PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World

22 May - 30 June 2014

A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World
Robert Zhao Renhui
 
A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World
 
 
Primo Marella Gallery is proud to present A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World by Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui, featuring works commissioned by the 2013 Singapore Biennale.
 
The exhibition seeks to document and reflect on the myriad ways in which human action and intervention are slowly altering the natural world. It presents a catalogue of curious creatures and life-forms that have evolved in ways to cope with the stresses and pressures of a changed world. Other organisms documented in the project are the results of human intervention, mutations engineered to serve various interests and purposes ranging from scientific research to the desire for ornamentation. These lifeforms are showcased in photographs and installation works that appropriate the coolly detached visual imagery of science.
 
Zhao’s practice intersects with and is closely informed by science, in particular, zoology. His work addresses man’s relationship with nature, and related issues of morality and ethics, paying close attention to how our attitudes assumptions about the natural world are often shaped by institutions of authority and the media. He works mainly in photography, but often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach by presenting images together with documents and objects, in order to test the principles behind the dissemination of knowledge and to challenge the ways in which we commonly receive and accept information.
 
In this way, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World also questions the limits of these systems of collating, ordering and disseminating knowledge, by blurring the lines between fact and fiction. It oscillates between the modalities of science and art, thereby inviting us to consider the roles of these disciplines in our apprehension and understanding of the world.
 
Included in the exhibition are new sculptures which extend Zhao’s zoological investigations. In Nepenthes sg. rh, a plant that was discovered in 1897 by Kimiya Yui in Singapore, known only be a pencil sketch by the botanist. The plant is an undescribed tropical pitcher plant known from a single tree in Singapore and has never be seen again. Zhao created a sculpture from Yui’s sketch. This is an ongoing series of work where the artist looks for species that were discovered but never seen again. Other exhibits include Unbreakable Egg, an egg that has been genetically modified with a plant’s gene to prevent it from breaking, resulting in an egg that has a wood like texture. Moondust (Journeys to the moon) is a collection of insect ash the artist painstakingly collects from street lamps. The ash is the remains of insects being trapped in the street lamps and being burnt by the heat of the lamp over a long period of time.
 
Zhao is one the most prominent artists in Singapore, having exhibited widely in his country and abroad in high-profile exhibitions and events. His recent exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale 2013, President’s Young Talents 2013, The Institute of Critical Zoologists at Chapter Arts Centre (UK), Photoquai 2013, International Festival of Photography at Mineiro Museum (Brazil) , and Engaging Perspectives at CCA (Singapore). He has exhibited in Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Format Festival, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Fukouka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Photo Levallois (Paris), Seoul Arts Center (Korea), GoEun Museum of Photography (Korea), The Zabludowicz Collection (London),  ShanghArt Gallery (Shanghai) and P.P.O.W (New York).
 
His work has also been awarded The Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2011) University of the Arts London, The United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Award (2009) Singapore, Sony World Photography Awards (2010  and 2011); honorable mentions in Photo Levallois (France, 2008). In 2010, he was awarded The Young Artist Award by the Singapore National Arts Council. His work has also been featured prominently in ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum International, ArtInfo, Fotografia and Punctum.
Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121

Some Kind of Expedition from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121

Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121

Day 1 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121

Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012
Archival Pigment Print
Cm 84 x 121

Expedtion #46 from "The Glacier Study Group"
2012 - Archival Pigment Print - Cm 84 x 121

[plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121

[plate 37] Glow in the dark Fish at Sunset
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121

[plate 39] White House Crow

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 39] White House Crow
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121

[plate 39] White House Crow
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121

[plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121

[plate 41] Bioluminescent Deer
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121

[plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140

[plate 47] Falcon that is an Owl
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140

[plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140

[plate 49] Eagle with Flowerhorn Cichlid
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140

[plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140

[plate 50] Cat that Can See in the Dark
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140

[plate 52] Monkey that Talks

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 52] Monkey that Talks
2013
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 210 x 140

[plate 52] Monkey that Talks
2013 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 210 x 140

[plate 54] Pond that never dries up

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 54] Pond that never dries up
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121

[plate 54] Pond that never dries up
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121

[plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp

Robert Zhao Renhui

[plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 84 x 121

[plate 55] Lazarus Island Carp
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 84 x 121

Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 54 x 36 each

Set of Plate# 18, #19, #20, #21, #22 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 54 x 36 each

Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
54 x 36 cm each

Set of Plate #9, #10, #16, #17 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - 54 x 36 cm each

Set of Plate #2, #3, #4, #7 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"

Robert Zhao Renhui

Set of Plate #2, #3, #4, #7 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013
Digital inkjet print on matt paper
Cm 54 x 36 each

Set of Plate #2, #3, #4, #7 "A Guide to the Fauna and Flora of the World"
2013 - Digital inkjet print on matt paper - Cm 54 x 36 each

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)

Zhao Renhui Robert

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)
2014
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 180 x 120

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)
2014 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 180 x 120

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)

Zhao Renhui Robert

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)
2014
Insect ash collected from lamps in wooden vitrine case
Cm 37.5 x 39 x 39

Moondust (Journeys to the Moon #11)
2014 - Insect ash collected from lamps in wooden vitrine case - Cm 37.5 x 39 x 39

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui

Zhao Renhui Robert

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui
2014
Installation of artificial plant in wooden vitrine case
Cm 37.5 x 39 x 39

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui
2014 - Installation of artificial plant in wooden vitrine case - Cm 37.5 x 39 x 39

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui

Zhao Renhui Robert

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui
2014
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 180 x 120

Nepenthes sg. rh Yui
2014 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 180 x 120

Unbreakable Egg

Zhao Renhui Robert

Unbreakable Egg
2014
Pigment print on canvas
Cm 180 x 120

Unbreakable Egg
2014 - Pigment print on canvas - Cm 180 x 120