As part of their family series, artists ChanSchatz were commissioned by collectors from Singapore to create a large scale custom artwork conceived as central to their new home designed by K2LD architects. ChanSchatz began the project as an abstract portrait of each individual collector, and their relationship together. The artwork consists of 2 large scale paintings and a site specific mural painted by local artisans following in the legacy of artist Sol LeWitt. See video below for project
The artwork is an abstract portrait of the Collectors and an integrated element of their home, thus achieving its goal of representing the importance of art and design as central in their lives.
The artists visited Singapore while the house was under construction, and they sited the double portrait in the dynamic stairway connecting the double volume dining room to the lower floor. The painting and mural elements were specifically designed to align to the architectural space and the mural is painted directly onto the walls.
To begin the portrait process, the artists gave the Collectors a selection sheet from which they chose shapes, colors and text phrases from the artists' archive. The Collectors selections formed the basis for the painting composition and the extended wall elements of the composition.
The artwork is made up of two unique panels that join in the center. Elements from each Collector's selections and colors are brought together in both the overlapping space of the two paintings and the mural which is painted directly onto the wall. It is the artists' intent that the composition of the painting integrates the context of the space through elements that continue from the painting onto the surface of the wall itself. The artists created a digital 3-D walk through to fully integrate the artwork into the architectural space. The rendering also helped the Collectors visualize the artwork in the house.
The two paintings were created in New York and shipped to Singapore for the installation. Following in the legacy of artist Sol LeWitt, the wall painting was conceived to be installed with the help of local artisans, some of which had been trained in his painting techniques. Once the wall mural was complete the paintings were installed and reflective stainless steel elements, also selected by the Collectors, were placed on the walls to reflect the light and nature of the site.
The Collectors were given a custom book by the artists documenting their involvement in the artwork including the colors, text phrases, copies of their selection sheets and full scale details of the painting. This way the artwork could be explored in the book format. The artist book is included as part of the artwork.
Singapore Double Portrait In-Situ
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