Friday, January 16, 2015

Still moving: A Triple Bill On The Image

We visited the SAM at 8Q for their recent exhibition, Still Moving: A Triple Bill On The Image.

While getting there, we passed by some art displays along the way.

Reached the starting point of the exhibition, we were greeted by a friendly staff! I love people like her, even for a brief moment, she made a good impression in my mind!

"A starting point, no matter how trivial, is necessary for a series of actions to have begun. In this instance, it could've happened while working on another project, while browsing through old art books collecting information about mediums and processes that were once used extensively by artists like Perspex, Masonite, Photostat, and the like..."

"In Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, artists use non-traditional photographic techniques to articulate concerns about the cultural, political and social landscapes of the region..."

A sweet staircase led us to more exhibitions.

I was especially interested in the scroll series by Dinh Q.Le. "...appropriates iconic images of the Vietnam War as the titles reveal: Thich Quang Duc, the buring monk, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the napalm girl and the victims of the killings at Mai Lai. Using digital photographic editing technologies, Le stretched the three images and printed them onto 50-metre long scrolls of photographic paper..."

"Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto uses the term 'Time Exposed' to address photography's ability to reveal what is intangible to the eye. The works in this section are investigations into photography as a time-based medium, and they explore the boundaries between objective and subjective perceptions of time..."

"My Grandmothers is a well-known series of photographs by Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi. It presents the imagined future selves of several young Japanese women of ages 14-20. Yanagi interviewed these women on their aspirations and desires and then planned each of their photographs based on the individual interview responses she gathered..."

I was so intrigued and mesmerized by the Wall of Sea, a 3-channel video by Takashi Ishida! Ideas and inspirations kept flowing into my mind as I sat there and watched the video repeatedly.

"The works of Takashi Ishida bring together the worlds of animation, painting and film-making, illuminating both the simplicity and the complexity of images in the context of filmic time and space...Like a film within a film, Ishida draws upon the duality of images when seen through its negative and positive spaces, with intercutting perspectives of the projected film and the space in which the film is projected."

We had a great time at SAM at 8Q before continuing on to the Singapore Art Museum for another exhibition.

To be continued...

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