Artist: Alfonso Ossorio
6 works, Various media | 1958

Alfonso Ossorio’s practice underwent phases, from dexterously drawn surrealist images to wax-resist works informed by psychoanalysis. In much of his works, Ossorio grapples with the weight of personal history and philosophical reflections on matter and spirit, as well as the spectres of memory. The Singapore Biennale presents Ossorio’s Congregations, a class of works in his oeuvre that swarms with ornament, fantastic objects from driftwood to rhinestone and glimpses of otherworldly references, akin to dreams or triggered by a heady imagination. The ecology of the Congregations is breathtaking. “They all work together,” in the artist’s words. “Either the bone disintegrates, or it’s fused into the picture. It’s a step in the continuity. It’s not dead, it’s continuing.” PF Image courtesy of the Robert U. Ossorio Foundation and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan