An exhibition like this, once again proves that Singapore Arts Scene is a talent-base not to be belittled!
As we go into the 50th year of independence in Singapore, several organizations scramble to dedicate their efforts to be part of #SG50. Marina Bay Sands & Prudential collaborates to promote the local arts scene and showcase the various talents we have in out tiny red dot.
To be honest, I’ve never been particularly interested in the local arts scene aside from seeing the usual NOISE Exhibitions, which mostly showcased unique designs and photography works by local youths, but touring the Prudential Singapore Eye Exhibition at the Arts Science Museum clearly changed my mind.
Photo Credits: Marina Bay Sands
Displaying over 40 artworks and featuring 17 local artistes that were shortlisted by 110 entries from an open call submission, these works were stringently curated by an international panel consisting of Serenella Ciclitira (Founder, Prudential Eye Programme), Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands), Nigel Hurst (CEO, Saatchi Gallery, London) and Tan Boon Hui (Curator and Festival Programmer). The exhibition highlights the emergence of a new and exciting contemporary art scene in Singapore.
Framed and composed to reflect Singapore’s urban context, the works range across various media including painting, installation and photography. That said, there were really many installations that impressed me to no end. Particularly, award-winning Mintio’s ‘Concrete Euphoria’ series literally took my breath away.
From afar, the photo might be a confusing image but as I walked closer, I noticed the urban landscapes that have been repetitively sewn to give a kaleidoscopic effect. What truly stood out was that there were no digital manipulation done to create the works. This is pure photography with multiple exposures, which I assume requires a lot of technique and patience to create the phenomenal effect! This series has been exhibited in several Asian cities and definitely my favourite amongst all.
Not like any other regular exhibition, the Prudential Singapore Eye also showcases several large installations that are interactive and fun. These interactive installations encourage the audience to interact with one another and have a game with strangers. Two such installations were 3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Chong and Lee Wen’s Ping Pong Go-Round III. The concepts of changing these childhood games into art that can be enjoyed and played with strangers left a sense of nostalgia in me.
3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Chong (Photo Credits: Marina Bay Sands)
4 players can get to play against each other in this 3D version of the classic Tic-Tac-Toe
Aside from these, you can also catch selected Prudential Eye Awards nominees’ artworks and be exposed to the great work by Asian artistes that have gained international attention through the Prudential Eye Programme.
If you don’t feel like paying an entrance fee, then make yourself available every first Monday each month, starting 2 February as it will be free entry for all visitors! Schools can also pre-book themselves on a free guided tour starting 19 January. You may even download their informative mobile application as your guide around the exhibition that is available from the iTunes & Google Play store.
Prudential Singapore Eye
Date: Now till 28 June 2015
Venue: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Time: Daily: 10am – 7pm (Including public holidays), last admission at 6pm
Adult – $12
Senior Citizen (65 years and above) – $11
Child (2-12 years old) – $7
Local citizens enjoy 15% off: ($8/$7/$4.50 respectively)
Find out more about the exhibition and book your tickets the official website.