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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.

 

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

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

Sarah Choo Jing | China Daily

China Daily | Culture HK

All the Lonely People

 

"I sense the social alienation and isolation in individuals across cities such as Paris, London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. I suppose this theme of solitude is a running thread through my practice" -Sarah Choo Jing

 

The solo exhibition titled "Flights of Mind” took place with a small gallery in the PMQ area, Hong Kong. It consisted of new works involving the subject matter of people in transit on Hong Kong's MTR system. China Daily reports that the portraits are "a homage to some of the finest in painting, theatre and photography” and the artist references director Wong Kar Wai as an influence on her practice.

New works include a triptych series titled "At the Beginning of the End" depicting standing passengers during the urban rush hour, seen through the train's windows, either staring poignantly down into their hand-held devices or out into the abyss. Each waiting in transit, with the sense of passing time through MTR stops until their respective stations for exit. A new panoramic work titled "In Matter & Memory" (220cm x 110cm) captures, in black and white, the arrivals of these MTR's passengers onto the platform and their momentous mass exit in a slow fade-like motion. Meanwhilst, Choo's "Glass Walls" portrait series depicts an individual passenger in a fluid, slow fade aesthetic again. The printing technique used here is a bleed of the photograph and resulting painterly effect.

 

Full article here

 

 

 

Sarah Choo Jing.  At the Beginning of the End , 2016. 50cm x 75cm.

Sarah Choo Jing. At the Beginning of the End, 2016. 50cm x 75cm.

Sarah Choo Jing.  In Matter & Memory , 2016. 220cm x 110cm

Sarah Choo Jing. In Matter & Memory, 2016. 220cm x 110cm

Sarah Choo Jing.  Glass Walls II , 2016. 70cm x 70cm.

Sarah Choo Jing. Glass Walls II, 2016. 70cm x 70cm.

Sarah Choo Jing | 19th Japan Media Arts Festival

Dates: 3 - 14 February 2016

 

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=*Media Geijyutsu*) that honours outstanding works from a diverse range of media- from animation and comics to media art and games. 

Sarah Choo Jing's 'Waiting for the Elevator' (2014, multi-channel video installation) is featured under the Jury Selection in the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival - Art Division.

The work depicts a documentation of several events at the street level of different housing estates across Singapore combined into one uninterrupted panorama. These openings, ironically known as “void decks”, were intentionally designed as community spaces. Viewers witness isolated individuals immersed in seemingly repetitive routines such as smoking, resting or talking on the mobile. Unlike Choo’s earlier staged works, the characters are unaware of the artist’s camera. A sense of anticipation is prolonged by the continuous length of street, the accompanying suspenseful music, as well as the individuals’ repetitive actions. The transition between ordinary scenes transports viewers in time and space so that they become the ones waiting for the elevator, waiting for something to happen.

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WeiXin Chong | Monocle

Culture/Art: Portrait of a Nation (Dec 2015)

 

Singaporean artist WeiXin Chong is featured in Monocle's December 2015 Culture/Art video reportage on Singapore's thriving art scene as the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence. 

Chong is an artist-in-residency at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (located in Gillman Barracks). She is using her time there to explore notions of nature and technology at odds in her world. The artist is interviewed in situ with her latest works on view. 

Producer/reporter Gillian Dobias states: "Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene."

 

Video: Portrait of a Nation

 

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Chong graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a MA Fine Art, Printmaking. In 2015, Chong was an Artist-in-Residence at Laboratori Artistici Nicoli and Studio Fitz-Carrara in Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015 at Saatchi Gallery, London; The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2015.

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries led by Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer. The CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: Exhibitions, Residencies and Research & Education. CCA Founding Director, Professor Ute Meta Bauer states, “Unique to the CCA Residencies programme is an emphasis on research and knowledge production complementing contemporary artistic production. This underlines CCA’s position as a young research centre and new gateway for accessing practices and discourses within Southeast Asia. The CCA Residencies programme feeds into our holistic approach of intertwining three platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research.”

WeiXin Chong. Specimen 4 (Series: Exponential Taxonomies), 2014-15. Digital C-type on Chromica Metallica. 80cm × 58.2cm (Edition of 3). © WeiXin Chong, courtesy of A.I.

WeiXin Chong. Specimen 4 (Series: Exponential Taxonomies), 2014-15. Digital C-type on Chromica Metallica. 80cm × 58.2cm (Edition of 3). © WeiXin Chong, courtesy of A.I.

Sarah Choo Jing | Martell Augmented Reality Exhibition

Martell Stages First Ever Augmented Reality Exhibition in Singapore

The Martell AiR Gallery, Singapore’s first augmented reality exhibition of contemporary art made its debut over the weekend, presented against the city-state’s iconic skyline.

Created by cognac house Martell to celebrate its 300th anniversary in Singapore, as well as the city-state’s Golden Jubilee, the exhibition showcases 15 new works by 15 local artists, and is entitled “Zoe — The Art of the Alchemist.”

With the Martell AiR Gallery app downloaded onto their devices, members of the public can then access and view the artworks at their own time, exhibited against prominent landmarks in the Marina Bay area — such as the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park, and the waters of Marina Bay.

The gallery is curated by Singaporean designer Kelley Cheng, who was invited by Martell to Cognac and Versailles to experience the history and heritage of the esteemed ocognac house. One of the main thematic inspirations drawn from her trip was the affinity of the cognac-making process with the Chinese notion of the five elements (“wu xing”) — a concept that formed the basic structure of the exhibition.

The element of wood is used to symbolize the early, spirited growth of Singapore from the period 1965 to 1974, explored by artist Michael Lee, writer Amanda Lee Koe, and filmmaker Kirsten Tan. Artists Sarah Choo, Yeo Shih Yun, and Mindflyer turn their energies to tackle the “fire” phase of Singapore during one of its most vital periods from 1975 to 1984. These two phases are followed by periods of “earth” and “metal,” before the fifth and final phase of “water” — associated with the stillness and latency of winter — as depicted in works by Anngee Neo, Angie Seah, and Rowell Tan.

“Audiences can expect a variety of artworks ranging from still images to animated pieces that will be coded into the Augmented Reality platform. The Martell AiR Gallery will give a whole new perspective on viewing art, as they can walk around Marina Bay and be able to equally appreciate art that might be flashed onto the sky, on a building, or on the water’s surface,” says Cheng, curator and Martell ambassador in Singapore.

“This will be historic in Singapore as it will be the first ever augmented reality contemporary art exhibition, the first ever fully fledged show done using this technology. It is an appropriate gift from Martell to Singapore, being nothing short of exceptional.”

 

Sarah Choo Jing.  Incandesence,  2015 (video still projected against backdrop of Singapore Flyer)  Single Channel Video comprising of Augmented Reality Technology (3mins) Link here: https://vimeo.com/album/3620619 

Sarah Choo Jing. Incandesence, 2015 (video still projected against backdrop of Singapore Flyer)

Single Channel Video comprising of Augmented Reality Technology (3mins)
Link here: https://vimeo.com/album/3620619 

WeiXin Chong | NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

NTU-CCA RESIDENCIES: INSIGHTS – DICTATION WITH ARTIST WEIXIN CHONG, SINGAPORE. 21 OCT 2015 - 21 OCT 2015  (5.00 – 6.00PM)

During her residency, Singapore artist Weixin Chong is exploring perspectives and portrayals of tropicality in a Singaporean context, from projections of exoticism and escape to the post-colonial self-conscious gaze of the tropical being, to how the natural growth of wildlife represents ‘undevelopment’.

For her current project, Chong is calling for participants to take part in a performative dictation event within the Gillman Barracks "jungle". Chong will read aloud a text in which participants will be asked to transcribe from her dictation. These texts will be translated by the artist into an artwork. After the dictation, guests are invited to a read in the artist’s studio.

The artist will curate & produce a final exhibition installation piece titled 'Living Room in the Tropics' at the culmination of the residency period.

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Weixin Chong graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a MA Fine Art, Printmaking. In 2015, Chong was an Artist-in-Residence at Laboratori Artistici Nicoli and Studio Fitz-Carrara in Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015 at Saatchi Gallery, London; The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2015.

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries led by Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer. The CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: Exhibitions, Residencies and Research & Education. CCA Founding Director, Professor Ute Meta Bauer states, “Unique to the CCA Residencies programme is an emphasis on research and knowledge production complementing contemporary artistic production. This underlines CCA’s position as a young research centre and new gateway for accessing practices and discourses within Southeast Asia. The CCA Residencies programme feeds into our holistic approach of intertwining three platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research.”

WeiXin Chong.  Figures of Speech .  A set of prints on tissue paper embossed with writing and binary code, shown with a corresponding set of small printed texts pinned to the wall.

WeiXin Chong. Figures of Speech.

A set of prints on tissue paper embossed with writing and binary code, shown with a corresponding set of small printed texts pinned to the wall.