Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, January 01, 2005
New Year Greetings and Cordial Invitations to the opening reception of
images gleaned from the pages of female periodicals by
TAY BEE AYE
Thursday 6th Jan 2005 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605 E-mail: email@example.com
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs till Sunday 16th Jan 2005
Female artist Tay Bee Aye has been dipping into womenís magazines for as long as she can remember, and is confronted by a barrage of alluring, glossy images each time. In Her World, Bee Aye now accumulates these pervasive visual dictates of beauty, fashion and lifestyle and re-presents them in an exhibition appropriated entirely from the pages of female periodicals. Juxtaposing icons of supposed female desire, female representation and text, Bee Aye uses the language of pop art to present a subtle commentary on media, female consumerism and her own womanly foibles.
Her World examines the relationship between a womanís world and media/advertising. Bee Aye marvels at the choices she now has as a consumer as compared to 40 years ago when she was a child. She has been able to observe the proliferation of brands, products and materials available to the modern woman, and how they compete to entice and seduce her. At the same time, the media has evolved to shape and influence our perceptions, attitudes, thinking and behaviour, while ostensibly reflecting the values, expectations and economic interests of society. As a painting exhibition with striking visual images, Her World is an apt vehicle to examine the identity of women today as reflected in the visual accompaniments to articles and advertisements, and how these in turn influence how the modern woman views herself or who she wants to be.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
ShiftAttack | a digital playground
Heliac was created based on the belief that art can be functional and appreciated without being constrained to a gallery space. Every Heliac shirt ia an artwork borne from the deepest realms of ShiftAttack.
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Sunday, December 26, 2004
Form-ing : Materials & Processes : Ahmad Bin Abu Bakar and Umi Baizurah Mahir Ismail
11 Jan 2005 to 6 Mar 2005
Ahmad Bin Abu Bakar was born in Melaka, Malaysia in 1963. He received his art education in LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 1989 before leaving for Australia to refine his craft at University of Tasmania (BFA, 1995) and RMIT (MFA, 2001). Throughout his artistic career, Ahmad exhibited his works extensively in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia. Ahmadís work has won him recognition through international awards and commissioning. Locally, his work has received strong support from the National Arts Council. Ahmad currently lectures 3-D art and ceramics at LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts.
In his search for his own artistic identity, Ahmad found himself intrigued by Arabic calligraphy, the root of the Malay written language Jawi. This current exhibition, Form-ing Materials and Processes, sees Ahmad exploring the metaphysical aspects of the Arabic letter alif in sculptural form. Through his drawings, sculptures and installation, Ahmad experiments with colour, clay, metal, and resin to inject new perspectives on the conventional form of the Arabic letter.
Umi Baizurah Mahir Ismail was born in Johor, Malaysia in 1975. She was trained in Art and Design (Ceramics) at MARA University of Technology in Selangor, Malaysia (BA, 2000) after receiving her Diploma in Education (Art Teacherís) from the same institution in 1999. After graduation, Umiís presence in the Malaysian art scene grew, and in 2004 her works were exhibited in Tokoname, Japan after emerging as one of the top five winners in Clay Design organised by the Tokoname City Culture Hall in Japan. The current exhibition, Form-ing Materials and Processes, is her second show in Singapore.
Umiís ceramic works, in contrast to Ahmadís, embody the role of women in an Islamic country like Malaysia. Her artworks provoke and question the status of women in the wake of rapid technological development within Malaysia and its effect on her compatriots in the 21st century. Her ceramic works, unlike that of Ahmad, are marked by thread, bubble wrap, cotton and textile in response to feminism in the Malaysian context.
155 Middle Road Singapore 188977
Tel: (65) 6333 1055
Fax: (65) 6333 1655
Retro Specks / Future Pixs (station to station) - a video and photo based time-sculpture installation by Gilles Massot
18 Dec 2004 to 27 Feb 2005
The exhibition will be composed of 2 main sections. The first component will feature Massot's personal work and a video screening of the train journeys from Singapore to Johor and back. From these two videos, still images will be extracted and treated with sepia tone and bright digital colours to represent the past and future of the train line and its surrounding landscape. The second component will be a collaboration between the artist and the people living in the districts surrounding the train tracks.
The interconnecting train line is a unique emblem of the Singapore-Malaysia relationship - one that is historically rich, culturally diverse and politically sensitive. It is also an idiosyncratic situation as observed by the artist because "the section of the train line and the Singapore [train] station itself, are Malaysian territory within Singaporean territory" and that paradoxically, in administrative terms, one enters Malaysia before technically leaving Singapore!
Massot also perceives photography as a metaphysical entity because although it is a direct reflection of reality, this perceived reality is made problematic by the increasing manipulation through technology thereby producing a distorted manifestation. However, this dual nature of reality and digital manipulation effectively allows Massot to explore new dimensions of photography, consequently opening up new channels for re-interpreting and re-exploring the railway line.
Still photographs are extracted from videos taken while the train is rolling and are digitally manipulated to graphically age or "futurise" the film. These images communicate to us about yesterday and tomorrow with the language of today; thus resonating "retro specks" and "future pixs".
A French artist and Singapore Permanent Resident, Mr Massot has been based in Singapore since 1981 where he has actively contributed to the growth of the local art scene.
155 Middle Road Singapore 188977
Tel: (65) 6333 1055
Fax: (65) 6333 1655