The Vessel by Chynna Ang

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When preparing the feature about Chynna Ang’s final year project back in June, another project caught our attention in her béhance gallery. The Vessel, a story about how we sometimes lose ourselves, and rediscover meaning in art.

On asking the illustrator about the meaning of the word vessel, she tells us: “The word vessel means a carrier. Like art, it carries a different meaning to each individual.

The story starts with the protagonist feeling alone and empty in the world. It then goes on to talk about how we lose this sense of intuition, creativity and fulfilment in our lives, things that were once intrinsic to us as children. Mid-book, it says ‘I found it, I found the source’. After which, the story shows how we find ourselves in music, performance and arts. In the end, it will say ‘my vessel is full’ . Showing how the arts, and even beauty in our surroundings can fill a void in most people.

The story was structured starting from the universe, to society, to the individual, then back out again, and this can be seen in the chapter headings.”

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Spotted! Nur Isabella Andrews

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Our Founding Fathers (2016)

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This is your only Window to the World (2017)

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We Shall Meet in a Place Where There is no Darkness (2015)

Nur Isabella Andrews is a visual artist currently pursuing a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Specialising in graphic novel, she gained interest in sequential and narrative art, and is now experimenting with video art as a medium for her story telling.

“My work is a reflection of how I imagine the universe began, my definition and idea of how we came to be and explorations of the relationship between delusion and reality. With influences from conspiracy theories of the New World Order and esoteric philosophy, new insights of how I perceive the world are synthesized from both mundane and transcendent meanings. Using my artwork and its processes I aim to question and explore the ambiguity of life, culture and time.

My aim is to explore the different ways the elites are able to control the population, who do not share the same status through subliminal messaging and propaganda broadcasted by the mass media. The intention with my works is to cause the feeling of discomfort and paranoia to its viewers.

My work also explores existential questions of how we, as living species, are created and have conformed in the world in which we have created. In this work I am questioning the higher states of consciousness for example, are we being watched by beings that are our so called ‘creators’ or are we social experiments and do we really matter in the universe?

Focusing on these questions, I intended to create work that is a commentary on the conspiracy theories that have inspired me, such as David Ickes theory of mind controlling space lizards and the government tactic of MK Ultra. Although not always serious, I also intend to add bantered elements into my final pieces.

I decided to make my video appear as if an alien species is trying to communicate to us through the television. They are reaching out to us as a warning, for an unknown reason. It is probably meant to remind us that we are all a social experiment and nothing we do matters. But who knows?”

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Coup de Coeur by Cody Chua

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Time is on your side with these automatic watches from Coup de Coeur. Founder Cody Chua loves horology, a passion that began at a young age.

“I love the intricate world of mechanical movements but they often come at exorbitant prices. With Coup de Coeur, I wanted to create an affordable and sound alternative,” Cody tells us.

The brand utilises the 24 jewels Japan automatic movement and has a triple-hand date function. Add a swap-out-the-strap option to it and you’ve got yourself a time-telling piece that isn’t going to break the bank.

”Watches need a personal touch, which is why I keep swapping the straps on my watches. It is not that easy to find a leather craftmaker in Singapore. And when you do, the prices are high, reason being that leather straps cater to watches for the high-end market. It makes sense of course that people who purchase high-end watches are willing to spend 10% of the total value of the watch on the strap.”

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Exhib! Void by Loi Cai Xiang

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Running until 20 August,  Loi Cai Xiang will be exhibiting new work at Chan+Hori Contemporary. The series titled VOID is a “ramification from his previous series of intimate spaces, and withdraws from the external (immediate surrounding) to the internal (self)”.

(from the press release)

The author finds values in personal experiences, drawing stimulation and empathy from nostalgia and sense of familiarity to visually reenact a mental scar or emotional blemishes. Beyond the soliloquy, the works also speak, with interest, of consciousness and awareness, of being and self, in relation to the masses.

Void taps into an emotional resonance from seemingly familiar spaces where personal emotional stimulation is present. The catalyst behind Void arises from a sense of intimacy and familiarity that one shares with the environment and space, and in so, rekindles experiences and memory. The spontaneity between the environment and personal experiences bounces off against each other, collides and interacts until a point of resonance is reached. Like an actor interpreting a dialogue, the paintings draw from personal experiences and first impression to interpret the environment and synthesizes new narrative with metaphors and stimuli into a palpable and stark visual poetry. This constant need to define a void that resides between us and the physical world is an attempt to make sense and create a synthetic connection to explain a state of being. This endeavor is a personal exploration for sensibility to define a private gulf that exist between my conscious and subconscious state of mind.

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Banner Shuffle! Sean Cham

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“The photographs are from the Yesteryears series, which captures forgotten and abandoned buildings in Singapore. Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore!” – Sean Cham.

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