Singapore Art Week 2022 still going strong
Such is the scale of SAW in 2022 that there are simply too many events to squeeze into a single week, so The A List has put together a guide to what is hot and still happening at Singapore’s biggest arts festival.
We’re Young Once
• Until 30 Jan
Every piece in this exhibition is a creative time capsule providing an insight into the anxieties, aspirations and preoccupations of each artist at an early stage of their career. Taken together, the youthful output of artists like Song-Ming Ang, Jeremy Sharma, Tang Da Wu, Tay Ining, Ian Tee, Genevieve Chua and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee weaves a commentary on creative responses to the turbulent times leading up to independence and the heady sensation of living in a brand new country freed from the deadening hand of colonialism. Later generations of painters responded to frenetic economic development and the social changes that followed. Pop along to Art Agenda at 63 Spottiswoode Road to get a fresh perspective on the evolution of Singaporean art down the years. Find out more about We’re Young Once here.
Life is Sweet
• Until 30 Jan
Here is one for the kids, although the life lessons apply just as much to adults. This series of comic drawings by Wang Shijia stars cute Ang Ku Kueh Girl going about her daily life. Through everyday events, she comes to understand that a thankful heart is the only true source of happiness and beauty. Ang Ku Kueh Girl is inspired by a traditional Chinese snack that symbolises blessings for good luck and longevity. This happy contribution to SAW is on at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre from 9am to 10pm daily. Get more details about Life is Sweet here.
Bridging Through the Age
• Until 3 Feb
As part of SAW 2022 and to mark its 60th anniversary, Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD), the association of Malay artists in Singapore, has organised Bridging Through the Age: An Intergenerational Collaborative Exhibition. It is an antidote to increased age segregation as fewer and fewer families live in multi-generational households. Nine pairs of artists from different generations have teamed up to create artworks to address this issue and touch on the sensation of zenosyne (the feeling that time is going faster and faster) as technology accelerates economic and social changes. Get more details about Bridging Through the Age here.
• Until 20 Feb
Peripheral Spaces is an exhibition consisting of installations at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Art Gallery at 1 Nanyang Walk and a digital component that extends the experience to the virtual world. The theme is temporality (our existence in time) and the transformations of nature in urban spaces and online. As urbanisation intensifies, controlled forms of nature such as specified green spaces within the concrete jungle have gained traction, blurring the idea of what nature means to city dwellers. Curated by Hera and co-organised by the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, the exhibition features art by Wyn-Lyn Tan and Zen Teh and a digital experience created by designer Lim Shu Min. Admission is free Tuesday to Friday 11.30am–5.30pm, and 11.30am–7pm at weekends. Find out more about Peripheral Spaces here.
Nature remixed: Where are the borders of our paradise?
• Until 27 Feb
Interdisciplinary collective Sistrum has created a ‘botanic dub’ of soundscapes, voices, text and space to reveal the invisible ties that bind us to the trees and plants of the Botanic Gardens. Just amble along to the Gardens to experience it in person (admission is free from 10am to 9pm daily) or access online here. Read more about Nature remixed: Where are the borders of our paradise? here.
Radical Curiosity: In the Orbit of Buckminster Fuller
• Until 10 July
What a fascinating man Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) was: architect, visionary, social commentator, inventor and pundit (a couple of choice Fuller quotes – “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly”; “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.”). This curious piece leads you through the unique world view of this polymath, who combined design and science with a mission to change the world through radical, sustainable design. A co-production between Fundación Telefónica Madrid and ArtScience Museum, the exhibition is home tooriginal materials drawn from the Buckminster Fuller archive held by Stanford Library, as well as contemporary artwork and design projects that reveal how Fuller’s legacy has never been more relevant. More details on Radical Curiosity: In the Orbit of Buckminster here.
Check out the other ongoing Singapore Art Week exhibitions here.
(Images: Teo Seng Eng/Art Agenda, Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends, APAD, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Sistrum, Buckminster Fuller courtesy of Roger White Soller)