Debut becomes a hit
Singapore truly is a place for art lovers. This past year has been full of events for art shows. Not just local art were on display but also international hold an important place in Singapore markets. This time there was a debut solo exhibition of Singapore native Amanda Heng and Korean artist, Hyung Koo Kang.Next in line is Amin Gulgee, who presented his first solo exhibition, “Cosmic Mambo” at ION Art Gallery. The exhibition is one of Gulgee’s most innovative and comprehensive exhibits to date, and it includes a series of works based on his “Cosmic Chapatti I” and “Spider I”, both of which were first exhibited at the Petronas Gallery in Malaysia in 2009.
To be associated with creativity is The Gulgee and originality the world over, as Amin has taken after his late father, the legendary Pakistani artist, Ismail Gulgee. Living up to the family legacy, Amin was awarded the “President’s Pride of Performance,” which is the highest award a civilian can receive by the Government of Pakistan.
Using his native Karachi and its rich history for inspiration, Gulgee created worked that blend Hindu mythology, Buddhist asceticism and Islamic calligraphy to explore the underlying spiritually of man. His pieces range from abstract sculptures and wearable jewellery, to autobiographical forms depicting himself and his family to his groundbreaking 3-D calligraphy.
Inspirirng from the Islamic culture, the architecture creates his work with present mental attitudes which would never give any roughness to his work. The art includes an installation comprised 64 copper leaves, which is inspired by the four-garden plan of traditional Mughal Gardens of the sub-continent.