Spotted! Tan Hui Tian

Girls, girls and girls in the work of Tan Hui Tian aka ‘Space Penguin’. Hui Tian is a member of the doujin group CDS and a full-time game artist at PD Design Studio. Her personal style is a mishmash of East meets West, and suggests true draughtsmanship.

Want more? Check out her portfolio on tumblr and deviantart, and LIKE her FB page.

Spotted! CaptainChowder

We saw Ben’s Singularity piece (top image) at Phunk Studio’s Transmission “Visions & Memories” exhibition. Ben aka CaptainChowder is a designer/illustrator who channels his childhood obsession with cartoons and comics into appealing work. He pursued an education in Graphic Design at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts; in his opinion the perfect middle ground between art and business. After serving his National Service Ben is planning to further his studies at LASALLE, College of the Arts.

“I believe good illustration tells a story and evokes feeling. My work aims to question and challenge the moral status quo and usually depicts surreal, dystopian worlds and nostalgia, with some character design to top it off.”


Spotted! Chun Yong Tan

Graphic Designer/Illustrator Chun Yong Tan is a graduate from Singapore Polytechnic with a diploma in Graphic Design. Today he shares Forever with us, a series of drawings which won him bronze in the Illustration for Advertising category at the 2010 Crowbar Awards. “I always had a passion for drawing and my work is greatly influenced by eastern and western media and pop culture.”

We spotted Chun Yong’s more recent work at the PHUNK’s TRANSMISSION: Lab exhib back in January, so keep an eye on his portfolio for updates on that.

Spotted! Faris Nakamura

“Memories are motionless, and the more securely they are fixed in space, the sounder they are.”
The Poetics of Space.

Faris Nakamura is a flautist with the Singapore Youth Wind Orchestra. Other than his obsession with music, he is also very passionate about art. From paintings and drawings channeling his love for nature, to sculptures and installation expressing his interest in architecture, Faris’s work is as fascinating as it is varied.

Between Places is based on the floor plans of four out of the many homes Faris has lived in. “The structure of these houses has been simplified to enhance the fact that they hold no nostalgia for the artist anymore and that there are now simply a space consisting of vertical and horizontal planes. The only way these constructed houses can viewed is through the clear portion of an erected structure that resembles the housing buildings in Singapore. I want to make the viewer feel like an outsider looking into a personal and private space. Light is used to shape and demarcate the area of the house and is projected from the top, as though the house is under forensic investigation.”

Faris about our relationship with place: “We all need a place that we can call our own. A place that is a space of freedom and that helps build individualism in us. We will only feel most comfortable in that place and that place alone. This occurs, as described by Henri Lefebvre, because each living body is space and has its space: it produces itself in space and it also produces that space. Through that process, we project ourselves onto places and become inscribed there. Our self-deployment onto places makes us inseparable from it and we fear that losing these places might also mean losing a part of ourselves. We claim places to extend and solidify our personal space. The claimed place then holds our childhood memories, dreams and it becomes greatly nostalgic. However, it might not necessarily always be the case, especially for people who do not live in the same house they grew up in, or who have been constantly moving from one place to another. The process of inscribing themselves onto places gradually becomes looser from one place to the next, stretching nostalgia thin. And to an extreme extend the elimination of nostalgia completely. Places then reverts back to being just a place; a space of vertical and horizontal planes.”

SA (仨): The Pursuit at Late Nite @ Esplanade

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Music may be time and culture specific but sound knows no limits. In producing art, the trio of SA(仨) create their own soundscapes, exploring all possibilities not bound by time or culture.

Founded in 2010, part of the band’s name, 仨, meaning “three” in northern Chinese dialect, is a tribute to their Chinese roots. Professionally trained in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, Andy C plays the dizi (flute), Natalie Alexandra plays the guzheng (zither) and Cheryl Ong plays drums and percussions.

For SA(仨), their exploration of sound begins with each instrument and every original composition is a bold experiment that combines traditional elements with modern techniques, such as live looping. Spontaneous at every turn, each performance is a risk that the band takes as they delve into the question of identity.

SA (仨): The Pursuit, 6 March 9.30pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Get your tickets here.

Spotted! Shanlyn Chew

Robots and mushrooms with some Japanese syllabary thrown in for good measure. Anyone that can combine these elements in an illustration is fine by me. You can see why I’m drawn to Shanlyn Chew’s work then. Shanlyn is a Design Communication graduate from LASALLE with a major in Image and Communication, and a delve into her work invites you to explore her weird and wonderful world.

“I live in this imaginary world populated by quirky creatures and …. mushrooms. When I see an object with a ‘face’, I will start creating its form – usually a robot – in my mind. This is why I enjoy walking and exploring places as I scout my surroundings for inspiration. Sometimes I spend hours in cafe to draw, but I get shy when I’m surrounded by too many people. I often inject silly elements into my works as it kind of portrays the child in me – a silly and unpredictable child. Once in a while, I will throw in some Hiragana or Katakana, because I’m trying hard to practice my basic Japanese. Yes, I’m a big Japan fan.”

Spotted! Sarah Fong

Graphic Designer Sarah Fong graduated from the Glasgow School of Arts in July 2014. Her project titled “Shared Space” is a visual exploration of space in the relationship between a three-dimensional subject and a two-dimensional photograph.

“I did this project while at Uni. It is basically a collection of landscape portraits expressing each unique shape and meaning within our shared space. In this series, the attempt to discover the city’s origin from a new perspective also illustrates our shared routines and rituals, and how to break out of the monotony of everyday life. Therefore, photos are manipulated in an unconventional viewpoint challenging viewers to reconsider old places in a whole new context.”

Ocean Wang Jue at Lost Conversations

Opening today at the Brother Joseph McNally Gallery is Lost Conversations, featuring painting, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and video work by thirteen students from the Faculty of Fine Arts. Representing three fine arts programmes —Diploma, BA (Hons) and MA— the show explores how art and artists negotiate their place in the world; as commentators and active agents.

We check in with one of the fine students – painter and art restorer Ocean Wang Jue – and ask him about his creative process: “I seek to explore the emotional complexities between people through painting a series of natural realistic portraiture. I attempt to achieve the complication of a mixture of apartness and interaction with the use of special spatial arrangements, such as a reduced size of human subjects, empty spaces and minimised surrounding.”

Lost Conversations is at Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Level 1 until 13 April 2015.

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