Banner Shuffle! Juliana Tan

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Our May banner is bursting with a zingy colour and flavour spectrum courtesy of Juliana Tan. Lip-smacking!

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Yesteryears by Sean Cham

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Sean Cham is an undergraduate at Yale-NUS College, with an Urban Studies major and an Arts and Humanities minor. He is also the author of Yesteryears, a photobook showcasing 50 places in Singapore that were culturally and historically significant.

“The series was taken when Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence, and there was an increasing wave of nostalgia across the nation. However, many buildings and places were left abandoned and forgotten amidst the country’s race for progress. Places are vessels of memories for the people; places are where relationships are forged, stories are created, history is made. From hidden palaces to crumbling neighbourhoods, these places are long past its halcyon days as they descend into mere brick and mortar.”

Sean started working on Yesteryears at the end of 2014, and completed the series mid 2015. “I told myself the series needed a closure; leaving the photographs in the deep recesses of the World Wide Web will only lead to its ruins like the buildings the series depict. So early 2016 I decided to pitch my book to the team at BooksActually. Kenny Leck was on board but he told me the book needed something more. So I spent the entirety of 2016 figuring out how best to package the series, consulted practitioners in London, wrote an essay for the book, and early 2017 I had it figured out.”

The process that took Sean nearly three years from start to end will be launched at the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017 which opens tomorrow and runs until 30 April at Gillman Barracks.

 

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Spotted! Justin Lim

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In The Absence

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Hopes of Tomorrow

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When All Is Left Behind

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We All Have Our Place In Time

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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.

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I Am All the Days that You Choose to Ignore by Victoria Tan

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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.”

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Spotted! Esther Vivienne Yeo

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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.”

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