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Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures Ocula Insight Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

Kashiki's paintings also reference a classic genre known as Bijin-ga, which translates to 'pictures of beautiful people'—in the ukiyo-e tradition, commonly the courtesans of Japan's ukiyo or 'floating world' pleasure districts. In Kashiki's contemporary renderings, floating worlds and enigmatic outliers are coaxed into the present, carrying...

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At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World Ocula Report At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

The sixth edition of the Singapore Biennale, Every Step in the Right Direction, brings together works by 77 artists and artist collectives to consider how artistic practice can 'rework the world' while exploring how a biennial exhibition might facilitate such a reworking.

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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Arin Rungjang Connects Diasporic Narratives at ShanghART, Singapore Ocula Insight Arin Rungjang Connects Diasporic Narratives at ShanghART, Singapore By Sherry Paik, Singapore

Arin Rungjang was born in Bangkok in 1975, a time of political turmoil in Thailand. Two years prior, student demonstrations led to the fall of military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn, who returned from exile in 1976. That year, students gathered at Thammasat University to protest and the military opened fire; 46 died, 167 were wounded, and over...

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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery By Sam Gaskin, Singapore

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in...

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‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’ at STPI Ocula Insight ‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’ at STPI By Ocula IGTV

British artist Jason Martin 's solo exhibition Meta physical (23 March–4 May 2019) at STPI in Singapore was the result of his residency at the Institute, during which he experimented with the techniques of embossed relief, paper pulp painting, and paper casting. Most works in the exhibition are monochromatic—black, white, red...

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A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 By Diana d'Arenberg, Singapore

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

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Dawn Ng: Rehearsals for the Final Farewell Ocula Insight
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Dawn Ng: Rehearsals for the Final Farewell By Michael Lee, Singapore

A relentless defiance against singularity pervades Dawn Ng's formal training and aesthetic methodologies. After two years at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Ng spent her third year of studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, before graduating with a BA in English and art (with a minor in economics) from...

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Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest Ocula Insight
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Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest By Brienne Walsh, Singapore

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, Miya Ando is very much a creature of both the East and West. Known for creating large-scale installations, paintings and sculptures redolent of natural phenomena, as a child she split her time between the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California, and a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, where...

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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues Ocula Insight
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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues By Mikala Tai, Singapore

Sydney-based artist Abdul Abdullah is the 'outsider amongst outsiders', with an interdisciplinary practice that explores the misconceptions and misunderstanding of minority groups in a multicultural society. Born to a sixth-generation Australian father and a Malay migrant mother, Abdullah is the epitome of the contemporary urban Australian. His...

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Albert Yonathan Setyawan: Some Kind of Devotion Ocula Insight
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Albert Yonathan Setyawan: Some Kind of Devotion By Elliat Albrecht, Singapore

Albert Yonathan Setyawan believes there's a holiness in recurrence. Born in Bandung, the Indonesian artist is known for his drawings and performances, but is perhaps most widely recognised for his masterfully made and diminutive ceramic sculptures, replicated by the hundreds and arranged in geometric or mandala-like formations. Ritual is integral...

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Hiroshi Senju: No Need for Walls Ocula Insight
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Hiroshi Senju: No Need for Walls By Elliat Albrecht, Singapore

Looking at one of Hiroshi Senju 's waterfall paintings feels akin to being alone inside a dark cave with a private cascade. They are not Niagara, Yosemite or Victoria; Hiroshi Senju's intimate waterfalls descend in pairs, trios or many columns of water, conveying a gentle rush. Mist emanates as water droplets (in reality, splashes of translucent...

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indieguerillas: The Unlucky Generation Ocula Insight
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indieguerillas: The Unlucky Generation By Elliat Albrecht & Aisha Johan, Singapore

Indonesian artist duo indieguerillas, comprised of husband and wife Dyatmiko 'Miko' Lancur Bawono and Santi Ariestyowanti, was formed in 1999 in Yogyakarta as a graphic design firm. If the 'indie' of their name is an allusion to both Indonesia and their artistic self-determination, the reference to a lawless fighting strategy denotes a defiant...

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Between abstraction and interaction: A report from Singapore Ocula Report Between abstraction and interaction: A report from Singapore By Alice Russotti, Singapore

When I first went to see Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be (2016), an installation at Yeo Workshop by Singaporean artist Stephanie Jane Burt, I was reminded of a work by another young, and increasingly recognised Singaporean artist, Dawn Ng, How to Disappear into a Rainbow (2016), which I had seen a few months previously at the Hermes Aloft...

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Belinda Fox at Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore Ocula Insight Belinda Fox at Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore

Belinda Fox (b. 1975, Melbourne) is a Singaporean based, Australian artist well known for her lyrical, abstract works that explore the precarious balance in contemporary life between hope and doubt. Her current exhibition at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore is inspired by her time in Singapore and travels to Vietnam and Myanmar. Alongside a...

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Pearl Lam Ocula Conversation Pearl Lam By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Pearl Lam started exhibiting and promoting Chinese contemporary art in 1993 when she opened Contrasts, her first gallery in China. Today her eponymous gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, has spaces in Shanghai, Hong Kong and at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Over the past two decades, Pearl Lam and her galleries have consistently championed the...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park By Anna Dickie, Yeongwol

The works presented look at the episodic, at unfolding narratives, and the impact on photography and its twin, cinema.

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David Ciclitira Ocula Conversation David Ciclitira By Laura Thomson, London

David and Serenella Ciclitira established the Global Eye Programme in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery in 2008, with the aim of supporting emerging artists. In 2009 the Global Eye Programme launched a series of international touring exhibitions and publications, providing emerging Asian artists with opportunities to showcase...

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Yana Peel Ocula Conversation Yana Peel By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

I have never wanted a role in censoring or driving the creative moment. It has always been about letting that final product surprise and delight and raise important questions.

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Art Basel Week Ocula Report Art Basel Week By Robin Peckham, Hong Kong

It is a funny thing to return as a visitor to a city one once called home: not so long ago I was a de facto host for the descending hordes during ArtHK and later Art Basel Hong Kong, but this year, for the first time, I am seeing it all through the eyes of an art tourist. As a city and as an art event, Hong Kong has always been a tightly wound...

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Ashley Bickerton Ocula Conversation Ashley Bickerton By Anna Dickie, Singapore

In both the literal and figurative sense, I was boxed by the box. And that was hard.

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

These days, with the Internet, there is no barrier to seeing art. You can go across to the other side of the world to see a show.

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