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    Supernormal presents Poetic Motions, a solo exhibition by Matthias Hillner. Images are fast replacing words in our daily conversations. We speak in emojis and memes, and our love for image-driven social media, such as Instagram and Snapchat, point to the inadequacy of the written word in our increasingly visual world today. Faced with an information overload, reading texts is seen as too tiring—a process of analysis that is too slow, static, and simply out of sync with the times. Through typography, Matthias Hillner has been exploring ways to revitalise the written word through design. His series of prints, sculptures and digital installations are “typographic gestures” that sit in-between image and text, abstract and figure, as well as real and virtual. They can be seen, could be read, may be understood and certainly questioned. They are words, and they are not. Exhibition runs from 8 August 2017 to 22 August 2017. Venue: Supernormal 333 Kreta Ayer Road #03-22 Singapore 080333 Free Addmission Date: 8 August 2017 to 22 August 2017 Opening Night: 7pm onwards Gallery Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday www.supernormal.sg

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  • 08/07/17--23:39: The Calm Before the Storm
  • Titled The Calm Before the Storm, Element Art Space’s first exhibition upon its re-opening at Gillman Barracks is aptly named to entice the audience of what is to come. Composed of five artists from China, Singapore and Indonesia, the gallery is staying true to its roots to introduce exciting artists and works from the region. The showcase focuses on abstraction, which continues to increase in prevalence due to a response to, and a reflection of, the growing abstraction of social relations in an industrial society. The artworks created may be seen as a marriage influenced by old concepts paired together with a fresh terminology—ultimately a creative rebirth of learned aesthetics. The exhibition runs through 19 August 2017. Address: 22 Lock Road #01-35 Gillman Barracks Singapore 108939

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    Veteran artist Lim Tze Peng, despite his early success, had never been contented with rehashing old styles throughout his long and varied artistic career. One would have expected the Cultural Medallion awarded to Lim in 2003 to have been the height of his career, and yet he continued to astound his followers and collectors with a series of imaginative, innovative, and out of the mould exhibitions, from Infinite Gestures (2006) to Inroads (2008-9). This was partly in effect to his advanced age, now unable to handle the bodily stress of painting en plein air. The artists Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong had set a precedent of attaining a changed and advanced aesthetic in old age, and Lim Tze Peng can be said to have joined this select canon. The largest change in the format of his paintings was the move from traditional Chinese paper sizes (69 x 138 cm and 69 x 69 cm) towards far more monumental dimensions, and with it an increased vitality and strength in his brushstrokes. Whilst taking a more experimental stance in Infinite Gestures, his new works received public and personal acceptance in Inroad. Among his new followers was the Beijing-based curator Fan Di’an, who [...]

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    Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present Indian-born, Bogotá-based artist Antonio Puri’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The large-scale abstract paintings on view are inspired by his birthplace Chandigarh, the modernist Indian city designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. At once sensuous and spiritual, these mixed-media pieces reflect his cross-cultural experiences. Several of the works on display were part of a major exhibition at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India last year. Puri’s rich tapestries are composed of countless layers of natural pigments, ink, oil, beads and sand. Whether he’s incorporating fingerprints, earth from Chandigarh or henna motifs he remembers from his childhood in the Himalayas, the artist creates works that are deeply autobiographical in nature. For all his references to his own life, however, Puri’s art is not just about mining personal history. Instead he aims to break down labels and notions of identity. What results are paintings with universal resonance that call to mind mysterious aerial maps, distant galaxies and a cosmic otherworldly terrain. Antonio Puri has exhibited widely across the globe, including at the Noyes Museum of Art and the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, New Jersey; and the Hammond Museum and Queens [...]

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    Y2ARTS has a strong inclination towards identifying and developing new creative art forms and artists. The gallery, having successfully promoted emerging artists to their worldwide collectors, is pleased to announce an interesting collection of artworks by Outsider (a Singaporean artist). This is his first solo exhibition in Singapore. Outsider is the alter-ego of a person who has a strong appreciation for the Arts, yet will challenge the norms, traditions and styles of what constitutes the term fine art. Besides his primary responsibility as an educator, he is an avid art collector, a musician, a painter and a great supporter of the local Arts scene. Outsider is basically a self-taught artist, and he is greatly inspired and influenced by artists such as Picasso, Bill Traylor and Yunizar. In his student-years, he followed the usual and “expected” education route, and graduated with degrees in the Sciences and Finance. He started his own art training, more than 30 years ago, by copying comics, sketching and caricaturing. Now under the guidance of Ken Chang, owner of Y2ARTS and an art scholar from the University of Reading, Outsider works in a different mode creating works that strays from the technical norms and dimensions occupied by most [...]

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    Yen Chua has an inimitable charcoal style that is all her own, often inhabiting her paintings with a magical sensibility and a wide-eyed female persona that alternates between maiden, motherand mermaid. Her current preoccupation with the environment is evident in Until the Last Tree, where the compositions dance between nature and nurture. The Gaia series anthropomorphizes a fecund Mother Earth at one with the flora and fauna of her planetary existence. Next, the eponymous series of the show’s title interweaves an additional animal that predominates as the subject of the painting over the watchful Gaia. These monochromatic mixed media works on paper are dense with imagery and richly layered, combining a dark, seductive Gaia in charcoal, with silhouettes of trees and distant animals in ink, watery spreading effects, line drawings of flowers and grass, and highlights in white ink. The few canvas works burst into vivid colour when acrylic and charcoal are combined. Gazing at the works, it is apparent that Yen’s joy in our world is inseparable from her urgent environmental imperative of conservation and preservation. Artist’s statement This planet that we inhabit is both precious and rare. Amongst the billions of celestial bodiesthat populate our universe, it is [...]

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    The 20th Anniversary of Little Artists Art Studio will be marked by a LAUREATES Exhibition at National Gallery Singapore. 260 artworks of emerging young artists, and adults will be put on display. The exhibition is co-presented by sister company, Artrageous. The 2-day programme will also include panel discussions and sharing sessions by rising contemporary artists, Lydia Janssen (USA) and Nicola Anthony, (UK) among other prominent members of the international art community. Highlights include… A showcase of the works of 260 of the Studio’s students spanning a wide range of themes. 2nd September: A talk with Milenko Prvacki, a leading contemporary artist and educator who has taken up residence in Singapore will share his experiences with contemporary art and its prospects for the future. 2nd September: Panel discussion: Who Wants Me? A discussion of what makes art desirable and relevant from the perspectives of its custodians, held by Alan Koh and Saskia Joosse, savvy collectors and curators of art. 3rd September: Panel discussion: Art Now. Life on the road and a sharing of experiences with Nicola Anthony and Lydia Jansson, two rising contemporary artists. Admission fee: S$5 which can be purchased at National Gallery Singapore. Or please write to shalini@little-artists.com or [...]

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    REDSEA Gallery presents a solo exhibition of all news works by South Korean artist Jieun Park. Park’s distinctive style blends large brushstrokes and splatters of ink with detailed depictions of urban landscapes at night. This latest collection is a continuation of her previous exhibitions at the Gallery, but it is also a new emergence for the artist. As her painting style evolves, focusing more intensely on the Chinese ink brushstrokes and incorporating new materials such as gold leaf, Park has also taken on a new challenge – sculpture. The exhibition will feature four wall-mounted sculptures constructed of birch plywood, Park’s signature black paint and gold leaf. Leaving the cityscapes behind, the new works concentrate entirely on the expression of the brushstroke in three dimensions. Venue REDSEA Gallery 9 Dempsey Road Singapore 247697 Opening Reception Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 6.30 – 8.30pm RSVP to info@redseagallery.com Exhibition Dates 6 September – 1 October 2017 Contact For all enquiries, please contact info@redseagallery.com REDSEA Gallery 9 Dempsey Road Singapore 247697 T. +65 6732 6711 www.redseagallery.com info@redseagallery.com Hours: 11-8 Daily

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    ReDot Fine Art Gallery is extremely honoured to present the first overseas solo show for Amanda Penrose Hart, a Brisbane born landscape painter whom has risen to national acclaim with her stunning representations of the places to which she likes to travel, whether it is on the fields of France, the ancient shores of Gallipoli, the dusty central New South Wales research station of Fowlers Gap, the spectacular lake and alps of Queenstown, New Zealand, her remote home-stay and studio in Sofala or the coastal areas of the New South Wales Peninsula.   Amanda is a traditionalist and her favoured medium is oil. Painting en plein air, as Amanda mostly does, means to open oneself to spontaneity and chance, to the elements. It means to listen to stimuli, to receive the environment and translate the sensation of the moment into a form with more permanence, according to Dr. Andrew Yip, a seasoned writer that has critiqued Amanda’s works. New Paintings, is a collection of 34 large, medium and small works on canvas completed over the last 18 months from several locations around the world that Amanda has visited either for residencies or for personal leisure. Activity and atmosphere animate Amanda’s [...]

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    Billed for its bold curation, residency programmes, commissioning of local and international works across its several platforms, as well as a smorgasbord of workshops and technique classes, the annual M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival is presented by T.H.E Dance Company.   Each year, we invite contemporary dance artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, East Asia and abroad to submit applications for an opportunity to be programmed in various Festival platforms. Whether you are an independent dance artist in Singapore who’s longing to create a new work, or a local or international dance artist or dance company with an existing work that needs more visibility, or a work-in-progress that you’d love to share, we are inviting you to submit your applications for 3 different platforms! Visit http://the-contact.org/blog-page/opencall2018/ for more information and to gain access to the relevant application forms. The deadline for all applications is 31 October 2017, 2359 hours (Singapore time). Selected applicants will be notified via email by 15 December 2017.

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    Does your wanderlust often take you across oceans and into unfamiliar yet exciting territories? Tell us the PLACES you’ve travelled which have moved and inspired you, in a 20-session interdisciplinary mentorship project held at Tampines Regional Library from October to December 2017. Under the tutelage of a Singapore-born poet, Boey Kim Cheng, and Singaporean illustrator, Ann Gee Neo, learn the craft of literary non-fiction travel writing, incorporating visual artworks inspired by your personal travel mementos. Open call ends 17 September 2017. For more information about this mentorship and to submit an application, please visit www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary/ and search for “Travel Writing”.

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  • 10/19/17--02:52: PianoBotanica 2017
  • Brazil is celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations with Singapore this year, and to mark the occasion, a special fifth edition of PianoBotanica – the free concert-in-the-park – will take place at the Botanic Gardens on 4th November 2017concert start 6:30pm. None other than Singapore Bossa Nova and Jazz Maestro Jeremy Monteiro will be playing to the delight of the audience, with guest performances by Juliana da Silva – Melissa Tham & Jazz Brasileiro. The popular annual classical music event is expected to once again draw thousands of people to the lush grounds of the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country. Everyone across the island is invited and encouraged to bring their own picnic mats, food and wine to bask in the lush greenery of the Botanic Gardens and enjoy the music and atmosphere to the fullest. This free concert is made possible by the Embassy of Brazil in Singapore, Apex-Brasil – Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Seara and organized by art-management.com

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    Creativity keeps the world alive – and The ETCeteras’ director and playwright Lim Hai Yen knows it all too well. Her ability to write, direct and stage funny and poignant plays that capture the emotions, sentiments and facets of Singaporean life has led her to collaborate with Ocean Butterflies’ Colin Goh to co-produce Sole MateA theatrical play about the hidden pains, struggles and desires beneath the pretty feet of three 40-something women. From infertility to infidelity, Sole Mate stars veteran actress and sweetheart Apple Hong Yi Xin and songbirds Lorraine Tan and Tay Sia Yeun, along with charismatic charmer and actor Brian Ng. Set in Bangkok at a mutual friend’s wedding, the play tip-toes around the complicated married lives of the women and how they eventually re-discover themselves by baring their soles (and souls) in a shoe shop! Venue: Victoria Theatre Dates: 8 & 9 December 2017 Time: 3 pm & 8 pm (8 December); 8 pm (9 December)

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    The Arte Laguna Prize is an international art competition aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art. The contest stands out in the global art scene for the variety of its partnerships and opportunities offered to artists, and is recognized worldwide as a real springboard for the artists’ career. 9 Contest categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land art and this year’s new entry, urban art. The theme is free and there are no age or nationality restrictions. The international jury will select 115 artists for: – the final exhibition in Venice in March 2018 – 5 cash prizes of € 7,000 each – publication in the official catalogue The Prize international Partners will select the winners among all the participants for: – 3 personal exhibitions in international Art Galleries – 3 collaborations with companies and promotion platforms – 11 Art Residencies – participation in 3 International Festivals end exhibitions – 1 Sustainability and Art Prize ENTRIES OPEN UNTIL 16.11.2017 WHAT THE ARTISTS WIN Prize money € 7.000,00 Painting € 7.000,00 Sculpture and Installation | Virtual Art € 7.000,00 Photographic Art | Digital Graphics € 7.000,00 Video Art and Short [...]

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    Two contrasting styles of works revolving around the familiar yet invisible elements of our environment. Our perceptions and understanding of this world is measured through science and documented in history, yet the unexplainable remains understood. Can we comprehend what cannot be explained? 10 Nov 2017, 8pm $38 11 Nov 2017, 3pm $28 and 8pm $38 SOTA (School of the Arts) Studio Theatre 1 Zubir Said Drive Singapore 227968 Tickets available at http://www.frontierdanceland.com/whatson-detail/milieu2017/

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    Beverly Yuen, Artistic Director of the newly formed Grain Performance & Research Lab does not have enough of rice. In addition to redeveloping “Mandala” she first created in 2003 into “A Walk into the Mandala”, she named her new physical theatre collective “Grain”.   In A Walk into the Mandala (8-9 December 2017), Beverly will be playing with 20kg of rice. The mandala signifies the different stages of life a quintessential urban being would experience. A 3-metre-wide rice Mandala progressively forms on stage as the protagonist journeys through the urban life. “Grain is a staple food of Asia, and yet it is found in many other cultures. Grain is an icon for hard work, growth and harvest. It also shows what Grain Performance & Research Lab (Grain PR Lab) is about— traditions in modernity, transculturality, and humanity,” said Beverly. Beverly was the founding member of Theatre OX (led by Ang Gey Pin from 1995 to 1999) and Artistic Director of In Source Theatre from 2001 to 2013. She first directed Mandala in 2003, which highlights the drawing of a 3-meter-wide rice mandala on stage that symbolises the psychological expression and transformation of mind. Some of the key challenges in the [...]

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  • 10/19/17--03:42: Dreamseeds Arts Fest 2017
  • An initiative by Club Rainbow (Singapore), Dreamseeds Arts Fest 2017 is a multi-experiential arts festival headlined by the non-profit organisation’s beneficiaries. Dreamseeds Arts Fest is an open-to-public inclusive arts platform that offers beneficiaries the opportunity to realise their creative potential and connect with a greater audience through the practice of art. Beneficiaries will be showcasing their creative pursuits at this event that include five key events; a visual arts exhibition, performing arts concert, film screening, creative workshops and an arts market. DREAMSEEDS ARTS FEST 2017 – FINDING FUTURENOVA; TO DREAM AND BEYOND Launch Event : 18 Nov, 4PM – 9PM Date : 18 – 25 November 2017, SCAPE Festival schedule : Various timings, please check schedule for specific timings for each programme Venue : SCAPE (various venues within SCAPE) Dreamseeds Arts Fest is a free open-to-public event. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/dreamseedsfest/

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    Always wanted a terrarium that looks spectacular and doesn’t need any watering? Join Nicola Anthony, the artist behind the Human Archive Project at the Singapore Art Museum, in this workshop to create a 3D mini garden or micro-jungle within a glass jar, using various ink and sculpting techniques. Venue: SAM at 8Q, Level 2 Workshop Space 2 Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017 and Saturday, 28 October 2017 Time: 2pm – 4pm Website: https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/programmes/ Price: $45 Tickets required: http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/secret-garden-the-artists-terrarium

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  • 10/23/17--02:51: Black & White
  • Black & White Boo Sze Yang | Ben Loong | Tang Da Wu | Benny Teo | Wong Keen | Zhuang Sheng Tao   artcommune gallery & AC43 gallery jointly present Black & White. Featuring 22 works by local artists Boo Sze Yang, Ben Loong, Tang Da Wu, Benny Teo, Wong Keen and Zhuang Sheng Tao, the exhibition includes canvas, paper and mixed media works which illuminate how these artists engage with the restricted palette of monochrome to create highly personalised and fascinating aesthetics.

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    One of UtterlyArt’s most popular artists, William Sim, launches his seventh solo outing from 4 to 12 November 2017, with his quirkily-stacked houses and improbable architectures.   The blueprints of William Sim’s annual showcase of HAPPINESS PRIVATE LIMITED 2017: MEMORY HOUSES presents a series of quirkily-stacked houses and improbable architectures in this year’s outing of watercolour paintings, with sculptures in conjunction with Lush Tan. The exhibition showcases exclusively at Utterly Art Exhibition Space, 20B Mosque Street (Level 3), Singapore 059500 from SATURDAY 4thNov to Sunday 12th Nov 2017. About the show: Casting adrift the concept of time and the laws of gravity, the range of unusual habitats presented in Memory Houses are at once real and imaginary, familiar yet curious. They are visual echoes of extant localities, a depiction of what exists only in the mind’s eye. Each of these houses stands in solitude on the outlying district of a fictitious suburbia, their sun-bleached roofs and walls coloured by the vapours of time, fond memories encapsulated within its compound. Memory Houses is an attempt to playfully reconstruct some iconic houses found in Singapore and abroad. From stoic colonial architectures to traditional wooden cottages in mossy stone gardens, these deconstructed houses have a deliberate discordant quality in their formation. They invite you to [...]

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