Exhibiting Artists: TR853-1 (TraseOne)
Dates: 08 Sep 2005 - 18 Sep 2005
What is an icon? In the view of Dodie Kazanjian, an icon is an absolute of style. It is something that makes us feels “wonderful, glamorous and beloved”. As such it is something that we wish to worship, belong to, or own. Pardon My Icons is an exhibition presenting the works by three local artists: Herman Salleh, Ezzam Rahman and Sufian Hamri @ TraseOne. They belong to a generation whose youth has been marked by prospering consumerism, the growing influence of media and the internet. In response and reflection to this dynamic cultural environment, the artists have come out with their own answers to the representation of icons. Works concerning popular themes, motifs and images form the expression of their social condition. By integrating various influences into their works, the resulting icons constitute their reaction to this subject matter. From Ezzam’s chic formal figures to Herman’s playful and provocative social commentary to the repetitive simplicity of Sufian’s works, each provides responses to which society provides its own multiple icons.
- Kartini binte Saat, curator
Beginning as a self-taught graffiti artist in 1999, TraseOne (TR853-1) is highly regarded as one of the boundary-pushing pioneers of the local street art movement. In 2005, he was granted the inaugural Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award to expand his knowledge in art, eventually graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in 2007 from the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts.