Spotted! Ng Wu Gang

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Entropic Dream

Ng Wu Gang utilises photography to create a visual narrative of his life and memories. But he also likes to show us things that extend beyond every day life, producing images that interpret what is within him, what is told by his dreams.

“Our dreams are this weird manifestation of our consciousness, and often don’t make any sense. Typically, we experience these dreams when we are alone. I often use Polaroids as a medium to document my dreams, as Polaroids will fade over time.”

Wu Gang is one of the 16 emerging artists from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Fine Arts program showing at Art Moves III. You can view his work at the TCC Novena outlet.

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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”
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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
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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”
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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.

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Portraits of People – The Dream Issue

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In 2017 Huda Azzis, – a documentary editor – and Souher Wahba – Intermission Bar Manager at The Projector – got together to start Your Local Newsstand, an independent publishing group specialising in photography zines. “We got together because we wanted to publish our own zines. So in a way it is our little side project. We will be releasing 3 zines, and each issue will feature a specific theme and will be curated in different styles of storytelling.”

The first publication titled, “Portraits of People – The Dream Issue“, captures the dreams and hopes of people as they answer one question, What is your dream in life? “Together with our photographer friend, Imran Mohammed, we went out to photograph friends and strangers on the street. It’s a project that took a year to finish and was entirely self-funded and self-published.”

 

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Spotted! Kyle Ngo

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Kyle Ngo is an independent graphic designer and photographer who graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Visual Communication Media Design. He is currently at the Glasgow School of Art, pursuing a degree in Communication Design.

Kyle about design: “Conventional design’s success is measured against how well it sells and how elegantly conflicts among aesthetics, production, usability and costs are resolved. Today’s designers need to be able to do more than solve known problems; they must be comfortable with uncertain opportunities and capable of inventing the unexpected by giving form to the ingenious. Design as critique can do many things – post questions, encourage thought, expose assumptions, provoke action, spark debate, raise awareness, offer new perspectives, and inspire. And even to entertain in an intellectual sort of way. Thus, my projects approach design as a form of critique rather than a method for problem-solving.

“My works explore, experiment and discover imaginary possibilities in the form of speculative design, new modernism and emerging technologies with relations to the cultural, social, technological, ethical and political implications,” he continues. “Crafting the coexistence of design in the here-and-now and yet-to-exist with physical presence that can locate in our present-day world, while their meaning, embodied values, beliefs, ethics, dreams, hopes and fears belong somewhere in the possible future.”

Every year, Kyle works on a personal project that reveals an unseen part of our society. Last year he teamed up with The Project X, a non-profit organization working with a small team of dedicated volunteers who walk the streets of Geylang to reach out to sex workers. “The project also aims to end the stigma and discrimination that results in physical, verbal, emotional and financial violence against sex workers in Singapore,” Kyle explains. “I conducted interviews and documented a series of photographs based on the lives of transgendered sex workers. Titled Sisters, my documentary photography project discovers this unseen part of Singapore. Being a sister in a conservative society like Singapore is a hard route to take. One of the many challenges that transgender women face is job discrimination. And for this very reason, many transgender women in Singapore become sex workers as sex work tends to be the only way they can earn a living.”

Kyle who describes himself as a postmodernist thinker, believes that design is not solely functional and usable, but can be a form of critique. “I am currently completing five projects that showcase these forms of discourses. One of my projects titled the WILD magazine, is a cultural and political gossip magazine that collects, analyses and presents fictitious stories about the current world. Bridging postmodernist thinking and aesthetics with present-day information, WILD blurs the confines of the real and imaginative news, breaks up conventional design phenomenon and seeks to redefine the aesthetics of cultural and political gossips with witty visual detritus within he society.”

 

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Spotted! Yik Keat aka YK

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Self-taught urban photographer Yik Keat‘s unique colour aesthetic adds a cinematic tinge to his frames. YK states he is known for the movement in his photographs and the ability to give streets personality.

Follow YK on instagram.

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