Exhib: Eugene Soh’s Renaissance City

(from the press release)

Eugene Soh’s images parody iconic works of art while providing a tongue-in-cheek commentary on contemporary life in Singapore. The many elements and characters in these works represent multiple narratives within a distinctly Singaporean context.

Shot over multiple sessions, Soh’s latest work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore was created in collaboration with Campus Magazine as an homage to Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte, by Georges Seurat. Like his previous photo composite works, all the models in the image were average everyday people, present on various Sunday afternoons, enjoying a weekend outing at Upper Pierce Reservoir. With elements of everyday life alongside uniquely Singaporean imagery, it’s another new take on an old classic. As Soh states, “Many things have changed since the 19th century when the original Sunday Afternoon was painted. I wanted to address those changes while reflecting upon current social developments and create an image that is recognisably Singaporean.”

Renaissance City runs from 11 December  until 4 January 2015 at Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am – 7pm. Admission is free.

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