Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Million – Andreas Gursky alluring work challenge

"A Million" • 3 metre wide
A challenge which I took up after reading and seeing the work by Andreas Gursk. It is heartening and inspiring, in that it encouraged me to attempt the same 3 metre piece with the limited equipment I have and representing a piece of Singapore history in an abstract and 'enlarged' form. Here, instead of a flattened orthogonal pictorial form, I prefer the creation of 3 dimensional depth, although it is easier to create a flattened and graphical form. In fact, it is a challenge to create 3 dimensionality with such a difficult subject matter. Beyond that I was also creating a painterly effect using the reflection of the water, continuing my investigation of painting with light and the camera. Water is the major concern of Singapore and it is a crucial element for a healthy and sustainable life. The water of MacRitchie Reservoir epitomized Singaporean's search for potable water and the genealogy of history link to the source and sourcing for potable water, with renew contract with Johor and Indonesia, and the recent development of renewable water and desalination technology. Water is constantly at the centre of the agenda in Singapore politics.  MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the oldest source of water catering to domestic use. It is the 'Genius Loci' of the water history of Singapore, the reservoir water holds great significance in the heart of Singaporean. The verticality of the weeds and the horizontal weeds strewn by the rain of previous night hold intricate interstices with the wavy reflection of the weeds, conjuring the delicateness of life when placed in the abundance and potency of nature.

Water is a symbol of life. And in many cultures and society it is also a symbol of prosperity. Water is the giver and sustenance of the myriad living things on earth.

Water is also a metaphor for a way of life. Bruce Lee, the inventor of Jeet Kune Do, put it philosophically, 
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” 
Formlessness epitomises that of the beyond. Be formless has always been my approach to art. Form is a state of cristallisation, frozen in a state of stasis. Art and artist must flow like water, the very essence of being alive.

A part of the enlarge view showing the painterly effect of using 'Painting with Light'.


  



Reference
http://www.habermonitor.com/en/haber/detay/39rhine-ii39-broke-records-by-selling-43-mill/72740/
http://gettingworst.com/2011/11/rhine-river-this-photo-is-worth-4-3-million/

Art Spectacles - Bill Boards, Poster and Flyer

This is the Billboard for the exhibition and I just love the saturated colors of the work. We printed a 1.2 width canvas and hang it outside Galeri Utama. I noticed many passer-by looking at the Billboards. The purpose is well served.

We printed hundreds of Flyer to distribute around the vicinity of Galeri Utama. It should help to inform the public about the exhibition.

10 poster was printed and perhaps we will print more once we finish distributing them.
You can download the poster and help spread word about the exhibition. THX!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Preview Night











The preview night was held on Friday, 16ht of March 2012. We had a humble reception and wine (sponsor by Chris Chang). The 3 metre piece was unveiled and the response was amazing. Perhaps the next time is to attempt a large painted piece. We had great music and friends' company.My work was featured by indesignlive.asia, check it here, http://www.indesignlive.asia/articles/in-review/The-Art-Spectacles.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #7

This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts, 
In darkness our imagination runs wild. Without the twinkling stars, nor north stars, we loose our orientation, without a companion, lost overwhelms us. We should light up within. Our lights, in us, would be brighter and brighter as we gain faith and strength. We persevere and we know tomorrow will be just as bright as another day, night is always spent when we rest, less we become the restless.

The title alludes to ‘Starry, Starry Night’, by Vincent where the stars illuminates in saturated fury. Don McLean aptly described the feeling in his song ‘Vincent’.
‘Starless Night’ is about our darkest moment and only we, with faith, could free ourselves. And lead us out of the darkness, let there be light within.

Kev Ryan has this to say,
 “The more and more I look at this image the more it connects with the words....more than the words.. but lwhat lays behind the words emotionally...those dark and difficult moments of which you speak...those personal, intimate challenges that take us to the edge of our being and become long mights of the soul....the deep blue and the shapes and inter-connectedness of the branches resonate for me at some level....as if I am re-member-ing a past experience and maybe where I looked to in order to resolve the conflicts within.”
Here is a link to the song ‘Vincent’ written by Don McLean .
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The reward: 




Monday, March 12, 2012

OLd Singapore - Fort canning and Clarke Quay

Finally got them pieced together. It took me some time to locate the different images and with a little time, I got them together. It is so fun browsing and studying them. The niffy software only runs from a PC and luckily I got a NetBook to run it. Although slow, it gets done. I am amazed at the joining. So well done. It had been some time and I am thinking when was this taken. I zoom in and noticed some construction work being done.




Old Singapore - Reconstructing

I was glad that when I started to take images from high-rise buildings, during those negative days, I actually took shots that can be joined. Now with the stitch program, it is so easy to automate the stitching. I am glad that I had scanned those old images. Here is one I had joined and will spend more time joining them.

Old Singapore – Clarke Quay and Fort Canning

It is interesting to look at the old photographs and start noticing changes being made to the landscape. It was investment well made when I got my negative scanned professionally and now I have the privilege to look at them and ponder, what are the changes in the photographs.
Join me in this fun game to explore Clarke Quay and also Fort Canning, some of the buildings that look old may be added later on, and we thought it was historical. Add your view to the Comment.






Converting PhotoCD

As I was preparing for my exhibition, "The Art Spectacles" I had a lot of problems trying to convert the PhotoCD images that I had spent a fortune, in the early 90's, to convert from negative, because Kodak promise something that was difficult to reject – "Kodak PhotoCD last a 100 years". Many photographers like me jumped on the opportunity to ensure that our photos could last that long. Little did we realized until now, that Kodak has change her motto, it was big in promise but when come to delivering it – it fell short. Kodak no long support the application such as ShoeBox, which I paid and painstakingly enter data for my images and cataloged them. Now ShoeBox is defunct, all those work went down the drain. Time wasted too. Now, Kodak don't event support the plugin for Photoshop. Gosh! What is wrong with Kodak? Utterly wrong. Kodak seems no different from any other newly sprung up tech firms, they promised but can't stay long to see it through. So much for "Memories that last a hundred years". Did John Scully headed Kodak after resigning from Apple? So who is heading Kodak now? I wonder. Perhaps Fuji has better staying power, with their Fuji X100. I had been very satisfied with the quality and footprint. It seems no one had a good solution for archiving images, perhaps Steve Jobs' next big thing if he had been around. God is really in the details. Waiting patiently for the next big thing on images and videos.

The web is truly a solution knowledge base system. I found the way to install plugin to Photoshop CS3. The pulgin comes with the Goodies CD that comes with Photoshops. I copied the folder Kodak PhotoCD with the Plugin into: Application/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Plug-ins/. Next which took me a lot of time to find out is to copy the color profiles in the folder PhotoCD Color Profiles into: systemhardisk/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/. Next when runningPhotoshop, it had to be set to Rosetta. First locate the application in the Application folder, locate the applications and do a "command I", a dialog box opened and then checked "Open Using Rosetta". Once done now you can open Photoshop and start opening PhotoCD files. Well, only problems the action and droplets don't function very well. So some manual work is required. But what the hack at least now I can open my files. Spent a whole days and only open less than 10 CDs. Time consuming.

Here are some of my old photos, which will be showcasing at "The Art Spectacles".










Sunday, March 11, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #6


This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts, 
It gives me a calming effect and persuade me to sway with life rather than struggle against it. Often life has been described as a form of struggle. The Chinese idiom described life as liken to a boat paddling against the current, it either moves forward or gets carried away by the current. Perhaps, being with the flow of things could be a good thing. Who knows?

Being constrain by a certain urban myth, at times, can be limiting. Perhaps, drift with nature, be adventurous, and receive nature’s grace.

Flow. And be at Peace.

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Win an Art iphone case #5




This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts, 
The intense whiteness contrasting with frenzied dark strokes, of tree branches, delight and bath us with their starkness and complexity. One see nakedness. Without the leaves, one can trace their journey towards the sky reaching for more sunlight. Searching. Don’t we all search too. We never cease to search. The search itself is our destiny. Remove all the disguises and we see what matters most in our lives. To be true to ourselves, is not easy.

Bruce Lee said it well, “ ... but to express oneself honestly not lying to myself, ... that my friend is very hard to do.”

When we are true to ourselves we will be fulfilled.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #4



This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts,
When lives get complex and hectic, we feel the dynamism and the energy needed to cope with its demand. We are dazzled. At times confused and in such disorientation we should practise self abstinence.
Create space and time so that in stillness we see the frenzy clearly and decide our paths. Which path?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost (1874–1963).  
Mountain Interval.  1920.

Perhaps the road that is less travelled
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The reward: Dreamy Red


Friday, March 9, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #3

This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts,
When light dazzles us. We are blinded. And yet in that blindness, we see clearly the shadow. They become visible. We clarify in darkness. Didn’t we in our darkest moment, realized, received enlightenment, came to terms, and knew our priorities. We smile at our own stupidity and naiveness, which had been frustrating, but now they all seem that meaningless and trivial.

We laugh in the blinding light and yield from darkness. We declare, darkness is great, as we had seen beyond the dazzling light, piercing into the shadow, and distill the virtues from adversities. Blinding pain heightens our lives. It completes us.

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The reward: Dreamy Red

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #2

Painting with light

This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts,
It is very up lifting looking at the Bodhi tree with the sunlight penetrating from behind its leaves. The luminosity and the swaying of the leaves captivates one’s attention. Perhaps it was with the same reason that  Siddhartha Gautama sat beneath it and achieved enlightenment.

In Sanskrit, Bodhi means “to awake, become aware, notice, know or understand”, commonly translated as “enlightenment”. In Greek it means “Nous”, a faculty of the mind which helps to understand the world.

Perhaps, the intuitive awareness of things around us is as important as our understanding of the world through rationalization. Observation is an immediacy between us and nature. Be mindful.
 

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The reward: Dreamy Red





Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Win an Art iphone case #1

This is a contest run together with Silver Lining. The idea is to understand my own work through the viewers' eyes and minds. Your comments are the next layer of reading of the photographs. Here is the images for all viewers to made comments and from their comments we will pick the winner. Please enter your comment below.
Below are my thoughts,
Captured in Fort Canning one early morning. The twisting of the branches and the layering of the leaves, at a certain height, leaves of various forms and sizes, produce this magnificent sight. Looking up, I felt the grandeur of nature, mesmerized, absorbed and danced to its sway. A great day lies ahead.

We are always humbled and awed at the magnificent beauty of nature.  Watching nature is a meditative process. We derive peace and a sense of oneness with the mysterious Cosmo. Through it we see our desire and learn to loose them. Through it we cleanse ourselves of our cluttered thoughts and worries; we become crystal clear.

As we lookup, we see clearly the escalation and layering. And, eventually, we find peace.
Let's hear what you have to say.


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The reward: Dreamy Red







Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Poster for - The Art Spectacles

Just completed the poster – 3 visual artists and an audio artist. All so disparate in their area, expression and use of medium. Well, I chose to illustrate their work in thin strip and a skip in the last strip when Jason is shown jumping with his musical equipment. He seems to be feature prominently, well, the question is how else can you show an audio artist work on visual. I presume nothing beats the musician in action. In painting, the works tells about the artists. So, thin strip, strips their context, color grouping becomes important. Hence a gradation of light to dark, fullest of cyan, magenta and some black.

Use your iphone or smart phone to zap this QRcode above and you got all the necessary information about the exhibition. There is a number to call too if you want more information. 
Here is the poster, to the left (sometimes on different browser its position runs), feel free to download, print, hang up, and disseminate them. We will be grateful for anyone doing that.

Well, it is so interesting to visualize how the exhibition comes together visually.


The Art Spectacles

This is my second exhibition in this year. This year had been really exciting as I had been looking for places to hold exhibition for my work. I did a solo last month, launch a collector's book with Fotohub and now my second show (together with another 3 artists, Keng Hee, Meng Yong and Jason Ang) on my acrylic painting and documentary photographic work on Singapore. Yes, I have to put in lot of time and hard work, which goes without saying. Financial drain too, as I have 2 children to support. Of course, I get their support too when I needed. They are my helping hands. In this exhibition, you will see my acrylic work: Project 49. Everyday, I painted the Marina Bay Sands, pondered about the significant of it all for 49 days. It was a form of meditation. 49 days has a great significant in Chinese numerology, pugilistic master goes into a sealed cave or room to meditate for 7x7 days and supposedly emerge with greater wisdom. '49 days' is a form of therapy of the mind. The process was really enriching as I had to juggle with work, traveling and the growing size of the canvas I had painted.
I started on the premise to challenge myself to create very different ways of painting Sands. I did and created the simplest form of a single line to complex work that took me five hours to complete. Here you can download the Press release.
This is the most complex piece needing most time to complete.
You could add me in the facebook and check out more works listed there.  

For more information on the exhibition, check the exhibition site, http://art.dimagehunter.com/.