Posts Tagged ‘Singapore’

Idols and Icons

It is often that the photographic lens exemplifies the artistic genius behind the camera as much as the subject that it photographs. That’s not to say that this process is inapplicable to any other form of art production. But if it is only for the pictorial expression of eternal spiritual truths that justifies the existence of icons (and idols), the photography of belief systems –[…..]

Pure Satire by Maleonn

As Susan Sontag observed, “the most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads”. Pure Satire by Maleonn at the 2902 Gallery in Singapore encapsulates this visual aesthetic, creating an open set of performative statements within a symbol-laden, dreamlike universe that amalgamates historical and contemporary trends, wherein protagonists are children with[…..]

Manuel Ocampo: The Painter’s Equipment

Beware of those guys who appear to paint the stuff of (mostly the Christian) religion. Often accompanying the gilded visual tales of Virgin and Child in various mediums are irresistible moral invectives, sexual innuendos and didactic spiritual laws, implicit political commentary and socio-cultural critique, which of course, make them loads of fun to look at. Yet these powerful undercurrents only emerge quite prominently if these[…..]

Saskia Pintelon: Getting to the Heart

A shrine, or a tribute to abstract expressionism, or so I thought, as Saskia Pintelon’s more-image-than-text paintings came into view. Like Mark Rothko’s soft-edged, colored-rectangles that often alluded to metaphysical concerns that extended beyond the material boundaries of his canvas, Pintelon’s palette of muddy earth-tones that bleed black, greys and reds seems to suggest that the contemporary creative process remains primeval and transcendental but inescapably[…..]

Quite

Quite is a group show held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with five Singaporean and three Malaysian artists. The artists are Angela Chong, Ezzam Rahman, Stellah Lim, Nur Ain, Ghazi Alqudcy, Aswad Ameir, Azharr Rudin and Tan Hui Koon. Aswad Ameir is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with painting, installations and objects. In Quite, Ameir built a white shrine in the style of an old wooden[…..]

Transcool Tokyo

Japan is utterly strange, if we are to follow in the footsteps of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) as visitors to a country for whose culture and language have (nor do they want to have) absolutely no affinity. Yet their acute sense of dislocation and turmoil in which we are caught up simply play out at the fringes[…..]

Serial Killers

The serial artist does not attempt to produce a beautiful or mysterious object but functions merely as a clerk cataloging the results of his premise. – Sol Lewitt Operating on logical relationships that rule out unpredictability, seriality, as Jean Baudrillard argued in decades past, is a phenomenon inextricably tied to industrial production and modernity. To those who live in the twenty-first century some half a[…..]