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“Practising habits of the day” at ICA Singapore

“Practising habits of the day” examines the relationship between forms of behaviour and artistic production. The artists brought together in this exhibition engage with daily gestures and routines as artistic material, but also as a constitutive force in the process of art-making and meaning-making.

The exhibition examines how certain attitudes are formed and solidified in time, but also how they extend and are embedded in the body of the viewer and of the institution. The institution is often the zone of the habitual, a space where artistic and curatorial attitudes enter and are accommodated; ways of viewing and showing, practices of display and communication turn into norms. How does the artistic and curatorial subjectivity navigate the habitual?

Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost’s immersive video installation It, heat, hit (2010) overturns the conventions of filmic language, testing the limits of perception of the viewer through rapid and aggressive juxtapositions of text and image. In their early video work Bucket (2001) the artist duo Harald Thys & Jos de Guyter are staging domestic scenes that slip into the banal and absurd. In the video series, “Exercise now and fit a standard size coffin later” (2013), Kray Chen produces a grammar of gestures appropriating exercise routines to reflect on how habits are formed and embedded in the memory of a body and of a nation. Latifa Echakhch’s large-scale wall installation Plaintes (2009), a defacement of the gallery space, is based on Le Corbusier’s Modulor principle of architecture and articulates the contradictions of modernist aspirations where elegant housing units turned out to be claustrophobic environments. Gary-Ross Pastrana’s artistic process of breaking and recombining elements, is performed in a reiteration of his previous object-based work 99% (2014), while a new work in response to the framework of the current exhibition engages with common rituals. In her work Goldfish (2015), Tiên Th?y Nguy?n practices intimacy in an attempt to live her art; her investigations of relationships translate into objects and fiction writing aimed to preserve the memory of her close encounters.

Artists: Kray Chen, Latifa Echakhch, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Tiên Th?y Nguy?n, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Laure Prouvost

Curated by FormContent: Pieternel Vermortel (Co-founder and Director), Anca Rujoiu (Director), Bianca Baroni (Curator), Ashlee Conery (Assistant Curator)

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at ICA Singapore
until 13 April 2016

Above, top, right: Gary-Ross Pastrana, Graft, 2016

Above, top – left and bottom: Gary-Ross Pastrana, 99%, 2016

Gary-Ross Pastrana, Graft, 2016

Kray Chen, Exercise now and fit a standard size coffin later, 2016

Marguerite Humeau, Black mamba (detail), 2015

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, De pot (The bucket), 2001

Nguy?n Th?y Tiên, A very fragile, will?, 2015

Latifa Echakhch, Plainte 140, 2009; Plainte 70, 2009

Latifa Echakhch, Plainte 183, 2009

Laure Prouvost, It, heat, hit, 2010

Laure Prouvost, It, heat, hit, 2010

Laure Prouvost, It, heat, hit, 2010

Laure Prouvost, It, heat, hit, 2010

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“Practising habits of the day” installation views at ICA Singapore, 2016

Courtesy: the artists; kaufmann repetto, Milan; MOT International; Micheline Szwajcer Galerie, Brussels; ICA Singapore.

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