by Michèle Adriaens, 22 Mar 2017 |
For Esther Yeo her interest in portraiture started early 2014. She embarked on a self-learning journey to acquire the hard skills while getting inspiration from established photographers like Alex Prager, Ben Zank and Natalie Fong.
The Talent in the Arts Grant awarded by Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2015 allowed Esther to attend the Contemporary Portraiture course at the SLADE School of Fine Art, London. In 2016, her photo series “The Girl” was exhibited at the NOISE 2016 Festival Exhibition.
Since then, Esther’s images have won her commissions from Singapore Symphony Orchestra and The Ordinary Co. “My photography largely revolves around feminine themes and I seek to explore colour in many aspects. I showcase my work on Instagram and hope to keep pushing creative boundaries.”
by Michèle Adriaens, 20 Mar 2017 |
We came across Chong Ying Ying’s work at Undescribed #2, DECK’S annual platform conceived to present the next generation of local emerging image-makers.
Her series titled Of All Things I Choose to See is about “urban spaces that are often overlooked or may not be immediately registered – such as liminal spaces – are revisited, and reformed to be experienced with more care and observance. To reconnect with a physical space that is so alien yet familiar at the same time. A space that many pass but never linger. Its presence slowly reduced with every passing, to nothing but an echo, so subtle. Living on quietly, in the back of your mind.”
Ying Ying is a Fine Arts graduate from LASALLE, and her practice mainly builds around her encounters and fascination of the undefined spaces of the urban environment. “I seek to reconcile with these spaces, spending time at these places and reforming them through my works.”
More amazing work on Ying Ying’s website. Check it out!
by Culturepush, 13 Mar 2017 |
(from the press release)
What started out as a lo-fi bedroom project using portable synthesizers and cassette tape recorders has since evolved into some kind of dreamlike technicolour pop universe – one in which Singaporean musician The Analog Girl creates and performs using a myriad of illuminating electronic instruments including the Tenori-On, Monome and Percussa AudioCubes.
Named by TIME magazine as one of 5 Music Acts To Watch in 2008, The Analog Girl has had audiences worldwide plugged into her sound at a spectrum of venues and festivals including CMJ Music Festival in New York, famed British photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio in London, Worldtronics Festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Cirque Electrique in Paris, Superdeluxe in Tokyo and Mosaic Music Weekend at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. The Analog Girl has also supported a number of international acts including Telepathe, The Whitest Boy Alive and The KVB. Golden Sugar Crystals is The Analog Girl’s newest album in 5 years, and it is charged with both hope and fragility.
“I am known to create material that is dark-sounding, although not always intentionally. And even though most of the songs on this album were written during darker times than normal, it’s turned out to be the first album of mine that seeks light, beauty, truth and hope. So let’s all find our own ways to do what makes us happy, even if for just a moment.”
Golden Sugar Crystals is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Bandcamp.
by Michèle Adriaens, 11 Mar 2017 |
Visual Artist Aida – aka Yellow Mushmellow – and architectural graduate Frederick Low have collaborated on a self-published art book titled The Never-Ending Search for the Edge of the Universe. The book, launching on 17 March, is a collection of comic-style illustrations, accompanied by poetic musings about the Universe.
“The book follows a spaceman’s adventures on a never-ending search. It uses fantastical imagery inspired by the ‘experiences of the Universe’ to articulate introspective and very personal themes such as the complexities of human emotion (“very much like the incomprehensible nature of space, the heart travels to places the mind cannot fathom”). As the spaceman navigates his way through the vast expanse of the Universe, coming to terms with its twists and bumps or even grappling with the possible futility of his explorations, the audience is also brought on his own journey of self-discovery, making his experience with the book a personal, or even cathartic, one.”
For Aida, the decision to embark on this project follows the questions and the infinite “what’s-next?-ness” that she and Frederick were confronted with while dealing with a tragic experience. “As an artist, a lot of my ideas draw from everyday encounters — whether unfortunate, delightful or even mundane — and the drawings in the book are expressions that stem from a desperate attempt at making sense of the workings of the Universe, forces way beyond our mind’s grasp. I’ve always believed that art and poetry are a dreamer’s coping mechanism for the perplexing realities of life, and I hope that its universality and human-ness can be appreciated in a society like Singapore that prides itself on pragmatism.”
The book launches the week of 17 March 2017 online and in selected bookstores.
by Michèle Adriaens, 9 Mar 2017 |
On her website, Kayleigh Goh posted that she is interested in the psychological and poetic implication of place, a specific locale or environment that has a character on its own. “Looking at how places constitute different experiences and evoke different emotions, I am informed by my everyday experiences of everyday places,” she writes. “With outputting the collected information into my paintings, I turn the intangible into tangible. I see my artworks as capsules of these experiences. With everyday construction materials as my paint and canvas, alongside my soft palette, my works often speak more about the quiet places.”
Clicking on the Artworks tab on her site takes you to 3 projects. Here, Kayleigh tells us about Lost in the Midst of Time, an installation that presents the viewer with her experience and perception of the older buildings tucked within an overwhelming city environment.
“These quiet, slow-paced spaces are slowly left behind by time. Visually inspired by the cracks and peeling paint around Waterloo Centre, this painting installation incorporates construction materials and debris as both canvas and paint. Adopting the language of aging architecture, combined with a soft palette, I contemplate the impermanence of the structures around us.”