Fabric and paper are materials whose economic and social dimensions span spaces ranging from the global to the local–markers of both identity and history as they cross borders, contexts and cultures in the ways they are made and used. Filipino visual artist Kim Oliveros projects personal histories associated with these materials in an exhibition of new works in oil on canvas. This selection from the artist’s ongoing series of works is his response to the “social fabric of childhood”, in both material and metaphorical terms.
Growing up in a town that once housed a thriving garment manufacturing district, Oliveros recalls being directly exposed to how kimonos and other costumes designed for school children were assembled and made. Such memories which are part of the experience of childhood, however, are not only personal recollections but also formative encounters with imagining and identifying with the world far beyond the borders of the places we call home. Oliveros returns to these spaces for creative exploration and cultural identification by exploring the possibilities seen in print, pattern, object and memory as subject matter and material for painting.
Kim Oliveros: Under the Same Dream
10 November – 11 December 2016
Element Art Space
328 North Bridge Road #02-13 Raffles Hotel Arcade Singapore 188719