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NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Launches an Online Benefit Art Auction


NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Launches an Online Benefit Art Auction
Alecia Neo, 'Homeostasis', 2017, Image courtesy of Alecia Neo

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore will be launching Online Benefit Art Auction from 1 to 18 October 2020 to raise funds for two vital projects: NTU CCA Singapore’s Digital Archive, a digitisation project of the Centre’s institutional records, and Climates. Habitats. Environments, a culmination of their research over the past three years that explores the effects of globalisation and the climate crisis.

The Online Benefit Art Auction features artworks by Singaporean artists Heman Chong, Fyerool Darma, Ho Tzu Nyen, Alecia Neo, Shubigi Rao, Jason Wee, Robert Zhao Renhui, and more. The auction also includes works from international artists such as Animali Domestici, Jae Rhim Lee, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Entang Wiharso, Haegue Yang, and Trevor Yeung. These works have been donated by artists who have participated in the Centre’s residencies, exhibitions, and programmes.

Scroll down to learn more about some of the artworks in this auction.

Heman Chong, 'Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (3)', 2020, Image courtesy of Heman Chong

Heman Chong is an acclaimed Singaporean artist, a conceptually driven curator, and writer. His work explores a multitude of visions of the present and future through a through mediums of image, performance, situations, and text.

'Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (3)' stems from Heman's interest in Conceptual Art and his unwavering love for literature. This painting is part of his long-term series, Cover (Versions), which reimagines covers of books from his extensive reading list.

Entang Wiharso, 'Decoded', 2015, Image courtesy of Entang Wiharso

Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso is known for his unique depictions of contemporary life, employing a dramatic visual language drawn from both ancient mythology and popular culture. Entang's works communicate a visual language that provocatively address universal issues of identity, power, loss, and love.

'Decoded' consists of solid blocks of paper moulded from bricks from his house in Jogjakarta. From personal reflections to social critique, this set articulates a distinc visual vocabulary, revealing the Entang's understanding of the human condition in the process.

Animali Domestici, 'Bangkok Opportunistic Ecologies', 2019,  Image courtesy of Animali Domestici

Animali Domestici is a Bangkok-based design practice established by Alicia Lazzaroni and Antonio Bernacchi. 'Bangkok Opportunistic Ecologies' is a colourful embroidery printed synthetic fabric canvas that visualises the urbanity of the Bangkok from a non-anthropocentric perspective.

The design duo maps the Thai capital through a python's point of view, placing multiple beings of different species at the centre. The resulting tapestry displaces humans from its familiar exceptionalism. The meandering urban composition is captures Bangkok's cityscape and encapsulates multiple narratives. The vivid and sharp graphic design is inspired by the compositional imagery and colour palettes of traditional Thai mural paintings.

Jeremy Sharma, 'Eaton', 2014, Image courtesy of Jeremy Sharma

Jeremy Sharma is an interdisciplinary artist and musician who works across mediums to investigate the conditions of time and place in the information age. The Singaporean artist often questions our position in an increasingly fragmented world. 

'Eaton' was born out of a time of travel when Jeremy made works that captured his distinct spatial experiences. This relief wall sculpture began as hand drawings of crumpled bed sheets, reflecting the unique but fleeting nature of the body’s subconscious movements at night. This work is part of Jeremy's “foam painting series”, which explores the three-dimensionality of polystyrene and polyurethane foam. These pliable, synthetic surfaces allow him to explore a specific aesthetic of production while convoluting the relationship between painting and sculpture.

Ho Tzu Nyen, '4 x 4 - Episode of Singapore Art', 2005, Image courtesy of Ho Tzu Nyen

Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen is known for his complex and polymorphic practice through mediums of film, theatre, performance, and computer graphics. His works fuse fact and myth and seeks to unravel unspoken histories. '4 x 4 - Episode of Singapore Art' comprises a series four 20-minute films with each episode featuring four prominent Singaporean artists such as Cheong Soo Pieng, Cheo Chai Hiang, Tang Da Wu, and Lim Tzay Chuen. Tzu Nyen's series wittingly traces the dawn of contemporary art in Singapore against the backdrop of nation-building narratives and the influence of Western art. These films blend abstraction and documentary and contain a mise en abîme of underlying concepts, while the dialogical mode of address engenders multiple interpretations of the meaning of art

Image courtesy of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Each artwork in the Online Benefit Art Auction has it's own unique narrative, materialising out of the artists’ visions and active engagement with research, community, and praxis. These works reflect the NTU CCA's aim to communicate ideas that explore social and ecological concerns.

These endeavours take on greater significance as the Centre goes through a period of transition and transformation of its longer-term capabilities for post COVID-19 recovery. The lease for its exhibition hall and residency studios at Gillman Barracks (Blk 43, 37, and 38) will not be renewed beyond March 2021 as part of this change. 


About the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore
A leading international art institution, NTU CCA Singapore is a platform, host, and partner creating and driven by dynamic thinking in its three-fold constellation: Exhibitions; Residencies Programme; Research and Academic Education. A national research centre for contemporary art of Nanyang Technological University, the Centre focuses on Spaces of the Curatorial. It brings forth innovative and experimental forms of emergent artistic and curatorial practices that intersect the present and histories of contemporary art embedded in social-political spheres with other fields of knowledge.

To learn more about the NTU CCA Singapore click here.

Online Benefit Art Auction:
Auction Link:

Auction Dates: 1 - 18 October 2020

Click here for more information on the Online Benefit Art Auction.

Learn more on NTU CCA's Instagram: @ntu_ccasingapore

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