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n. 337 – arrangement in monochrome

Grace Tan

Medium: Calcium carbonate of different forms (calcite, aragonite, dolomite, marble, travertine, chalk, limestone, eggshell, gofun (oyster shell) and coral, lime white, pit, lime, oxidized iron filings, graphite, nikawa (cow hide glue), bamboo pulps paper, cotton pulp watercolour paper, and cotton lint

Size of work: H65 x W65 x D20 cm (artwork)

Size of frame: H80 x W80 x D29 cm (cover)

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Part of a collection of four works, n. 337 – arrangement in monochrome formalises the organic-looking clusters of loop pins and cable fasteners into a wall-mounted square composition. It is an exploration of how the opaque black and translucent off-white (the natural colour of polypropylene) parts come together to create tonal values and textures.

About the Artist

Grace Tan (b. 1979, Malaysia) began her practice in 2003 under the kwodrent series. Influenced by geometry, her works are distinguished by an intrinsic tactile nuance that heightens the matter and form. Tan’s new body of works presents various systems of arrangement, exploring the intrinsic relationship between the displayed objects and the display structures.

She has also represented Singapore at Singapore Biennale 2013, Fukutake House/Setouchi Triennale 2013 (in collaboration with The Substation), Aichi World Expo 2005, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, London Design Week 2006 and State of Design Melbourne 2008-2010. In 2012, Tan was awarded the distinguished President’s Design Award for Building as a Body and in 2013, she was conferred the Young Artist Award and nominated for the President’s Young Talents Award.

Tan has been commissioned by the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and The Esplanade for site-specific installations. She is also known for her large-scale public art works in Singapore. They include Woven Field at the Little India MRT Station, PLANES and CURRENTS at Marina One, SYMMETRY at DUO, n. 333 – State of Equilibrium at Raffles City, and PACT, The Clan Hotel.