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Sundaram Tagore Singapore brings together two established ar tists well known for their innovative use of materials: Indian-born Sohan Q adri and Israeli-American Nathan Slate Joseph.

Sohan Qadri (1 932-2011)\, who spent much of his working life in Copenhagen\, Denmark\, wa s a poet\, painter and Tantric yogi. Deeply influenced by Buddhism and the act of painting as part of meditation\, his brightly colored abstract works on heavy paper combine Tantric symbols and Western minimalism.

Qadri abandoned representation early on in his long career\, instead foc using on abstraction as a means to achieve transcendence. He would bathe th e paper in acid-free water and once it was swollen with liquid\, he would r hythmically serrate\, puncture and score the surface with various gouging a nd cutting tools as part of his meditation practice. Imbued with inks and d yes in vibrant hues\, the serrated surfaces take on a sculptural quality an d appear to pulse with energy and rhythm. In Qadri&rsquo\;s hands\, the ver y nature of paper was transformed from a flat\, two-dimensional surface int o a three-dimensional medium.

Sohan Qadri was born in 1932 in Punjab\, India. He received his MFA from the Government College of Art in S himla\, India. In 1965\, he left India and traveled through East Africa\, N orth America and Europe. He eventually set up a studio in Zurich before set tling in Copenhagen where he lived for forty years. His work is included in the Peabody Essex Museum\, Massachusetts\; the Rubin Museum of Art\, New Y ork\; and the National Gallery of Modern Art\, New Delhi\; as well as the p rivate collections of Cirque du Soleil\, Heinrich Bö\;ll and Dr. Robert Thurman.

Nathan Slate Joseph\, who has been an integral part of the New York School of Art for more than forty years\, blurs the boundar ies between painting and sculpture. Well known for his raw and tactile work s that allude to issues of globalization\, immigration and climate change\, Joseph welds recycled steel plates into intricate\, dimensional arrangemen ts.

Joseph begins his creative process by collecting discarded steel shards. After staining them with raw pigment and acid\, he exposes t hem to outside weather conditions. In the process\, the steel acquires a un ique\, rich patina and varied textures. Joseph then cuts the steel plates i nto various shapes with an acetylene torch and then spot welds them togethe r. 



The rich\, saturated colors of Joseph&rsquo\;s work refe rence his international roots. Born in Israel to an Austrian father and a m other whose family originated in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan\, he settled in New York City in the early 1960s. Much like contemporaries Frank Stella\, Carl Andre and John Chamberlain\, Joseph began his career by experimenting with scrap metal and other found objects. A shift toward his dramatic color palette was inspired by a visit to Mexico in the 1970s and consolidated Jo seph&rsquo\;s contribution to the junk art movement.

Nathan S late Joseph has collaborated with the renowned architect Adam Tihany on mul tiple projects\, and his work is installed at Jean Georges at the Trump Int ernational Hotel\, New York\; Inagiku at the Waldorf-Astoria\, New York\; o nesixtyblue restaurant\, Chicago\; and the Dan Eilat Hotel\, Eilat\, Israel . He was awarded an Art in Architecture Award from the American Institute o f Architects in 2003 for his work on the Harlem Patchwork Building. 
Notabl e private collectors include artist John Chamberlain\, singer-songwriter Jo ni Mitchell\, and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His paintings have been a cquired by the Art in Embassies Program\, Washington\, DC\, for United Stat es embassies in Cyprus\, Mexico and Turkey. His work was most recently acqu ired by the Zimmerli Museum in New Jersey.

Established in 2000 in New York City\, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exc hange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. With locations in New York\, Hong Kong and Singapore\, the gallery focuses on developing exhi bitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual\, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cul tures are colliding and melding as never before\, our goal is to provide ve nues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe\, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visu al arts into many other disciplines\, including poetry\, literature\, perfo rmance art\, film and music.

DTEND:20130907 DTSTAMP:20141221T025046 DTSTART:20130621 GEO:1.27725;103.803731 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Singapore\,#01-05 Gillman Barracks 5 Loc k Road\nSingapore \, 108933 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal \, Nathan Slate Joseph\ , Sohan Qadri UID:280669 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130621T200000 DTSTAMP:20141221T025046 DTSTART:20130621T180000 GEO:1.27725;103.803731 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Singapore\,#01-05 Gillman Barracks 5 Loc k Road\nSingapore \, 108933 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal \, Nathan Slate Joseph\ , Sohan Qadri UID:280670 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR