Tatinis Art Show 2018 – A Love Affair with Art (1-3 June 018)

Early this June, I was privileged to have attended a media preview of Tatinis Art Show – A Love Affair with Art. The art exhibit was held at the F1 Pit Building, quite a walking distance away from the nearest MRT station which as Promenade.

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Sentosa Sandsation 2017 Exhibit (1 – 17 Sept 2017)

The beach, sand and scotching hot sun were never friends of mine but for the sake of capturing artistically crafted sand sculptures, I tagged along with my friend to Sentosa. I brought my whines along as we made our way to the tentages specially set up to house 2,400 square metres of exhibition space on Siloso Beach.    
Not much of a traffic issue despite being a Saturday, probably thanks to the heat and sun as we walked through the firmly erected sand structures admiring and capturing photos of our favourites. These sands sculptures definitely reminded me of my trip to Huabin in China, popular for their ice/snow sculptures that reached storeys tall. The only difference was the temperature and I did not miss the -30 degrees celsius and wearing multiple layers of clothes.
There were many ushers stationed around and the exhibition was divided into 3 different zones.
Zone 1 – Our Sandsational Singapore (Singapore, Ho Say!) 

This zone features 15 sand sculptures inspired by the local culture, quirks and colloquial slangs. Examples would be “Blur like Sotong, Gabra like Zebra”, “Jiak Zua” (To eat Snake) and “Kan Cheong Spider”. Their images attached below.
Zone 2 – Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Championship

The 14 international sand master’s masterpieces demonstrate their creative expressions of ‘Imagination’ through sand work. Examples would be “Tropical Splendor” and “Broken Heart”.

Zone 3 – Shifting Sand 2

A showcase of interactive sand art pieces by JOOheng, which pays homage to his exhibition held at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach in 2010, when he became the first sand sculptor in Singapore to hold his own sand sculpture exhibition.  
Note that I only select and feature personal favourites to post below. Also do check out the fine detailings of some of these sand art that kept me staring for quite some time.  
Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
So Jialat!

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Blur like Sotong, Gabra like Zebra

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Jiak Zua (To eat snake)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Kan Cheong Spider

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Tropical Splendor

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)

Sentosa Sandsation 2017 (1 - 17 Sept 2017)
Broken Heart

"The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" Exhibition (1 – 25 Oct 2017)

The Lotus Sutra
While most people would rather spend their public holiday (Diwali) indulging in fun and entertainment, I spend probably about 2 hours touring Lotus Sutra Exhibition that was held at The Arts House from 1 to 25 Oct 2017.
“The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” Exhibition is jointly organised by The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (Japan), Dunhuang Academy (China) and Singapore Soka Association, with Singapore being 16th country to host this international exhibition.
Despite the fact that I am not a Buddhist nor a free-thinker, I felt that it was alright to explore and understand more about other religion. That would explain why I have decided to tag along with my friend whom was from the Singapore Soka Association for a short visit. Probably most of the Singapore Soka Association members would have made a trip down for a tour around before it ends.

Volunteers in vibrant purple polo T-shirts were dispatched along the streets, directing and greeting visitors with a smile despite standing under the scotching sun. Upon entering, the place was already crowded with families and people of the older generation. Even the screening time slots for both “The Treasures of the Desert” and “Parable of the Jewel in the Robe” videos were overwhelming. 
The entire exhibition has been divided into 5 categories respectively:
1) History of the Transmission of the Lotus Sutra
2) Buddhist Text in Many Languages
3) Academic Exchanges on the Lotus Sutra
4) Resplendence of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves
5) Parables and the Message of the Lotus Sutra
There were many interesting manuscripts, artifacts and religious paintings that captivated my attention but sadly photography was not allowed and I definitely have to respect that since it was a religious related exhibition after all.
In short, the Lotus Sutra, as a representation of the embodiment of the Law of Life that Shakyamuni was enlightened to. You would probably want to refer to their webpage here since I am a sucker for religious teachings.
The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra
Volunteers teaching origami of lotus
The Lotus Sutra
Hand-made lotus art by volunteers
The Lotus Sutra
Entrance to Dunhuang Mogao Caves

The Lotus Sutra
Brochure and ticket of Lotus Sutra Exhibition

On Sharks and Humanity Exhibition (9 Mar 2016 – 26 Jun 2017)

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Probably no one would have thought that a private museum – The Parkview Museum would be residing in a hotel-like building of Parkview Square. Imagine the thrill of exploring a place not quite known to the public.
With the 4th exhibition stop in Singapore from 9 Mar 2016 to 26 Jun 2017 (currently in Hong Kong), 3 Singaporean artists were invited to take part in the exhibition that received positive response.
As the title of the exhibition had suggested, the contemporary art pieces ranges from paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and more that revolved around the importance of shark protection and “Say No to Shark Fin” campaign.
A path of sharks on the floor led the way into the entire gallery, which was in bluish hue from the lighting representing the sea. The concept seems pretty simple and straightforward yet these artists could showcase and project their creations through easily relatable artworks. Sharks were the subject while they being in distress and dominated by us humans were the essence.
Probably many have read about the debate regarding sharks fin soup should be taken off from Chinese wedding menus some time back. Many argued that sharks fin soup is compulsory as it has always been part of Chinese tradition while others supports the importance of maintaining the ecological balance of marine life.
Would you still like a bowl of sharks fin soup?    
The Parkview Museum Singapore will be open to public free of charge to encourage the integration and appreciation of art in everyday life. As this exhibition “On Sharks and Humanity” is dated back, there would always be other exhibitions showcased as well.  

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Us
300 x 200 cm
Oil on canvas and propylene

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects
910 x 300 x 370 cm
Lacquer Paint, Stainless Steel, Plastic, Regular Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Swimming
366 x 162 x 254 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Little Boy
513.8 x 163.8 x 60 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Evolution
328 x 183 x 179 cm
Stainless Steel
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Degree of Killing
200 x 260 cm
Oil on Canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Shark Shark
300 x 180 cm
Mineral oil colour painting on canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Tsunami
180 x 140 x 16 cm
Mirror finishes stainless steel, Aluminium
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Definitely my bad for delaying this post for way too long that I almost did not notice its existence in my drafts column. I probably would spare a little time posting some of the lovely images that I took during my visit to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館) from my Kaoh Siung 高雄 trip way way back.
Serious throwback issues here!
Do check out the other 2 posts which I had posted previously on the link here (Fennel Hot Spring Resort 茴香戀戀溫泉會館) and here (Pier-2 Art Center). 
Anyway, what I would like to share and highlight isn’t about the delay of my post but about the museum. Prior to entering Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, I walked and explored the park that surrounded the museum. Many grassy hills and slopes perfect for a picnic or a ootd photo shoot.
Just take a peek at the beautiful architecture such as the high tilted ceilings, a couple of different galleries from each level while appreciating the curations. Just like any other galleries, the artworks were already refreshed, meaning that those from my pictures were long taken down and freshly curated ones were already hanging for public appreciation.
Galleries when I was there: Wan-Li’s Era of Talent and Elegance, Snap Taking and Slow Taking: Social Spectrum in the Age of Staged Photography and others which I regret to record.

Do check out these quotes which I have recorded from the walls of one of the galleries.

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Tradition is the foundation and platform for modernity, and is a very important means of visual creativity that lends art greater sustenance
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Bird and flower paintings are all meant for expressing feelings through images; they must contain the artist’s sentiments and personality within the scene, and must convey the artist’s unique style
– Huang Kuang-nan 

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
When it comes to conveying concepts through pictures, I firmly believe the essence of painting lies in the synthesis of form and meaning.
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Through self-observation, the artist gives a direct response the changes that has swept people’s social environment. This in turn gives his painting their frameworks, their colours and their charm of ink
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)