Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Curated by Gunalan Nadarajan, the exhibition TOYS explores the multiple relationships between art and toys, providing fun opportunities for engaging with toys and art. This exhibition purposefully addresses children (of all ages) by appealing to their sensibilities and ideas of play though artworks that are highly engaging, interactive and most of all, FUN!
Explains Gunalan on the choice of playthings as the theme: "Art is a serious matter and so are toys. The cultural overemphasis on the seriousness of art and the frivolity of toys however has made them seem mutually exclusive realms. The exhibition hopes to bridge this gap by providing a platform for thinking about the role of toys as well as of art in contemporary culture. It also seeks to change the demographic constitution of the art audience by showing art works that are more likely to appeal to children."
In addition to the exhibition, several creative workshops for children (especially primary and secondary school students) - where participating artists would help them develop different ways of responding to and thinking about the worlds of toys and art - have been organised. These workshops would be based on the creative use of play materials and modes (e.g. chocolate, digital media, discarded McDonald's cups, straws and packaging). The participating artists include some of Singapore's most prominent emerging practitioners such as Ye Shufang, Lim Shing Ee, Tan Wee Lit, Lim Kok Boon, Adeline Kueh and Shirley Soh as well as several exciting artists from abroad, Wolfgang Muench/Kiyoshi Furukawa, Damien Lock and Ana Prvacki.
The artworks featured in this exhibition include an interactive installation where viewers can play with large virtual bubbles; a room-sized installation with fluffy sky carpet and clouds for furniture; an interactive musical game; teddy bear parts that can be re-assembled by visitors; a gallery filled with mechanical fun rides; an inflatable sculpture suspended in mid-air by an industrial fan; several furry toy-like balls that throb and whirr; hand-made toys created from McDonald's disposable paper cups, plates and utensils; and chocolate candy thumbs.
TOYS will also feature hand-made exhibition merchandise that has been conceptualised and crafted by the artists. Items such as exhibition T-shirts, limited-edition teddy bears, handbags and other exhibition memorabilia will be on sale during the exhibition.
The exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday, 12 November, at 6.30pm by Guest-of-Honour, Carol Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Arts Council Singapore.
Curator's Talk and Discussion with Artists
Exhibition curator, Gunalan Nadarajan will deliver a talk on the exhibition and its underlying themes. This session will enable members of the public to gain greater insight into the works of art and the modus operandi of the artists. The talk will conclude with a guided tour of the exhibition and a casual Question and Answer session with the curator and artists.
Lim Kok Boon
Lim Shing Ee
Wolfgang Muench/Kiyoshi Furukawa
Tan Wee Lit
Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean, Office of Research and Creative Industries, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
Exhibition Period: 13 November - 21 December 2003
Venue: Earl Lu Gallery I & II, B.A. Fine Arts Studios
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Viewing Hours 11am to 7pm - Tue to Fri
10am to 5pm - Sat, Sun, Pub Holidays
Closed on Mon
Related Event I
Curator's Talk and Discussion with Artists
Date 20 December 2003
Earl Lu Gallery I
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Time 4 - 6pm
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Related Event II
14 November 2003
15 November 2003
19 November 2003
Lim Kok Boon
Fast Food, Fast Play
1.30 - 3.30pm
1.30 - 4.30pm
Fine Art Block Room FA 101
90 Goodman Road
SGD$15.00for 'Fast Food, Fast Play' and 'Edible Art'
(Registration fee inclusive of workshop material)
For registration details, please visit our website at www.lasallesia.edu.sg or call Ida Lee at tel: 63409167.
In praise of Orchids
A kaleidoscope of colours depict the beauty of orchids through the medium of traditional Chinese paintings by local artist Hui Yuet Heung. Mdm Hui has decades of experience in painting orchids and has held several successful exhibitions and won local awards for her works.
Jan 2 - 4
11am - 7pm
Tanjong Pagar Community Club Art Gallery
Tanjong Pagar Art Club and Tiong Bahru Arts Centre
Wetterling Teo Gallery presents Swedenmade Art, a collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden.
It aims to showcase an eclectic mix of art by Swedish artist. As different as Sweden and Singapore are often made out to be, this serves as a platform to remind the masses that there is much the two cultures can learn and benefit from each other. In context, the Swedish art could serve as an added boost as Singapore is slowly evolving into an arts city.
Participating artists include Gosta Backlund, Tommy Carlsson, Anette Notfors and Stefan MAS Persson.
Date(s) Dec 6 - Jan 30
Time(s) 10am - 7pm
Venue 3 Kim Yam Road
Enquiries Wetterling Teo Gallery
"Pattern & Noise"
An Exhibition of Works by Khiew Huay Chian & Saraswati Gramich
Ippreciation Gallery at Fullerton Hotel
Opening on 07 January 2004, 6.30 pm
Exhibition from 07 January ~ 17 January 2004
Two vibrant young artists, Khiew Huay Chian & Saraswati Gramich, are featured in this joint exhibition themed â€œPattern & Noiseâ€?. Khiewâ€™s abstract works juxtapose human conditioning â€˜Patternâ€™ against unexpected inspiration â€˜Noiseâ€™. As Khiew puts it â€œnoises make life interestingâ€?.
Known for her whimsical insect sculptures, Saraswati Gramich is fascinated with the concepts of instability and incompleteness of knowledge; unpredictability. Though her drawings embody forms or patterns, they are only a preliminary investigation into a realm of endless possibilities. Her 'Noise' comprises of the open-ended dialogue unraveling in her head before an artwork breathes life.
Based in France, Saraswati Gramich is an artist whois involved in a wide variety of mediums that include wire sculptures, acrylic paintings, internet modules, as well as installation works. Born in Colombo in 1967 of German and Indonesian parents, she grew up in Indonesia and then attended medical school. Eager to foster her creative talent, she moved to Singapore in 1992 starting a lifelong exploration into the arts. In 1999 she obtained Master of Arts in Fine Art from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and taught at one of the region`s premiere art colleges - LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts from 1997 until mid 2002. Her work is both whimisical and deeply philisophical in the same breath.
Friday, December 19, 2003
solo photography exhibition
19th to 29h December 2003
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level
Singapore 058757 Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30am-8pm Sun 12noon-5.30pm
Closed Public Holidays
(Open Xmas and New Year's Eve till 5.30pm)
Admission: Adults $2 Children $1
Beatles for Sale will feature photographer Robert Freemanâ€™s iconic images of the phenomenal sixties band, the Beatles. Robert Freeman was the 'court' photographer of the The Beatles between 1963 and 1966. During this time, he photographed their first 5 LP(long play albums) and 2 EP (extended play albums) covers. Freeman toured with the Beatles throughout Europe and the US documenting their lives as a band. Freeman was also the official photographer on the Beatlesâ€™ film sets. Sir Paul McCartney commended Freemanâ€™s photographs of the Beatles as the best that were ever taken. The exhibition features 35 limited edition fine photographic prints, including album covers, stills from films, shots from recording sessions and life as a band, and intimate portraits.
Organised by UTTERLY ART in partnership with EDDIE SUNG and RAJ PREM COLLECTION
Tiandu Art Gallery
Address: 133 New Bridge Road #03-67 Singapore 059413
Artgroup: Chinese Paintings
We specialize in Contemporary Chinese Paintings by potential artists from various parts in China and periodically hold solo art exhibitions with art-books available for appreciation.
Art Therapy in Singapore
The Early Psychosis Intervention Program would be organizing an art exhibition on art pieces by our clients. The aim is to create awareness and to encourage early detection of Psychosis. The show would held at Alliance Francaise on 26-28 Feb 2004. The Early Psychosis Intervention Program is a a not-for-profit programme that is under scrutiny of funds by its sponsors.
Hakaren Gallery in Singapore showcases He Chun Ye at their gallery in December 2003
Born in Harbin, Northeastern China in 1968, He Chun Ye graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts & Crafts in 1989 with a major in lacquer painting. An outstanding and unconventional artist, his works reveal glimpses of the splendour of ancient Chinese civilization and culture through distinctly modern expression. His artistic creations are a clever juxtaposition of classic symbols and colours dating back to 2000 years in Chinese history, a field in which He is immensely well-versed.
He's portrayals and reinterpretations of China's traditional culture and spirit are worded through the perfect fusion of technique, texturing, and contemporary mediums of depicting beauty. Using various traditions of painting from tracing and engraving to polishing and splashing, he has brought into resplendent play with any and every technique, the transparency of maroon lacquer and the reflective nature of gold leaves. Re-locating the majestic Chinese bronze vessels and ancient inscriptions onto painting, He Chun Ye's lacquer works are a striking and harmonious balance between Asian and Western styles, Tradition and Modernity, as well as between Realism and Abstraction.
Widely appreciated and acquired by collectors all over the world, He's recent collection of 15 lacquer works features ancient subjects such as the Emperor's Bell, the imperial edict, the reign of jadeware, the philosphy of Confucius, and other romances of the kingdom's glorious history. For more information or interest in a viewing, please contact our gallery.
UTTERLY ART invites you to the opening preview and reception of
Queen Bees and Drones
Male Nature, Female Nurture
a solo exhibition by MARTIN LOH of
Peranakan paintings and studies of the male form
FRIDAY 19th December 2003 7 pm
SPACE 21, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road #03-01, Singapore 088444.
12noon-4pm by appointment only, call Utterly Art at 62262605 or 94872006.
Closed Mondays, Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day
but you can try Keng Hock at 9487 2006 to see if he's nearby or guzzling at MOX upstairs!
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 4th January 2004.
Martin Lohâ€™s iconic Peranakan matriarchs and children have been a mainstay of his artistic practice for more than a decade, but this is giving way to increasingly more sensual works. The dutiful nurturing mother nursing her offspring is being supplanted by bare-bodied men at play and in action, studies of the male form by an appreciative artist who is unashamed of who he is by nature. While he has applied his usual naÃ¯ve mixed media approach and skillful outline tracings to depict men before, this exhibition introduces his latest male incarnations, sweet young things in light pastel, colour pencil and acrylic, coy, with obvious blushes in their cheeks. The nonya women become larger than life, leaping to prominence on larger canvases, while a selection of previous favourites is also presented. Queen Bees and Drones showcases the duality of Martinâ€™s practice as described in the adage â€œsomething old, something new, something borrowedâ€¦and most definitely blueâ€?.
Get your free membership card for 21 Tanjong Pagar Road outlets from MOX Bar & Cafe upstairs on FRIDAY 19th Dec ONLY. The card will entitle you to discounts and further privileges at our outlets. Terms and conditions apply.
The exhibition contains artistic images of nudity; please do not attend if this offends. Parents please exercise discretion with your children.
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Monday, December 15, 2003
Three Headed Being Say Hello! It is very hungry...
a group exhibition by Leo Ong, Ong Ghim Chuan and Claire Lim
17 December till 3 January 2003
An imaginary world crafted by the artists where strange beings reside, their lives woven together by a haunting tale. A tale with neither beginning nor ending.
The exhibition will take form as an installation, like a portal opening suddenly in our world, offering us a gateway to view or dwell together with the imaginary beings in their world. Through the portal, we can journey to different places where the tales unfold. These realms each contain extremely different environments; one of chaos, another of saccharine sweetness and the last of bone-chilling coldness. The beings of each realm are brought together and co-exist in this carefully crafted world, where we are allowed a glimpse into how their lives evolve and unfold in this endless tale.
The tale told suggests that perhaps we do not live alone in this world, perhaps in some unexpected corner or parallel dimension, dwell some beings who suffer from our selfish behaviour.
PLASTIQUE KINETIC WORMS
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