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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ode To Art

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How long has it been since you last watched or attended something artsy-fartsy in Singapore?

When have I....

Ah yes. I attended the Singin' In The Rain musical in Korea at Chungmuro Art Hall just slightly over a month ago! Sounds totally cultured right. The name of the theatre sounds like it originated from the Joseon era or something. Though don't quote me on that.

Anyway. Back to the local scene. I confess I do not have much artistic talent, especially painting and drawing, having garnered an impressive F9 in Art in secondary two and never looked back ever since.

Hence, I was a tad apprehensive when I was invited to the opening of an Ode to Art exhibition last Friday evening. To be honest, I was like "oh man art" when I first arrived at the location. I like art, but I don't think I can fully appreciate its value, simply because I am terrible at it.

Some background before we speed to the paintings: In light of the nation's upcoming birthday, five young artists from The Little Arts Academy came together to present this "Our People, Our Home" art exhibition. They are supported by Ode to Art Gallery and Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

Budding young artists. I applaud them for challenging societal norms of going in the direction of being a lawyer, doctor, dentist, blah blah, and instead heading to explore and expand the local cultural scene. Bravo!

Too many words, let's head on to the pictures.

Tan Wen Hao: Lost Time Memory

Fernandez Leong: Tradition

Kang Joosoon: Unrecognized

Jay Ho Ming Jie: Puppy Love

Charles Tan Chong Hui: Mooncake

(and yes I made them all pose for my pictures hehe)

Except the first boy; he was resolute in his stance that he does not know how to smile for pictures. I had to become the artistic one by taking his side profile then.

What do you guys think of these paintings? They all have a story behind them, which you can pretty much guess from their titles. (Mooncake though...... you don't say).

I really liked the first one, Lost Time Memory, because if you look closely, the lens of the camera shows a woman. Someone asked Wen Hao what it meant, and he said "oh, it's just my granddad taking photo of my grandma."

Cue the awwwwwwws. Sweet.

Y'know what's impressive? They're all in their teens still, except the girl. Mere sixteen year olds. What was I doing when I was sixteen?

Oh yes, failing my art.

You can view these paintings at the Ode to Art Platform at:

252, North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Raffles Convention Centre 4th floor

They are available for sale too.



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