Alvin Ong and Khairullah Rahim at The Foot Beneath the Flower, NTU ADM Gallery

10 Sep 2020

On view now at NTU ADM Gallery, as part of exhibition The Foot Beneath the Flower” are works by Alvin Ong and Khairullah Rahim.

Curated by Louis Ho, the exhibition features contemporary Southeast Asian works in the key of high-pitched camp and kitsch.

Alvin’s works explore the politics of camp through the devices of visibility and concealment. Loosely conceived as a series of tableaux of strangers on a beach, each work takes its name after three seminal collections of Singaporean gay confessional poetry: ‘The Lover’s Inventory’ (Cyril Wong), ‘The Invisible Manuscript’ (Alfian Sa’at), and ‘Intruder’ (Jerrold Yam).

Alvin Ong, The Invisible Manuscript 2020, oil on canvas 200 x 175 cm

Khairullah Rahim showcases five assemblages influenced by his daily observations of his everyday urban landscape, focussing on his neighbourhood in Singapore. The works extend upon his recent explorations with objects and minority communities. Four of the works, were recently presented at his solo exhibition, Gathering of Flocks.

Khairullah Rahim, Bird Feeder, 2020, mixed media assemblage on wooden panel, panel size: 46 x 30.5 cm, including assemblage: 60 x 50 cm

The Foot Beneath the Flower is on view until 31 October 2021.