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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 28 Mar 2006

LASALLE-SIA's ICA co-presents Wolfgang Laib: Transit - Transition


Internationally-acclaimed installation artist Wolfgang Laib¡¯s first exhibition in South-east Asia: Wolfgang Laib: Transit - Transition

31 March ¨C 7 May 2006

LASALLE-SIA¡¯s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and Goethe-Institut Singapore are pleased to present the work of German installation artist Wolfgang Laib for the first time in South-east Asia, Wolfgang Laib: Transit ¨C Transition.
The exhibition will be held at Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, at 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 from 31 Mar to 7 May 2006. Opening hours are from 10am - 6pm (including Sundays and Public Holidays). Admission is free.
The art of Wolfgang Laib is both material and abstract. Concentrating on a limited selection of materials including pollen, milk, beeswax, marble, rice and sealing wax, Laib¡¯s choice of materials unfolds a family of works.
By carefully and thoroughly examining the essence of his chosen materials, Laib assigns a particular, often geometric form to them. The formal arrangement of these materials evokes meditative experiences and entices the viewer to reconnect with nature and their senses, stimulating self-reflexivity and contemplation.
In Laib¡¯s seminal work, Milkstone (1977), a white marble slab is ground and hollowed to a mere one millimetre depth, creating a slight concave.
It is then filled with a thin layer of milk that extends exactly to the edge, duplicating the surface of the marble so precisely that it is almost impossible to discern the liquid from the solid ¨C the ephemeral from the eternal. Milk, a liquid associated with fertility and nourishment, when poured on marble, animates the latter.
However, this liquid of sustenance is in turn sustained by the apparently inert material, questioning the nature of a substance we assume to know so well but yet remains so elusive. It is precisely the way in which Laib¡¯s work deals with these tensions that make his work so compelling.
Born in 1950 in Metzingen, Germany, Wolfgang Laib originally studied medicine at the University of T¨¹bingen. Disillusioned with Western medicine and science, he came to view the natural sciences as limited in their dependency on logic and the material world.
His search for meaning led him to Eastern spiritualism, philosophy and pre- Renaissance thought. Since 1975, Laib has built an international reputation working exclusively as an artist.
He has held numerous solo exhibitions around the world including Capc/Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (1986 and 1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1989), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1990), the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Kunstmuseum Bonn (1993), to name a few.
His work has also been showcased in Venice Biennale (1982 and 1997), Gwangju Biennale (1997), documenta 7 and documenta 8 (1982 and 1987 respectively), Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life (1997) organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and in Hayward Gallery, London. His work can also be found in museum collections worldwide.
Wolfgang Laib: Transit ¨C Transition in Singapore is organised by the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Germany and jointly presented by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore and Goethe-Institut Singapore.
This exhibition was held at the Festival of Perth (2005) at Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, prior to its showing in Singapore.
During the exhibition period, ICA Singapore will be organising a series of talks that offer various perspectives on Laib¡¯s work. These talks are part of ICA Singapore¡¯s public programmes to foster a better understanding of the discourses of contemporary art.
About Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore
Established by LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore is devoted to the exhibition and research of international and Asian contemporary art. ICA Singapore, through its exhibition programme at its exhibition facility, Earl Lu Gallery, has showcased works by international artists such as Antony Gormley, On Kawara, Gerhard Richter, Gavin Turk, Robert Sagerman, Jason Salavon and Yang Fudong, among others.
Exhibition Enquiries: Tel: (65) 6340 9102 or email:
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Exhibition Talks:

Thursday, 30 March 2006, 6pm

Bjoern Schmidt, Assistant to Wolfgang Laib

Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 7pm

Ye Shufang, Artist & Lecturer, LASALLE-SIA

Saturday, 15 April 2006, 3pm

Eugene Tan, Director, ICA Singapore, LASALLE-SIA

Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 7pm

Shirley Soh, Artist

Sunday, 23 April 2006, 3pm

June Yap, Deputy Director & Curator, ICA Singapore, LASALLE-SIA

Earl Lu Gallery LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts 90 Goodman Road Singapore 439053
Admission is free.
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