Spotted! Cheryl Kook

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Cheryl Kook‘s vibrant illustrations channel the fun and zest of her travel and food adventures.

“What I do is mostly driven by one thought: “Make the work I want to see in the world”, says the Illustrator and Visual Development Artist. “Being lucky enough to travel to new places, have food adventures and experience different perspectives, I’m never bored and I try to reflect that enthusiasm into colors and shapes in my illustrations. Most of all, I believe in having fun in everything I do!”

Cheryl also creates some lovely goodies including books, bags, patches and pins. Check them out!


Spotted! Nuridah Binte Rostam

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Nuridah Binte Rostam is a conceptual artist who conveys positive conversations through her art.

“My artistic influence, themes and concepts are drawn from my continuous battle with thyroid cancer that has plagued me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I see art as a healing platform to open and discuss my flaws and fears to the outside world.”

Nuridah’s work has been showcased at One East Asia and 81, Joo Chiat Road – with an upcoming show in December.


Spotted! Jessica Chan

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“My practice revolves around the exploration of how the mind retains mental images and how those images can be expressed into a new image through the medium of painting,” says Jessica Chan. A final year student of LASALLE’s BA(Hons) Fine Arts course, Jessica is interested in the idea of imagery in relation to memory and painting as a form of reproduction of mental images. She is also fascinated with artists who are able to fuse and bridge the past and the present together through their art.

“My current practice stems from a very specific and personal memory from my own childhood back in Canada where I reflect on experiences of what growing up with an abusive mother was like. This history of mine has informed much of my prior works as well, with notions of nostalgia and children playing a consistent role throughout my portfolio.

We live in such a busy world and it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all. It is so crucial in these times to learn how to take a step back and reflect because reflection is the only way to turn experiences into wisdom and insight in life. You win some and you learn some. You never lose if you learn.

In regards to painterly aesthetics, I am very interested and drawn to the way paint maneuvers around the canvas to create contrast – not just in shades (dark/light), but contrast in depth such as the solid versus the transparent, as well as in the contrast between chance and control that is expressed through the fast and slow brush movements. The deliberate depth, gradient, and contrast that I choose to create in my works to me act as a statement about memory and how time shifts our mental imagery of things to varying levels of clarity – the blur versus the detailed.

Zhang Enli is one of my greatest artist inspirations and his perception on art parallels my own understanding about art to a very close measure. In one interview he states that, “Most people like extraordinary things, but they are not important… The spectacular things might attract you, yet the truths we are really looking for are always hiding behind those [commonplace objects].” I believe that the greatest thing art can do for you is not give you understanding about a subject, but that it reveals to you a deeper understanding about something in your own life; art that is open to interpretation and encourages questions and thinking. As an artist I strive to achieve this level of transparency and reflection in my work and will continue to make paintings that attempt to express this concept.”


Noise x GIF Fest 2017

Adeline Tan

Ella Zheng a.k.a ellaisweird

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(from the press release)

Presented by Noise Singapore and creative agency Kult, Noise x GIF Fest 2017 is billed as one of Singapore’s largest GIF events to-date. The Festival which caters to today’s technology-loving generation promises to capture the richness of the GIF (or graphic interchange format), an engaging medium which loops visual data, as an artistic medium and explore its role as a form of digital art, entertainment and creative communication.

The inaugural edition themed “Spellbound” will be held from 5 – 11 October 2017 at Block 7 of Gillman Barracks. The main event will feature an immersive exhibition of over 50 original GIFs, including selected works submitted by amateurs to professionals, 35 years and under, through the Open Call held last month. These specially commissioned GIFs will be showcased through projections, large screens including a mammoth LED wall, and secret rooms, all combining to create a spellbinding experience.

Programmed to captivate a broad range of audiences, Festival-goers can also look forward to curated fringe activities including workshops, live performances, creative dialogue sessions and more. Highlights include a workshop hosted by Aik Beng Chia, one of Singapore’s most followed street photographers on Instagram, who will share how to transform photos into dynamic cinemagraphs (animated photographs). A special edition of ‘Good Times’ featuring a live set between Kiat from Syndicate and Deborah Emmanuel, Singapore’s foremost spoken word poet. A performance by electronic duo .GIF, a GIF making workshop for kids, interactive art installations and inspiring talks by industry pioneers.

Over 500 GIFs were created by professional and amateur artists from across Singapore to the festival theme ‘Illusions’ and submitted to GIF FEST curators through the Open Call. 50 GIFs have been shortlisted and will be showcased at the Festival.

Entry to the family-friendly festival is free with pre-booking required for selected workshops and talks. Refer to the GIF Fest website for more details.


Spotted! Dzaki Safaruan

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Dzaki Safaruan received his Bachelor’s (Hons) in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with Loughborough University, UK. His art is a constant exploration of the “deconstruction of the mundane which involves a mix of spirituality, comic book culture and wordplay.”

“As Malay Muslim, I use my recent body of works to deconstruct the legacy of heritage and spirituality while examining my own faith and practice,” Dzaki tells us. “Symbolic objects from my faith are physically dismantled, reduced to their basic elements and then reinterpreted in different forms. This is the crux of my practice, choosing to break apart everyday subjects and objects.”

“In Tabula Rasa (Tak Boleh Rasa),the Islamic holy book, the Quran, has been ‘reconstructed’ into a blank book”, Dzaki explains. ” I sought to question the physicality of this religious object and what was more important: its mere physical form or its content (which transcends its physical existence). In essence, the ‘physical content’ of the Quran is still present in the work.”

View more of Dzaki’s work at the RUANG exhibition which opens today and runs until 21 September.


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