Too Late to Turn Back Now with Maria Farrar

Written by: Debbi Tan
1st November 2019
Category: Interview

Maria Farrar (b. 1988) was born in the Philippines and raised in Shimonoseki, Japan. At the age of fifteen, she moved to London, England where she currently lives and works. Coming and going between two countries, Maria combined both eastern and western visual languages into her paintings. Instead of restricting her artmaking process to a particular technique, she includes elements of Japanese calligraphy and techniques of oil layering in her paintings.

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Review: Lost and found: imagining new worlds at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Written by: Rachel Tan
14th September 2019
Category: Review

If Walter Benjamin’s constellatory dialectical approach in the Arcades Project were to manifest spatially, perhaps it would be within that of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore’s current exhibition, Lost and found: imagining new worlds.

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Review: Asia Pacific Signature Art Prize 2018

Written by: Christine Han
1st December 2018
Category: Review

What is it to live in contemporary times? How do contemporary artists in the Asia Pacific respond to the main currents of social life, mass culture, and political struggles? What implications might modernity and postmodernity have for contemporary life, thought and art in this region?

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Review: Nge Lay's "Flying the Fragmentary" at Yavuz Gallery

Written by: Eunice Lacaste
14th July 2018
Category: Review

You go to an art exhibition at Yavuz Gallery Singapore. You look around at the art installation with the appropriate art gallery decorum (from a distance without touching anything) and then leave. If so, not only are you short-changed, but the exhibition itself is devalued. With socially-engaged artworks like Nge Lay’s Flying the Fragmentary (23 June - 15 July 2018), audience engagement is a prerequisite.

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Review: Jason Lim - Encounter Under The Banyan

Written by: Christine Han
22nd June 2018
Category: Review

Walter Pater defined the art object as something we know only through “impressions, unstable, flickering, inconsistent, which burn and are extinguished with our consciousness of them”. He was never interested in anything of “solidity”, but only in “experience itself…that continual vanishing away, that strange, perpetual weaving and unweaving of ourselves.”1 Staged at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Jason Lim’s opening performance Duet with light conjures up swirling, swaying images

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New Commercial Art Showcase at Gillman Barracks in 2019

Written by: Reena Devi
20th June 2018
Category: Feature

Earlier this year, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Singapore’s contemporary art scene is losing ground to Hong Kong due to a downbeat art market, expensive rent and artworks. Mainstay art fair Art Stage Singapore has shrunk from 170 galleries in 2016 to 84 this year, while postponing its annual Jakarta edition next year. This follows Affordable Art Fair returning with a single edition a year while the Singapore Contemporary Art Show pulled out this year, almost as if it was ne

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