NO WONDER - By LASALLE College of the Arts

 

NO WONDER

 

LASALLE’s Satellite art exhibition ‘challenges’ Singapore Biennale premise

 

LASALLE College of the Arts organises an authentic parallel exhibition entitled NO WONDER that responds to the Singapore Biennale’s 2008 theme of Wonder. Presenting a series of multidisciplinary works that include sound, video art, paintings, performances and installations, LASALLE’s Media Arts and Fine Arts students and their lecturers collaborate to showcase their art and creativity at multiple venues on campus.

 

 

Exhibition Title NO WONDER

 

Opening Night Mon 8 Sep, 7pm

 

Exhibition Period Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sundays and public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

 

Admission Free

 

Public enquiries Tel: (+65) 6496 5074 Email: icas@lasalle.edu.sg

 

Synopsis

Adding a humorous twist to the newly minted theme of Singapore Biennale 2008 Wonder, the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts presents various multidisciplinary works in the exhibition titled NO WONDER. The event consisting of exhibitions and performances ranging from a reverberating tectonic sound work to a whimsical rattan satellite dish hanging from the sky bridge, invites meditation over the real sense of wonderment which might not exist perhaps in the world perpetuating with diseases, wars, pollution and racial discrimination.

 

Calendar of Performances and Exhibitions

  • How much Sugar performance by Sima Salehi.
  • Image and Sound installation by Paviter Singh, Veliana and Zurianah bte Hashim, co-curated by Jeremy Sharma, Dr Ian Woo and Andres Schlegel.
  • Rowing Boat installation by Zainudin Samsuri.
  • Don’t Worry Mom! group exhibition by Fine Arts and Media Arts students,curated by Milenko Prvacki.
  • OH NO WONDER group exhibition by Fine Arts students, curated by RofanTeo.
  • NO WONDER Structure installation by Patrick Storey and Fine Arts students.

 

Details

 

 

Event Type Opening Night Performance

 

Title How Much Sugar

 

Artists Sima Salehi, MA Candidate

 

Date Mon 8 Sept 2008

 

Time 7pm

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Amphitheatre

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

This performance calls for audience engagement as they are asked to participate by pouring sugar over the artist in the performance that aims to combine the elements of facts and myths to raise awareness of the female crisis. The other issues addressed by the artist are of female stereotypes, social and cultural conventions that limit the freedom of women and the distinctiveness of individual identities as well as every woman’s desire to escape conditioning especially in the context of the contemporary Islamic culture in Iran.

 

About the Artist

Sima Salehi (born in Iran) is a recent graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Arts. She has experimented with various forms of media such as painting, video, photography and live performances. Her work tends to highlight the tensions of females and how they are trapped by different kinds of iconographies and social codes in the social, cultural and socio-political issues and how they desire to escape conditioning, especially in the context of contemporary Islamic culture in Iran. Sima has exhibited at a number of group shows including, Reverie and Fruition, INTRANDITU and Discreet Images at LASALLE College of the Arts.

 

 

Event Type Installation

 

Title Image and Sound

 

Curators Ian Woo, Jeremy Sharma and Andreas Schlegel

 

Artists Paviter Singh, Veliana and Zurianah bte Hashim

 

Duration Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Earl Lu Gallery

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

This collaboration between Media Arts and Fine Arts students is a site–specific sound project responding with the campus architecture. It features reverberation of amplifiers/speakers within the corners of the LASALLE building interior, mixed with myriads of sounds which is then filtered through various objects installed in the gallery.

 

About the Artist

Paviter Singh is currently a Level 3 Media Arts student at LASALLE College of the Arts, majoring in Interactive Art. Veliana is a Level 3 Fine Arts student majoring in Painting while Zurianah bte Hashim holds a Diploma(HE) in Painting.

 

 

Event Type Installation

 

Title Rowing Boat

 

Artists Zainudin Samsuri

 

Duration Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

 

Block C Level 1, Block E Level 1, and Atrium

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

In the context of Singapore’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual environment, where aspirations to individuality are increasingly measured against the political and social need for a unified society, Zainudin Bin Samsuri’s Rowing Boat strikes a fine-tunedchord. Through advocating and appreciation of the intellectual roots of Malay culture and thus speaking foremost to those familiar with that culture, the work, far from exclusive, invites all who saw it to ponder the universality of cultural loss and change.

 

About the Artist

Zainudin Samsuri is an artist and a Fine Arts lecturer at LASALLE. He received a Master of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, majoring in Sculpture. Zainudin has representedSingapore at the 2003 Hopea Sengal Tree Sculpture Symposium and at the 1st Biennial Sculpture Symposium held in Singapore. His commissioned public artworks can be found at various historical sites in Singapore including Raffles Institution and the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

 

 

Event Type Group Exhibition

 

Title Don’t Worry Mom!

 

Curator Milenko Prvacki

 

Artists Hafiz Osman, Jung Eun Ju, Max Kong, Ong Xiaoyun

 

Tay Choon Kok Taiten, Nah Yong En, Jon Chan

 

Yap Min Chan, Patrick Storey

 

Duration Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

 

- Praxis Space (Blk H Level 1)

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

Don’t Worry Mom! is an exhibition that delves into the element of risk artists struggle with coupled with the mechanisms of failure and success. Addressing the artist occupational hazard “You’re only as good as your last success”, this exhibition pays particular attention to the importance of the process of the artwork as opposed to the final outcome as artists display their are interrupted midway through the art process. This exhibition brings together new exhibits as well as a series of works and objects used by the artists in the process of creating their individual pieces of artwork. Appropriately titled, this exhibition pays heed to mothers who worry constantly about the possible failures of their offspring.

 

About the Curator

Milenko Prvacki, a Postmodern painter, Sculptor and Dean of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts was born in 1951 in Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Milenko who is a Singaporean Citizen has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions spanning all across the globe from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. In the last 30 years, Milenko has won awards in the 2nd International Drawing Triennial in Germany, the Yugoslavian Drawing Biennale, the 17th International Painting Exhibition in France and the 6thWatercolour Biennale in Yugoslavia. Milenko participated in the Sydney Biennale 2006 for which he created five new acrylic on linen paintings and is currently serving on the Singapore Biennale 2008 Steering Commitee, the National Arts Council Arts Fund Commitee and the Land Transport Authority Art Review Panel Committee.

 

 

Event Type Group Exhibition

 

Title OH NO WONDER

 

Curator Rofan Teo

 

Artists Tay Choon Kok Taiten, Sima Salehi, Nah Yong En,

Suhirman Sulaiman, Micheal Larsson, Patrick Storey and Jon Chan

 

Duration Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

 

- Project Space (Blk G Level 1)

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

In OH NO WONDER artists create works of art centralising around themes of the often over-romantised identity of artists in the contemporary world. The works of art are a tongue-in-cheek critique of the artistic means of the production of art. These representations expose the artworks and the artists, demystifying the artistic process and the artist themselves as they lose their often-glorified status of present day “celebrities”.

 

About the Curator

Teo Rofan is the curatorial assistant of LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. She holds a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor Degree in Art History & English at the University of Western Australia. Two of her most recent curatorial projects are New Castle, 2008, which showcases photography prints of Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck and Magical Spaces, 2007 a public project at the Asylum. Her research interests include contemporary art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

 

 

Event Type Installation

 

Title NO WONDER Structure

 

Artists Patrick Storey and LASALLE Fine Arts Undergraduate Students

 

Duration Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008

 

Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays

 

Venue LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Main Bridge

 

Admission Free

 

Synopsis

In an investigation of technology and nature, Patrick Storey builds a site-specific satellite dish out of materials that are specific and exclusive to Asia such as rattan, cane and bamboo. Suspended from the bridge with aircraft cable, this wonderment of a structure  will engage itself with the breeze, in its attempt to mimic and mock the things in life we take for granted. Helping Patrick build this structure are Fine Arts students.

 

About the Artist

Patrick Storey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in sculpture and extended media. As an artist, his interests lie in integrating the landscapes and systems of Urban and Rural life through media art forms such as installations, sculptures, video and painting. He is currently a part-time lecturer and Masters’ Student at LASALLE College of the Arts.

 

 LASALLE College of the Arts is a specialist tertiary institution for contemporary practice based education in art, design, media and performing arts. Founded in 1984 by De La Salle educator, Brother Joseph McNally, LASALLE today offers the most comprehensive range of degrees and diplomas in design, fine arts, film, media arts, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art history, art therapy and arts management in the Asia-Pacific.

 

A non-profit, private educational institution, LASALLE operates autonomously with financial support from the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are eligible for subsidised fees for diploma studies through the MOE Tuition rant Scheme.

 

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