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The Iskander Walen retrospective is a a review of Dutch artist Iskander Walen's, career as a painter and sculptor, starting with his first liquid oil paintings solo show in 1993 right up to his current series American Icons.
Over the span of his career, Walen has worked in every medium, from traditional materials such as paint and clay, to video, photography, synthetics and metals, and more recently performance art. He began his studies in traditional techniques, creating portraits, still life and landscapes in pencil and watercolor.
 
He mastered the fundamentals in the early 1990's, and his focus shifted. He began obsessively creating abstracts, liquefying the paint and letting the material dictate each next step in his development. During this time, Walen used mostly liquid oil paints, and only on wood and paper. This was followed by a brief period of experimenting with mixed media, combining photographs and oil paint. In what he refers to as the "wilderness years", Walen sidetracked into photography, film and video. He explored comics, stand up comedy performance, and television, and began to apply all of his experiences when he returned to fine art.

Iskander Walen: "Art is a strange human expression. For me, it has always been an attempt to exorcise feelings of conflict and confusion, or to leave the present, to get away from reality and just roam the isolated recesses of my consciousness where only the work matters and nothing else. When I make art, purpose comes into focus. My work seems to give my existence meaning. Creating has always been a compulsion for me. It isn't just a need to communicate with others. If I ended up stranded on a deserted island, after taking care of my basic needs, I would likely still create art, regardless of whether anyone else would ever see it. I think I create mostly for myself, to save me from depression and suicide. That sounds very dark, but as a consequence I am quite happy. I just think I wouldn't see any point to my life if I didn't create. That is what I think sets artists apart from other people, who I am sure have their own compulsions, such as money, prestige, sex, etc.. My motivation is creating."

ISKANDER WALEN retrospective + Apr 6-31 Jul + GOODMAN ART CENTER + 90 Goodman Road, Block O, 02-62
features works spanning 1993 to the present day
PLEASE NOTE: VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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upcoming
AGE 3 AND ABOVE
 
AGE 3 AND ABOVE (THE GUN SHOW) is a new exhibition in progress by Dutch artist Iskander Walen. An exploration into the existence of toy guns. Walen's obsession with mankind's obvious but largely ignored contradictions continues with AGE 3 AND ABOVE. The title of the exhibition is taken from the advisory of toy gun packaging advising the buyer that the toy machine gun or hand gun they are purchasing is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
 
Iskander Walen: "This is a difficult subject and the search for the right visuals to convey my ideas has been and continues to be very exciting. Guns are visually as powerful as they are in their function. Their power and beauty are a genuine appeal of guns, but ultimately they are a mistake. However, it is a mistake that we seem to be unwilling to correct.
When we see a photograph of a child hold a toy gun, there is some eerie about it. When they run around and play it isn't as disturbing. When we freeze the visual, which creates the silence and pause we need to reflect on anything, we can see clearly that a child holding a toy gun is a reflection of something that we fear in our adult peers. An adult holding a gun is disturbing and frightening, yet there are as many if not more toy guns which we buy for our children to play Kill Your Friends. I think that is very bizarre. Why do toy guns exist, why we stop questioning the existence of real guns as we grow up, why do we pass on the choice of violence as an acceptable form of conflict resolution generation after generation. Are these even the right questions to ask."

AGE 3 AND ABOVE (THE GUN SHOW) opens on January 12th, at 6.30pm, and will feature 2- and 3-dimensional works as well as a talk and a performance by the artist.. This will be an exhibition in progress that will continue to develop over three months and will culminate in a closing night on April 13.

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AGE 3 AND ABOVE
 
The Tanjong Goodman Weekend is regular two-day event with an arts and craft flea markets, pre-loved collectibles and eco-friendly lifestyle products to deliciously prepared foods! This special edition will be combined with the Goodman Arts Center 's Open House, which will feature workshops and activities for all ages. . Enjoy a memorable weekend exploring Goodman Arts Centre where there’s something for everyone!
 
OPEN STUDIO ART SALE - Also on January 21 and 22 at Goodman Arts Centre, the Great Art Sale, which will be held in Block O. Artwork by Dutch artist Iskander Walen will be on sale for two days only. Silk screens, paintings, and sculptures from past exhibitions, as well as photographs from Walen's current exhibition Age 3 And Above.

WEEKEND MARKET and OPEN HOUSE and the GREAT ART SALE will take place this weekend on January 21 and 22, from 10am to 6pm. The address is Goodman Art Center, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053. The Great Open Studio Sale and the exhibition Age 3 And Above will be in Block O, studio 02-62.

 
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THIS EXHIBITION HAS ENDED. CAN! was staged on 28 July 2016 and ran until 27 November 2016

CAN! - an exhibition of art works and performances by Iskander Walen.

CAN! is about our addiction to smart phones and how we seem to increasingly prefer looking at our phones rather than interact directly with the world and people around us. The reality we experience on the phone requires no effort or investment on our part. We can select on our phone items that will give us any emotion experience we want, for the exact duration we want, when we want it, wherever we are and whoever we are actually with. We can have this with none of the effort it would take to experience that emotion in real life.
Like a meal from a can, the smart phone digital reality is quick, easy and almost effortless. Like canned processed food the phone allows us to consume a digital life that doesn't require shopping for groceries, preparing and cooking each individual item, and without a pile of dishes afterwards. .

The cans in Iskander Walen’s CAN! contain the things we most eagerly seek after on our smart phones, from baby pictures to one-click "friendships" on Facebook, celebrity gossip to instant nostalgia, ready-made spirituality, and instant fame. It’s life from a can.

On the opening night itself (and over the course of the four-month exhibition period), the  artist will also present several performances.

As an experiment that allows the audience to experience the artist's process of creating art, Iskander Walen's exhibition will open while not all the works have been created. At the start of the exhibition a good part of the art works will be presented, together with several performances, on the opening night itself. The process of creation will then continue throughout the following four-month exhibition period, actually taking place in the exhibition space itself. Visitors will be able to see the artist's exhibition developing and coming to completion.

This experimental exhibition format allows visitors to discover how a series of works can evolve over their creation period.

To witness the process or creation, the public is invited to visit on the opening night or early on in the exhibition, when part of the works and performances are presented, then at any time during the exhibition period to see how the artist further develops his ideas into physical works and performances, and then again at the end, when the exhibition is completed. The completion of the exhibition will be celebrated with a closing night. This event will present all the finalized works as well as the artist's final performances for this show.

CAN! was presented at Goodman Arts Center, 90 Goodman Road, Studio 9, Block O


About the artist Iskander Walen

Singapore-based Dutch artist Iskander Walen. Walen is known for his LoveBomb sculptures, another tongue-in-cheek take on the more confounding aspects of the human condition. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and his work has be exhibited and sold in Asia, Europe and the US. Please refer to the web page for a detailed list of exhibitions and works.

About Exhibitions In Progress

Appreciation of art, of any artistic expression, is greatly enhance by a better understanding of the process of creation. Exhibitions in Progress is an initiative by Orange Gallery Singapore to enable the public to learn more about art by seeing it being created, by allowing the public access to the process of creating an art exhibition


 

Orange Gallery Singapore presents "Great Art Techniques", the fourth art talk by Iskander Walen. This talk is part of a series that aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of art in general.

"Great Art Techniques" will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the various skills and techniques that famous artists have used to create great works of art. This talk investigates specific works of art and explains how the final visual appearance of each work was created. Find out what techniques are used in clay and stone sculpting, in painting and drawing, discover collage, stencilling, mixed media, silk-screen and offset printing, photography effects, and other mechanized applications. Learn how art is created and what techniques created the great works of art. A fun and informative insight into the creation of the great works of art. This talk will include live demonstrations of some of the techniques discussed.

The talk is for anyone interested in the arts and keen to learn more about how to recognize and appreciate this beautiful and interesting form of human expression.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Mr. Walen has Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts and has worked as an artist for nearly three decades, creating and selling paintings, sculptures, photographs, illustrations and performance art. His work is exhibited and sold in Europe, Asia and the US.

To register for this talk, please e-mail to events@orange-gallery.com. The attendance fee for this lecture is $10 per participant. Seating is limited to 20 participants. The talk will be held at 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Center.

 
 

Orange Gallery Singapore presents "Great Artworks", the third art talk by Iskander Walen. This talk is part of a series that aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of art in general.

"Great Artworks" will examine a number of classical and contemporary paintings, sculptures and multi-disciplinary art works that have become to be regarded as artistic master pieces. Learn how art works are created, presented, received and reviewed, and how their appreciation can change over time, as we simultaneously trace the journey the artists took to reach the end result. A fun and informative review of some of the most wonderful artwork that exist in the world today. 

The talk is for anyone interested in the arts and keen to learn more about how to recognize and appreciate this beautiful and interesting form of human expression.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Mr. Walen has Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts and has worked as an artist for nearly three decades, creating and selling paintings, sculptures, photographs, illustrations and performance art. His work is exhibited and sold in Europe, Asia and the US.

To book this lecture, please e-mail to info@orange-gallery.com.

 
 

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Great Artists - a talk by Iskander Walen

Orange Gallery Singapore presents "Great Artists", the second art talk by Iskander Walen. This talk is part of a series that aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of art in general.

"Great Artists" will highlight a number of painters, sculptors and multi-disciplinary artists through a selection of their works. Learn how artists develop over time, how their skill combined with their ideas can become a recognizable and highly regarded style. A fun and informative study of several of the greatest artists in the field. 

The talk is for anyone interested in the arts and keen to learn more about how to recognize and appreciate this beautiful and interesting form of human expression.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Mr. Walen has Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts and has worked as an artist for nearly three decades, creating and selling paintings, sculptures, photographs, illustrations and performance art. His work is exhibited and sold in Europe, Asia and the US. 

To book this lecture, please e-mail to info@orange-gallery.com.

 

 
THIS EVENT CAN BE BOOKED

Introduction to Art - a talk by Iskander Walen

Orange Gallery Singapore presents "Introduction To Art", the first in a series of art talks by Iskander Walen. 

This talk will touch on different ways art can be defined and appreciated. Mr. Walen will discuss selected art works from different times in the past centuries and connect these to contemporary artists and currently available modern art works.

This is the first in a series of lectures conducted by Iskander Walen (M.F.A.), which will introducing various topics related to the creation, history, appreciation, and business of fine arts. 

Mr. Walen has Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts and has worked as an artist for nearly three decades, creating and selling paintings, sculptures, photographs, illustrations and performance art. His work is exhibited and sold in Europe, Asia and the US. 

To book this lecture, please e-mail to info@orange-gallery.com.

 

 
 
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