More Than Making Transient Art Last

A Brit I knew has worked all his life for the Salvation Army, which has a policy of moving their senior staff to a different location in the United Kingdom every 3 years to inject new…

A Kiwi’s Way of Breaking Art Glass Ceilings

My memories of New Zealand in the 1980s are succinctly personified by Ben Young’s sculptures of glass and concrete: of the homage Kiwis give the seas surrounding the narrow strips of North and South islands they…

Negotiating SPACE

Yesterday Elon Musk posted on Instagram the first official photo of his SpaceX spacesuit(1). Meant as pressure suits for NASA astronauts riding inside his company’s Dragon Capsule to and from the International Space Station and capable…

The Ps of Looking In, Out & About

Perspectives, perceptions and potential permutations: these have been some of the driving motivations for many visual artists since the dawn of time. And the current special exhibitions at STPI and the National Gallery Singapore hammer this…

Sonance: A Spatial Oeuvre’s Tuning In

Sound expert Julian Treasure advocates ‘designing for our ears’ while contemplating the quality of architectural space for communication and exchange. And there are now actual ingenious examples where sound is integral to contemporary building design: Mark…

Painting Songs of Australia’s Genesis

The aborigines of Australia have perhaps the oldest form of sacred geography, with its genesis through Alcheringa – the Dreamtime; where ancestral beings emerged as totemic animals and humans from Earth’s interior to wander over the…

Burnings Freeing Hanibal Srouji’s Soul

History appears to repeat itself in Lebanon: as in its Civil War from 1975 to 1990, thousands of Lebanese youths are again fleeing the country. This time with Germany or Sweden as their final destination; rather…

Starring: Paint, Wood, Fabric & What Not

For those of us who enjoyed being regaled by STPI’s “Looks Good on Paper” exhibition in the last quarter of 2016 on the myriad ways hand made paper can be coaxingly manipulated by different artists to…

When Science Meets Science Fiction in Art

Andy Weir’s 2011 science fiction novel “The Martian” is a prime example of excellent fictional story telling woven around well-researched facts. His tale of American astronaut Mark Watney becoming stranded alone on Mars in the year…

The Joys of Chatting with Amanda Heng

For those who have attended a guided tour of Amanda Heng’s current “We Are The World – These Are Our Stories” exhibition at STPI, you would have been enthusiastically regaled with this Singaporean artist’s resolute decision…