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i Light Marina Bay – Celebration of Life

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

CELEBRATION OF LIFE
JUSTIN LEE WITH DORIER ASIA PTE LTD
Part of i Light Marina Bay
Celebration of Life is a playful commentary on the role and value of traditional culture in our contemporary society, Through the use of Pop-art as a playful medium in this work, this installation celebrates Asian values in our modern society through a tongue-in-cheek manner. In this 3D projection installation for the ArtScience Museum, Justin playfully blends traditional Eastern iconography with modern-day symbols of our global capitalist culture. This approach suggests cultural resilience – the ability of Asian culture, to survive, to withstand, to endure, and to adapt to the changing contemporary society.

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

i Light Marina Bay - CELEBRATION OF LIFE

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Naoko Tosa 土佐尚子 – Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

In conjunction with an on-going exhibition, internationally-renowned media artist Naoko Tosa transforms Singapore’s city skyline with an exterior projection on the ArtScience Museum façade.

“Sound of Ikebana” – the theme of four seasons inspired by different cultures showcases Japan’s four seasons alongside strong artistic influences of the Rimpa School. Colours representative of China, Malaysia and India have been included to acknowledge the exhibition’s staging in Asia. Shot at 2,000 frames per second using high-speed photography, “Sound of Ikebana” is a series of videos that showcases vibrant images using various liquids (such as paints and oils) created from sound vibrations.

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist who believes in the artistic concept that “various cultures in the world are connected just as one culture from the ancient time of human history at unconsciousness level overcoming nationalism”. Connecting this concept to a computer, she has created a new concept called “Cultural Computing”, creating a new frontier of art products to lead society to a richer future. Covering a wide range of areas, Naoko’s art includes sculpture, visual art, video art, digital art, just to name a few. She has exhibited her artworks at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and Japan Creative Center at Singapore among many locations worldwide. Naoko is currently a professor at Kyoto University and a visiting professor of the National University of Singapore.

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons

Naoko Tosa - Sound of Ikebana : Four Seasons


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ArtStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

Contemporary Terracotta Warrior No. 10
Yue Minjun, China

Now into it’s 4th edition, Art Stage Singapore presents works from 158 galleries as well as eight new country and regional platforms curated by experts of the respective arts scenes including Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, and Huang Du, the Beijing-based art critic. This year’s fair seemed to be a bit more chill, with less large-scale installations on show compared to the previous years. The fair has shifted its focus to education with more talks and curated platforms.  There were some pretty interesting and thought-provoking artworks which I really liked.

ARTStage 2014

Bamboo sculpture at the entrance

ARTStage 2014

50 Faces
Jane Lee, Singapore
Comprising 50 miniature painting objects on a 10metre wall, the artist attemptes to create a painting’s portrait, and to incorporate the viewer’s face into the artwork in order to add an element of interaction.

ARTStage 2014

Good Things Come in Pairs
Peng Wei, China
I call them hum-sup shoes. Choy..

ARTStage 2014

Shield
Rachel Kneebone
It’s a wall of…the male anatomy that left me slightly dumbfounded. Definitely not hanging this one in my living hall.

ARTStage 2014

Tityus
Damien Hirst
White Cube gallery doesn’t disappoint with this year’s showcase. Darren & I loved this particular piece formed up of entomological specimens and Hammerite paint on canvas. Never knew bugs could be so beautiful, and they were very well-preserved.

ARTStage 2014

A piece of artwork admiring an artwork
We stood transfixed, admiring every detail. Too bad Christmas is already over, else “Thank you for the lovely present oppa!”

ARTStage 2014

We loved the artworks by one of Belgium’s top artists Jan Fabre as well.

ARTStage 2014

Wondered how many hundreds of thousands of bugs were used for this cloak.

ARTStage 2014

Angels have pets too

ARTStage 2014

One of the few large-scale installations we spotted. Darren called this Air Pig. I think it’s really cute. I like happy art.

ARTStage 2014

Animals on show

ARTStage 2014

And a bronze safari

ARTStage 2014

They No. 2
Cai Lei

ARTStage 2014

Goldrush
Dolk, Norway
A popular Norweigian street artist, Dolk remains anonymous and little is known about him. His works have been exhibited globally in New York, London, berlin, Oslo, Tokyo and Bergen, the artist’s hometown. The musk ox in this artwork is a symbol of nature in constant struggle against expanding civilization.

ARTStage 2014

The Cutest Oz Celestial-Eye
Yan Mao-Lin

ARTStage 2014

Whale of a ship

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

The story of my life. Period.

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

Tracy Emin’s neon artworks never fails to tug a little emotion in my heart.

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

Artwork by Bounpaul Phothyzan, Laos at the Southeast Asia platform

ARTStage 2014

There Is No Other Paradise
Justin Lim, Malaysia
One of our favourite works

ARTStage 2014

I bet you won’t be playing hooky with these

ARTStage 2014

We really liked these 3-dimensional artworks by TeamLab at Ikkan Art Gallery. TeamLab is not an artist cohort, but made up of programmers, mathematicians, architects, CG animators and other collaborators. Way cool.

ARTStage 2014

Very clever interaction of furniture with light and puppetry by a Taiwanese artist

ARTStage 2014

Flower Co. Guard
Jiang Shuo
This $86K guard is definitely festive-looking

ARTStage 2014

Fairy surrounded by two pleasure-seeking men

ARTStage 2014

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Afternoon Excursion
Zhao Limin

ARTStage 2014

Why do they remind me of Power Rangers?

ARTStage 2014

Art is also resistance
Hayat

ARTStage 2014

OO-X
Shigeki Hayashi

ARTStage 2014

It’s life-likeness gave me the creeps.

ARTStage 2014

Legs parade

ARTStage 2014

Image of Chair (Father)
Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew
This was painted on different layers of mesh, and put together.

ARTStage 2014

It’s lonely at the top…

ARTStage 2014

You have to look at an angle to see this artwork. Very space-saving!

ARTStage 2014

Shuttlecock fairy wings

ARTStage 2014

I was pretty amazed with this piece by Choe U-Ram. Only the price tag stopped me from bringing it home.

ARTStage 2014

How would you feel working in a room filled with dots painted on newspaper?

ARTStage 2014

One of my favourite pieces. I love wood carving, something I excelled in back in school.

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

Trisha Dancing
Susan Weil

ARTStage 2014

Picasso Painting on a Pepsi Crate

ARTStage 2014

Kiddy representations

ARTStage 2014

ARTStage 2014

Liu Bolin is one of my favourite Chinese artists. He painstakingly paints himself to blend in with his surroundings. Can you spot him in these three works?

ARTStage 2014

Parfums de Revolte
Hayat

ARTStage 2014

Layer Drawing – The Tactual Sky
Nobuhiro Nakanishi printed 100 images of sunrise photos he took on acrylic sheets and layered them to depict the passage of time.

ARTStage 2014

We realised it made a terrific photo op too! Till edition 2015… :)


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G-Dragon showcase

G-Dragon

Caught G-Dragon at a music showcase during Fashion Week 2013. Although I just recently saw Big Bang during F1, I just couldn’t seem to get enough of him. So I happily shelled out $120 to listen to him sing 4 songs, and get pushed around like a star-struck teenager. I definitely wasn’t expecting the getting-pushed-around & queue-in-a-straight-line bits for what I paid, but looking on the bright side it made me feel young again :D

G-Dragon

It was so darn difficult to take a photo, especially being vertically-challenged and squeezed together with teenage girls who couldn’t seem to stop jumping & screaming. I admire their energy level. And I hate the iPads blocking my view.

G-Dragon Showcase

G-Dragon