“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso
This week marks the annual Singapore Art Week with almost 100 shows and events to satisfy just about everyone. Driven by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Economic Development Board (EDB), this 9-day event includes island-wide activities such as a sculpture carnival, neighourbourhood walking tours, music parties and the annual Art Stage Singapore, which is in its fifth year.
Having missed out on the Art Stage during previous years, I was fortunate to get a complimentary ticket and wasted no time in visiting. Upon arrival, one may feel overwhelmed by the amount of artworks that surround you. Art of all genres and in various forms await exploration. Without a marked itinerary, I wandered along aisles that boost colours, textures and unrivalled creativity.
Along the way, I was entranced by the artworks of Liu Yi-Lan, a Taiwanese artist who started painting only at the age of 30. Her characters (which mostly reflect herself) have an uncanny appearance with a compelling gaze. A part of her has been retained in each of her work, conveying the lessons of life.
“I believe painting is not only about visual appreciation on aesthetics, but more of thoughts and concepts. I believe no matter how rapid the contemporary art trend changes or diverges, the lessons about the essence of life still exist once there are humans. I believe life is so short that what can be truly left are thoughts and spirits through words or images and so on, which are beyond time and space; they are the only things that can surpass death. Art makes human lives immortal.” – Liu Yi-Lan
Of course, Botero never fails to amuse. The works of this Colombian artist are scattered around the convention hall to my (and many others) great delight! I also chanced upon the Video Stage and there was a particular video that featured videos of foreign brides (Vietnamese) who marry Taiwanese men. Their situations are somewhat similar to mail order bride and this arrangement was very popular in the early 2000s. Miscommunication, among other problems, is common and very real. Again, art became the medium for conveying lessons of life!
Art is what you make of it. In my humble opinion, anything can be a form of art. It may be found in galleries or on the streets. It may be a skilled creation or serendipity. The definition spans a wide spectrum and the possibilities are endless.
The Art Stage Singapore runs from 22nd – 25th January 2015. If you have not visited, you have one more day to do so! Alternatively, there are many exhibitions that will continue after January 25th! Here are some that you would not want to miss:
Taichi Series Outdoor Exhibition by Ju Ming (Taiwanese Artist)
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens (near Eco Lake in the Bukit Timah section)
Date: Now till 16th April 2015
Life as Art by Aaron Gan
Venue: Utterly Art Exhibition Space
Date: Now till 25th January 2015
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Prize
Venue: Singapore Arts Museum & SAM@8Q
Date: Till March 2015
Admission: Free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents
The above information has been compiled based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference. For more information, please check out: http://artweek.sg/