Art Agenda @ 63 Spottiswoode
63 Spottiswoode Park Road
2 OCTOBER - 3 NOVEMBER 2021
To say that someone cannot ‘see the forest for the trees’ means the person is failing to recognise the bigger picture. It is an accusation of being too caught up in minutiae and lacking a broader perspective. Flipping the expression around, this exhibition focuses on how we might sometimes choose to overlook the small but poignant details in our everyday environment. Seeing the Forest For the Trees features Singaporean artists Ang Song Nian (b. 1983), Woong Soak Teng (b. 1994) and Fitri Ya’akob (b. 1996), whose photographic works challenge our initial big picture impressions and encourage us to look closely.
Throughout the exhibition, nature is presented in various contexts of control and disregard. Although the human figure is visually absent, humanity, in fact, holds an inordinate amount of control over the existence of nature. Whether it is through the manipulation of plants to grow a certain way or the introduction of manmade materials into natural habitats, nature is treated as something to tame, use and own.
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