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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I’ve Cot You by Zinkie Aw

In I’ve Cot you (Sayang, Sarong Baby), photographer Zinkie Aw sets out to document families that are still practising the cloth baby cradle in Singapore. She hopes that through sets of photographs made in documentary and conceptual styles, viewers imagine that slice of memory lane that we could never remember as a baby in the cot, as well as appreciate an old trend that increasingly gets labelled as archaic.

(from the press release)

Most of us used to be sarong cloth cradle or 摇篮 (‘yao lan’ cradle), also know endearingly as ‘yo-nah’ babies.

Were you one?

As babies, we could never give a testimonial, or recall that experience.

Via the ‘yao lan’ or sarong cradle as a cultural icon for interviews, this body of work focuses on family bonding, Singapore’s shared values, and ties in with a sense of collective cultural heritage via exploring memories of the family unit.

Sayang, the sarong baby.

The exhibition opens on 6 August and runs through 30 September at the Tampines Regional Library, Our Tampines Hub, L2 – L6.

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Spotted! Samuel Lee

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We spotted Samuel Lee’s work at the Fireflies group exhibition that is running at Flor Patisserie until the end of the month.

Samuel is an illustrator with a Diploma in Animation from Nanyang Polytechnic. He is a MediaCorp Gold Medal winner, a recipient of the MediaCorp Award for Outstanding Project, and his work has been showcased both locally and internationally.

More about Samuel on his site and on instagram.

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Lest We Forget by Jamie Teo

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Embroidery artist and Arts Manager Jamie Teo tells us that she has an interest in the preservation and documentation of heritage, finding a way to let the past live in the present.

Her latest project, “Lest We Forget, is inspired by the memories of her maternal grandmother. “It highlights the idea of remembrance – lest I forget who you are and lest you forget who you are. Going against the ‘Great Man’ theory, I seek to prove the influence of any and every individual. I am always uncontrollably brought to tears when I speak of my grandmother and by way of making the linoleum plates, I carved out the imprint she has left on me through every passing day. This work seeks to prove the importance of personal histories and to give voice to individual narratives. This is my act of remembrance.”

Lest We Forget was created during a five months mentorship programme under the tutelage of Joseph Chiang of Monster Gallery and will be shown at the Working Proofs: Young Printmakers League exhibition from 16 June to 30 June.

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Tiffany Yao at the Faber-Castell Art Festival

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We spotted these beautiful illustrations at the Faber-Castell Art Festival in Marina Square. They’re drawn by Tiffany Yao using polychromos coloured pencils, and are part of her 守 series on display at the festival.

“For the show titled  守 SHOU -to guard or guardianship- I created a range of iconic and nostalgic local household products and food items which mainly appeal to the Chinese community,” Tiffy tells Culturepush. ” In each piece, hands (手 -shou rhymes with the title), are holding onto the items symbolizing heritage and a humble lifestyle of a Singaporean in the neighborhood.”

The Arts Festival runs until June 4 at the Marina Square Central Atrium. Check it out!

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