Singapore Biennale 2006
Friday, November 28, 2003
“The Future of Imagination”
45 Armenian Street
Tel: (65) 6337-7535
Fax: (65) 6337-2729
6 December 2003
Performance Art practice in Singapore has been marginalized over the last 10 years due to lack of support and lack of understanding for this form and have resulted in a dispersed practice without much critical understanding and discourse for this form. Despite all this, Singapore performance artists have persistently showcased their works in many international festivals and art events with critical acclaim. Some of the artists who patiently engaged their work in this form include Tang Dawu, Amanda Heng, Jason Lim, Lee Wen as well as various new generation artists, working individually or with groups such as the Artists Village and KYTV (Kill Your Television).
With the recent announcement that the National Arts Council will now allow funding of performance art after ten years of not funding, we would like to make an affirmative response by organizing this event to celebrate, acknowledge and welcome the pro-cultural move by the National Arts Council.
We also aspire to reinvigorate a positive situation for performance art practitioners in Singapore. This event aims to significantly re-define and to kindle interests to the practice of performance art. In doing so we hope this will raise a heightened awareness and appreciation for performance art as a legitimate art form in itself.
We appeal to seek out a more leveled understanding to this art form and to positively present it as a critical art practice along with the diverse cultural arenas in visual arts, theatre, dance, music and literature. The future of imagination” makes available a platform for the meeting of performance art practice, positive reception and discussion in Singapore.
Rizman Putra (aka Manic Jango)
Kai Lam (aka Lin Kai Lie)
Cheo Chai Hiang
Guest-of-Honour (unconfirmed) :
Director of Grants Division NAC
1 PM - Arrival of guest of honour and speeches
2 PM - Afternoon Performances begin
6 PM - Dinner Break
7 PM - Evening Performances begin
Organizers: Lee Wen, Kai Lam
Support: The Substation, The Artists Village
THE ARTISTS VILLAGE : 91A Hindoo Road, Singapore 209126. T – 6296 8707
Check the website for info on THE ARTISTS VILLAGE @ www.tav.org.sg
Block 43 Studio gallery presents the exhibition
Print To Be –
A collection of original prints spanning a period of
over four centuries from the 17th century to the present
Date: 28th Nov to 4th Dec 2003
Time: 11:00 am -7pm (open daily)
Place : BLOCK43 Studio Gallery
Chip Bee Garden work loft spaces
#03-80 Jalan Merah Saga, Holland Village
Contact: James R Holdsworth
Tel: 6 4711359
Hp: 9 6848215
Opening Reception: 28th Nov 7:00 to 9-30pm (invitation only)
Printmaking – a talk by leading prints collector Suman Aggarwal
will be held at the studio gallery on sat 29th Nov 2:30 pm
(Open for public, free of charge)
The exhibition Print To Be is a rare opportunity to view a collection of antique and contemporary artworks of the region. Comprising of genuine original prints which span the last four centuries Print to be is one of the first exhibitions of its kind in Singapore to feature an extensive collection of rare antique copper and steel engravings, early woodblock prints and hand finished aquatints. Included in the collection are antique Japanese woodblocks, genuine antique maps of the region and poignant early images of Asia. For contemporary and modern art lovers, the collection includes graphic and abstract works by current internationally renowned artists of the region.
The exhibition is sure to delight print collectors and first time art buyers alike, who will be able to purchase collectable prints at affordable prices.
A graduate in Economics as well as Interior Design, Suman specialized in lighting, and has worked as a lighting consultant and interior designer in London, New Delhi and Singapore. During the time spent traveling overseas Suman developed an interest in Asian Art and began collecting genuine original prints of the region. With a growing number of prints being constantly sourced from auction houses and print shops world wide, Suman is today a successful dealer and a specialist in genuine original prints of Asia.
Block 43 Studio gallery: is not only a gallery but a unique contemporary work environment designed as an ideal exhibition space for artists. Block 43 also offers a personalized education program where students can receive training in the fundamental principles of Fine Art from qualified artists.
Supported by: Future Brand, Infocus
Media contact :
Chiharu Kuwajima (Ms)
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ABSTRACT ARTIST YEO SHIH YUN PRESENTS URBANSERIES AT ANTHROPOLOGY GALLERY
Singapore (24 November 2003) – Yeo Shih Yun, local emerging artist will present her solo exhibition Urbanseries at Anthropology Gallery at 16A Lorong Mambong, from 5 January – 1 March 2004.
The Urbanseries collection features 16 abstract paintings by Shih Yun to illustrate the ‘urbanscape’. Using Chinese ink on canvases, the spontaneity of the medium compliments the life and energy of city life.
Stirred by the city’s ever-changing nature, the form and content of Urbanseries is itself a visual labyrinth. With construction and de-construction; the spontaneous spawning of new estates, shopping malls, train stations; the vibrant, ever-full-of-energy city life and the noise of the traffic or even renovation of your neighbour’s apartment, these simultaneous happenings form a composite, a puzzle, a slice of the city experience.
Shih Yun creates abstract paintings of random elements that are part of the engine of the modern society, recording moments and situations through her sub-conscious mind. The urban environment, its structure and mechanism have inspired her to express the mixed feelings of life in different cities through her latest collection of works, Urbanseries.
Urbanseries will be exhibited at Anthropology Gallery at 16A Lorong Mambong (Holland Village) from 5 January till 1 March 2004. For gallery information, please call Anthropology Homeware at 6467 2663.
Viewing Hours -
Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11am - 8pm
Thursday & Saturday: 11am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm
About Anthropology Gallery
An art space in Anthropology Homeware, the Gallery seeks to complete modern living. It regularly features works of local artists placed amongst its furniture and homeware collection to create a unique ambience for the sale of these works. The exhibitions featured change on a monthly basis and move through the various disciplines of paintings, watercolours, ceramics, photography and installation works.
YEO SHIH YUN
Shih Yun graduated with a Business degree in Marketing from the National University of Singapore in 1998. At the age of 22, Shih Yun began her own uncharted venture into the world of art.
Her initial forays led her to the 3-year diploma program in Communications Design at the Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts (Singapore) where she excelled in graphics design and graduated with distinction. Shih Yun's fascination for the abstract medium surfaced during her time at Lasalle, when she first experimented with the fusion of fine arts and contemporary design.
One of her early experimental works received acclaim as a highly commended entry for the UOB Painting of the Year competition in 1999, which spurred her to further explore fine arts and the abstract form. After graduating from Lasalle, Shih Yun attended the one-year Post Baccalaureate Program (Painting) at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Shih Yun has exhibited in Singapore in solo and group exhibitions and her recent exhibitions include "NewFinds 2003" at MITA ARTrium and “log:one03” at Block 43 Studio Gallery. An admirer of the works of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, her own works are typically executed with high-energy spontaneity using Chinese ink and brush media.
Shih Yun’s exhibitions in Singapore:
Year Venue Title
1999 UOB Plaza '18th UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition'
Art Seasons Gallery 'Made In Singapore'
Intermezzo Restaurant ‘Moment’
Block 43 Studio Gallery ‘log:one03’
Atelier J Lacroix ‘Works on Paper’
NewUrbanMan.com / Art Seasons Gallery ‘Art & Fashion Asia 2003’
Art Seasons Gallery ‘The Big Small Show-Art Jam 2003’
Block43 Studio Gallery ‘Repetition/Recollection’
Singapore Art Museum (Courtyard) ‘The Artist Village Public Art Library’
MITA ARTrium ‘Newfinds 2003’
Art Forum Gallery ‘New Works on Paper’
For more information, please contact:
Sophia Ang Yeo Shih Yun (Ms)
Rubix Cube Communication
Tel: 65-6536 4535