Movement. Art by Chow Chee Yong & Yang Jie

(from the press release)

Movement is an exhibition which showcases two local artists. Featuring the photographic series ‘Light Trails’ by renowned photographer, Chow Chee Yong, and installations by up and coming conceptual installation artist Yang Jie, entitled ‘Pendulamp’ and ‘Astrolabe’. Brought together for the first time, their works create a contemplative and whimsical environment. Chow Chee Yong’s documentation of the lives of inanimate objects in the night is both quiet and stark, capturing the movement of cranes, slowly painting the night sky. Yang Jie’s Installation pieces prompt you to interact with them, reacting to every touch. His work reminds us of the never ending movements in the world around us, and how we play a part in it.

The exhibition opens on 26 September and runs till 8 October. Venue: Canvas Singapore, 20 Upper Circular Road – The Riverwalk #B1-01/06.

Architectural Decoration: Negotiating Symbols Across Time & Place

I don’t think it’d be an exaggeration to claim that I was bowled over when Basheer posted these images on their Facebook page. And when you come across something truly special, it deserves digging a little deeper.

Multidisciplinary designer Jesvin Yeo is responsible for this  beautifully constructed ‘architectural decoration’ which just won her the Red Dot award in the category of Communication Design. Here is Jesvin on her project.

“This special publication is an introductory book to the symbolic images of Hokkien architectural-style temples. This book combines illustrations and incisive write-up about particular symbols with representative images from three century-old temples built from 1800s to 1900s. Each  write-up explains the meaning and mythology behind the symbolic images, as well as the setting and the materials of these symbolic images.

To enhance the value of these cultural images as they display our ancestor’s expectations and pursuits of beautiful things, this book is deliberately made in the format of traditional bamboo scroll, which allows for the depiction of a continuous narrative: the viewing is a progression through time and space.

This book aims to serves as a platform for better understanding of culture material and to stimulate interest of the younger generations. This book uses 225 bamboo strips and is the longest bamboo scroll book in Singapore, measuring 4.35 meter long. Due to the handwork, each book took about 5 days to finish. This bamboo scroll book is a combination of both new technology and old material; where past and present are in continuous dialogue.”

Architectural Decoration: Negotiating Symbols Across Time & Place is available in limited edition, so if you want one you’d best pop by Basheer Graphic Books at once.

Spotted! Tok Xue Yi

An undergrad at Nanyang Technological University Bachelor of Fine Arts (Digital Animation), Tok Xue Yi is a creative octopus with a practice that stretches all the way across Illustration, Fine Art, Photography and Animation. Xue Yi is also the singer of The Huckleberry Friends.

“I am interested in the exploration of varied styles and forms of visual representation. I believe that a good image is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also conceptually strong and functional.”

Spotted! Zhang Fuming

Today we would like you to get all excited about the delightful woodcut creations from Zhang Fuming. It’s really refreshing to see someone utilising such a traditional method of printing in such a contemporary style.

“I discovered my passion for Woodcut when I was a student in College as a Printmaking major. Despite the many options and resources available to me as a student, I was always drawn to wood carving for its accessibility. Materials needed for this technique basically consist of wood, carpentry tools, a wooden spoon and paper. Along the way, I began to immensely appreciate the laborious nature of wood carving, in which I felt a substantial relation to the medium which was clearly reactive to every motion and decision by its composer. Simplistic capacity with direct, sincere results, through carving out the negatives, one stroke at a time.”


Re(Cut) by Engku Nur Hafiszah

Over the last few weeks we have highlighted some of the artists from the Noise Apprenticeship Programme (TAP). To round off the series, we briefly chat to apprentice Engku Nur Hafiszah about her 2-Channel Video Re(Cut).

The title of your project is Re(Cut) – can you tell us a little about that?

“The idea was conceived when I was in the midst of doing an initial project idea for Noise about an old barbershop. Though I was there to do my research, I felt odd and slightly out-of-place being in a barbershop as I was the only hijab woman there, among a couple of men. I decided to explore further on why I was feeling that way which brought me eventually to Re(Cut).

“The hijab is a personal identity that is unique to each Muslim woman. Hence Re(Cut) is a personal exploration in which Hafiszah questions and redefines the identity and stereotypes surrounding the hijab. The hair salon acts as a metaphor for the environment in which the hijab woman lives in. Here she questions and reflects upon the true intention of wearing the hijab. She tries to adapt to the environment and yet challenges its system. She is a strong woman who is committed to her beliefs and makes her own choices.”

Who is Hafiszah?

“I am a film graduate from School of Art design and Media at Nanyang Technological University and I am hoping to pursue my masters in fine arts. I am working as a freelance props master as well as a wardrobe stylist.”

Non Carborundum by Cao Zhiyi

“We exhaust all resources in hopes of satisfying our perennial hunger for stimulation; at the same time, we have grown numb. We are empty within, but we still try. This is no soul-searching madness, but simply time to reinvent logic.”

Cao Zhiyi graduated from Hwachong Junior College last year. She is now taking a year out before going back to studying art. Zhiyi creates artworks based on the belief that the ambiguity of context can drive people deeper into themselves and arouse their subconscious. “I am urging viewers to abandon the rationality the world espouses and make sense of things in unorthodox ways.”

Self-Weave by Rayne Wong

“When we are in one definitive state of being, the world falls into place – we know precisely who we are and what we are striving towards. Unfortunately, this sense of self-recognition and self-consciousness and self-worth does not retain itself for long: as human beings, we are in constant flux. When we are shifting between emotional states – what are we, precisely? In our moments of indefinability, do we cease to exist as singular souls? Self-Weave thus attempts to recreate this moment of dissolution and reconsolidation of our emotional identities.”

Meet Rayne Wong is a Visual Communication student at the School of Art, Design and Media.  The TAP apprentice talks us through the process of creating Self-Weave under the mentorship of Andy Yang.

“Through knitting, I hope to convey the idea that Self-Weave is a work-of-process. Our emotional identities take years – even whole lifetimes – to stabilize, and it never really does solidify into a single structural form. Knitted fishing line brings about an organic fluidity, and asserts its own presence despite its visual delicacy. It alluded to the idea of our loss of identity being a material nothingness while still posing as an insurmountable emotional barrier, and thus appealed to me from the very start.”


Project Plug: twisstii’s 100 Animals

“The 100 Animals project started out as a random doodle practice, to depict animals in human actions and activities. As the collection grew, I started styling the animals with a darker sense of humor, injecting little twists in the images when possible. Soon, friends began contributing ideas for the illustrations leading to a fun mini collaboration.” – twisstii.

A pig twirling a Wurst hula hoop … just made my day!

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