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Thirty-six heavenly stars

Thirty-six Heavenly Stars

6 January to 20 January 2023


SiBaoZhai x Not gallery is pleased to announce the gallery’s first exhibition of 2023, Thirty-six Heavenly Stars, a solo exhibition by artist Lewis Choo Li Wei.

Stepping into the exhibition, one might mistake the individual ceramic artworks for the trendy POP MART figurines that is taking the world by storm. Yet, beneath the seemingly innocent and unassuming façade, lie a deeper, sophisticated social commentary. Drawing inspiration from one of China’s Four Great Classic Novels (四大名著), Outlaws of the Marsh (水浒传), this exhibition explores the ethical concerns that comes with functioning within a society, such as the relationship between people in positions of power and their subjects.

In Outlaws of the Marsh, the exploits of 108 outlaws, most of them victims of the abuse of power, take centre-stage as they traverse through the Northern-Central China, which was at that time the heart of the kingdom, to seek justice for the oppressed. As such, the Chinese epic is essentially a story of the common man’s fight against oppressive and unjust rulers, reinforced by themes of brotherhood, honour, and loyalty. In Thirty-six Heavenly Stars, these themes are similarly manifested in 36 ceramic artworks, a representation of the 36 Heavenly Stars among the outlaws, as each of these traditional characters are reframed as contemporary figures that appeal to the modern-day sensibilities of the viewers.

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Exhibition period: 6 January – 20 January 2023, 12 nn to 6 pm daily

Exhibition venue: 231 Bain Street, #02-41, Bras Basah Complex Singapore 180231

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