The a x edge 2021 exhibition borrows the symbol ‘x’ that coincides with the Roman numeral 10 for our 10th iteration of this exhibition series. As a marker of destinations and choices, and a lens to reveal obscured views, ‘x’ signifies the multiple perspectives and multiplier effects that art offers through making and exhibition.These are explored in 3 sections.

Longing examines places and situations we aspire to, and what it takes to get there. Teacher-artists in this section explore refuge, personal memory and motivation, hope and uncertainties, communication and relationships.

Deliberation explores the processes, outcomes and effects of making choices among alternatives options. Subthemes of compassion, dealing with distractions and failure, and relinquishing control to chance, are explored in artworks in this section.

Absence looks at perspectives and phenomena excluded due to systemic inequalities or erased by the passage of time. Subjects explored here range from language loss to urban conditions and the experiences of marginalised communities.

Through a variety of mediums—from drawing, painting and print to ceramics, sculpture, installation, video and performance—the participants investigate their concepts, motivations and obsessions. The specificity of the works highlights the extent of exploration of ‘x’ in the teacher-artists’ own terms. These works serve as starting points for new and ongoing dialogues.

All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

—Marcel Duchamp