Exquisite Trust (Blindly Collective Collaborations)
18 Mar – 22 Apr 2017

STPI presents a blockbuster exhibition consisting of its first collective collaboration with four luminary international artists Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Over the past year, the artists jointly produced a body of work based on the children’s game “Exquisite Corpse” – a device the Surrealists adopted to engineer free association. Confronting elements of surprise and the unconscious, the artists and STPI Creative Workshop team captured the essence of collaboration whilst putting print and papermaking techniques to the test to produce highly whimsical and unparalleled works. The show also features exclusive new solo works which develop different aspects of the "Exquisite Corpse". These include screen prints of Singapore buildings by Höller which feature his signature corkscrew slides; eye-catching typography-based screen prints by Rehberger; stunning composite palm line drawings from Sala; and organic watercolour monoprints by Tiravanija.



"Random Life" is a witty display of paper pulp sculptures, collaged tiles and print works with a touch of humour – the sort South Korean multimedia artist Kim Beom is best known for. The intentionally ambiguous silhouettes of his subversive works embrace the absurd, immersing the visitor in an alternative reality to challenge our understanding of how we make sense of the world around us, highlighting the variability of representation and perception.

With a practice spanning drawing, sculpture, video, and artist books, Kim contemplates a world in which perception is questioned. His works have been shown in institutions including the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Hayward Gallery (London), REDCAT Gallery (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Museum of Art, Arsonje Center (Seoul), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston). Biennials include Gwangju Biennale (1997 and 2012), Taipei Biennial (1998), Istanbul Biennial (2003), Venice Biennale (2005), Media City Seoul (2010), and Sharjah Biennial (2015).