Causeway Exchange: The Lighter Side Of Singapore. Asian Culture Enterprise Singapore (ACES), DMR Productions collaborate with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre & The Actors Studio to present to you an arts and culture exchange programme between Singapore and Malaysia comes to Kuala Lumpur for the first time with a showing of some of Singapore’s wittiest, though-provoking and young and upcoming artists for four days at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Come and experience fun, laughter and what bring us all together with a variety of collaborative Theatre, Films, Literary Arts & Workshops and Visual Arts Exhibition. Date / Time: 4th – 7th August 2011 /10.30am – 8.30pm Venue: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Tickets: Admission is Free Call 603-40479000 / Walk in
BOX THE POP!
Intricate layers of drawn meshed lines with delicate markings of motifs and familiar popular symbols exposed on the exterior of carton boxes built to resemble a towering pillar, is an intriguing, interactive 3-dimensional installation by one of Singapore’s Contemporary Pop Artist, Justin Lee. Entitled, Box the Pop!, Lee explores the notion of how consumerism in societies shape the way we think and especially how words and images reflected from mass media influences the way we express and think as an individual. Educated as both a designer and a fine art artist, Lee’s works are more than simplistic representations of graphical symbols in mass culture but are juxtapositions of the influences of Western influences in Asia and how this aligns back with the identity of being an Asian in a largely western influenced Asian City. About Justin Lee One of the best contemporary artists in Singapore today, Justin is known for his witty, thoughtful pop art works, in which he would combine Chinese motif with Western visual language. But beyond the bubbly exuberance of his pop art, Justin subtly creates an underlying awareness of our current societal condition as he tackles themes like consumerism, Asian identity, Chinese tradition and Western influence on the East. Justin Lee was born in 1963 in Singapore. He studied at the Lasalle-SIA, College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore. He has held numerous exhibitions, and also represented Singapore at the Venice Biennale.
HENG ON THE WORLD
In his own inimitable style of caricature, the trailblazing cartoonist Heng Kim Song has been telling stories about the state of our world for close to 30 years. Heng On The World presents a selection of his works culled from the past two decades. His editorial cartoons have long been a staple of our local newspapers. Applying his keen observation, critical eyes and mordant humour, Heng has been critiquing the world’s affairs through an Asian point of view. His cartoons entertain and provoke – usually both at the same time – but more importantly, educate. In fact, his works have been used as teaching materials in schools, where students are encouraged to write essays about them. With his eye trained on the world, surveying topics from the Asian financial crisis to the recent uprising in Egypt, as well as the sexual travails of Tiger Woods and Silvio Berlusconi, there is indeed no issue too small nor too sacred for Heng to tackle.
About Heng Kim Song In his own inimitable style of caricature, the trailblazing cartoonist Heng Kim Song has been telling stories about the state of our world for close to 30 years. His editorial cartoons have long been a staple of our local newspapers. Applying his keen observation, critical eyes and mordant humour, Heng has been critiquing the world’s affairs through an Asian point of view. Coming off the success of his recent exhibition in March at The Arts House, Heng On The World, which was also attended by former Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo, he will be presenting in Malaysia a selection of his works culled from the past two decades. Heng’s cartoons have been syndicated internationally since 1991, appearing in major publications such as The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Asahi Shimbun, Time and Asiaweek. His cartoons have been exhibited overseas, including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland (2004-2006); and a solo exhibition organised by the Italian Museum of Political Satire and Caricature (2000). Major awards included the Top Award in UN ESCAP’s 50th Anniversary Cartoon Competition organised by the United Nations (1998); the International Prize for Political Satire awarded by the Italian Museum of Political Satire and Caricature (2000), the only Asian cartoonist to receive this award; and the Award of Excellence for editorial cartooning by the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2010.
CITIZEN-SINGAPORE: TIME TO SHINE
Someone, we’re not sure who, said, “The face is the index of the mind.” Likewise, Citizen-Singapore: Time To Shine is a collection of Singaporeans from all walks of life. Each with a different story to tell. Some with happy tales, others with inspiring anecdotes, yet all with a common thread of making a positive contribution to the place they live in. Stripping down to their bare skin, these folks detach all class, race and religion to shine as one. Morphing into a harmony of happy, shiny people. Conceived by Evangeliss Hwong last year, the images were shot by local start-up, J Flash Studio, at Goodman Arts Centre. About JFlash Studio Five-month-old J Flash Studio was started by quibbling couple, Lisa and Taka. She’s a straight-talking mother of two who has an uncompromising eye for detail and suffers no fools. He’s a mild-mannered father of one whose passion for photography started when he was just a wee child. Together, the duo does commercial photography for a gamut of clients in the retail, F&B and arts industry. J Flash Studio aims to be the second best photography studio in the world by end of the year.
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