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Open Call for Artists in Singapore to Submit their Portfolios for the first Singapore Biennale
Europe – Beauty in Every Corner
Opening of Europe : Beauty in Every Corner changed to 23rd June 2005 instead of 24th June 2005
un-titled Gallery – Eve Ong’s Second Solo Exhibition
Gaffer Studio Glass: Contemporary Australian Studio Glass Exhibition
Eve Ong and her Self-Unveiled II
3D Computer Animation Course
Movement in Silence – Silence in Movement
Singapore Biennale 2006

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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Studio Miu Art provides opportunities to express one’s feelings artistically through painting, drawing and creating. Painting allows you to open your eyes and heart, in order to talk to your inner self. People paint to express feeling or to look into the inside of the mind. There are various reasons to start, but fine art sets you free to demonstrate your imagination and feeling.

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this is a mad lynette mail art project.

the artwork will be edition and mailed by a fraction of mad lynette factory to interested recipients. To register as a recipient, please email your mailing address indicating clearly that you are interested to receive a mad lynette ‘secret’. it would be nice if you add a description of yourself as well.

strictly by mail and singapore addresses only.

!NEW! guest artists will be invited and featured in this project.

being typically singaporean, i will have to say at the moment no fee is required.

Email: madlynette and followed by

the first secret was produced in december 2004 and will be revealed in the next few days on this site.



Friday, January 07, 2005

Dear friends,

We are happy to present Form-ing: Materials & Processes: works by Ahmad
Bin Abu Bakar & Umi Baizurah Mahir Ismail
, opening on Monday 10th
January 2005 at 7:00pm, in Sculpture Square's Lower Gallery.

We hope to see you there!

Best Regards,
Sculpture Square


Cultural Medallion Recipient Han Sai Por
at the XI Triennale – India
14 Jan – 10 Feb 2005

A 1995 Cultural Medallion recipient, sculptor Han Sai Por will be Singapore’s flag bearer at the XI Triennale-India in New Delhi. She will present a new series of works entitled Bud, Leaf & Seed Series in brass and bronze. Tay Swee Lin, Artistic Director of Sculpture Square, is the curator of the showcase. Singapore’s participation at the Triennale is an initiative under the Singapore-India Memorandum of Understanding Cultural Executive Programme which facilitates mutual arts, heritage and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Inaugurated in 1968 by the Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Arts), the Triennale is one of the most prestigious visual arts events in Asia, garnering participation of artists from around 40 countries world-wide. Participation in this event is by invitation only, with an objective of establishing exchanges between artists of participating countries. Cash prizes are also awarded to the 10 best works at the event which will be selected by an international jury of experts.

Han Sai Por is one of the most important modernist artists practising today and has been awarded numerous public commissions in Singapore. She has won much acclaim and recognition for her distinctive artistic style as a modernist sculptor working in stone, generally considered as the most demanding but aesthetically refined medium. In the new Bud, Leaf & Seed Series, Han has created these thin-walled forms with concave and convex lines that play with the positive and negative spaces that evolve when intertwined with light.

Through Han’s work, the National Arts Council hopes to present an impactful and fresh exhibition of three-dimensional works. The forms of Han’s work are inspired by nature and known for their sensuous curves and tactile quality, which would resonate with Indian art audiences and arts practitioners familiar with the relationship between art and nature as well as India’s cherished tradition of carving.

The Triennale is an important showcase for established artists in the modernist paradigm, such as Han, as opposed to contemporary works that are often showcased in most other events. Participation in the Triennale is one of the ways the Council presents opportunities to further develop and showcase established Singapore artists, and present a more diversified image of Singapore art to the international art community. Singapore’s presence at the Triennale also plays a vital role in underlining its commitment to building and maintaining cultural links with India.

Details of the Triennale and profiles of sculptor Han and curator Tay are in the annexes.

We invite you to lend coverage to Han’s participation in the Triennale in your respective media.

Annex 1 – XI Triennale – India
Annex 2 – Synopsis of Work
Annex 3 – Profile of Han Sai Por
Annex 4 – Profile of Tay Swee Lin


Title of exhibition: FABLE OF I
Venue: The Substation Gallery
Opening reception: 26 January 2005, 7pm
Exhibition continue till 6 February 2005
Time: 11am – 9pm, daily
Contact person: Dovan Ong, email: dovan and followed by

About Fable of I
I remember the beautifully illustrated bedtime story of “Alice in Wonderland”. Alice, the central character, was transported into a fantasy world. She conjured up images of the hyper-real and objects fantastically came to life. In the story, everything seemed possible. “Alice in Wonderland” is an analogy I can relate to today.
We live in a pragmatic society, an endless rat race driven by economy. In contrast, the production of these values suggests the unrealistic; our lifestyles seem “ready-made” in what also is a hyper-real world. In the end, most of us are just fragile beings anchored down by material and looks.
For the same reason, portrait paintings from the Old Masters namely Carravagio were often commissions by the rich and famous for their portraits to be painted in an ideal fashion; the way they want to see themselves. The greatest painters however, managed to manipulate their paintings and painted not only what the patrons wished to see but also fleshing out what they failed to (what they really were).

I wish to juxtapose my own portrait into these paintings while retaining the original clothes, pose and background of the sitter. I see this as an unrealistic enhancement of the self and identity. My viewers will perceive the artist (myself) in a different time, space and context.


• Site-specific installation, (Conceptualise and built according to The Substation gallery space).

• Digital prints

Press Release

About the artist

Dovan Ong graduated from LASALLE-SIA College of The Arts and RMIT University with a BA in Fine Art in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Dovan has since been actively involved in the local arts. A core artistic member of the local artist collective, KYTV (Kill Your Television), Dovan has performed extensively with the collective in Singapore and most recently for the Seoul Fringe Festival, South Korea. In ‘Fable of I’, Dovan will be exhibiting an installation and a new series of digital prints.

Dovan has received two awards from Nokia Art Singapore 2001 for merit achievement for a drawing and the Dr Winston Oh Travel Award, which is given to selected degree candidates. This has provided him with the opportunity to exhibit in one of the exchange programmes in Belgrade, Serbia together with young artists and students from all over Europe.

Exhibitions he has exhibited, to name a few, are the ‘Big Small Show’ at Art Season, ‘Boxed II’ held at Plastique Kinetic Worms, Real Presence and ATTITUDE in Belgrade, Serbia and SENI: Artists Investigating Monuments 2 (AIM2) with Rizman Putra, ‘Contemporary Portraiture and re-assessing identity’ at ICA, Singapore. ‘Fable of I’ will be his first solo show in February 2005

The exhibition addresses the subject of the self and perspective.


Sunday, January 02, 2005

Sharon Au |Tay Ping Hui | Cheryl Fox | Diana Ser

Source: Arts Central

Starting 4 Jan 2005
Tuesdays 9pm

Arts Central is proud to present one of its most important and meaningful programmes and events of 2004/2005. Celeb Portraits is a 4-parter that takes a close look at the art of portraiture with some of Asia 's biggest celebrities and portraitists.

This is indeed the first TV documentation of its kind, as never before did 12 Asian artists and 4 Asian celebrities gather together on one TV show, for the sole purpose of promoting the beauty and art of portraiture, at the same time, raising funds for charity. This will also be one of the regions' most exciting, and eye-opening project as it aims to display our Asian artists' prowess as not only uniquely Asian, but also internationally recognized.

In each episode, 3 artists (each with a distinct style of portraiture) are invited to create the portrait of a celebrity. You will see the process, the artists' approach, their styles and at the end, the programme will unveil the 3 different portraits of the same subject, distinctly offering you a palette of personal interpretations of a famous face. You'll also witness what the celebrity has to say about his/her portrait. At the end of the 4 episodes, 12 portraits will be created and they will go on sale during a private charity auction. An exhibition of all 12 portraits will follow thereafter.

Celeb Portraits will reveal the interpersonal connections between the artists and their subjects, the means through which the artists see and reproduce the public and private facades of these celebrities.

Charity Auction and Exhibition details:
In early 2005, Arts Central will host a Charity Auction cum Exhibition to showcase all 12 paintings. During this glamorous one-night affair, Asian artists and celebrities and friends of Arts Central will be invited to enjoy the cocktail gala evening and exhibition. At the end of the evening, proceeds of the sale of all paintings will go to a charity.

The artists:
Namiko Chan Painter
Michael Ong Sculptor
Loh Khee Yew Painter
Geoff Ang Photographer
Miguel Chew Print Artist
Aaron Teo Comic Illustrator
Martin Loh Painter
David Chan Painter
Susie Wong Painter
Manjeet Shargill Painter
Justin Lee Painter
Chris Yap Photographer/Print Artist


Gazing at the Self: The Subject of Self-Portraiture is More Than Just Skin-Deep

Organised by the newly-established Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Contemporary Self-Portraiture/Reassessing Identity will showcase award-winning works of established artists from both Asia and Europe. By examining the significance of underlying conditions that constitute perceptions of the self, these works approach the practice of self-portraiture tangentially, privileging conceptual precepts that inform this discipline over its more conventional forms.

For an exhibition of self-portraiture, Contemporary Self-Portraiture/Reassessing Identity is ironically noted for its absence of conventional portraiture. Instead of highlighting the attempts by contemporary artists at a positive engagement with the construction of identity in this day and age, it draws attention to the problems with precisely such attempts, in the wake of psychoanalytical and post-structural questionings of notions of Self. In Anthony’s “Soy/Ketchup” for example, he combines elements of the two iconic sauces from the West and East – Heinz tomato ketchup and Chinese soya sauce respectively – to express growing up Asian amidst a Western surrounding. Likewise in Dovan Ong’s work, the artist substitutes the many faces in Caravaggio’s classical paintings with his own. He does this to refer to the process of assimilating the “other” and becoming of a new original. As such the works in the exhibition should not be perceived as attempts at any definition of Self or identity, but as symptomatic of how identities are fashioned through the various associations with daily lives, and furthermore, of the shortcomings of such conceptions.

This exhibition is very much a part of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore’s objective to introduce the works of internationally-established artists who play a significant role in the development of contemporary art to audiences in Singapore and the region. Artists participating in this event are from:

Francis Ng (the first Singaporean winner of the prestigious ASEAN Art Award 2001/2002), Lim Tzay Chuen and Benjamin Puah – both recipients of President’s Young Talent awards, Vincent Leow, Dovan Ong and Rizman Putra
Thailand: Michael Shaowanasai
The Netherlands: Philip Akkerman
China: Ma Liuming
UK: Anthony Key, Gavin Turk, Peter Harris and Douglas Gordon (1996 Turner Prize winner)

As an educational institution, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts is at the forefront of the exhibition of, and research in, contemporary art. The newly-established Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore is devoted to the exhibition and research of international and Asian contemporary art. Through its exhibition programme at its facility, Earl Lu Gallery, as well as its extensive programme of publications, conference and research activities, it aims to further the discourses of contemporary art in Asia.

Official opening by Professor Chua Beng Huat, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Thursday, 6 January 2004.

Five of the participating artists (from Singapore) will be present at the opening: Vincent Leow, Francis Ng, Dovan Ong, Rizman Putra and Benjamin Puah.

Official Opening Performance
An opening night performance entitled “Who is Manic Jango?” by local artist and founding member of artist collective Kill Your Television (KYTV) Rizman Putra, will be held in Earl Lu Gallery from 7.15 -7.35pm.

INTERVIEWS with exhibition curator Philip Francis and selected artists can be arranged.

Event Details
Contemporary Self-Portraiture/Reassessing Identity
Exhibition Opening

Guest of Honour 6 January 2005, 6.30pm-9pm
Performance by Rizman Putra (“Who is Manic Jango?”)
Professor Chua Beng Huat
Department of Sociology
National University of Singapore
Exhibition Period
7 Jan - 6 Feb 2005

Organised by
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
Earl Lu Gallery
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Singapore 439053
Viewing Hours
10am – 6pm, open daily
Public Enquiries
Call 6340 9102/9116 or email

Related Event I Artist & Curator’s Talk
Friday, 14 Jan 2005
Time 3.30 – 4.30pm

Benjamin Puah
Rizman Putra
Dovan Ong
Philip Francis

Earl Lu Gallery
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Singapore 439053

Related Event 2 Sunday Art Trolley
The Sunday Art Trolley is a series of drawing sessions tailored for children between the ages of seven and 12. Children are encouraged to freely express themselves through drawings and paintings by responding to the Contemporary Self-Portraiture exhibition by using a variety of art materials provided by ICA Singapore. Participants will be guided by a trained art instructor, and each session is two hours in duration. Admission and participation is free of charge.
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Jan 2005 & 6th February (Sundays)
Time 2 – 4pm
Venue Earl Lu Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Instructor Dovan Ong
Misc. Info
• For children aged between seven and 12 years old
• Admission and participation is free of charge
• Art materials provided
To register, click here.

Participating Artists
1. Dovan Ong [SG]
2. Vincent Leow [SG]
3. Rizman Putra [SG]
4. Benjamin Puah [SG]
5. Francis Ng Teck Yong [SG]
6. Lim Tzay Chuen [SG]
7. Ma Liuming [CN]
8. Michael Shaowanasai [TH]
9. Philip Akkerman [ND]
10. Anthony Key [UK]
11. Peter Harris [UK]
12. Douglas Gordon [UK]
13. Gavin Turk [UK]

• Philip Francis, Asst. Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts.

With Support from
• Singapore Art Museum
• Art Seasons Gallery – Singapore.Beijing
• Andrew Mummery Gallery, London

Media Enquiries
Shiang Lie
Marketing Executive - Events
Division of Marketing
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
Tel: (65) 6340 9156 (DID)/Fax: (65) 6346 5708