Sarah Choo Jing | Wall St Journal Magazine

Feature: SARAH CHOO JING | Art of Rehearsal (13 May - 26 Nov 2017)

A.I. is pleased to announce Sarah Choo Jing (b. 1990, Singapore) will be presenting a new work titled Art of the Rehearsal in a group exhibition: Personal Structures hosted by the European Cultural Centre (organized by GAA Foundation) in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale.

Art of the Rehearsal was commissioned for the opening of the new media gallery at the National Museum of Singapore, the theme of which was traditional dance.

The work comprises a panoramic video collage and individual video portraits depicting cultural dancers from three different local troupes. A short essay by Louis Ho (curator at Singapore Art Museum) will be published to mark this exhibition supporting this new video work.

Art of Rehearsal (Installation View). Image Courtesy artist and A.I. Gallery

Art of Rehearsal (Installation View). Image Courtesy artist and A.I. Gallery

Source: http://wsimag.com/art/26452-sarah-choo-jin...

Nicole Stott | Channel 4

Channel 4 - Man Made Planet: Earth from Space

 

Using images of Earth taken from space across the last 45 years and stunning time-lapse sequences, astronauts reveal how humanity is transforming the world - for better and worse. In 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 captured the iconic ‘Blue Marble’ - the only photograph ever taken by an astronaut of the entire Earth. Since then, NASA has taken much more.

Alongside fellow astronauts, Nicole Stott, highlights that population growth has changed the view of cities, creating mega-cities from virtually nothing: "To see these glowing cities kind of popping out at you at night is really pretty incredible. For me it opened up this whole new view of looking at places like China. "You can imagine all of these people bustling around that area, but it’s like the mute button is on. It’s a very surreal thing. It gets you thinking about what are all those people doing down there?"

 

For U.K. viewers, refer to the broadcast here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/man-made-planet-earth-from-space/on-demand/64826-001

View of a man-made salt pond in Australia (Photo credit: NASA/Channel 4)

Sarah Choo Jing | Sovereign Art Prize 2017 Finalist

Sovereign Art Prize 2017

We are pleased to share that Sarah Choo Jing's (b.1990, Singapore) recent photograph work titled 'Nowhere Near' has been nominated and is a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Art 2017 Prize. The artist was previously a finalist for the 2014 Prize. All finalist works will be exhibited at the Christie’s Hong Kong showroom, The James Christie Room from 19 - 21 April and then at The Rotunda, Exchange Square Hong Kong, from 25 April – 4 May.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on 28 April.

Link to the 2017 finalist shortlist here. Public nominations are also taken for the Public Prize.

Sarah Choo Jing. Nowhere Near, 2015. 35cm x 200cm. Digital C-type on Diasec

Sarah Choo Jing. Nowhere Near, 2015. 35cm x 200cm. Digital C-type on Diasec

This year's judging panel include: Alexandra A. Seno – Head of Development, Asia Art Archive; David Elliott – Writer, curator and museum director; Jim Supangkat – Artist, art critic and curator; Michael Snelling – Artist, writer and former Director and CEO of the National Art School, Sydney; Miao Xiaochun – Artist and Professor at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.

 

About Sovereign Asian Art Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation was founded by Yorkshire-born art collector and CEO of Sovereign Group, Howard Bilton, with the purpose of utilising art to fund and promote art programmes.

Held annually, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize invites mid-career contemporary artists, who have been nominated by our carefully selected board of art experts, to enter up to three artworks online. Entries are then judged by a small judging panel consisting of independent art experts and professionals from the region, who select the best 30 artworks from a range of digital images. These 30 pieces are then exhibited in a prominent public space in Hong Kong, where the pieces are judged a second time, in person.

 

Iyvone Khoo | Birch Aquarium, San Diego

Installation exhibition at Birch Aquarium in San Diego

April - December 2017

Iyvone Khoo. Infinity Cube, 2017. Installation, video projection & audio

Iyvone Khoo. Infinity Cube, 2017. Installation, video projection & audio

On April 7, artist Iyvone Khoo (b.1975, Singapore) unveils Infinity Cube, a new immersive installation that explores bioluminescence. 

London-based artist Iyvone Khoo worked alongside Scripps Institution of Oceanography marine biologist Michael Latz whilst on a residency at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Khoo varied sound stimulation, flow visualization and macro videography to reimagine the phenomenon of bioluminescence. The project is supported by the MEAD Fellowship, University of Arts London, UK. More than six hours of footage was documented of single-celled marine organisms called dinoflagellates reacting to various stimulants, such as the human heartbeat, music, water flow, and air pressure.

Link to exhibition at Birch Aquarium, San Diego here.

Two bioluminescent video works were recently exhibited at Moving Image NY 2017, further info here.

 

About the artist

Khoo (b. 1975 in Singapore) lives and works in London, England. Her diverse media include glass, photography, video and bioluminescence. Often employing a spirit of investigative play, she considers how perception shapes experience, sometimes using the camera lens as a surrogate eye. “I use light as a form of painting, space as an extension to the canvas and video as a polymorphic visual tool,” Khoo explains. Khoo earned her MFA at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.

 

Link to press coverage on San Diego Union Tribune

Source: https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/visit/exhibits/i...

Sarah Choo Jing | BFAMI Gala & 70th anniversary

 

British Friends for Art Museums in Israel (BFAMI) Gala 2017 & 70th anniversary

 

Gala: 18 January 2017

 

Preview: 

Christies Auction House (8 King St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT)

Sunday 15 Jan:   11 am – 4 pm

Monday 16 Jan:  10 am – 4 pm

Tuesday 17 Jan:  10 am – 3 pm

 

Artist, Sarah Choo Jing (b.Singapore, 1990), has generously donated a photographic work titled Wonderland (2014) to this year's BFAMI Gala & 70th anniversary. Full details of the gala event below & on BFAMI's website. The evening is sponsored by Christie’s Auction House and J.W. Marriott London, Grosvenor House.

 

<British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel are delighted to celebrate their 70th Anniversary at a special gala dinner and auction.The fundraising auction will feature international emerging and established artists represented by leading museums and galleries around the world. Artists included: Jeff Koons, Raqib Shaw, Ron Arad RA, Michael Craig-Martin, William Kentridge, Mattia Bonetti, Tracey Emin, John Gerrard, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Tyson. British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel are delighted to celebrate their 70th Anniversary at a special gala dinner and auction.The fundraising auction will feature international emerging and established artists represented by leading museums and galleries around the world. Artists included: Jeff Koons, Raqib Shaw, Ron Arad RA, Michael Craig-Martin, William Kentridge, Mattia Bonetti, Tracey Emin, John Gerrard, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Tyson>

 

Sarah Choo Jing. Wonderland (2014). Digital C-print on Diasec. 85cm x 174cm. Image credit: the Artist, courtesy: A.I. Gallery.

Source: http://www.bfami.org/uncategorized/bfami-7...

WeiXin Chong | CARRARA

Exhibition EXCAVATA at CARRARA, Italy by WeiXin Chong & Gabriele Dini

 

Dates: 4- 18 November 2016

Venue: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, Palazzo Binelli, Via Verdi 7, Carrara (Tuscany), ITALY

Opening times: 4th Nov from 17:00, M-F: 09.00-12.00, 15.00-17.00

 

The exhibition titled Excavata showcases the artistic outcomes of research and residency exchanges between Italy & Singapore by both artists WeiXin CHONG (b. Singapore) & Gabriele DINI (b. Italy). Past & present use of natural resources in both Carrara, Italy and Singapore are extrapolated and explored through material and aesthetic expressions.

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CHONG plays with images, entities and surfaces as material metaphors for social relationships and the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The Suiseki art of seeking landscapes within a piece of stone is a connoisseurship of aesthetic and philosophical potential, and is the starting point for her work in this series. 

WeiXin CHONG. Suiseki Softfall 1.0

WeiXin CHONG. Suiseki Softfall 1.0

Fiona Struengmann | UNSEEN Magazine

 

UNSEEN Magazine Issue 3: Autumn 2016 | Anthology

Excerpt from UNSEEN publication of an interview with artist Fiona Struengmann (b.1986, Germany). The artist incorporates photography and drawing into her work, finding a shared language of expression between them...

 

UNSEEN: You are presenting two new bodies of work at Unseen this year as part of a larger project. What are you exploring in these new works?

 

FS: My new series Dialogue explores human nature and the essence of communication. Our hands are the primary tool of interaction in any environment and, indeed, any language. We start to adopt and imitate gestures in our unconsciousness and unveil parts of our inside to the outside. They are a fascinating tool and a tender means of expression. Needleview on the other hand documents my natural surrounding; all captured through a tiny pinhole. A dive into a personal state of being, described in shapes, forms, light and shadow. 

 

UNSEEN: Tell us more about the self-made pinhole camera with which you created the images in both Needleview and Dialogue. Are you interested in the material processes of photography?

 

FS: I wanted to redefine photography for myself. What is it actually about? How do we see and perceive it? Instead of a camera lens I created my own aperture, which only lets light into the camera with a tiny needle-sized pinhole. It’s a variation of the camera obscura. Through the regular depth of field, the perception of near and far becomes a blurry impression, which lets you see differently and allows for an internal contemplation. It’s about a moment turning into eternity and a focus on the wordless dialogue between the picture and the spectator.

 

UNSEEN: You incorporate both photography and drawing in your practice and there are striking similarities between the ways you use each medium. How do you find they relate to each other?

 

FS: On holding my photographs in ones hand, a spectator may find them somehow more like a drawing and it is exactly this ambivalence that I like to trigger in my work. Both my photographs and drawings relate in sentiment and reductiveness. They are the only two disciplines that allow me to express the reflective, nostalgic and meditative notions I seek to convey. The works I’ve been creating drive a certain hunger for detail and at the same, act as a space to get lost in - for me and the viewer.  

Fiona STRUENGMANN. Untitled I, 2016. Pointillism & mixed media on paper. © the artist, courtesy of A.I. 

Fiona STRUENGMANN. Untitled I, 2016. Pointillism & mixed media on paper. © the artist, courtesy of A.I. 

Fiona STRUENGMANN. Untitled II, 2016. Pointillism & mixed media on paper. © the artist, courtesy of A.I. 

Fiona STRUENGMANN. Untitled II, 2016. Pointillism & mixed media on paper. © the artist, courtesy of A.I. 

WeiXin Chong | START Art Fair (15-18 Sep, 4.30-5pm): Daily Performance

VIP Preview: Wednesday 14 September 2016      15.00 hrs –21.00 hrs

Public: Thursday 15 September 2016                    11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Friday 16 September 2016                         11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Saturday 17 September 2016                     11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Sunday 18 September 2016                       11.00 hrs –17.00 hrs

 

A.I. is pleased to be returning to the third edition of START. This year, we are participating in the invitational section of the fair presenting solo booths of artists selected by, Fair Director, Niru Ratnam.

Our booth project titled Debris by WEIXIN CHONG (b. Singapore) features a varied collection of works that explore the concept of ephemera, both natural and man-made.

On the public days at the fair booth (4.30pm – 5pm), the artist will be leading a participative work with the audience called Dictation 2.1. A dictation session -transcribing a text as print creates, in the artist’s own words, a kind of force field; the magnetic field of suspended tension that forms around its participants and also the direct line of focus that it causes to occur- a line of conveyance between the dictator and transcribers/subjects, that makes them into one unit. Dictation is an on-going series of events, with each edition being an exploration of a unique setting and a different text. A copy of the transcription will be available for audience members to take away and keep.

Chong seeks to challenge the notion of natural versus artificial ephemera in the form of print (photographic & textile), text and drawings. The etymology of the word ‘ephemera’, in its ancient sense, extends to the mayfly and other short lived insects, flowers and for something which lasts a day or a short period of time. The artist plays on this very idea that any transitory written or printed matter are meant to be neither retained nor preserved. The imagery of this very debris is captured in a flash, frozen-in-flight aesthetic or even as a transcription.

Chong is fascinated with the relationships between digital and organic, surface and perceived superficiality. Materials, text and happenings become metaphors of the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The effects and methods of manipulating and reproducing imagery across materials feature strongly in her practice. The translation of things -its possibilities, impossibilities, failures and transcendence are always in her mind.

 

Dictation 2.1 - Participative perfomance by WeiXin Chong during START Art Fair 2016 solo booth presentation with A.I. Gallery. Image courtesy: A.I. Gallery