There are four galleries in Artspace@Helutrans. Two of them are ending their current exhibitions this Saturday, 26th April 2014, 7pm. So stop being an armchair art appreciator or an online art collector.
Anyway, there is a large, soft sofa with good cushion at Ikkan Art International for us to sit back and view Japanese digital art collective teamLab’s Universe of Water Particles. Anyone who sees the work, be it the actual show, its video or photo, will instantly call it a waterfall. However, the title of the work seems to be leading us to look at a waterfall down to its individual components and to see the congregation of these components as a formidable entity, such as a universe, or rather, the universe?
As a bonus to visitors, by the side of the gallery’s entrance, a 16-minute loop screening of another work by teamLab is not to be missed. And it’s not a random show of talent in digital art, there is a story going on. If you have seen teamLab’s work at Singapore Biennale 2013, the interesting Japanese male musicians & dancers and bear-lookalike & frog-lookalike characters will not be new to you. These characters always make my day wherever they appear.
The group is not hesitant to show us the raw side of computer graphics and mathematical calculations by letting grid lines appear every now and then in the screen show, building a contrast between the traditional and the modern technology.
In fact, I like very much how teamLab makes use of highly sophisticated digital science to create artworks that are somehow related to Japanese culture and traditional practices. Universe of Water Particles gives me a sense of Zen. The characters they invented don ethnic costumes and play traditional Japanese music. Some of their works were inspired by folk festivals back in their home towns. Enough said?
For photos, videos and highlights of teamLab’s current exhibition at Ikkan Art International, click here.
Just walk a few steps to the gallery next door, Galerie Steph, and we approach False Things, a group show by four young Thai artists – Lalit Wisutthisophon, Latthapon Korkiatarkul, Nuttapon Sawasdee and Pitchanan Sornyen.
Wisutthisophon’s photographic works may appear melancholic, yet there is beauty to each of her photographs. There is calmness and a quiet understanding of settling down at whichever stage of a cycle (in life). I particularly like My Bone, and Organic Waste.
Korkiatarkul’s interest lies in found materials, including an ostrich egg. There is no limit to what one can create and transform with found materials, because they can be almost anything under the sun, the moon, and the roof. I was especially attracted to Blank Bank. I wonder if he got into trouble for stripping a Thai note till it was left with only its holographic strip.
Sawasdee’s watercolour works are tiny and minimalist, but they tend to tell a lot of stories, some unsettling ones. Watch his video work Che Never Die. Would it make a difference if Che Guevara did not and will not die? Most thought-provoking.
Sornyen’s black clothes draped over wooden frames took me by surprise, in a pleasant way. Just black may be just black, but black with textures and shine is something to look at. I recommend Black or Black, whereby the inner side of a black bra’s cups and the black buttons of some black clothes caught my attention.
For photos, videos and highlights of False Things currently on show at Galerie Steph, click here.
Address: 39, Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12-7pm
Tanjong Pagar Distripark is a logistic and warehousing centre, safety first. An artspace in a cargo handling location is cool.