Ryan Benjamin Lee at Undescribed #3

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Unfold (2017)
Unfold is a stop-motion animation which takes the humble cardboard box and injects character into it, revealing its surprising malleability.

Mushroom (2018)
Video Installation, 5’20”

Mushroom is a site-specific video installation that stretches the human body to its spatial limits. The video accumulates as disembodied movements and impulses reaching upwards and outwards, desperately trying to grasp on to something tangible.

This work was made in collaboration with movement artist and actor, Chaney Chia.

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Spawn (2018) – Silent
Screensaver, 4’20”

The screensaver becomes an unlikely breeding ground for video art. Its parasitic presence pops up when you are least interested in it.

Stray (2017)
Two-channel video installation, 10’50”
Sound in collaboration with Lee Hong Xuan

The stray cat pops up in Singapore’s HDB void decks and social media newsfeeds, roaming effortlessly between physical and virtual spaces, much like a video artist. Through recording the stray cats’ endless wanderings via my iPhone, I began adopting their playful attitude towards the world, integrating it into my art-making process.

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Waiting-Prinsep St. (2016)
Video, 2’00”

The traffic light is a transitory space for people to move around the city. This video work extends the frustration of waiting to a never-ending loop, fidgeting, scratching or tapping become ways of occupying time.

What Was Left Behind (2015)
Gifs, Washi Tape, QR Codes, Inkjet on print

Sticking out like a sore thumb, Waterloo Centre, though situated at the heart of the art district, is a reluctant participant in the hippie, trendy art events. I wanted to respond to the quaintness of Waterloo Centre by bringing attention to its many under utilised pockets of space and unattended objects found along every corridor.

Ryan Benjamin Lee one of the selected artists for this year’s Undescribed, an annual platform conceived by DECK to support emerging artists who have recently graduated from local art institutions.

Artist Statement
Ryan Benjamin Lee is a moving image artist whose practice utilises video art, animation, and installation to create a range of mixed media assemblages. Grounded in an interest in material investigation, his artworks explore the relationship between physical and virtual spaces and how our post internet experiences seamlessly merge the two. As such, his works often have a sculptural or site-specific quality to them.

Undescribed #3 runs until 31 March at DECK gallery 1 & 2.


Spotted! Joses Phang






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.”



Exhib! ROOTS: The Exhibition

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(from the press release)

ROOTS is an exhibition that explores ethnic origins and culture. The artists are invited to look within, and draw from the richest human resource — our multi-dimensional layers of identity — to create a series of work that questions and initiates conversations about issues that are rooted in his sense of belonging within our singular world.

By showcasing individual stories, ROOTS represents a vehicle for dialogue regarding the changing faces of identity within our complex social fabric.

Exhibiting Artists:
@el_nasca (Berlin)
@slacsatu (Singapore)
@anacathie (Bandung/Singapore)
@freakyfir (Singapore)
@yellowmushmellow (Singapore)
@__kringe (Singapore)
@seedoubleyouuu (Singapore)
@5on6_ (Singapore)
@pedmons (Jakarta)
@mich_rouge (Jakarta/Singapore)

Katong Point, 451 Joo Chiat Road, #02-17

Time and date:
24th February at 7pm


Spotted! Ben Lai

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Concept Illustration for ‘Baba the little lamb

ben lai-nine&clan

Illustration for unpublished picture book: ‘Nine and Clan

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Illustration for Asian Festival of Children Content 2016 under the theme of ‘Japan, Birds and Friendship’

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Previously a game digital artist with Lucasarts and Bandai Namco, Ben Lai ditched and switched to a career of making picture books and book illustrations in 2016.

This Saturday Ben is releasing his first picture book at Woods in the Books. “I can is an introduction to life in Singapore for 3 to 6-year-olds. The story stars a young girl who proudly proclaims “I can” as she engages in fun activities and interacts with Singapore’s most famous landmarks and icons.” The event is free but don’t forget to register.


THOUGHT LINES An exhibition by Berny Tan


Thought Lines Study #2

Thought Lines – Study #2, 2017

Thought Lines Study #5

Thought Lines – Study #5, 2017

Thought Lines Study #17

Thought Lines – Study #17, 2017

(from the press release)

In her first solo exhibition, Berny Tan presents a new series of twenty abstract embroideries, reflecting on the medium’s obsessive nature through the repetitive motion of stitching. Each study is created by adhering to sets of written rules, based on thought patterns and mechanisms that manifest within the artist’s personal anxieties.

Rejecting the image-making typical of traditional embroidery, the artist concentrates on meticulously enacting these systems. Yet, there remains a latent tension between the mechanical and the human – the pieces are intensely structured at first glance, but closer inspection reveals how every decision, inconsistency, and workaround is recorded in thread.

The series thus seeks to inhabit an ambiguous space where the delicate and the compulsive, the therapeutic and the torturous all coexist; where the desire for control also keeps perfection out of reach.

The exhibition opens on Thursday and runs until 28 January at Supernormal.


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