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Beili Wang, Curator...
Our contributor series explores the ideas of gallerists, artists, directors, curators for an insight into the development of the international art scene......

August 29, 2014

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Review: 'A Drawing Show' at Yeo Workshop...
Drawing, one would tend to assume, is pretty simple stuff – after all, everyone does it, in one way or another. Schoolkids add moustaches to historical figures in their textbooks, office-workers doodle idly while pretending to pay attention in endless meetings, and sometimes it’s just faster to convey an idea to someone by grabbing the nearest bit of spare paper and tossing off a quick sketch. This elemental simplicity comes into play in the title of Yeo Workshop’s latest show – an exhibition of drawings titled, surprisingly enough, ‘A Drawing Show.’ In an age of ever-multiplying, ever more sophisticated media for artists to work in, what’s the place of what might be the simplest medium of all?   Of course, the simplicity of drawing doesn’t necessarily imply that it’s somehow crudely deficient, as stone tools would be compared to, say, a surgical scalpel. It hints, instead, at its foundational character in visual art, forming the basis of fundamental concepts like line and form, which are then propagated through the diverse menagerie of media available to artists today. At the same time, the proliferation of media allows for the emergence of different perspectives on these basic building blocks, giving artists the context in which to explore, investigate, and even re-assess the nature of drawing itself. Ian Woo, Tracker (2) Viewed in this light, even the basic act of taking pencil to paper boasts a wealth of possible significance, as we might encounter in the seductive grace of Ian Woo’s drawings. His amorphous forms, verging on the geometric and resisting any simple readings,  seem at once both opaque and transparent, the patterns and almost-patterns sprawling across our field of view according to their own logic, somehow reminiscent of floaters and other oddities of human vision. It’s best, perhaps, to discard any attempt to decipher them as abstractions or representations of something or another, and allow your eyes and mind to wander through these visual territories. Presenting a stronger sense of rootedness are works by Boedi Widjaja. Though we might imagine that the basic procedure of drawing consists of making marks on a given surface, Widjaja adds a layer of depth – in physicality, and history – by deriving these marks from rubbings of surfaces he encountered during a residency in a medieval French village. In effect, the works act as a medium or interface between two very different senses of place, drawing a line between surface worn by history, and the coolly timeless space of an art gallery, with the former also intruding into the latter in Widjaja’s eschewing of conventional display of his densely textured works, opting instead for prosaic materials like brick and glass. Wong Lip Chin’s works take yet another perspective on drawing, taking the solidly graphical traditions of animation and distributing them throughout the gallery. While each glyph or drawing certainly remains on a two-dimensional surface, the body of work as a whole is distributed through the space, confounding easy distinctions between drawing and site-specific installation, perhaps as some wry mutant offspring of the free-spirited character of (non-commissioned, distinctly unofficial) graffiti and street art. Much as drawing a line requires one to move a pencil (or pen, or other implement), the show, taken together, reminds us that drawing isn’t some static, stagnant, subsidiary thing to be looked over in favour of media of greater purported sophistication – even the simplest of systems and rules can lead to exponential depth and complexity. A Drawing Show runs until Sep 14, 12 to 7 pm Tue to Sat, 12 to 6 pm Sundays, at Yeo Workshop, #01-01 1 Lock Road, Singapore 108932. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Free admission.   ...

August 22, 2014

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Review: Solo Exhibition by Michael Lee at Yavuz Fine Art...
Keep reading for our review of Singapore artist Michael Lee's current solo exhibition at Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore....

August 22, 2014

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Sun Xun, Artist, Aug. 15, 2014...
Our Conversation Series features intimate interviews with leading experts from around the world: collectors, curators, artists, gallerists, and museum directors....

August 15, 2014

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Chen Wei, Artist...
Our contributor series explores the ideas of gallerists, artists, directors, curators for an insight into the development of the international art scene......

August 14, 2014

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Interview with Audrey Yeo...
The Artling interviews Audrey Yeo, Founder & Director of Yeo Workshop, Singapore. ...

July 31, 2014

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Interview with Ian Woo...
The Artling interviews Ian Woo, one of Singapore's Leading Abstractionists and Programme Leader at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore....

July 31, 2014

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Gillman Barracks...
Singapore’s largest arts enclave, with sixteen contemporary art galleries, three restaurants and the Centre for Contemporary Art, is housed in this idyllic precinct. Located in former army barracks along Alexandra Road, the complex is one where art collectors, or simply art lovers, can escape the city crowds and immerse themselves in a haven of art. Friendly gallerists are always ready to share their knowledge and expertise, helping you to continue or just begin your journey through the art world.   Getting Started  Galleries: Have a look at Gillman Barrack’s website (https://gillmanbarracks.com/) to browse the galleries. Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of them- select a few that call out to you, and plan your day’s route accordingly.  Experts: Always ask the gallerists, the experts on what Gillman Barracks has to offer! Sharing your tastes and interests will allow them to suggest suitable artists and galleries to look out for.  Time frame: Take your time to slowly discover each gallery, as you may not cover the entire 6.4hr site in a day. Remember-there is always next weekend!  Getting There: The nearest MRT Train Station is Labrador Park (Circle Line station CC27). Buses 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E stop at bus stop no. 15059 opposite Alexandra Point, Alexandra Road. By car, Gillman Barracks is a ten-minute drive from the city, and is accessible via two entrances: 1. Malan Road (turn in from Alexandra Road) [Main Entrance] 2. Lock Road (turn in from Depot Road) Getting Around: It is a large site 6.4hr with uneven terrain, so please wear comfy shoes and wear a cap/ bring a brolly in case of rain! The site is also family and pram-friendly, but there is fair bit of walking distance between galleries and restaurants. Temporary shelters and linked pathways are a work in progress.  Day Off: Galleries close on Mondays and Public Holidays Public Tours Cultural organisation ‘Friends of the Museums’ (https://www.fom.sg/) have trained docents to give public guided tours at Gillman Barracks. These guided tours will provide insights to the world-class contemporary artworks located within Gillman Barracks and an introduction to the rich history and nature of the site. Tours run on a weekly basis from Fridays to Sundays, at varied timings.  Galleries Centre for Contemporary Art 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443 The CCA–Centre for Contemporary Art is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University, developed with support from the Economic Development Board, Singapore. Located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries, the CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its various platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research Free Admission Tue–Sun 12–7 pm Fri 12–9 pm +6566840998 http:/www.gillmanbarracks.com/cca Upcoming Events Theatrical Fields at the Centre for Contemporary Art- this exhibition introduces theatricality as a critical strategy in performance, film and video. A series of public programmes, including a symposium, will further explore the notion and potential of theatricality as a critical tool in contemporary art and culture. Opens 23rd August 2014 Gillman Barrack’s 2nd anniversary party- look out for this in late September 2014. More information coming your way! Dining  Masons 8 Lock Road, #01-17, Singapore 108936 Inspired by the colonial heritage of Gillman Barracks, Masons offers European cuisine with a strong French influence and a Singaporean touch. Opening hours: 1130am to 11pm daily E: info@masons.sg T:  +65 6694 2216 Timbre @ Gillman 9A Lock Road, #01-05, Singapore 108926 Integrating music, food and art is the newest Timbre experience at Gillman Barracks. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am E: damien.ong@timbregroup.asia T: +65 6694 4201 The Naked Finn 41 Malan Road, #01-13, Singapore 109443 The Naked Finn promises a no-frills alfresco grill in the lush greenery of Gillman Barracks. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am T:+65 6694 0807 Enjoy!  Photos and information courtesy of https://gillmanbarracks.com/ ...

July 31, 2014

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Alexander Montague-Sparey, Director of Montague-Sparey, Fair Director of Photo Shanghai...
Our contributor series explores the ideas of gallerists, artists, directors, curators for an insight into the development of the international art scene......

July 25, 2014

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Bazaar Art Jakarta 2014...
The Artling recently flew to Jakarta to check out Bazaar Art Jakarta. Here are some images of what we saw……   Yoshitomo Nara  Semarang Gallery A Quiet Place #2, Andy Dewantoro Damage, Andy Dewantoro Artsphere Gallery Insectum Series, Agan Harahap Tree No. 23, Carlos Aguirre Katuki Keisuke  Ohnishi Yasuhiro  Tristes, Wang Zhibo Wave Drawing, Nobuaki Takekawa Scenery with Crane, Fumihiro Takemura Eko Nugroho  Postcards from the Alps, Eddie Hara Infinity-Nets [Riota], Yayoi Kusama   Yayoi Kusama    The Contingent 8, Jompet   Robert Zhao    Jalasveva Jaya Mahe, Heri Dono The Looming Dark Estuary, Sunaryo No Place To Hide, Entang Wiharso Etsuko Fukaya   ...

July 24, 2014

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