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September Art Jam

By Zaki JufriEvents - 05 September 2011 2:14 PM | Updated 11:25 AM

September Art Jam

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. 

Vue Privee

Founded by photographer, Oliver Henry, Vue Privee 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 hosts Rock Re-Awakens(Sep 22-Oct 23). We’re pretty sure that you probably have whipped out that camera and snapped a pic at that last concert but if you harbor dreams of being a gig photographer, then this is the show for you.

Here you can check out the works by photography greats Joel Brodsky, Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, Lynn Goldsmith, Curt Gunther, Elliott Landy,Gered Mankowitz, Terry OʼNeill, Neal Preston, Ken Regan, Mick Rock, Ethan Russell, Rowland Sherman Barrie Wentzell and our very own Eddie Sung. Each of these lensmen has shot some of the music world’s iconic stars: The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, The Who, Rolling Stones, Blondie, Lady Gaga and some English band known as The Beatles.

ION Art Gallery

The Dots Within by Yayoi Kusama

A progressive arts space and a welcome respite for shoppers, ION Art gallery hosts Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama this month. The Dots Within(Sep 12-Oct 2)sees the polka-dot loving artist covering the gallery walls with her trademark dots. 

The octogenarian is one of the most influential and widely-collected artists of the 1960s and quite possibly Japan's premiere artist of the modern era. Her work addresses and reveals the mental health issues the artist has experienced since the late 1970’s, visible through her “use of repetition, monochrome, and grids.

The show features a selection of artwork that will encompass a myriad of Kusama's work in different media which will include canvas work, print work, ceramic work, mixed media work and watercolour work. Featuring works from the 1970’s to 2010 we hope to give a glimpse into Yayoi Kusama’s sheer genius as an artist.

TAKSU

The Resistance Movement: Street Art Revisited

One of the most successful commercial galleries in South Asia with galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Langkawi Malaysia, Taksu specialty is Asian art particularly from artists from around this region. This month, the gallery hosts homegrown street artists, Skope One, ClogTwo, Speak Cryptic and OneTwoDelta in a collective show called The Resistance Movement: Street Art Revisited (Sep 17-Oct 2) Here, the artists explore themes surrounding the fascination of Death in contemporary culture today--from accessories and apparel, emblazoned and fashioned with skulls to the pre-occupation with death from metal bands and movies as well a other pop culture fodder. "Why are there constant reminders of Death?" the artists ask. Head down to this exhibition to find out more.

Valentine Willie Fine Art

The Cable Chronicles

What started out as an art consultancy firm back in 1996, has evolved into a veritable powerhouse in dealing contemporary Asian art. Also has a gallery in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. This September, the gallery hosts Indonesian artist Tommy Wondra for this solo exhibition, The Cable Chronicles (through Oct 2).

Through the depiction of cables and plugs, the artist conveyed the aspirations of the Third World—for these are tools and infrastructure that that elevates that elevates to modern world cutting-edge status. The paintings of the strewn and scattered cables and its various accoutrements also illustrate the aesthetic value of chaos.

Utterly Art

Boys who like Boys who like Girls who like Girls

If you’re a fan of Asian and Singapore art, that’s easy on the wallet, look no further than Utterly Art. A stalwart in the local art scene, this gallery has organized over 250 art exhibitions in Singapore for nearly 300 artists and photographers from Southeast Asia. This month, the gallery hosts local artist Aiman and Los Angeles-based artist Jolene Lai, in a series of stunning visual dialogues called Boys who like Boys who like Girls who like Girls (through Sep 18).

Using male and female figures, the artists bring you on a journey through each of their practices. Using toys as his focal point, Aiman’s series of works questions the very idea of social facades in human interactions, sensing the incongruency between exhibited social facades and real thoughts, while Lai’s works captures fleeting moments. The artist highlights each piece of work with locations or environments that she has sourced from her various expeditions or travels in the United States.