As a material, paper has a pretty extensive and impressive history – it was invented in China approximately 2,000 years ago, give or take. In recent years however, it’s no news that print as a medium has been battling dwindling sales. The latest exhibition at Hermes Singapore (Liat Towers), Some Other Matter by artist and printmaker Irfan Hendrian, aims to present an alternative narrative on the material by investigating “the profound impact and consequences of technological advances on humanity’s relationship with paper.”
How? By giving new form to what most people would see as a traditional, 2D material. The exhibition sees Hendrian replicating discarded tools, machinery, and structural elements of deserted buildings entirely with paper. For example, what might appear to be a pile of bricks is actually stacks of paper that have been molded to look like bricks (though real ones are also present in the pile). What looks like a wall of corrugated steel are also formed from paper that have been burnt in places.
Having previewed the exhibition, we’d have to say it’s pretty interesting, both in terms of concept and execution. What’s more, you can even take away pieces with you – the orange poster you see above is free for the taking – it’s a print of plants foraged by the artist. You can also tear out pages from the “bricks” if you wish to have a momento.
The exhibition is ongoing from now till October 13, 10:30 am to 8 pm daily at Aloft at Hermes, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers. Admission is free.