“Peace, Will You Play With Me?” by Josef Lee

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In a new bedtime story, Josef Lee responds to Trump’s proposed wall between the US and Mexico.

“Deeply disturbed by this suggestion, I drew an almost wordless picture book about Wall (War) and Please (Peace).“Peace, Will You Play With Me?” is a story about how adults build walls of separation that kids easily bring down through their love and innocence. For even the toughest walls shall not stand strong when faced with a child’s innocence. And remember… as kids, no one was an Enemy. And anyone with a toy is Friend.

Full story here.

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Spotted! Yik Chun

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When flicking through the posters for IAF2017, the abstract shapes and imperfect characters in Yik Chun‘s poster caught our eye.

Alongside his work in advertising, Chun creates bold illustrations in his spare time. “Most of my inspiration comes from fashion photography and dancers, in the way that shapes are formed by the human body and clothing. Written and physical comedy are also things that I’m trying to incorporate into my work. If I could be someone, it would be a combination of Seymour Chwast and Yohji Yamamoto. Moving forward, I’d like to try illustrating a lookbook, or incorporating elements of photography.”

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Spotted! Izzad Radzali Shah

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Mudah diatur tapi tak seimbang (It’s easy to arrange, but it’s not balanced), 2015.
© Izzad Radzali Shah: Matlamat jangka panjang (Long-term goal), installation view, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, 2017. Photo: Weizhong Deng

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Pretentious summer, 2015.
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Tunggang-langgang (Topsy-turvy), 2016.
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Lanskap kepala batu (Stubborn landscape), 2015 – Courtesy Maisarah Rahim.
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Last month,  Izzad Radzali Shah presented works on paper and canvas, digital drawings and wall paintings on the occasion of his first solo exhibition. ICA Singapore invited Izzad to consider his journey as an artist following graduation from LASALLE’s BA(Hons) Fine Arts programme in 2013.

“In December 2015, I made a trip to Yogyakarta where I met a number of young artists,” Zad tells us. “Their commitment to art making inspired me to continue my own practice using my Malay heritage. This heritage manifests itself through recurring motifs, such as the tiger, a common symbol in Malay folklore, and the bamboo shoot, which represents relationships between the divine, spiritual and natural worlds in Malay philosophy.”

The last work shown here is from Izzad’s Taman Rumit Bertumit (Complicated Garden) series which will be shown at the iPreciation gallery as part of the Segi tiga, or three points where two lines meet group exhibition. “There are four paintings  in the series and they are inspired by conversations about life in a fast-paced city, secret gardens, politics, and the godfather of Malay films, P Ramlee. The paintings are made in my bedroom accompanied by punk rock from the 80s.”

 

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D#, Design in Singapore’s Music Scene

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Earlier this year Design Says Hello collaborated with Indigo Child Agency on project D# (pronounced D Sharp), a  visual presentation of Singapore’s talented designers in the music industry. The project was showcased early March on the rooftop of the National Design Centre as part of Singapore Design Week 2017.

“The intention of the project was to create a deeper conversation on the importance and role of design in the process of artist branding and development,” Design Says Hello founder ZIQQ explains. “The featured film was the aftermath of many weeks of planning, filming and editing – all so that we can give a spotlight on this very niche and unique aspect of design in music. We can only hope that this film opens up many more conversation about the role of design in the context of our progressive country that is Singapore.”

“In recent years, we’ve seen Singapore music grow to be one that is vibrant, full of individualism and improvisation. As the spotlight shines on our current musicians and artists, we hope D# will impress upon and amplify the works of our talented designers here in Singapore.” – Daniaal Adam of Indigo Child.

 

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Spotted! Cassandra Goh

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Cassandra Goh calls herself a communicator, shooting stories that are heavy with visual activism. “My passion lies in sustainability – environmental and social concerns -, travel and adventure.”

In the featured series titled A Mode of Being Apart, Cassandra focuses her lens on the ongoing separatist conflict in Xinjiang. “Especially on the issue of discrimination which has caused tension between Han Chinese and Uyghurs, highlighting the enforcement of human rights in Xinjiang.”

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