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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Starlight Alchemy

Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015
Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts at Singapore Night Festival 2015 combines a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, as well as LED technology performance props. Their performance tells of the exhilarating journey of reconciliation between Apollo from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri from the world of Eternal Flame, through three 25-minute segments during the night. I am so proud we have such a great performance art group from Singapore :)Starlight Alchemy @ Singapore Night Festial 2015

Starlight Alchemy at Singapore Night Festival

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heART works – Yellow Ribbon Project Community Art Exhibition

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Love & Acceptance – What we are all chasing after
I visited the 5th edition of the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum featuring original artworks created by inmates of Changi Prison and Changi Women’s Prison. This year’s artworks focus on expressing “The Road to Acceptance” – gaining acceptance by society and more essentially – self-acceptance.What I truly liked about this annual art exhibition is the heart & soul the artists have put into the artworks, that you can feel the life experiences they have drawn from to reflect their desire to change for a better life, for a second chance with their family, with the society.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Imagine viewing life through the tiny window of this foreboding prison door
Each year, about 9,000 ex-offenders complete their sentences and are released from the various prisons and drug rehabilitation centres in Singapore. It is disheartening that ex-offenders have to live with the stigma of being ex-offenders, and more often than not, viewed with bias and mistrust. People are slow to make friends, and employers hesitate to hire. Living life itself is already difficult enough, why make it even harder for others? Ex-offenders are just like you and me, and you wouldn’t even realise if they didn’t tell you their history. It’s just that they have made a mistake bigger than the usual, and have paid the price for it.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Prison officers who have put together the exhibition; don’t they look happy :)
I could feel their excitement about the exhibition, and it was obvious from their big smiles that they enjoyed being part of this meaningful art initiative launched in 2007 as a way to encourage the community to accept ex-offenders back into society. It’s hard to associate high-brow art with crime, but I think it is an awesome platform for the offenders who are pretty expressive artists with powerful stories to tell.The highlight of this year’s exhibition is a collaborative outdoor artwork by Singapore artist Mojoko and the inmates, with the prison door as a canvas. The birds signify the inmates’ desire for freedom and reintegration back to society, to fly free. Sunrise is such a common daily sight that we take it for granted, but a luxury to these inmates hardly see the light of the day, being locked up in their bare, gloomy cells.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

This year’s Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum’s chapel features 62 artworks of various mediums. I think it was apt that such an exhibition be held in a chapel. The artworks can be adopted, and funds collected will be used to support a variety of rehabilitation/reintegration programmes for the inmates as well as family support initiatives. Over the past 4 years about 250 artworks have been adopted, raising over S$146,000.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Enraptured
Like birds seemingly enraptured by golden rays of sunlight breaking through storm clouds, the artist envisages himself and others like him being drawn to a better life away from the stormy waters of a life gone astray.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Awaken
The frame corners form a maze which the artist is trying to walk out of after realising his foolish ways.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

This seemingly normal artwork touched me the most. Why?

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Upon closer look, the background was made up of sentences expressing the inmate’s earnest hopes and wishes to have a second chance in life, to be together with his family and friends again. I choked with emotion.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Fallen Angels committing to a plan of action to start over in life

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

I want to be as carefree as the wind

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

The blossoming of new life, new hope

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Peace on earth!

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Nurture. Nothing is more precious than familial love.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Peel away the layers and a rotten core, there will still be some goodness left in a person.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Just as the birds trust the tree to provide shelter, we should also prove ourselves worthy to those who have put their trust in us.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Breaking Dawn; A New Beginning

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Just for Me.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could look at life through a crystal ball, so we won’t do things that we will regret later?

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Forgiveness

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Fly free like a butterfly

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Why be a chess piece when you can choose how to live your life to its fullest?

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Lend me your ears (耳)!
Hearing & listening, while having the same action – are essentially very different. When was the last time you have actively listened, and spent time to process your thoughts? That’s listening. When we make effort to listen, we understand people more, and look right into their honest hearts.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

After much soul-searching, the artist sees himself emerging out of the shell of his former life and beginning a new one full of hope and opportunities. I thought it looks like a akido outfit.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Let The Potter’s hands help shape your life, to take a lump of lifeless clay and mould it into an object of beauty

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Turn over a new leaf

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Birds of a Feather reflects the artist’s desire to reintegrate back into society
Reminds me of The Ugly Duckling before it realises it’s actually a beautiful swan

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

Nothing can touch one more than the simple joys of family togetherness and contentment in life

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2013

All you need is ‪‎love‬ to conquer the world. Give some ‪heart‬ 心 today.
Adopt one of the 62 heart-felt artworks in support of the Yellow Ribbon Fund and its beneficiaries. Or just visit the exhibition to show your support for the inmates :)

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition
12 – 28 July 2013
Singapore Art Museum, Level 2 Chapel
10:00AM – 7:00PM daily except Friday (ends at 9:00PM)
Free Admission
Website: www.yellowribbon.org.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/yellowribbonproj


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Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here: Dawn Ng

Everything You Ever Wanted - Dawn Ng

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here – Dawn Ng

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here features a series of handcrafted photographic and typography-based collages by one of Singapore’s most adored contemporary artists, Dawn Ng. Exploring the notion of “home”, the works are a tongue-in-cheek, visual documentary of present day Singapore compiled over a four-month period utilising photojournalism and interviews with locals.

By slicing phrases through large-scale photographs, the collages expose the cultural sentiments beneath one of the world’s most highly “case-studied” cities as it tells the ongoing story of a country in the making via humorous, provocative captions to everyday sights. The juxtaposition of image and text sets up a visual “peek-a-boo”, revealing hidden socio-commentaries on the tensions, idiosyncrasies, and hopes unique to Singapore. Beneath the canvas of an image of something so close to home, the accompanying statement brings to light various social, economic and political tensions of our country. Having spent 10 years shuttling between Singapore, Paris and New York, Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here is core to Ng’s obsession with the notion of home, identity, and belonging.

Everything You Ever Wanted - Dawn Ng

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here
Those gold biscuit tins must be so nostalgic to many a Singaporean. I remember looking forward to trips to such mom-and-pop stores to buy them…while most would have gone for the cute round ones with colourful sugar icing on the top, I went for the plain blocks of chocolate wafers. Yuuumz.

I got to know Dawn when I was working with her on an exhibition of her most well-known art installation – a ginormous white rabbit balloon sculpture Walter (I liked it so much I asked Dawn if we could create a female Walterina as a mate for him, haha). I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek character of Dawn’s work; it is matter-of-fact enough for the man-in-the-street to understand yet carries a relevant social statement while being able to bring a smile to the audience’s face. More importantly, Dawn brings your attention to the beauty in ordinary everyday things which is invisible to most people. Not losing the sense of wonder about the simple things in life makes us more appreciative of what we have around us instead of incessantly working towards material gains which may bring only a moment of fulfillment.

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

What is world-class?
To the Chinatown uncle, sipping a perfectly soft-boiled egg with local-brewed coffee may be world-class. To another, it may be caviar with red wine. It seems that our lives are full of comparisons; why can’t we just be our own world-class standard instead of letting others dictate if we are doing it right?

Dawn’s latest work got me thinking – is everything I ever wanted right here? While there is always the desire to do better in life, get a bigger house, own a car, work overseas for a few years, travel more, lose a few more kilos, buy more Birkin bags and the list goes on, at least for now I could not pinpoint what I was really lacking. I am blessed with an awesome and caring chum like Darren (I wouldn’t want it any other way), loving parents, a God who watches over me (trust me, I get into loads of mischief with my antics), a comfortable home with a room Darren thinks it’s more of a shopping mall, the ability to be financially independent and go on travel adventures, and fun friends like Ben, Calvin, Darren Ang, Darren Chin, Darren Sim (I seem to get along REALLY well with all the Darrens!), Dawn, Maddie, Mark Ong, Mint and so many more. These days, I find more pleasure in listening to the sound of sea waves and feeling the cool breeze caress my cheek, than acquiring another material possession. I guess we need to take a step back from our busy lives at some point in time, to question ourselves what it is that we are seeking for in life. The answer may be unexpectedly simple. Perhaps there is one thing lacking for me – the inability to express how thankful I am for all the things that I am, and to be.

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here
Solo exhibition by Dawn Ng
7th to 24th September 2012

Chan Hampe Galleries
Raffles Hotel Arcade Units #01-20/21
328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719
Tel: +65 6338 1962
Open daily 11:00AM – 7:00PM

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

Artist Dawn Ng and and Benjamin Milton Hampe – both of them are such sweet darlings! Muak muaks!
Photo: Chan Hampe Galleries

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

That’s what I wanna do most of the time! Photo shows a typical coffeeshop beverage counter where Milo is affectionately known as “tat kiew” (kick ball, cos’ of the sports images on the Milo can) and Chinese tea is “diao yu” (fishing, cos’ the action of dipping the tea bag looks like it). Try saying that overseas, and you will understand why it’s Singaporean.

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

“I was shooting at an MRT location near Pasir Ris. A young boy pointed up to a cluster of surveillance cameras attached to the ceiling and asked his mother why there are so many cameras in Singapore. “The mother replied in Mandarin, “Boy, 你不知道啊? 新加坡政府是色狼。(Ah boy, don’t you know? The Singapore government is a bunch of perverts.)”

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

The verses of the song Que Sera Sera progress through childhood, young adulthood, falling in love to parenthood, and asks “What will I be?” or “What lies ahead?” The chorus answers: “What will be, will be.
In our incessant chase for wealth and reputation in a bid to show the society that we have “made it”, our parents load their kids with endless tuition and enrichment classes. Sometimes, I think teaching kids what true happiness means is more important, and let them experience the carefree nature of true childhood. 

For me, I have always wondered how ballet or karate lessons could have helped me in my life. My mum was quite smart though – when I said I wanted to learn karate, she said “Cannot! What if you beat me up next time?!” I ended up learning Chinese calligraphy and piano instead. You can guess who I got my naughty genes from.

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

Me and Chris from uber cool Chris from Asylum

Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here

Try spotting me in the crowd. That shouldn’t be too hard. Just look for a really green plant haha
Photo: Chan Hampe Galleries

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Oooh, I love these retro playgrounds. My next adventure would be documenting these playgrounds with D.

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Where is this secret wonderland?

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Our mad chase for time – everything is due yesterday. Relax lah.

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Dawn’s art no doubt speaks to an audience from ALL ages
Photo: Chan Hampe Galleries

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Me, Dawn, Bern & Stan

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

For Dorothy, an 18 panel installation series based on the sentence “There is no place like home”, Dawn went into over 60 homes of Singaporeans – half of them belonging to complete strangers – to capture their living environments. It is an arresting, intimate look into a mix of objects and photographs which document what it means to be Singaporean. She chose which have been lived in for more than 10 years to tease out the difference between a home from a house.
While most people feel apologetic about the non-specialness of their living environment, the accumulation of everyday life, events and memories that manifest themselves in the unique clutter of a space is often more beautiful to the artist than an immaculately decorated apartment in a Home and Décor magazine.

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

So what do I think of Dawn’s exhibition? The answer’s in the artwork :)

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Look of the Day
Top and Skirt – Oh My God

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Plastic transparent body harness – from Hong Kong

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Bracelets – Hermes CDC and Bejeweled leopard from Korea

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Gold leather wooden block-heels and neon green socks – from Hong Kong

Everything You Ever Wanted is Right Here - Dawn Ng

Yes, I truly believe in this.
And spunktitud3 lived happily ever after, with her chum Darren, dogs and a Birkin. I’m a girl after all :D


About Dawn Ng
With a background in studio art and journalism at Georgetown University and the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, Dawn Ng spent 10 years across Singapore, Paris and New York straddling art and advertising. Her time in advertising is reflective in the pop cultural resonance of her personal work and its attempt to toy with the obvious to tell the truth.

To date, Dawn has worked across a breadth of mediums, motives and scale ranging from collage, photography, illustration, light and installations for both private galleries, as well as the Singapore Art Museum. In 2009, I FLY LIKE PAPER GET HIGH LIKE PLANES, an installation at the BlackOut art show, received much press across Channel News Asia and the Business Times, who coined Dawn the new tour de force of the local art scene. Following which, her solo, WALTER, garnered more media attention for its controversial guerilla content and form, and was later acquired into the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum.

A range of Dawn’s collage, light and space installations, such as SUPERHIGH, HELLO STRANGER, MASSIVE ATTACK, and THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE INSIDE, have since been commissioned and curated by the Singapore Art Museum. Dawn was the youngest artist to be commissioned to design the museum’s building façade in 2010 for the Art Garden show. Her latest works THE SLEEP SERIES was be exhibited in the Jenkins Johnson Gallery group show in New York, while 31 KINDS OF WONDERFUL in Paris was part of the Future Proof Show at the Singapore Art museum. Dawn continues to work on a public art commission for the Singapore Art Museum in 2012.


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Night Festival 2012: A Nocturnal Extravaganza worth Staying Up For

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A nocturnal extravaganza of light art, spectacular aerial performances, music and dance is set to wow visitors at the 5th edition of the Night Festival. The events will take place on the public green spaces of the Singapore Management University, National Museum of Singapore (NMS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA) and The Substation. All museums including The Peranakan Museum and The Philatelic Museum will open till 2am as part of the festival and what’s even better – all visitors can enjoy complimentary late night admission– sounds like an adventure!

Held over two weekends on 24-25 August and 31 August – 1 September, Night Festival 2012 showcases 74 acts, out of which 66 are local. The most prominent local artwork would be that of Brian Gothong Tan’s light projection onto the façade of the National Museum of Singapore. He aims to bring Singapore’s historical buildings to life – through his experimental film “WE THE PEOPLE”. Also look out for acrobats from Another highlight Circus Swingapore, the only school here that teaches Circus Arts (I didn’t know we had that!).

The most exciting part for me would be Night Lights, an outdoor showcase of spectacular light installations at Singapore Art Museum , SAM at 8Q and School of the Arts. These artworks were first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France which hosts the world’s grandest and oldest light art festival in the world. It’s a highly-coveted festival for light artists to exhibit at, so we can expect world-class standards here.

I was there both days, and there was so much to see I understood why the festival went on till 2am. Visitors sat on the grass, transfixed by the light projections on SAM and NMS, or simply merry little figures come alive on the steps of SOTA. A pity about the hot weather, else I would have thought I was on the streets of Lyon watching a beautiful art performance.

For the first time, Armenian Street will be closed on the second festival weekend (31 August – 1 September 2012), from 8pm to 2am due to planned programmes for the public along the street. I’ll certainly be back next weekend to catch this, and Argentinian group Fuerzabruta’s aerial spectacular. And loading up on the coffee to last me thought the night.

Night Festival 2012
Fri & Sat, 24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
SAM, SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA), and various locations
Free admission
Website: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/brasbasahbugis/nightfestival

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan
24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
National Museum of Singapore Façade Projection
Combining film, motion graphics and experimental animation, Brian’s complex yet playful work, with soundscapes by award-winning composer/musician Philip Tan, is a stunning visual feast that will bring audiences of all ages on a colourful and surreal journey.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Under the Banyan Tree: Open Air Cinema (Labu dan Labi, 1962)
Directed by P. Ramlee
National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Scaling the Dome with Joe Hill‘s 3D painting

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These lively Bhangara dancers certainly drummed up a storm with the audience

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A creative mix of LED dragon moves

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

High energy LED lion shuffling to current dance moves. It was fascinating to watch, yet a part of me thought they were a bit too cute, and lost the original majestic nature of the Chinese lions. Would you want a shuffling lion as an auspicious creature and watch over your fortunes? I wonder.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum
Mimoїd II presents a constantly evolving architecture of a building where each transformation is based on the building’s history and structure. The artwork goes beyond history, into the anticipation of paradise and the unknown. The word “mimoid” comes from Stanislas Lem’s book, Solaris. The Mimoids, which are wave formations of hundreds of thousands of pixels, have a particular fondness for all human artifacts and they imitate and ‘give variations on the theme of a given object’.Monument AIR (Mimoїd) was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2010 in Lyon, France 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Distorted Forest by Stéphane Blanquet
Queen Courtyard, Level 1, SAM
This installation Distorted Forest plays with the use of lights and shadows. Blanquet readapts the Chinese technique of shadow play and creates a forest populated with six larger-than-life-size half-plant, half-insect elements in the Queen Courtyard of the Singapore Art Museum. With a specially designed light system, the shadows of the elements will be projected on the walls to create a stormy and haunted forest.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These two are my favourite artworks – such simple yet arresting concepts

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Watch by WOKmedia
SAM at 8Q
30 giant pairs of quirky animal eyes peer out from the corridors of SAM at 8Q, illuminating the night sky. Modelled after the eyes of birds, fishes and reptiles, the eyeballs seem to be looking back at us even as we regard them, acting as colourful metaphors that cast a questioning gaze about our secure urban environment. WOKmedia is an art and design collective consisting of Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner.
Night Watch was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © WOKmedia

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

This is insanely cute!
Fish Tank at No. 8 by Stéphane Masson
SAM at 8Q
You simply can’t miss this live virtual aquarium with its giant red fishes! Artist Stéphane Masson specialises in using urban environments to create unexpected and poetic video installations. With Fish Tank, he modifies an ordinary space to become a site for contemplative entertainment, producing surprises and smiles.

La Voiture Aquarium was presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © Stéphane Masson.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

You can watch the fishes swim all night….really.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Children’s Dreams (at SOTA)
Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France

See how children’s drawings of familiar fairytales characters are gradually brought to life with sparkles of lights! The spectacle is complemented by an equally colourful musical score. Children’s Dreams is a work created by Jérôme Donna, lighting designer at Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France who has participated in numerous projects for Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.Children’s Dreams was first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France © Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France. 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

It was nothing technologically inspiring, just simple LED light strips forming merry figures which reminded me of childhood. And made me smile.

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It was 1.40am by the time I got to SOTA. And I was hot and dog tired. Time for me to take reference from the wolf and hit the bed…I never felt bored for a single minute with so much to see, and it was an awesome way to spend the weekend – almost free! hahaha


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Vincent Leow: Resembling Imaginary Creatures

vincent leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow – Resembling Imaginary Creatures

I popped by my friend Ben’s art gallery for Vincent Leow’s latest art exhibition opening. I was quite looking forward to the show cos’ Vincent the “enfant terrible” of the Singapore art community is a pivotal figure in the alternative contemporary art scene in Singapore. His multi-discipline art is nothing short of thought-provoking – it has been known primarily for the provocative and aggressive which continually explores issues of identity, memory, mortality and its legacies. To me, he is definitely the Jean Paul-Gaultier of the Singapore art scene. One of his more memorable artworks for me would be his recent man-dog silver sculptures Andy – based on his black mongrel and named after Andy Warhol – which were exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum as part of an exhibition.

Vincent Leow: Resembling Imaginary Creatures
27 July to 21 August 2012
Download the exhibition catalogue
Chan Hampe Galleries
Raffles Shopping Arcade
328 North Bridge Road
Singapore 188719

vincent leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Danger Dragon
Oil on Canvas
122 x 153 cm, 1996

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow – Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow – Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

King Fisher
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2012

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow – Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Me with the ever-happy Ben

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Grey Pig
Oil on Canvas, 120 x 150 cm, 2012

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Red Bird
Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, 2012

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Black Gold
Wood cut, 76 x 110 cm, Edition of 10, 2009

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Me and David – he’s also the curator for Vincent Leow’s exhibition “Tags & Treats”

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Head (Yellow Spots), Head (Blue),
Head (Green Spots), Head (Brown Spots)
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2012

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Smoking Gnome, Red Man with Blue Pipe
Smoking Old Man, Gnome with Extended Nose
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2012

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Red Fish
Mix Medium on Canvas
90 x 120 cm, 1994

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Me and Vincent – he’s so gentle and unassuming, so unlike the “enfant terrible” moniker!

About Vincent Leow
Singapore’s leading contemporary artist Vincent Leow (b. 1961) Celebrated as an enfant terrible of the Singapore art community, Vincent Leow is a pivotal figure in the alternative art scene in Singapore. His practice parallels the development of contemporary art in Singapore; and as a painter, he is regarded as a remarkable imagist who has dipped into an astonishing range of images from popular culture, literature, cinema, politics and the mass media.

Leow stands as a central figure in the history of the ‘art collective’ in Singapore. One of the early members of The Artists Village (TAV) , founded in 1988 by the iconic Tang Dawu (b 1943), Leow subsequently helmed other artist-run spaces. Co-founding Utopia (now defunct), Leow is also the founder of Plastique Kinetic Worms (PKW), a leading alternative artist-run space in Singapore. He was also selected to represent Singapore at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Engaging a range of media that has manifested in performances, installations, sculptures, digital and mixed-media works, Leow’s practice has maintained the element of anarchy and rebellion so critical to alternative practices. He acquired public notoriety with his 1992 performance in which he drank his own urine, and another dressing up in a suit made of fake dollar bills. The art gesture was later elaborated upon through the packing and sale of bottles of urine – epitomizing Leow’s artful handling of ‘underground, subversive’ practices with a savvy understanding of the mechanics of market consumption and its desire for and absorption of infamy, scandal and controversy.

His earlier paintings formed the emergence of unapologetic aggression, blatant sexuality and emotional temperament in the field of painting in Singapore. Leow’s later paintings assumed several shifts, particularly during and after his art studies in the USA (1991) on several art scholarships.

Some of Leow’s works in the 1990s were marked by an ‘urban street style’ and arguably of Neo-Surrealism; others carry a Pop-art sensibility, a taste for kitsch and always a highly individual visual vocabulary – prompting art writers to describe his practice as epitomizing ‘post-modern’ visual strategies.

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Look of the Day
Top – Celine
Velvet floral skirt – Yohji Yamamoto

Vincent Leow - Resembling Imaginary Creatures

Look of the Day
Necklace – Own design
Bangle – Vuitton; Bracelets – Forever 21
Bag – Balenciaga
Shoes with netting – From Hong Kong