14 August 2023—Jon Burgerman’s solo Feel The Heat opens at WOAW Gallery
While some of you might recognise Jon Burgerman for his kooky characters, the artist’s first solo in Singapore unveils a poignant new direction in his practice. Running at WOAW Gallery till 23 September 2023, Feel The Heat “reflects our anxiety towards climate change,” as temperatures surge each summer.
Hazy-edged creatures fill sprawling canvases, creating the impression that they are melting, effectively mirroring the fates of our polar ice caps. Neon pinks, rich yellows, and crimsons take centre stage as the colours signal rising temperatures, as depicted by heat maps. Despite their seemingly cute, tongue-in-cheek appearances, Burgerman’s vivid works prompt us to consider the worrying effects of global warming.
Check out our photos for a peek at the show!
Feature image: WOAW Gallery
Exhibition view of Feel The Heat. We especially liked how the bubblegum pink walls complemented the warm tones in each work!(Left) Jon Burgerman, Spelunking 2, 2023. Aerosol on canvas. (Right) Detail of Spelunking 2. Up close, you can see the paint drip and how the artist’s use of aerosol creates soft, hazy outlines around each character. (Left) We were told that Blissed Out (2023) was particularly notable, as its background is a unique shade of pale sea green, compared to how most of Burgerman’s other works have pink and mauve backgrounds. (Right) Detail of Blissed Out (2023), where you can see splashes of paint bleed into each other, creating a soft, hazy, and somewhat mysterious atmosphere.