Spotted! Joses Phang

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We spotted Joses Phang‘s work at the TCC outlet on Circular Road. Joses is one of the 16 emerging artists from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Fine Arts program showing works at Art Moves III, a year-long exhibition across various TCC cafés.

Joses tells Culturepush his works mostly talk about people and society. “I have always been very drawn to this idea of loneliness and isolation in an urban society, especially since I took up street photography as a hobby, and started capturing these moments of isolation in bustling areas of the city. As someone who enjoys doing things alone, my photographs and drawings mirror my own state of mind wandering the city, investigating these feelings of loneliness in crowds, yet feeling completely comfortable being alone at the same time. Influenced by the absurd, each work of mine is like a journey exploring these positions of isolation, torn between being an individual and being a part of a collective, and finding no real resolution to it.”

 

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Banner Shuffle! Yellow Mushmellow

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“The illustration draws from a series of comics I created based on a “falter-ego” who responds to tough situations by stress-binging on food instead of actually solving her problems. I guess we can all relate to crunch time like that. :-)” – Yellow Mushmellow.

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Kinetic Art Watches by Humism

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“Bored with generic minimalism, we break a watch down to its fundamentals — the movement of time. We use time to do art, and use art to recapture time.”

Inspired by Kinetic Art and the possibilities of turning movement of time into art, Watch Design Studio Humism just launched 3 automatic watches on Kickstarter.

Designer David Sze: “We wanted to completely reimagine watch design, to create a timepiece that makes the most of this medium’s uniqueness. And the most unique and fundamental part of a watch, as we see it, is movement. We are inspired by the potential of using time’s movement to create visual beauty, and perhaps even philosophical meaning. In our design research, we were influenced by the Kinetic Art movement. Kinetic artists broke from traditional static art, and created art that produced beauty through movement.

Research took David two months. “I dug into the endless ways moving forms can overlap and intersect. More than a thousand drafts were created as ideas evolved. It didn’t help that I am a perfectionist, tweaking every detail and casting way too many prototypes to make sure each nanometer was perfect. I am proud to present three designs, the final evolutions of a year of inspiration.”

5% of the sales will be donated to The Red Pencil, a non-profit that uses arts therapy to help those suffering from emotional trauma.

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Listen! Blue by Cosmic Child

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Releasing on bandcamp and spotify today is Blue, Cosmic Child‘s new album since their self-released debut in 2016.

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Titled Blue, their sophomore effort comprises of 10 tracks rooted in ‘90s shoegaze. Carrying forward a fleeting sense of nostalgia from their debut album, the five-piece have emerged with new ideas that were only hinted at in their previous material — ideas that are deeply personal, mature and emotionally resonant.

Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Bo, the album is a hazy document of the last two years that have transpired since the release of untitled — and everything else in between. “This album addresses a lot about people and relationships,” Bo says. “A couple of these songs are about people I’ve grown close to in my life — and dealing with the fallout of their absence. Blue is the condensation of these two strange years comprising of people, relationships and heavy emotions.”

This is a band finding its footing in a vibrant and eclectic music scene, but their ambitions have moved past gathering local indie attention — in a rare move for a Singaporean indie rock band, Blue features songs sung in Mandarin, and with it, soaring synths, brooding guitars and a healthy dose of warm distortion. It’s a potent combination bound to make waves in the region.

The dynamics within the band have also changed. While Cosmic Child started out as a project spearheaded by Bo, this album features contributions from a fresh line-up of musicians, along with co-founding guitarist Daniel Pei. “He’s improved a lot on guitar since our previous album, listening to much more music — especially punk rock and emo,” Bo says. “So our guitar tones are much more distorted, compared to the cleaner, jangly sound of our previous album.”

Blue’s spirit is best encapsulated by its first single, ‘Blue / Green’, an anthemic pop song dipped with atonal guitars and an unshakeable rhythmic energy.

These songs were also written with the help of new bassist/vocalist Joanne and Zhe Ren (synths). “Joanne sings on this album, and it has definitely created a different kind of mood and energy to the band,” he explains.

 

 

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Crimson Star: A Singaporean Superhero

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Crimson Star  is a platform for Singaporean artists and they just hit Kickstarter with a comic about a Singaporean Superhero.

“The character, an everyman bestowed with powers he does not entirely want, isn’t only faced with a new bad guy every few months or so, but also has to combat the daily struggles that most Singaporeans faced during the cusp of the decade between the late ’80s and early ’90s.

With 65 issues planned, and the first 3 issues being currently illustrated, by a talented team of local artists, this Kickstarter campaign is an opportunity for comic book collectors to get their hands on an ashcan containing 10 pages of the first issue featuring the first appearances of future Crimson Star Fandi, his super-powered acquaintances Starlight and Starling, and their tech-obsessed villain, Tech-0-Mech.”

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