Japan Creative Centre



ISKANDAR JALIL
~ In Pursuit Of The Ethical Pot
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EXHIBITION & ARTIST TALK


Iskandar Jalil

The Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore is proud to present Iskandar Jalil - In Pursuit of the Ethical Pot, a solo exhibition of recent ceramic works by Singapore’s Famous Master Potter awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on 29th April 2015. This exhibition explores the potter’s relentless pursuit of “the ultimate pot”. For Mr Iskandar, this ideal pot emerges not just from the skilful mastery of technique but necessarily involves the unique aesthetics, values or “ethics”, identity and life experiences of its maker.

Eighty-six ceramic works, developed specially for this exhibition, share an extraordinary breadth of stories, philosophies and experiences of Mr Iskandar in his interactions with clay cultures across the world including those of Japan, Finland and Southeast Asia. Staple, familiar teapots and chawan with signature tactile surfaces feature alongside more sculptural, evocative creations that allude to literary classics, big band music and the films of P. Ramlee.

These works testify to this Master Potter’s undiminished vigour and skill, his formidable “ceramics grammar and language”, his love of nature and openness to high and popular culture as well as to his creativity in re-invigorating pottery traditions and legacies.



EXHIBITION DATE & TIME

Date: Thursday, 27th August 2015 - Saturday, 12th September 2015 (Closed on Sun, Mon & Public Holidays)
TIME: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
VENUE: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
ADMISSION: FREE

THE ARTIST CRAFTSMAN


H.E. Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi (L) & Mr Iskandar Jalil (R) with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette (9th June 2015)

Mr Iskandar Jalil (b.1940) is celebrated as Singapore’s Master Potter and leading ceramist. His numerous accolades include the Cultural Medallion [1988], the Public Service Star [2012] and the most recent Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette [2015].

His outstanding academic records led to two Colombo Plan Scholarships, the first to India for textile studies [1966] and to Japan for ceramic engineering [1972]. In these “immersive environments” he learnt to write and speak Hindi, Sanskrit and Japanese (alongside his fluency in Malay, English and Arabic). His linguistic aptitude was a great facilitator in cross-cultural interactions, enabling him to assimilate and build on relationships of exchange and understanding.

Mr Iskandar’s practice is marked by a distinguished career as an educator and to this day, he remains an active mentor, particularly of the Temasek Potters, where he helms the Temasek pottery studio. He has also been a pivotal figure of pottery art development at Jalan Bahar clay studios, the Malay Heritage Centre and NUS ceramics art.

His characteristic or “signature” works possess simple but strong structures with highly tactile and rich surfaces; his vessels often feature branches for handles and deploys clays unique to particular locales or regions. He has also developed monumental public murals and installations in fired clay, overturning the usual expectations of ceramic works as small, utilitarian objects. While drawing inspiration from the clay cultures of Asia, Europe and America Mr Iskandar has nonetheless evolved a singular and robust voice that is definitive of Singapore modern ceramics art.


DATE: Saturday, 29th August 2015
TIME: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
VENUE: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372

REGISTER FOR ARTIST TALK: A POTTER' s DIALOGUE BY ISKANDAR JALIL

Please email the below details with the subject "ARTIST TALK: A POTTER's DIALOGUE BY ISKANDAR JALIL"
to jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp

1. FULL NAME
2. AGE
3. GENDER
4. ORGANISATION
5. E-MAIL ADDRESS

Kindly ensure all your information is correct. We will send you a confirmation email for successful registrations. Please register by Friday, 21st August 2015. Please register early to avoid disappointment. We regret that as there is limited seating, seats will be confirmed only upon receipt of confirmation email from JCC. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.


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