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  • 02/10/17--01:57: Molasses
  • Mizuma Gallery is pleased to announce MOLASSES, a solo exhibition of linocut prints on handmade paper by Agung Prabowo, intimately known as Agugn. Since the beginning of his artistic practice, Agugn has been inspired by the many great things around him, the experiences that he went through, and the recollections of his childhood memories. Living in a village as a child, Agugn was surrounded by nature. His father’s hobby was farming, and one of the plants he cultivated was sugarcane. Chewing on a stalk of sugarcane was part of a family activity. However, Agugn only had his first taste of molasses last year, when he was ill and suffered a high fever for 24 days. As little was known on his condition, Agugn tried various medications that were prescribed to him, including blackstrap molasses. Not only was he inspired by its taste and usefulness, he was also intrigued by the relationship between his childhood memory of sugarcane and his circumstances at that time. As a by-product from the crystallization process of refining sugarcane, molasses is used in everyday life and is claimed to be a good substitute to sugar crystals especially for diabetics, although excessive dosages can become equally as [...]

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  • 02/10/17--01:59: A Common Ground
  • Through A Common Ground, The Co-op investigates the act of “commoning,” the creation of a space in which all resources are shared with the means of developing social processes. Experimental at its core, the main objective of A Common Ground is to produce a series of programmes that examine and interrogate the feasibility of establishing a commons in Singapore. A Common Ground is a month-long inquiry that will be examined through four anchor programmes: Berita Harian Panas-Panas, a translation project; a recording project titled Something to Say; the on-site construction of an Off-Grid Autonomous Water System; and the ticketed concert togethergathergather Find out more at https://www.theco-op.space/ 7 – 26 Feb 2017 Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 11am – 7pm; Closed Mon Opening Party: 9 Feb 2017, 7pm – 9.30pm Gallery Tue – Sun, 11am – 7pm A communal translation project in which articles from Singapore’s national Malay-language daily are translated to English for a non-Malay speaking audience. 3rd floor Workshops: 4, 5, 11, 12, 17 February, 1pm – 3pm Participate in “commoning” natural resources for all through a crowd-built water collection and cleansing system. Box Office Tue – Thur, 11am – 7pm; Fri – Sun, 2pm – 10pm Got stories, [...]

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    Paris Photo, the largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, is now accepting applications for the 2017 show. After a landmark 20th edition with over 62,000 visitors, Paris Photo returns to the historic Grand Palais in Paris Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12 with a preview day on Wednesday, November 8 (by invitation only). Over 180 exhibitors from across the world will gather at Paris Photo to offer collectors and enthusiasts the most diverse and qualitative presentation of photography driven projects today. Leading galleries will showcase both historical and contemporary artworks from modern masters to emerging artists; specialized publishers and art book dealers will present unique and rare editions as well as book launches and artist signature sessions. Main Sector Galleries will present a panorama of artworks with a special emphasis on solo & duo shows and thematic projects offering visitors the opportunity to make discoveries as well as rediscover leading artists through a viewing of an artistic ensemble. PRISMES, a specially curated sector located in the prestigious Salon d’Honneur atop the majestic central staircase of Grand Palais, will feature galleries presenting 14 exceptional projects including large-formats, series, moving images and/or installation works exploring the uses of [...]

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    Singapore artist William Sim is well known for his watercolour paintings, especially his Merchant of Happiness series. Recently, the jovial and cat loving artist have been documenting Singapore and South-east Asian cuisines in a small watercolour book and sharing it with his Facebook friends. It is almost like a food diary, illustrated beautifully in watercolour. Here are some photos from his food journey. “Sketch of Chempedak Crumble at Grain Traders yesterday. – William Sim”   “My lunch – Braised pork bun at Bao Makers along Horne Road – William Sim”   “Sketch of my afternoon tea at Tiong Bahru Cafe CK Tang – William Sim”   “Trying my coconut long black drink at this cafe at Bedok, impressed with the service of this cafe, guess I will be coming back again. – William Sim”   “Cafe sketching at Chong Wen Ge today with my Cafe Sketching friends, lovely place here… – William Sim” Doesn’t all his paintings look delicious? Looking at them makes me crave for these delights. You can view more of William Sim’s paintings at his Facebook Page.

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    Brian Adams Your name rings a bell, I said to Adams as he walks into the cafe where we met for our chat. You must be thinking of the musician; it’s quite normal, he said as a matter of fact, you’re not the first. I blush at my faux pas; indeed, I was thinking of Bryan Adams, the Canadian songwriter. My Brian Adams does look like a music type sporting a silver pony-tail and a fedora. His face is framed by an exquisitely trimmed salt and pepper beard; more salt than pepper, he said when I complimented him. His wife, Jasmine pulls out a photograph of Adams taken by an acquaintance. He did you justice, she said with a smile and proffers the iPad for Adams to have a peek. He nods in approval.Brian Adams was born in London in 1938. Married to Jasmine, a Singaporean Peran-akan of Chinese descent, he has made Singapore his home since 1996. Adams sings a different song in his career; he is a painter rather than a musician. Adams’ expertise is in landscapes; he paints in oil, his preferred medium. Brian is easy to chat to. He is wistful about a childhood spent as [...]

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    Ever revisited a place that you had carefully tucked away in your memories for a long time? The place may not look and speak to you the same way, but you realize that the strong connection you had formed in the past with the space never really faded. In that moment, your sense of time and place start to become blurry and almost insignificant. That is what Native Revisions is about – the bond we as humans form with spaces and the strangely familiar feeling of returning to that bond. Curated by Melanie Pocock at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (Gallery 1), the exhibit showcases photography and moving image works by “four artists from Asia who have returned to particular locations over a number of years”. The artists have dissimilar approaches towards the curatorial statement, from resurfacing forgotten histories to preserving the authenticity of a space, but each work is similar in creating a dialogue with nostalgia and time. The exhibit with its detailed yet distant captions and strategic placement, is successful in creating an experience for its audience wherein they can relate to the artist’s intention and contemplate their own interpretation at the same time. Anup Mathew Thomas, [...]

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    “ARTZOND” – International Festival of Conceptual Art. Concept of the coming festival is – ‘CASUS VECTOR’ all projects should be concerning to this subject. Festival will be taken – 26 June – 25 July, 2017, at the creative cluster ‘Artmuse’. 13 line, building 70, on the Vasilievsky Island, Saint-Petersburg, Russia Deadline – 25 May 2017 More information: http://festival.artzond.com Contact : artzondfest@gmail.com +7(812)3153383 +7(950)0348745

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      Itsy Bitsy spider has galvanised his eight-legged army to terrorise the characters in the nursery rhyme world. In comes an unlikely hero, a grandfather who’s looking for his grandson. In his search, Grandpa is reacquainted with familiar and colourful friends from the nursery rhymes that he used to sing to his grandson. Unwittingly, he ends up being their hero, the chosen one against the spiders. To save his newfound friends from the eight-legged terror, an epic war ensues between the spiders, and his assembled army, comprising an unfortunate pair of siblings – Jack and Jill, the directionless Three Blind Mice, the fragile Humpty Dumpty and the Twinkle Little Star. Meanwhile, his grandson reappears, in a form that sends shivers down Grandpa’s spine. Featuring a dazzling display of puppetry and live action, ITSY – The Musical transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story about the bond between a grandparent and his grandchild. ITSY – The Musical is a marquee event that will rock your world and senses with its imagination and craft. Book by Chong Tze Chien (Director) Music composed, arranged and [...]

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  • 02/21/17--21:42: SingaPlural 2017
  • SingaPlural is a design festival that showcases the best design elements from a multi-faceted creative spectrum – architecture, interior, furniture, urban planning, landscape architecture, as well as visual communications and fashion design. Organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) since 2012, the name ‘SingaPlural’ is derived from a combination of the terms ‘Singular’ and ‘Plural’; and was conceived from the need to create a common platform to bridge designers with the industry. The 2017 festival theme of ‘Stories – A New Perspective’ expresses and celebrates the narratives of creatives and encourages the creation of new stories in each individual and collaboration, shared with the audience.

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    MAY SPACE will transition from an anticipated idea into a physical reality in 2017. Supported by the 31 years of experience gained operating as Access Contemporary Art Gallery (est. 1985) and Brenda May Gallery (est. 2001), MAY SPACE aims to move forward under this new identity, reinvigorating a dedication to emerging, mid-career and established artists. The new name, new space and new direction will be coloured and shaped by fourteen people in particular – our represented artists. To display the talent already held by the Gallery upon opening its doors, we present MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN; an exhibition in which each represented artist presents a significant piece that displays their creativity and capabilities. This inaugural exhibition will give our audience, new and inherited, insight into the vision and orientation of this third incarnation. Artists include: Robert Boynes, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, Ashleigh Garwood, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Catherine O’Donnell, Leslie Oliver, Peter Tilley and Nicole Welch. MAY SPACE (Formerly Brenda May Gallery) 409b George Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017 t: (0)2 9318 1122 e: info@mayspace.com.au Hours: Tue to Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6 (Closed Sun/Mon, Public Holidays, Easter long weekend and mid December [...]

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  • 02/25/17--23:43: Mr Brown and the Curator
  •   They make quite a pair Mr Brown and Mr Curator.  Mr Brown is none other than Singapore’s very own social commenter and blogger; Mr Curator is Low Sze Wee, the National Gallery’s curator of ‘Artist and Empire’ which is a temporary exhibition ending 26 March, 2017. I’ve never met Mr Brown personally nor had heard of him until recently.  However, through Singaporean friends, I’ve come to know Mr Brown after watching recommended YouTube videos of his skits.  He has a blog “documenting the dysfunctional side of Singapore life since 1997”.  The man is Funny!  I roared with laughter at his quips and his grammatically correct English sentences infused with smatterings of Singlish adding a very Singaporean flavour to his voice.   The tour began with Mr Brown acknowledging that he is a side-kick to Mr Curator and bashfully admitting that he had to do a lot of homework before putting on his museum guide hat.  He loves art and he is a self-professed ‘gallery junkie’ which is helpful in terms of talking about the artworks he likes.  The tour takes the audience through 15 key highlights in the exhibition with narratives provided by both Mr Brown and Mr Low. [...]

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  • 02/27/17--20:43: ArtWalk@Wessex
  • The bi-annual art walk is back and you are invited! Save the Date! If you haven’t made any plans yet for this weekend, a number of artist studios will open their doors for you and let you have a peek on what they are currently working on. The theme of the ArtWalk will be ‘Nature’ as many of the artists working at Wessex are inspired daily by the lush and tranquil environment the estate offers its residents. Now you will have the chance to explore and enjoy the greenery and the inspiring art enclave too. Who knows, you might even be tempted to take up a few art classes with some of the participating artists! You will also be happy to learn that a range of very affordable artworks will be on sale too. ArtWalk@Wessex (25 & 26 March 2017) www.facebook.com/ArtWalkWessex

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    artcommune gallery is pleased to present Cheong Soo Pieng: 100th Anniversary Exhibition in honour of the artist’s centennial. Widely revered as a pioneer of Nanyang art style and a leading figure in early Singapore art scene, Soo Pieng’s varied output centers on the bold pursuit of Modern aesthetics and innovative amalgamation of forms and techniques derived from both Western and Chinese art traditions. The exhibition encompasses four decades of Soo Pieng’s creative journey and features over 20 artworks in different media, providing a quick survey of his wide-ranging repertoire. To enable a better understanding, the showcase is curated to chronologically reflect the diverse styles that emerged and synthesised during different periods of Soo Pieng’s career. This is the first of a series of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Soo Pieng’s birth. The works on view reflect Soo Pieng’s relentless search for new, dynamic modes of expressions throughout his career. This undeterred curiosity and ambition led to several overseas painting trips (Bali in 1952 and 1977; Sabah and Sarawak in 1959 and 1961; Europe from 1961 – 1963; and China in the 1970s) which resulted in remarkable stylistic transitions and a prolific body of work rich in figurative, abstract [...]

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    This March Asian Art Platform presents The Inner Landscape, a solo exhibition featuring the work of American artist Heather Goodwind. Running from 10th March till 24th March , Heather Goodwind’s exhibition unveils a series of paintings which explores a singular idea or concept in a pleasant abstract manner. Heather discovers the artistic significance from the invisible things in life; thoughts and emotions inspire the shape and figures that dance across the surface of her drawing. Her works is all about exploring that particular time, mood or space within which the drawing is being created. It is a play of chance, somewhat similar to that in Jackson Pollock’s action painting or the expressionist productions of the Dadaist, but also with an intuitive approach that is unique to the artist herself. “My dawings represents a constant outpouring of singular impressions: clearly isolated images that capture flashes of emotion, changes in perception or moments of recognition. I give fleeting thoughts and much consideration as monumental ideas: nothing is more important than anything else and every small thing has its place.”

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    Get to meet Laure Hatchuel-Becker and ask her all the questions about her solo exhibition “Peaks Speak” at Art Porters gallery which will be showing from March 2 to April 23, 2017. Venue: Art Porters 64 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088652 “Laure Hatchuel-Becker has created a new language, one of sophisticated elegance, precise beauty, crafted mountains of rich oil colours, mesmerizing and precise landscapes of a thousand sculptures.” – Guillaume Levy-Lambert

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    In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Private Museum is proud to present Oh Soon-Hwa: Coastal Regions (Delta). This solo exhibition marks the second showcase of works by Singapore based photographer Oh Soon-Hwa at The Private Museum and a return to her running series exploring the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The series of photographs is an investigation into the impacts of the recent climate changes affecting the landscape of the coastal regions: An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Can Tho; where drought, salt intrusions, soil erosion and a rise of sea level have been observed. The resilience of the residents in enduring the shocks and stresses of the changes—both on an individual and state level—are brought to light in her documentation of the transforming land and lives. Date: 17 March – 14 May 2017 Time: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm *Public Holidays and other timings by appointment only Venue: The Private Museum 51 Waterloo Street #02-06 Singapore 187969 Entrance fee: FREE Enquiry: 6738 2872 Website: http://www.theprivatemuseum.org/

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    SingaPlural – The anchor event of the Singapore Design Week returns for its sixth edition this year. Visitors can look forward to the TOMORROW Project where award-winning designers – will present their artistic interpretations of how Singapore may be like in 2065 and experience design in all forms! What’s more – you can get to taste, touch and buy some unique products exclusively launched at SingaPlural! WHERE: F1 Pit Building (Level 3), 1 Republic Blvd, S038975 NEAREST MRT: Promenade WHEN: March 7-12, 11.00am – 10.00pm ADMISSION: General admission ticket – $10 per ticket purchased on-site via cash only. Tickets allow unlimited entries throughout festival. Conditions apply. Complimentary entry – Visitors aged 12 years and below, 60 years and above (Singapore Citizens/PR only), and Singapore students. ID must be produced for verification upon entry. INFO: For more details on admission and the festival, please visit http://www.singaplural.com/

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    Chan Hampe Galleries’ last exhibition at its Raffles Hotel Arcade location closed earlier this month with a line-up of three solo exhibitions by four artists. The exhibitions which opened during Singapore Art Week in January  were curated by Khairuddin Hori and  brought together Kenny Pittock, Ruben Pang and the Le Brothers in three separate projects that were exhibited in various shop lots within the hotel arcade. Exhibition View – Kenny Pittock, She Smiled at Me Kenny Pittock, is a Melbourne-based artist and his works are in the form of sculptures, drawings, books and paintings that are fun and light hearted. His maiden exhibition at Chan Hampe Galleries was titled She Smiled at Me and included all kinds of everyday material made of ceramic (a piece of gum stuck on a canvas; apples, oranges and avacados; a Lonely Planet travel guide to Singapore) as well as paintings, drawings and colouring books. At first glance, the works appeared childishly simplistic but the accompanying captions provided an alternate way of seeing and reading the works. Kenny Pittock, Today’s Top Story (2017), 121 x 91 cm, Acrylic on Canvas When asked about the show’s title Pittock explained: “I nearly called the show Single and Poor [...]

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    9 Lives is a unique design exhibition that is being held in conjunction with Singapore Design Week (SDW) 2017. The concept of the show came together when Tan Chin Chin was on the verge of adopting two cats. Upon her foray into shopping for cat furniture and accessories she found that the options available were, well… rather uninspiring! They say that necessity is the mother of invention and thus the idea of the 9 Lives Design Show was born. Tan Chin Chin holds a degree in communications design from the University of Queensland and is the designer and founder of GOOOD Pet Collars. Her passion lies in integrating interaction, industrial and visual designs to create products with specific consumers in mind. Due to her background and vision on design, she recruited 9 designers to bring life, or lets say, 9 lives into this novel project! The 9 designers were asked to reinterpret some of the classical and outdated cat furniture that we are all familiar with in order to create some amazing new designs that some would say are purrfect! The designs themselves are created to fit into the modern compact living spaces of today. The exhibition also aims to [...]

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    Acclaimed Mexican-born artist Ricardo Mazal presents new abstract oil on linen paintings that expand upon two of his most powerful bodies of work: Violeta and Bhutan. Both of these series draw on Mazal’s ongoing fascination with spiritual themes and reveal his increasingly abstract approach. Acclaimed Mexican-born artist Ricardo Mazal presents new abstract oil on linen paintings that expand upon two of his most powerful bodies of work: Violeta and Bhutan. Both of these series draw on Mazal’s ongoing fascination with spiritual themes and reveal his increasingly abstract approach. The Bhutan series culminated Mazal’s near decade-long investigation of the sacred burial rituals of various cultures. His explorations have spanned from the Mayan tomb of the Red Queen in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico to the Peace Forest cemetery in Odenwald, Germany. Bhutan focuses on the region’s billowing prayer flags that adorn the landscape with brilliant colors, each symbolizing a different element of nature. The flags, which are hung from bridges, mounted on rooftops and strung from one hilltop to the next, are often inscribed with mantras or prayers for good fortune and it’s believed that the wind delivers these blessings to the world. The new works from Violeta, take this process of reduction [...]

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