JAMES DARLING & LESLEY FORWOOD
23 Nov - 17 Dec 2006
One of the quarter’s most elegant efforts was Australian practitioners James Darling and Lesley Forwood’s Triangle 2, which monumentally dominated the Concourse. The site-specific sculpture was composed of the dried roots of the Australian mallee gum tree that the artists have treated and preserved as a base material for their art. The roots, dug up more than 20 years ago when Darling was clearing his South Australian land, were salvaged for their intrinsic beauty – each gnarled and twisted root being unique – as much as for their history and relationship to the land. Beyond the sculptural splendour of Triangle 2 (the mesmerising perfection of the installations exterior planes served to underscore the idiosyncratic, rough and decidedly imperfect forms used to build it), the work took a stand against the standardisation, conformity and packaging-without-content that too often characterises contemporary life. In the context of multicultural Singapore and Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Festival, Triangle 2 could also be interpreted as cryptic homage to a composition of individual, unpredictable and very different social and ethnic strands that despite their differences, fit together as a cohesive and consensual whole.