Singa-planet – Yamaguchi AkiraApril 4, 2011 at 12:51 am | Posted in itchy mouth | 4 Comments
Tags: Architecture, Arts, Culture, Design, Museum
Recently Itchyfingers visited the Japan Creative Centre (JCC) for the first time after Tisu Boy picked up an article on the chinese paper about a contemporary art exhibition by a Japanese artist, Yamaguchi Akira 山口晃. I only realised we have a Japan Creative Centre when I saw photos of a previous exhibition on a friend’s Facebook page last year and have wanted to pay it a visit since then.
Finally found the place at Nassim Road after mixing it up with Nassim Drive. But there is no parking lot for the public so we had to park somewhere nearby before walking back.
Look closer and you will find a lot of familiar architecture of Singapore!
This is one of the works entitled, “HDB”, where the artist cleverly juxtaposes
Sri-Mariamman temple, the Merlion, Chinatown and many other landmarks
of Singapore into one floating planet on water. The painting gave the exhibition
its title, Singa-planet
We were greeted by the friendly staff before proceeding to view the exhibition. The first thing visitors see is this tall wooden structure in the middle of the room.
These three triangular columns standing on the map of Singapore represent the
HDB flats we are living in. Visitors are welcome to interact with the piece by
placing the glass marbles on the horizontal bars and see how they move from
one level to the next. The marbles symbolise people living in the HDB.
Sometimes one marble may be stucked in one corner. But it will move on once
another new marble comes along. This is similar to life where one may be
faced with setbacks and needs help from others
For the exhibition, the artist visited Singapore some times ago to get inspiration to create work that is related to Singapore. The three artwork on the wall behind the installation are some examples of Singapore-themed creations, like a mobile Chicken Rice seller which looks very similar to that of a mobile ice-cream seller.
Photography is allowed but not for closeup pictures. If you think this is strange, that is because the artist’s work is best appreciated up close due to the many intricate details.
Interestingly, for many of the works the artist first painted them with watercolour and recoated some areas with oil.
“Department Store: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, 2004” shows all the activity
in this multi-level shopping haven. It reminded us of the bathhouse in
Hayao Miyazaki‘s Spirited Away, one of my favourite animations
The rendition of different scenes on a single artwork reminded us of the
清明上河图, a panoramic painting that captures the daily life of people
from the Song period at the capital, Bianjing. This is a reproduction
print of the artist’s famous work, “Department Store: New Nihonbashi
Singa-planet is showing at the Japan Creative Centre from now till 6 May 2011, 10 am to 6 pm. The centre is closed on Sunday and Monday, 22 April and 3 May. Admission is free. Besides the interesting work on show now, the building itself is also worth checking out! :p