Kult Kollab by Kult x DPi

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(from the press release)

Kult Studio & Gallery collaborates with local production house, Design & Print International (DPi), to launch a new merchandise collection. Kult Kollab translates art from street artists around the world into wearables, pushing the boundaries of art and fashion.

The creative team headed the selection of the artworks, choosing ones that conveyed Kult’s energy and edge.

“It was intensively challenging – like making us pick our favourite kids! As our database is really extensive, with full of fresh art from urban artists all around the world, we decided to select pieces that have bold colours and imagery that really pops out. We want the art to be the first thing you spot in a crowded space,” says Kult’s Art Director, Alicia Wee.

The collection features a total of seven items – three t-shirts, two dresses and two caps showing the art of Russell Ong (SGP), Russell Taysom (GBR), Kittozutto (SGP), Lee Juyong (KOR), Mojoko (SGP), Mightyellow (SGP).

The launch will take place as part of Multiply: A Majestic Playground from 27 to 28 May at the New Majestic Hotel.

Open Circuits, LASALLE’s BA (Hons) Fine Arts Graduation Show

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An Element of Unknown (becoming microbe) by Becky Ng Qi Jie (Video still)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Sempadan Rumah

Sempadan Rumah by Arif Jumat (Recycled found objects)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Fishmonger's Dream

Fishmonger’s Dream by Fiona Koh Li Ping (Mixed Media on newsprint)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Catastrophe

Catastrophe by William Kung (Oil on Canvas)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Access Excess

Access Excess by Desiree Puey (Mixed media installation)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Golden Staircase

Untitled (Golden staircase) by Priyageetha (Laser print on photopaper)
©Lasalle College of the Arts

Today we would like to offer you a first look at some of the works that will be part of Open Circuits, a show presenting the works by LASALLE’s BA(Honours) Fine Arts graduating batch . Open Circuits opens this Thursday and runs until May 4 at LASALLE’s Winstedt Campus.

“The exhibition is an amalgamation of creativity, located right at the student artists’ studios themselves. As the title Open Circuits suggest, the exhibition brings forth the dynamic and raw energy of individual artists from diverse backgrounds, a documentation of the electrifying constellation of shared ideas and influences that are, like all open circuits, potential for all kinds of future possibilities.”

 

Kärsämäki’s Secret II by Trivia Goh

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A graduate from the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University,  Trivia Goh creates works that are primarily produced in charcoal. “It brings out a formal tone in my portraiture of the imaginary. I use watercolour and ink as well for quick thumb-nailing and drafts.”

Trivia’s works tend towards “the whimsical, often portraying otherworldly characters and beings as if to document them having had a place in my casual daydreaming world,” she tells Culturepush. Her work certainly taps into the world of imaginary creatures and bizarre stories within Kärsämäki’s Secret II, a series that began in a little Finnish town in March 2016.

“Following my return to Singapore, I expanded the collection to include watercolour works of these oddities in their otherworlds. The idea was to contrast the works created in a foreign land against the ones created back home to show how the environment and the experience of it affects the outcome. Each piece offers the audience a little slice of narrative that paints the trivialities in my life.”

Kärsämäki’s Secret II opens on April 6 and runs through 23 April at Utterly Art Gallery.

Exhib! Stored Value by L*L

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For Singaplural 2017, L*L duo Matthew and Zhide have created Stored Value, a piece that discusses Singaporean identity in the everyday sounds that we hear, mediated through an experience familiar to Singaporeans – tapping EZ-Link cards on public transport.

(from the press release)

Stored Value is inspired by the humble EZ-link cards that we use every day. We are intrigued by how the EZ-link card not only stores money, but also our trips around Singapore. The exhibit explores the transience of a Singaporean identity. It is a snapshot of everyday sounds of Singapore that we pay little attention to because of how ordinary it is, but yet evoke specific encounters and memories that tie us to shared experiences. Would these sounds, like artefacts and architecture, eventually change and become unfamiliar to future Singaporeans? Stored Value is also a reminder that from our individual journeys and daily lives adds up to something larger than ourselves – a collective memory and collaborative creation of Singapore.

Backstory

Stored Value has gone through several iterations before we arrived at the current version of the concept. The theme for this year’s Singaplural is “Stories – A New Perspective”. Upon reading the prompt, we were interested in creating a surprising, delightful experience for viewers. Since the exhibit is part of the Singapore Design Week, we thought that the work should be familiar to Singaporeans. The initial inspiration for the project came from one of our friends. She posted on Facebook saying that she thought that the EZ-Link card readers at Dhoby Ghaut MRT were playing piano sounds instead of the familiar beeps. We realized that the beeps reinforces a sense of place – that we are travelling within Singapore. We thought it would be quite fascinating if we replaced the familiar sounds of EZ-Link card readers with other sounds. At the same time, we were also thinking of participatory, interactive orchestral experiences where viewers can play combinations of different sounds and help co-create the work. At this point, our ideas seemed to be diverging and we were not sure how we would bring everything together.

We decided to dig deeper. We realized that EZ-Link cards store not only money, it also keeps a log of places that people have travelled to. At the same time, another friend of ours reminded us about sounds unique to Singapore, things like the koel bird, mrt announcements, singlish spoken at kopitiams. We began to weave together a larger narrative, of individuals going about their daily lives that accumulate into the larger hustle-and-bustle of Singapore. Everyone hears these sounds in their daily journeys, but few actually stop to listen and appreciate their relation to our collective Singaporean identity. By bringing these familiar sounds into an exhibition context, we hope to raise the everyday into consciousness. Together, these threads combine at the intersection of individual journeys, collective identity and an inquiry into the co-creation of a nation. Stored Value merges all of these ideas into a cacophony of sounds that are at the same time familiar and unfortunately, too easily neglected and forgotten.

Stored Value will be shown at Singaplural 2017 between 7–12th March, F1 Pit Building.

Exhib! The Bizarre Honour

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Video: OH! Open House
Music: March of the Mind by Kevin MacLeod

Photos: Johann Yamin

(from the press release)

OH! Open House, in collaboration with a group of Singapore artists, is transforming a two-storey terraced house in Chip Bee Gardens into a maze-like museum of curiosities.

The Bizarre Honour – presented as a fictional institution showcasing their eclectic collection in a newfound space – will unveil over 300 natural objects and artefacts dating from the colonial period to the contemporary times. Collected by the artists over a period of 15 years, the exhibits survey Singapore’s contentious relationship with its nature.

In a unique and highly private experience, only two visitors are allowed in the museum at any one point of time. From rare colonial photos, taxidermy and animal traps to tropical field equipment, visitors can expect a sensory treat while they immerse themselves in a living, breathing museum.
Visitors should prepare themselves for spending 30 minutes in the museum where there are no guides, labels or explanations, and no distinction between art and artefacts. Visitors can only rely on a personal dossier – comprising memos, photographs and other classified information pertaining to exhibits and experiments – to unlock the mysteries of the museum and its exhibits.

Mr. Alan Oei, 40, co-founder and Artistic Director of OH! Open House, explains the concept of the museum: “The cultural airspace is dominated by the few blockbuster museums like Tate, MOMA, and now we’ve added the National Gallery of Singapore. So we want to ask if there is a space for a different kind of museum.”

We looked back at the Wunderkammer, Cabinet of Curiosities, and you see it was very artistic. It wasn’t about national representation or state narratives. They expressed something more human, more personal – curiosity and collecting.

There’s a wondrous relationship between art and Natural History – it’s about discovering uncharted worlds, and finding new relations between things, even things that may seem very mundane. Animal traps, for instance, reflect the local culture and myths. So a sparrow trap reflects the Singapore vernacular; it’s unique to us. Also, we have an entire collection of photographs taken by a British tourist in Singapore over a few decades. Each photograph by itself is very ordinary, but put together is an obsessive, fractured portrait of Singapore you’d never find in the history books,” he adds.

We’re working with a few artists to make our own version of a museum. We’re not revealing the names because we want the focus to be on the experience, not the ‘brand’ or the oeuvre. It’s just you and the exhibits, the live experiments – how do you make sense of things?”

You can purchase tickets to The Bizarre Honour at S$45 which includes a hand- assembled 80-page dossier.

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