Project Plug: Science of the Secondary : Apple

“With Apple as the subject of our first publication from the research programme Science of the Secondary,  we present an inquiry into the behaviours and experiences observed through our interaction with the humble fruit. From the very moment we set our eyes on the apples that are displayed in the fruit stall to the strangely familiar memory of an apple within us, this book offers an alternative insight into things that are not yet discovered…. ” – Atelier HOKO.

To launch the book ‘Science of the Secondary : Apple’, Atelier HOKO will be distributing and retailing the books through 5 selected fruit stalls in Singapore till 11 November. Each purchase of the book (SGD 18) will be accompanied by one free apple (yes, the fruit). The book is also on sale internationally here.

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Spotted! Victoria Moey

Victoria Moey is a 23-year-old illustrator and graphic designer who has recently taken a great joy in walking the line between beautiful and the ‘ugly’. Having spent most of her life as an avid manga-style artist in Singapore, she entered university determined to push her stylistic boundaries. The resulting efforts gave ‘social commentary’, and her artwork, an unexpected and humorous twist.

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Spotted! lulutracy

A free spirit of 24 years old, lulutracy emerges whenever she is out to play or when her inner thoughts and voice need to be heard. Photography is her main play activity that showcases her visual expressions and imaginings. It is neither her profession nor passion; just her connection to the world. Pictures are also not just her art form; but her prized visual playground.

Come along now and play with her. Enjoy.

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Exhibition: 100 Friends – 100 Artists – 100 Songs

(from the press release)

The third annual edition of the ever-popular ‘100 Friends’ art exhibition series will run from 10 October 2013 to 6 January 2014 at ‘The Gallery’ tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto at 51 Circular Road.

This time around the exhibition will have a ‘Hit Parade’ theme in that the 100 participating artists (local and overseas) will each produce an A4 size piece of art, titled and framed, depicting one of their favourite tunes. Some tunes will be obvious, some will be rather well hidden, and some subject to a creative imagination and some you’d never guess in a million years.

The framed artworks will be available to the public at SGD$199 each. Visitors are not restricted on how many paintings they can buy, fans can actually add to or start their own unique ‘Friends’ collection.

The musical brainchild of art-management’s Claude Verly and Jackson Tan (himself a one-time rock musician wannabee) from PHUNK, six of the talented artists will take on apprenticeship roles with PHUNK for a year under their non-profit TRANSMISSION: PROJECT, an annual mentorship programme providing artists with an immersive multi-disciplinary studio experience. Areas such as Design – Artwork – Exhibitions – and Catalogue production will all be covered.

The exhibition runs from 10th October until 6th January 2014 at tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto “The Gallery” 51 Circular Road. Admission is Free.

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Exhibition Review: Foetus – Birth and Death

Foetus – Birth and Death. A review by Justin Lebrun.

Every living thing was born. Every living thing will die.

As a society, we often don’t think deeply into the duality of birth and death. We’ve oversimplified and categorised the two words. Birth is good, death is bad. In truth, birth and death are just the two sides of the same coin. As soon as someone is born, they have simultaneously begun on a path that leads directly and inexorably to death.

We fill our lives with content, hoping to prolong life as far as we can take it. Some may walk the road of life for many, many years. Others reach an impasse unexpectedly after only a few months. What happens when you take this path, and shrink it to the point where birth and death nearly coincide? Intense anticipation and joy, immediately followed by pain and grief: can there be beauty in a stillbirth?

These are a few of the thoughts that I reflected upon after my visit to the exhibition Foetus – Birth and Death by local Singaporean artist Kenny Leck. Some of you may recognise the name – Kenny is the founder of the popular local bookstore BooksActually, which is located only a few minutes walking distance away from Grey Projects, where the show is being exhibited. This being his first solo show in three years, I was understandably excited to see how his artistic perspective has evolved.

The work itself is composed of a multitude of small metallic boxes resting on a large wooden installation.

Each box contains different found/rescued objects, often juxtaposing items which would never comfortably be in proximity to each other. Sometimes, this juxtaposition is clear and direct, such as in the case of one box’s contents: a baby doll with nails in her hands, particularly poignant for a Christian audience.

Other times, the juxtaposition is more subtle. In this beautiful piece, a bee, immortalised in death, has landed upon what seems to be a piece of freshly birthed pincushion-like coral.

Another box contains little more than previously lit candles, now slightly melted. I am not sure what Kenny was specifically trying to portray, but I saw a bitter irony in such a simple display. These candles, often thrown away right after they are blown out by a birthday girl or boy, have finally achieved permanence as a work of art. If preserved, they could long outlast the life for which they were manufactured to celebrate.

Regardless of how conceptual or direct each box is, they all share a common theme and evoke in me this message: Life is full of pain and loss… and yet, if we can take a step back and box our feelings, we should not lose track of their eventual beauty. – Justin Lebrun.

Foetus – Birth and Death is freely viewable at Grey Projects, 6b Kim Tian Road, located a short walking distance away from Tiong Bahru MRT station. The show runs until October 26. Gallery opening hours are from 1-7pm Mondays through Fridays, and 1-6pm on Saturdays.

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