept and independence.

Source Berita Harian © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

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