Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, November 22, 2003
The inaugural painting exhibition of SPACE 21
by husband-and-wife team
Paul Koh and Michelle Chang
Thursday 27th November 2003 7 pm
SPACE 21, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road 3rd Level, Singapore 088444.
12noon-4pm by appointment only, call Utterly Art at 62262605 or 94872006. Closed Mondays.
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 14th December 2003.
‘Project Mooch’ will feature the bright, breezy paintings of PaulMych, or to be specific, creative director and designer Paul Koh, and actress, TV host and DJ Michelle Chang. Michelle and Paul admire the same artists and are inspired by the same movies, magazines, and books. They paint together in the same room and even give each other advice during the process. But, their painting styles are poles apart. Paul paints abstract representations or caricatures of Michelle while Michelle paints, not her hubby, but cats, fishes and boats set in surreal landscapes. Her paintings are childlike, bright and colourful, while his canvasses are filled with erotic, meditative and sensuous female forms.
SPACE 21 is a new ~1950 sq ft art space and multi-function hall situated in a growing arts, entertainment and lifestyle block managed by Guan Seng Kee Pte Ltd, currently housing Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble in its Attic and MOX Bar & Cafe on the fourth level.
Included in this exhibition is the ‘Proposal’ collection, some 8 portraits of Michelle which Paul painted and used to propose to her.
[In case you’re wondering, the name “Project Mooch” is inspired by the act of mooching, an exercise their cat, Halo seems to enjoy twenty-four seven.]
a recollection of lovers, dreamers and me
Friday 28th November 2003 7pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level
Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm
Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 7th December 2003.
Tantantara! The relentless march of Justin Lee’s painting practice has spawned a new series of paintings. His current pop parade celebrates the child in us by focusing on toys, although not just toys for the playpen but adult playthings as well. In Justin’s second solo painting exhibition, toys are the springboard for his ideas which also explore games, and by extension gambling, and grownup recreational pursuits like our obsession with fashion brands and the acquisition of material goods.
The notion of toys may trigger fond memories of our carefree childhood, but Justin astutely observes that our toy and gaming culture can be the precursors or mirror of adult society. There is violence in toy guns, toy soldiers and arcade games. There is competitiveness in simple board games such as Chinese Chess. The ills of compulsive gambling may start from trading card games. The iconography of toys is a goldmine for Justin, the visual prospector of popular images, especially when toys have personal memory and significance for him. Justin uses these instantly recognizable visual icons to cause us to reflect on our world in the past, present and future, in his role as Singapore’s thinking pop artist.
Friday, November 21, 2003
a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings & things that connect by Lim Shing Ee
26 November – 13 December 2003
“Mental Life does not proceed smoothly and gracefully in neat logical form. Instead, it hops, skips and jumps its way from idea to idea, tying together things that have no business being together; forming new creative leaps, new insights and concepts.”
-Donald A. Norman
‘Un-Read’ explores the mind’s boundless activity of associating a mark, a letter or an object to another, triggered as an instinctive behaviour, that has been fed by every impulse upon the human senses, collected over a time as long as one can remember. The exhibition attempts to tap the root of a thought…any thought, if not conjure a map that could possibly unveil a secret order of thinking.
The solo exhibition features multiple series of paintings and drawings created within a period of fifty days. The starting point comes in a series of ‘instinct-driven’ drawings, made without being bounded by a specific story, narrative or inspiration. This series will lead to the making of subsequent series, which attempts to read, re-read or un-read the forms in the previous series. Every piece of drawing, painting and even notes will be a part of the exhibition, such that the development process of images and mental associations are made for all to ‘read’.
The purpose of the whole process could possibly be none other than an outcome as indeterminate, erratic, obscure and random as the origin of our search. As endless and rhetorical as the journey may seem, it is the magic of the search, but not the final answer, that could possibly spark invention, brew creativity and electrify spirits.
PLASTIQUE KINETIC WORMS
61 Kerbau Road
Tel : 65 62 92 77 83
Fax : 65 62 92 29 36
URL : www.pkworms.org.sg
Opening hours : Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 6pm
Gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays
Spring Pods, 2003 [detail], Smoked Stoneware 7 x 7 x 12cm & 12 x 10 x 23cm
A solo exhibition by Ceramicist
Objects as relics: works reminiscent of the ritualized and habitual journeys, discoveries, sensitivities of sight, sound and smell of Toowoomba’s ecology and landscape as experienced by Jason Lim through-out his residency in Toowoomba. [media release attached below]
To be opened by
Dr. Robyn Stewart
University of Southern Queensland
Followed by a performance by the artist.
Friday 28th November 2003, 6-8pm
Craft Queensland Gallery
381 Brunswick Street
Exhibition continues until 24th January 2004
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Enquiries:  (0)7 3215 0805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Craft Queensland receives financial assistance from its major sponsors;
Arts Queensland (State Government)
The Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body
Other support received from;
Jason Lim residency and solo exhibition in Australia received support from;
Craft Queensland, Brisbane Australia
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba Australia
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia
National Arts Council, Singapore
Lee Foundation, Singapore
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kSd//cGr ART PROFILERS Karee Dahl email@example.com or  9618 1642
Jason Lim firstname.lastname@example.org
The visually arresting, tactile works of International Ceramic Sculptor Jason Lim presents a powerful solo exhibition in the Craft Queensland gallery. Objects encountered as relics: remnants of the work processes of his practice and the ritualized, habitual acts of life experienced during his residency in Toowoomba.
At the opening of his exhibition Friday 28 November 6 pm – 8 pm, aptly titled Toowoomba Relics, Lim will retrace the action and the experience of making in a performance that encapsulates the senses, extending his art and practice, as he moves with and between his works.
‘Don’t call him a Potter!’ Toowoomba Relics presents a body of work that you would not expect from a ceramicist. He replaces everyday functional ceramics with abstract and experimental objects. It’s not a historical Toowoomba he responds to: it is the essence of what you might find in nature. ‘Lim’s work evolves through his interaction with his environment.’
Lim’s work has been described by colleague Anthony Brinks as, ‘applied tacit knowledge… both the maker and the made remain silent.’ It is the observer seeking objectivity from the subjective that leads to a specific, yet individual interpretation of the work. There is movement in these works as we imagine the finger-like protrusions, opening and closing, coming alive and withdrawing back into themselves.
Audiences will be actively engaged in a curious search for outcomes and meaning although simultaneously connecting with the organic interpretation of the ecology and landscape of Toowoomba. A group of small ceramic pieces titled ‘Tails Without Animals’ speaks directly ‘to separation, disconnection, between referent and sign,’ as Brinks continues, ‘Welcome to the world of Jason Lim – the slipstream of signifiers.’
Using a variety of clays and glazes Lim works with a palette of natural, earthy colours. On completing his residency at the University Southern Queensland, Toowoomba where he taught ceramics in the visual arts department his students and colleagues confirm the intensity of his practice and prolific output. His almost obsessive object making reveals his immense ability of the imagination. He makes not one but sometimes hundreds or thousands of variations around a form.
Lim has an established reputation for his work as a performance artist, having performed in his home base of Singapore, as well as Poland, Japan, Greenland, Germany and South-East Asia. Lim will perform in Australia at the opening of Toowoomba Relics at Craft Queensland, Brisbane.
This established international artist Jason Lim graduated with a degree in ceramics design from the renowned Central St Martins College of Art & Design in London in 1992. Since then he has had residencies in Japan and Holland and has exhibited extensively in the international art arena.
Toowoomba Relics Media Contact
International Artist and Performer Jason Lim Jennifer Radley
Opening and Performance Marketing Officer
Friday 28 November 2003 07 3215 0800
Craft Queensland Gallery
Contact: 07 3215 0800
Exhibition dates: 28 November 2003 – 24 January 2004
Main Creative Area: Arts Management - Event Management
Ph: (65) 94236815
Fax: (65) 68724965
Moxie Union specialises in promoting NZ artists and their works in Singapore. We are seeking new artists to show in our own exhibitions and through our participation in regional art fairs. We also collaborate with NZ galleries to have their artists work sold in Singapore. Upcoming events: New Zealand Object Exhibition in Singapore at The Regent Singapore, from 27 November - 14 December 2003. Featuring 18 NZ object artists working in ceramics, glass art, furniture design, jewellery, and sculpture. Website: www.moxieunion-art.com. NZ exhibition booth at ArtSingapore 2004 - The Contemporary Asian Art Fair from 8 - 12 April 2004. We are the only booth to be featuring NZ artists. ArtSingapore website: www.artsingapore.net.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
3NITY and :b Gallery
cordially invites you to the official launch of:
An Art4Soul Project
BOOK LAUNCH & POSTERS SHOWCASE
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THIS PROJECT FEATURES IDEAS AND WORKS FROM
AFRICA, AUSTRIA, BRAZIL, CHINA, DENMARK, FRANCE,
GERMANY, HONGKONG, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAPAN, MALAYSIA,
NEW YORK, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, THAILAND,
THE NETHERLANDS, TURKEY AND UNITED KINGDOM.
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launch date + time
Friday, 21 November 2003, 7.30pm
287 River Valley Road
Singapore 238 328
Tel +65 6734 4055
Fax +65 6836 9281
Lee Swee Keong of nyoba dance+
Saturday, 22 Nov 2003, 2–4pm
TOO BIG FOR SMALL ME?
At this roundtable session, designers and artists
will take a look at the role they play in society and
exchange viewpoints on whether art and design
can make a positive impact in social and religious
issues. Or are these matters just too big for a
mere designer/artist to handle?
21 Nov – 5 Dec 2003
Mon to Fri 11am–7pm
Closed on weekend
except Saturday 22 Nov 11am–7pm
and Sunday 23 Nov 2–7pm
NEW YORK, United States April 2004
STUTTGART, Germany March 2005
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Fantasmatic: 9 Chilean Artists
Nury Gonz?lez, Patrick Hamilton, Cristobal Lehyt, Iv?n Navarro, Francisco Ram?rez, Cristi?n Silva-Avaria, Francisco Valdés, Alicia Villarreal, Andrés Vio
Curated by Luz Maria Williamson
'For the Western world, Latin America remains as a reserve of difference and exotica and at the same time, phantasmatic' - Alberto Hidalgo (1897-1967) Peruvian poet
Chilean curator Luz Maria Williamson presents a selection of works from 9 notable contemporary Chilean artists. Their works capture and engage the kinds of issues - intellectual, aesthetic and political - that have marked and defined contemporary Chilean art for the last decade.
These artists strive to push the 'language of art' further through individual expressions using diverse media, material and process. Video, photography, painting, found materials & performances are part of their resource.
Still, certain shared interests and accents emerge - such as the exploration of the ironical, the fantastic - or phantasmatic. Many return to or employ the idea of the 'non-sense' of art or the irreverent and fictitious in the art-making and art-consuming experience.
Opening: 20 Nov 03, Thu, 7pm
Guest of Honour: H.E. Angel Flisfisch, Ambassador of Chile
Exhibition Duration: 21 Nov 03 - 4 Jan 04
Exhibition Venue: Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Weekdays: 11am - 8:30pm
Weekend/PH: 10am - 8:30pm
For Enquiries regarding this show, please call Customer Service Department at 6828 8377
Admission is Free.
Co-organized with Embassy of Chile (Singapore)
Brought to you by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Monday, November 17, 2003
Can's rules still dont nuthin' move but the BURNERZ!
Operation Art Core is proud to bring Singapore's biggest aerosol art event FINGERTIPZ 02!! The jam is bum-rushing this Nov at the SUBSTATION.
Get your ass down and witness the most notorious street artform GET UP all day aye day!
Date:- 30th Nov 03
Time:- 4pm till whatever
PULP ZERO exhibition at the blue room by:-
OPERATION ART CORE
Pat Thompson (oac)
Organized by :Operation Art Core
Supported by:PULP ZERO
Dont just WEAR em! REP em!
LET YO FINGERZ DO THE TALKING..~
OPERATION ART CORE