JEREMY SHARMA

BORN 1977, SINGAPORE
LIVES AND WORKS IN SINGAPORE

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1977, Singapore

Lives and works in Singapore, currently teaching in the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts,

Singapore

EDUCATION

2005 – 2006
Master of Art (Fine Art),  LASALLE College of The Arts, Singapore

2002–2003
Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) with High Distinction,  Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Factum . Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
MODE CHANGE.  Galerie Michael Janssen Singapore, Singapore

2013
Exposition.  Grey Projects, Singapore

2012
Apropos.  ICA Gallery 2,  Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

2011
Variations.  Art Forum Gallery, Singapore

2008
The Protection Paintings –Of Sensations and Superscriptions. The Jendela Gallery (Visual Arts Space by Cristal Caritas Trust),
Esplanade Mall, Singapore

2007
Jeremy Sharma.  Art Forum Gallery, Singapore
End of A Decade.  The Substation Gallery, Singapore

2006
A Certain Slant of Light.  The Substation Gallery, Singapore

2004
The Arcane Glimpse.  The Substation Gallery, Singapore

SELECTED GROUP PRESENTATIONS/EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCE

2015
Dear Painter , curated by June Yap, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore
NTU CCA Residencies: Art Day Out!
NTU CCA Studio, Singapore
NTU CCA Residencies: Art After Dark – Longitudes, Endgames & Screensavers, NTU CCA Studio, SingaporeThe Measure of Your Dwelling - Singapore as Unhomed, ifa Gallery Berlin/Stuttgart, Germany
Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Singapore-Mexico Cross Cultural Exchange: A post-residency exhibition, Fundacion Sebastian, Mexico City
Donato Piccolo, Voldermars Johansons, Jeremy Sharma, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Prudential Singapore Eye – Contemporary Singapore Art, Art Science Museum Singapore
Outliers by Jeremy Sharma - Geo|Graphic: Celebrating maps and their stories, curated by Joanna Lee


National Library of Singapore

2014
Modern Love, curated by Bala Starr and Khairuddin Hori, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Bright S’pore(s), Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Countershadows (tactics in evasion), curated by Melanie Pocock, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Busan Biennale, Going, going, until I meet the Seo, Lisa Liu Chunfeng and Shinichi Hanada, Busan Metropolitan City, Kiswire Factory, South Korea
Anthropos, curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Departure, curated by Milenko Prvacki,  iPreciation gallery, Singapore
MARKET FORCES – Erasure: From Conceptualism To Abstraction, curated by Charles Merewether, Osage Gallery and City University, Hong Kong
Materialised Time, curated by Chun Kaifeng, LATENT SPACES @ Haw Par Villa, Singapore
Do you believe in Angels?.  Mo Space, Manila, The Philippines
Art Stage Singapore, SEA Platform (Michael Janssen Gallery), Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre

2013
Singapore Biennale- If The World Changed.  The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Painting in Singapore.  Equator Art Projects, Singapore
Side-Glance.  Praxis Space, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
A History of Curating in Singapore/ Curating Lab: Phase 3.  Goodman Art Centre, Singapore

2012
Lyrical Abstraction: Works by Jeremy Sharma & Yeo Shih Yun.  The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Panorama: Recent Art from Southeast Asia. The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Still Building: Contemporary Art from Singapore.  Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
The Same Rain, The Same Wind.  Chiang Mai University Art Center, Thailand
The Subject Shall Remain Anonymous.  Give Art Space, Singapore

 


Nine +/- 1. FASS Art Gallery, Sabanci University, Istanbul

2011 
Foris. Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Nine. ICAS Galleries , Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore
Pantone My Art. TCC Gallery, Singapore

2010 
14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010. Bangledesh Shilpakala Academy
Forgetting The Roses. Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore Centre to Periphery. Japan Creative Centre, Singapore

2009 
Modern Hermits. Telok Kurau Studios Gallery, Singapore


Ruckus Rubix. NUS Museum, Singapore
Constructed Landscapes: Singapore in Southeast Asia. NUS Museum, Singapore

2008 
The Royal Overseas League Scholarship Exhibition. The Gallery@OXO, London
Belonging. Mint Museum of Toys, Singapore
Athlete (Bangkok and US premiere). The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok
Experiments in Cinema V3.0, New Mexico, USA

2007 
City net Asia. Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Whose Playground is This? Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
Painting In Spite Of…. Project Space, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts,Singapore
Black is not The Darkest Colour. La Libreria, Singapore
Athlete. Sculpture Square Chapel Gallery, Singapore

2006 

8 Young Contemporaries. Art Forum. Singapore
Miniature. Project Space, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
The Deep End. p-10, Singapore
Rage Against The Dying of The Light. La Libreria, Singapore

2005 
Real Presence/Floating Sites (Collateral Event with The 51st Venice Biennale). IUAV, Facolta’di design e Arti, Venice
Insomnia: KYTV presents: The P.O.P Staion plus Tiramisu
(The Singapore Season London 2005 by TheatreWorks). The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

2004 
Design for Death. Post Theatre, Seoul Fringe Festival, Seoul,Korea
Theatre Studio, Esplanade-Theatres of the Bay, Singapore
Project Graphite.Goethe Institut, Singapore
Sounds Like Mirrors (sound and visual installation) . Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
Artists Book.Public Art Library, Sculpture Square, Singapore
Iconoclass/Persistence: Site of Memory (video screening). Plasma
Screens, Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
WhistleBristle. Studio 106, Joo Chiat Place, Singapore
The LASALLE SCHOOL. Earl Lu Gallery I, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
Studio 106 Open Studio. Studio 106, Joo Chiat Place, Singapore
The Last Laugh (Humour in Video by KYTV). Earl Lu Gallery I, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore

2003 
Singapore-ASEAN Art Awards 2003 Exhibition. ARTrium, Ministry for Information and the Arts (MITA) Building, Singapore
BigSmall Works.Art Seasons Gallery, Singapore
No Apologies. Earl Lu Gallery I, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
New Finds 2003 (Art Galleries Festival). MITA Atrium, Singapore

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMME

2015 
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Artists in residence Singapore

2014 
Temenggong Artists-in-Residence with Fundación Sebastián Mexico City

2008 
Artist Residency & Exchange Program (REAP) by Artesan Gallery Singapore. Manila, The Philippines

2007 
Royal Over-seas League (ROSL). Travel Scholarship, United Kingdom

2004 
Studio 106. Former residential-studio of the late Cultural Medallion Dr. Ng Eng Teng, Joo Chiat Place (Managed by LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore)

AWARDS, GRANTS AND HONOURABLE MENTIONS

2013
RPF Grant by LASALLE College of The Arts.
Creation Grant by The National Arts Council

2005
LASALLE-SIA Scholarship

 2005
LASALLE-SIA Scholarship

Recipient (with KYTV) of the JCCI Arts Award 2005 by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

2003
Finalist, Phillip Morris Singapore Arts Awards
Studio 106 Residency Award

2002
The Lee Foundation Study Grant

2000
First Prize (Open Category) Action For Aids Award Singapore

1999
Winner of The Della Butcher Award presented by The Rotary Club of Singapore

Press Release

Michael Janssen presents the first solo exhibition in Germany with Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma. Entitled ORBITER AND SONATA, Jeremy’s new suite of works of cast and coloured polyurethane foam is an extension of his previous Terra Sensa series. This exhibition features a new group of reliefs which are based on the reconstruction of the mapping of extraterrestrial landscapes from information and data obtained by orbiters in space.

Jeremy Sharma (b.1977) works primarily as a painter but his body of work encompasses video, photography, drawing and installation. His current practice investigates the notion of art as a reflection of a conscious life that observes it in the age of mechanical, industrial and digital reproduction and interconnectivity. It adresses our relationship to modernism and our place in time and space in an increasingly fragmented and artificial reality.

The Terra Sensa series is based on two-dimensional radiographs of pulsars – stars that emit electromagnetic radiation at regular intervals. An image of the first ever recorded set of radiographs had been used 1979 by the band Joy Division for the now famous album Unknown Pleasures. The image became part of popular culture and achieved an iconic status. By the 3D transfiguration process the fleeting signals of pulsars gained weight and a certain blank monumentality that recall temple wall reliefs in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Sharma interrelates the interstellar and pop cultural origins of these works with new technology, ancient myths and contemporary conceptual art discussions.

The new series of works in ORBITER AND SONATA represent the surfaces of planets that are within our solar system. The titels Melatone 20S_32S_14_35 and Melatone 27S_38S_110_130 refer to melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep cycles in animals and humans. Both are based on data of the visible and dark side of the moon. The moon in turn is thought to influence not only the tides but also sleep patterns.  Ares Boreale I + II recreate Martian landscapes. In Greek mythology Ares is the god of war, the planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war.  The golden relief carries the ominous title Icarus and is like the Terra Sensa  series based on radiographs of pulsars. The shiny golden automotive paint invokes luxury, preciousness and invincibility while the title suggests an inherent scepticism.

These works share not only the artist’s employment of pre-fabrication and sensual use of synthetic industrial materials like pigments, polystyrene and polyurethane foam, but also a three-dimensionality which causes them to straddle the lines defining painting, sculpture and object. They create an interesting tension between form and materiality as well as a reading of abstraction in the present context of Asia and the world, positioning Sharma’s last few years of practice well into the conceptual field.


Notable solo exhibitions includes Apropos at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012), Variations at Art Forum Gallery (2011), The Protection Paintings – Of Sensations and Superscriptions at the Jendela Gallery, Esplanade (2008) and End of A Decade at The Substation Gallery (2007). Having received several awards, Sharma’s work is also part of a number of public and private collections, notably the Singapore Art Museum, National Library Board Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Singapore and Societe Generale. He currently teaches in the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts.