by Michèle Adriaens, 14 Apr 2017 |
In The Absence
Hopes of Tomorrow
When All Is Left Behind
We All Have Our Place In Time
The Drift Project
Justin Lim graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts and is currently pursuing his BA (Hons) at LASALLE College of the Arts, in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London.
Creating images of mortality, the passage of time and the longing to hold on to things that are ephemeral and transitory in nature, Justin devises his drawings through photography. “I treat each work as a theatre set, orchestrating different lightings, composition, rehearsing the objects and ambience. I then try to capture the ideal, which is momentary and translate it into my own language of drawing. Quiet and devoid of imperfection, my works create a new and different experience for the viewer. Going beyond photographic realism, I intentionally heighten awareness of the subject, bringing focus and attention to the objects I have selected for the viewer to note. The intention to produce a deepened sense of mortality forces the viewer to realise beauty that is most fragile.”
Each series is perfectly arranged and celebrates the quiet moments of mortality. Beautiful.
by Michèle Adriaens, 10 Apr 2017 |
Victoria Tan obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2016 from LASALLE College of the Arts and was the recipient of The Winston Oh Travel Research Award in the same year. The running themes throughout her work are investigation of time, history and political landscapes using various media.
Victoria has participated in group exhibitions including “UArt” (University of St.Gallen, Switzerland), “The Measure of Things” (The Winston Oh Travel Award, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, 2016), and “Singapore Inc.” (The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore, 2014). This year, the young artist was selected by DECK‘s advisory board to showcase her work at Undescribed #2.
“Using printmaking and photography as modes for communication, my work explores the idea of the construction site as a reminder of ever-developing cities – arguing for its significance, its ironic ability to arrest time through its transient nature and to serve its purpose as records of life cycles in urban development”, Victoria explains. “Construction sites are all at once pre, present and post – a reminder of what used to be located on site, a space used to now build upon and a possibility of what is to come. If the construction site makes up a large percentage of the urban landscape, one cannot avoid these seemingly intrusive pockets of spaces that appear around the spaces we inhabit.”
by Michèle Adriaens, 22 Mar 2017 |
For Esther Yeo her interest in portraiture started early 2014. She embarked on a self-learning journey to acquire the hard skills while getting inspiration from established photographers like Alex Prager, Ben Zank and Natalie Fong.
The Talent in the Arts Grant awarded by Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2015 allowed Esther to attend the Contemporary Portraiture course at the SLADE School of Fine Art, London. In 2016, her photo series “The Girl” was exhibited at the NOISE 2016 Festival Exhibition.
Since then, Esther’s images have won her commissions from Singapore Symphony Orchestra and The Ordinary Co. “My photography largely revolves around feminine themes and I seek to explore colour in many aspects. I showcase my work on Instagram and hope to keep pushing creative boundaries.”
by Michèle Adriaens, 20 Mar 2017 |
We came across Chong Ying Ying’s work at Undescribed #2, DECK’S annual platform conceived to present the next generation of local emerging image-makers.
Her series titled Of All Things I Choose to See is about “urban spaces that are often overlooked or may not be immediately registered – such as liminal spaces – are revisited, and reformed to be experienced with more care and observance. To reconnect with a physical space that is so alien yet familiar at the same time. A space that many pass but never linger. Its presence slowly reduced with every passing, to nothing but an echo, so subtle. Living on quietly, in the back of your mind.”
Ying Ying is a Fine Arts graduate from LASALLE, and her practice mainly builds around her encounters and fascination of the undefined spaces of the urban environment. “I seek to reconcile with these spaces, spending time at these places and reforming them through my works.”
More amazing work on Ying Ying’s website. Check it out!
by Michèle Adriaens, 23 Feb 2017 |
Cherine Wee is a communication designer working in the marketing/creative sector. Last year she put together a self-initiated publication that documents her one month travel in Seoul.
“A Month in Seoul is designed in the form of a photo travelogue diary, and acts as a memento that records my experience living and getting around Seoul like a local. Through my eyes, I share photographs and personal thoughts on my time spent there, on the places I went to, the culture, sights, aesthetic details and mood I’ve experienced.”
Behind the publication: “What started out as an ‘escape’ travel stint ended up as one that allowed me to rediscover myself in my 20 something years, to get lost in a foreign city– both physically and metaphorically, and to find myself through losing myself. It was the resolve to go wherever and do whatever my heart desired. The inspiration and decision to produce this publication was born out of the thought to share my personal experience, to encourage someone out there to take time for rest from the busyness of everyday life and a constant reminder to never lose your sense of wonder and wander. This goes out to all the seekers and dreamers alike.”
Available for purchase at Actually, Basheer and BooksActually.
A Month in Seoul including 1x publication, 1x set of yours to keep notecards is available only at stuffofsoul.bigcartel.com. That Summer in Seoul [postcard diary pack] is available only at stuffofsoul.bigcartel.com