Preview Guide

October's ARToberFest

By Zaki JufriEvents - 28 September 2011 3:32 PM | Updated 11:38 AM

October's ARToberFest

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. 

Hermes Gallery

Hermes Gallery

Fascinating, stirring and moving, Indonesia artist Christine Ay Tjoe’s works transcends genres and remains a class apart. Her latest exhibition at the Hermes Gallery titled The Famous One from Lucas # I again reaffirms her dedication to never go with the flow of the mainstream.

Here, Ay Tjoe transforms the gallery into a cocoon shaped environment with soft, fabric panels enveloping and leading visitors into a labyrinth of discovery. Pinned onto these fabric walls are meticulous, hand stitched figurines resembling ethereal bodies symbolic of renewal and physical transcendence.

Creating an atmosphere of repose and comfort, is a worn out, plush sofa sculpture, embellished with Ay Tjoe‟s handmade figures evoking sentiments of familiarity and possibly, entrapment. Stirring, beautiful, and hauntingly sublime, Ay Tjoe’s installation compels us to rethink life and our acts in freedom.


The Goh Seng Choo Gallery

The National Museum of Singapore

History and art buffs should head to The National Museum of Singapore’s sixth permanent gallery--The Goh Seng Choo Gallery. Taking pride of place here is The William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, a first-time exhibit of a comprehensive collection of 477 watercolour paintings by William Farquhar, a man perhaps better known as Singapore's first Resident and Commandant.

We’re pretty sure most of you no doubt remember Farquhar from history lessons drilled into them in school. You also may be surprised to know that he was also an avid naturalist who had a keen sense of scientific enterprise. Farquhar was the discoverer of several local flora and fauna species - the comb-shaped matonia, the Malayan tapir and the binturong, among others.

Meticulously documented in the form of watercolour paintings by local Chinese artists whom Farquhar commissioned, these drawings were important records in a period that pre-dated the invention of photography, and remain today, valuable documents of a local biodiversity that is fast disappearing.


Indigo Blue Art

Indigo Blue Art

A stalwart in contemporary art from India and South Asia, Indigo Blue Art hosts yet another edition of its Ethos series. Ethos VI:The Ethos of Modern Masters features 15 exciting works by leading artists of Contemporary Indian Art. Artists include Arpana Caur, Jayashree Chakravarty, M.F Husain, Ram Kumar, Paresh Maity,  Akkitham Narayanan, SH Raza and Paramjit Singh.

These artists, with their individual language and distinctive personal styles, have successfully negotiated the formative years of modern Indian art.

Each artist was influenced heavily by the West, but eventually broke away from the moulds of existing art practices, leading them to develop an Indian sensibility and language which responded both to international trends and national expressions.


Vue Privee


This month Vue Privee has Brussels-based artist and illustrator My Dead Pony as its Artist of The Month. Known for producing a visual pastiche of watercolours, fashion, graffiti and everything in between on paper, the self-taught Raphaël Vicenzi creates immensely detailed images that are both meticulous and ethereal. His work has been featured at Computer Arts, Advanced Photoshop and others.


Singapore Tyler Print Institute


Teresita Fernández is internationally known for immersive installations and evocative large-scale sculptures that address space, light, and perception. Made with polished stainless steel, glass, and other materials including plastic and graphite, Fernández's abstract sculptures incorporate reflection, light, and shadow in poetic, sometimes luminous formations that suggest natural phenomena.

She is the youngest artist commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum for the recently opened Olympic Sculpture Park where her permanently installed work Seattle Cloud Cover allows visitors to walk under a covered skyway while viewing the city’s skyline through optically shifting multicolored glass.

For her latest exhibition at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Fernandez looked up to the sky, the night sky in fact for inspiration. Evoking constellations, the artist created unique pulp work that’s punched with Braille-like patterns.  But these are not any random dots, the name of the exhibition, Night Writingis actually a reference to a 19th century secret code.

Names of places, people, gems and coordinates marked by latitude lines are incorporated into the works as words translated into Braille and then transposed onto the surface.