Until Further Notice...
Open Studio: Speculative Installation
17 – 18 Oct 2020
Until further notice… was an installation comprised of the large body of work I produced in my bedroom studio during Singapore’s 2020 COVID19 Circuit Breaker. Made entirely from materials I had at home, the work invades the space, becoming intertwined with tape drawings, mirrors and projections, acting as a reminder of the uncertainty of human perception and the joy of seeing and experiencing the world in real life. The shapes in the tape drawing and paintings were inspired by drawings I had done of the billboards in Times Square, New York a year ago to the day that our lockdown in Singapore started. They acted as a meditation on the places to which we could only visit in our memories #untilfurthernotice. The installation also features a series of Safe Entry QR code portraits taken from places I was able to visit during the Circuit Breaker- like my local supermarket. These contain only fragments of the information and act as a response to the way we were receiving information and to the control systems put in place during the outbreak.
Header photo by Matin Latif
About the Artist(s)
Merryn Trevethan is an Australian contemporary artist who is currently based in Hong Kong. Best known for her abstracted, hyper- saturated artworks that depict her perceptions of the megacities in which she resides, she places an emphasis on perception and colour in paintings, drawings, and large-scale installation works. Inspired by the changing nature and structure of cities, her work examines how we see, navigate and record our experiences of urban environments.
Merryn graduated with an MFA from Monash University, Australia (2005). She was one of ten Singapore-based artists (and co-curator) of Bus.Stop.Art public art exhibition for Singapore Art Week 2021. Merryn has been commissioned by Facebook’s Artist in Residence Program both in 2020 and in 2015 creating murals for their APAC HQ in Singapore. Key residencies include the Golden Foundation Residency Program in New York (2018), NPE Print Residency, Singapore (2018) and Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, China (2009). Merryn is a Certified GOLDEN Artist Educator. In Melbourne, she is a tutor at The Art Room and in Singapore, she worked with Art Outreach to deliver a range of educational programs for children.
Merryn has had recent solo exhibitions in both Australia and Singapore, including in 2016 at the Australian High Commission, Singapore. International group exhibitions include Made In Paint 2019 at Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New York, USA; Apertures at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017) and This Wild Song at Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2018). She has participated in public art festivals in Melbourne and in Singapore where in 2014 she was awarded first prize for DRIVE - Public Art Festival Open Call. Curatorial projects include Bus.Stop.Art- a National Arts Council commissioned project for Singapore Art Week 2021, Rules of Engagement The Substation, Singapore (2019) and This Wild Song x Singapore celebrating International Women’s Day at the Australian High Commission, Singapore (2018).
Merryn exhibits in Australia and Singapore. In 2016, she had her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Australian High Commission. International group exhibitions include Made In Paint 2019 at Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New York, USA; Apertures at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017) and This Wild Song at Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2018). She has participated in public art festivals in Melbourne and in Singapore where in 2014 she was awarded first prize for DRIVE - Public Art Festival Open Call.
Curatorial projects include Bus.Stop.Art a commissioned project for Singapore Art Week 2021, Rules of Engagement (2019) The Substation, Singapore and This Wild Song x Singapore (2018) celebrating International Women’s Day at the Australian High Commission, Singapore.