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3 March 2023 鈥 Seelan Palay鈥檚 latest solo Battle for the Year 3000 to open at MAVEN Gallery on 4 March 2023

Seelan Palay鈥檚 latest solo Battle for the Year 3000 will open at MAVEN Gallery on 4 March 2023. The show features works that the artist has worked on for the past few years, as he draws extensively on ideas from spirituality, religion, cosmology, numerology, and science fiction. The show draws its title from imagining what changes art and humanity will undergo in the next thousand years, as prompted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: 鈥渢he arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.鈥

Numerous (and undoubtedly cryptic) references to historical events, iconic paintings, and religious figures pepper the exhibition, which will be sure to prompt viewers to speculate the significance of such details. If anything, you鈥檒l get the sense that you aren鈥檛 fully grasping the whole picture, prompting you to ask questions and hypothesise鈥攚hich is part of the artist鈥檚 intentions.聽

While Palay鈥檚 previous paintings boasted palettes of ultramarine and blue, this new body of works sees the addition of glimmering gold paint, typically used to signify a spiritual dimension in the works.聽

A brilliant example of this is THE RETURN OF THE BLOOD ANGELS IN THE TEMPLE OF TIME AND TRANSCENDENCE, which touches on the artist鈥檚 Sri Lankan Tamil descent. It sees a golden tiger鈥攖he emblem of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam鈥攖urned sideways to signify the party鈥檚 defeat during the Sri Lankan Civil War, with rays emanating outwards from its centre. Below it are illustrations of a brain and a lung, suggesting how resistance might be continued not through the use of arms, but by theorising. At the edges of the canvas are years relating to the conflict, which ran from 23 Jul 1983 鈥 18 May 2009.

Have a look at our photographs below to check out the space and other exhibition highlights!

The exhibition runs from 4 to 13 March 2023 at Maven Gallery, 31 Neil Rd, Singapore 088819. Click here to find out more.