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August Art Assault

By Zaki JufriEvents - 03 August 2011 5:42 PM | Updated 05 August 2011

August Art Assault

Every month, Singapore’s hundreds of galleries mount new exhibitions—but how do you know which are worth visiting? Join us as we take you straight to the most talked about contemporary art of the moment.









CAN'T MISS

Vue Privee 

Art and photo junkies will certainly love Vue Privee. Founded by photographer, Oliver Henry, {vp] is an art concept space and brand focused on limited edition artworks, merchandise, events and a lifestyle that is inspired by photography.

This month, the gallery has French photographer Nicolas Evariste as its Artist of the Month. The young artist will present a collection of vivid and beautifully shot animal portraits called Dark Zoo (through Aug 31). With no direct access to animals Evariste went around three zoos in France to shoot this series, and the results are nevertheless, stunning.

“I had the idea of this series during a walk in Saint-Malo, Brittany (France). As I walked, I took a picture of a seagull in profile, on the spot. The animal was placed in front of the sea and the water was very dark. In post-production, I played with the contrasts and the sea turned into a beautiful black background, very deep. Then, I had the idea to use the same concept but with other animals,” he explains.

Jendela 

One of the leading lights of the Singapore street art scene is making a comeback to Esplanade’s Jendela gallery. Artist Jahan Loh last held a show here in 2006 with New York-based artist Crash One.

His latest exhibition Cherry Poke(Aug 12-Sep 11)is centred on forms of human expressions stemmed from inner ecstasies. This time, he shares new modes of looking at the human condition and its innate ability to extract and express memories and emotions made unique via our secular interactions with the world through mass objects of consumerist culture.

Loh has exhibited his works in Singapore, Taipei, New York, Melbourne, Beijing, Seoul and Glasgow, and judging from his art sales, it is safe to say that he is one of Singapore’s most successful street artists to have made it to the galleries and auction houses. One of his previous works for his last show at Jendela reportedly went under the hammer for a whopping USD$25,000 at the Kingsley auction in 2008.


Singapore Tyler Print Institute
 

Anyone who has stepped into the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) will be amazed at how its resident guest artists and master printers are able to make magic on the humble paper. Using paper, pulp and a lot of ingenuity, invited artists are presented with an unusual challenge: To work out of their comfort zone and taking their vision onto paper and printing.

But don’t go expecting run of the mill paintings; some of the works that have come out of its workshops are jaw-dropping. From August 13 to September 10, the gallery hosts Indian artist Shambhavi Singh’s Lonely Furrow exhibition.

The series of works created during her residency at STPI continues her focus on rural workers. Through motifs symbolising common tools used by land labourers, Singh expresses her concern for those often marginalised and captures the strength and spirit of these people.

 

SOCIETE GENERALE Private Banking Gallery

Sequins have found new purpose with Singapore artist Simon Lim. In his latest exhibition, Dazzle: Tribute To Iconic Buildings In Singapore (through Aug 16) Lim juxtaposes sequins and acrylic paint against traditional representation of iconic buildings in his artworks as he is inspired by the intricate beading work of his Peranakan heritage.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with Singapore’s National Day at the Alliance Française de Singapour. As a Singaporean, Lim feels that we should be proud of our heritage. In this case, Singaporeans ought to salute the numerous outstanding buildings that play a part in our history and development.

It is also Lim’s intention that we and the many foreigners who live or have migrated here will be able to learn more about the many buildings featured in his paintings.

Collector’s Contemporary 

During the recent ArtSingapore show, throngs of art fans flocked to its booth hoping to catch a glimpse at works by contemporary artists such as Bansky, Faile, Russell Young and Andy Warhol. This month Collector’s Contemporary presents the works of sculptor Blake Ward.

In his debut show here, the Canadian-born artist presents Fragments (through Sep 8), a collection of 17 bronze sculptures that were inspired by landmine victims. Blake was inspired to create these sculptures after a stint teaching art in Vietnam in 2003, when he also travelled to Cambodia and was shocked by the number of amputees he saw on the streets.

"Landmines regularly blind people," says Blake. "The exhibition is called Fragments because that's what landmines create.  They shatter people's lives.  They destroy beauty,” he adds. Working in clay then later casting in bronze, Blake deliberately ‘de-sculpts’, breaking his creations to make them resemble broken, weathered and worn relics.