Transmission: Kaleidoscope – Soh Jin Ping X Chua Soo Kim

Lost Objects is a collaborated project between ceramic artist Chua Soo Kim and graphic designer Soh Jin Ping. Peering into the kaleidoscope is akin to looking into a deconstructed labyrinth stuck in a time-warp. It deconstructs the everyday scene and objects, creating new perspectives of the otherwise mundane and familiar. With reference on concept of deconstruction, we decide to recreate a traditional everyday object, ie the medicine claypot, by deconstructing the functionalities and visuals related to the object, and re-presenting them in new light through simplified graphics and experimental glazing techniques.

Apprentice, Jin Ping is a recent Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Communication) graduate from Nanyang Technological University. To him, the design process is tantamount to storytelling: from the research-driven ideas, to the marriage of ideas and form, and finally down to the technicalities of construction. “My practice aims at communicating stories through the re-presentation of forms and languages. I enjoy a multitude of design ranging from environmental to experiential, from publication to branding.”

Collaborating artist Chua Soo Kim started pottery as a profession at the age of 15. At this young age, he trained and worked in the Glaze Research Department at Sam Mui Kuang Pottery, the Dragon Kiln, also known as Hwi Yoh. Soo Kim joined Studio 106 in 1986. In 1990, he was invited to be a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, followed by National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in 1991. The potter became one of the Ceramic Committee member and Tutor at Centre for the Arts at Centre for the Arts in National University of Singapore in 1999. Soo Kim has been actively participating in exhibitions, both Solo and Group, since 1987. He started pottery classes in Sam Mui Kuang Pottery in 1986. In 1994, he formed the Hwi Yoh Ceramic Group.

Lost Objects will be on display at the Transmission: Kaleidoscope exhibition which opens on 12 May at 188-8 Tanjong Katong Road.

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