Exhib! Illustration Arts Fest 2016


Caleb Tan


Joon Saw





What you see here are four designs picked from a formidable poster collection created by OIC artists to announce Singapore’s first indie Illustration Arts Festival (IAF). The fest runs from 28 until 30 October at LASALLE, and from 4 until 6 November at the Singapore’s Writers Festival. You won’t want to miss it!

(from the press release)

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC Singapore), the Council is teaming up with Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), LASALLE College of the Arts; and East London Comics Arts Festival (ELCAF) and Nobrow Press to present the inaugural IAF, highlighting illustrators and illustration in Asia.

Festival Highlights

  • 3 special hands-on workshops by Sonny Lieu, Mattias Adolfsson and Isabel Greenberg
  • 7 talks by invited artists – Jean Julien, Richard McGuire, Hideyuki Katsumata, Sonny Lieu, Mattias Adolfsson and Isabel Greenberg
  • 50+ stalls at the Artists Market with illustrators selling their original prints, books and products
  • New toy launch from artist PUCKY (based in Canada/HongKong)
  • An OIC Interactive live drawing event where you get to bring home a drawing by the OIC illustrators
  • 6 panel discussions by local and guest artists
  • 4 Book signing events

For more information and ticketing, visit http://illustrationartsfest.org/.

Singapore Selection @ Supermama’s Porcelain Festival


Chun Pang & Wen Yeu (&Natural)


Elizabeth Gan (School of Clay Arts)


Ellen Philpott Teo


Hui Leng (A Piece of Earth)


Emily Moh (The Void Deck)


Loy Yan Ling (Euphoramics)


Jeanette Adrienne Wee


Zestro Leow Sculptures

Supermama‘s Porcelain Festival opened last Friday at Gillman Barracks,  and focuses on porcelain as a “possible typography in the design of giftware, homeware and objet d’art.”

Highlights of the show are the Vessels exhibition, a collaboration between 5 Singapore designers and Japanese porcelain label Kahara Inc., Asian Selection, a showcase of ceramic related works conceived by Asian ceramic artists or designers and the Singapore Selection, a collection of works conceived by 10 Singapore creatives.

Today we give you a preview of the work of some of the ceramists in the Singapore Selection.

“In recent years there has been an emergence of contemporary ceramists and designers who are questioning and approaching the porcelain material in different ways. The Singapore Selection presents such a collection of works conceived by Singapore creatives.”

Until 31 October (12pm-6pm) at Supermama Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road.

Exhib! We Will Meet by Alvin Ong

Alvin Ong-Finisterre

Finisterre (2016), Oil on Canvas

Alvin Ong-The wanderer's nightlong

The Wanderer’s Nightlong (2016), Oil on Canvas

(from the press release)

Having previously explored the local through vanishing rituals and cultures in Singapore, Alvin Ong’s latest figurative paintings mark an evolution in his subject matter. In We Will Meet, Ong presents a new series of works with a shift towards an interest in finding the local in the global, inspired by a month­long coastal trek through Spain. Walking through countless towns and landscapes, the wanderer encounters solitude, other people, and eventually, oneself.

In these reimagined memories and enchanted dreams, the nocturnal landscapes are awashed in neon light with characters encountered resurface as figures transformed by infrared and thermal imaging. Engaging in silent dialogue with one another, they are projections of the artist ­ as nomad and wanderer. Moving between worlds, encountering one another as their paths meet in the dark. This series is thus experienced as a journey, an ongoing dialogue with the painting process ­ and life itself. Along the way, the wanderer often tries to perceive the unfamiliar through the familiar, comparing these foreign lands against his own. The wild dogs of the Spanish wilderness reappear as Qilin ­ mythical animals commonly found in Chinese temples and embroidered altar cloths. Ong’s experiences of rain and the untamed wilderness are reconstituted in translucent drizzles and impassioned smears of vivid colours. We Will Meet is an invitation; to new friendships, new encounters and new beginnings.

Alvin Ong (b. 1988, Singapore) went to the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and is currently doing his graduate studies at the Royal College of Art, London. At the age of 16, he was the youngest winner of Singapore’s prestigious art prize, the UOB Painting of the Year award, and a year later, he had his first solo exhibition in the presence of his excellency President S. R. Nathan at Jendela, Esplanade. He was touted in the Straits Times as one of the “50 Young People to Watch” and is shortlisted for the 2016 Red Mansion Art Prize. He has since shown at the Singapore Art Museum (2007, 2012 and 2013), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (2007), Asian Civilizations Museum (2010) and the Peranakan Museum (2015).

We Will Meet runs from 15 September until 16 October at Chan Hampe Galleries. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am ­ 7pm. Admission is free.

The Very Wishing Story by Sum Qian Yu




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Make sure to drop by the Night Festival on Queen Street to check out The Very Wishing Story, an installation created by Very Small Exhibition and Sum Qian Yu.

The Very Wishing Story is about a boy and a girl, each discovering a magical marble that opens up a new world of adventure.  At night the marble lights up. The boy and the girl flew out of their room, following the magical light marble. The boy comes to a fascinating forest with light balls and the girl arrives at an enchanted cave, with glittering balloons of all shapes and sizes, glowing in the dark. Together, they meet at the magical waterfalls, playing with the tiny light balls, forming light structures that they imagined out of their own minds. The narrative is the basis of the three-part The Very Wishing Story“; The Cave” at Supermama@SAM relates to the girl’s journey, “The Forest” at National Design Centre relates to the boy’s journey. Both journeys converge at a lighting installation, “The Waterfalls”, at Waterloo Artsplace, where the characters meet other children in the story and create a magical world together.”

The Very Wishing Story is available online or you can pick up a copy from Supermama @SAM.

Exhib! Mountain and Expanse

Incandescence (2016) by Lyn Low

The Mountain Survey (2016) by Marvin Tang

(from the press release)

“How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is unknown to you?” (Plato)

Through being lost, two young artists embarked on a journey in search for the unknown. Shedding identities to become fully present, boundaries begin to fade away.

Mountain and Expanse is an exhibition that questions the height of knowledge and an exploration of the unmarked expanse to propose that the world that we think we know is larger than our knowledge of it.

Taking on photography as a medium of focus, this exhibition showcases the works of two artists Marvin Tang and Lyn Low – the winners of the Kwek Leng Joo Prize for Excellence in Still Photography 2015. Initiated in 2009, the award was established to recognise photographic excellence among students at NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media.

The exhibition runs from 28 May to 12 June at DECK. Artist Talk & Tour on 4 June, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. 

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