The Nite is Still Young

August 25, 2012 at 10:23 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Last night, Itchyfingers went to the annual Night Festival in the heart of the Bras Basah arts and heritage precinct. We visited the National Museum first to see the light installation. But gotta say we were quite unimpressed cos it seemed like the building facade was merely used as a huge canvas for the projection of mainly local images. The images seemed to have nothing to do with the design of the building unlike the one at the Art Museum titled, Lyrical Perspective at last year’s Night Festival, with powerful music and strong graphics that complemented the building facade very successfully. So we din take any photos of it.

We didn’t spend that much time at the National Museum – I think the ongoing special exhibitions still requires admission fee…not too sure about it, may go back again to check it out. Instead, we went over to the Singapore Art Museum to look at the other light installation on the facade. This one titled Mimoïd, looked better and more interesting, but still, in our humble opinion, couldn’t beat last year’s Lyrical Perspective. Maybe the idea of image projection on facade is not new now and with the bar being raised too high last year, we were expecting something more…


Colourful images that looked like forest….

We decided to head over to the 8Q Museum as it was a long time since we last visited it…and we were glad we did!


8Q being guarded by watchful eyes! So eye-popping! Hahaha…What’s
that blue thing on the ground floor?


The glass window has been transformed into a virtual fish tank with gigantic
goldfish! It attracted so many curious and fascinated visitors that it was
tough to get a better angle…hahah…Maybe they can try to use marine fish
that are larger in size so it looked even more like an underwater world?


But whatever it is, visitors young and old sure love it!


I also like these eyeballs…hahah….30 pairs of them!

8Q is a museum that showcases contemporary and experimental art form, but sometimes, they can be quite abstract that visitors were left to wonder what the h*ll the artists were trying to express. But this time, Itchyfingers really enjoyed the visit, cos a couple of works were quite innovative!


Eye-catching bold graphics on the walls of the staircase…


So funny to have the private area drawn at that part of the staircase railing…
ouch! hahah…

There were some repeat exhibits including the Reactive Wall, where you activate the animation through sound made via the loudspeaker.


Remember this squid? It was at last year’s iLight

There was a room full of tiles…


Clay with textures created by the imprints of ordinary objects….There were
a whole range of these…Vistiors can also make their own at the gallery


Walls were adorned with these little clay tiles…These reminded me of my
foundation classes in art school experimenting with different materials…
Fun days!


These butterflies reminded me of those animal-shaped biscuits!

There was a room full of corrugated boxes…


I am just a box…


Inspirational lines and interesting graphics were stamped on the boxes…


You are welcomed to make your own boxes too….

There was a room full of children’s drawing…


An activity room where kids and kids-at-heart can do some colouring…

There was a room full of flowers…


Wow! Grow a garden in the dark!


These are actually flowers and leaves made from folding coloured papers 
and illuminated by ultra-violet lights

All these exhibits made use of simple things from daily life to create something interesting!

Then there was this room that was Itchyfingers‘ favourite! Raise your hand if you have not played this paper game as a kid!


A dressing room!!!! Huge and colourful clothing were available for you to
mix and match on the models! Even the faces were interchangeable!

But itchyfingers decided to be the models ourselves!


Tisu Boy with a girl’s face!


Tisu Girl tried on different faces but this suited her best! Love this outfit too!


It had cute animal prints…Turtle!

When we just entered the room, we started our crazy act of putting on different faces to take pictures. Not sure if others copied us or they also had the same idea, cos soon we realised everyone was doing the same thing! So funny!


This was fun!

Itchyfingers have not visited all the performances at the Night Festival even though the night was still young. But it was a humid night especially with working clothes on. Will find time to visit them tonight or the following week. The Night Festival is ongoing tonight 25 August, and next week 31 August and 1 September from 7 pm to 2am. Don’t miss it and visit the museums if you have not done so for a while too! 😀

Also see related posts:
> iLike. iLight
> Voyage Night Festival and Night Lights 2011
> The World’s Slowest SMS vs Broken Satellites – Night Festival 2010
> Night at the Museum – Night Festival 2009

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My Heart Will Go On – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #11

August 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers continued our surrealistic voyage into the world of Salvador Dali’s creative mind. We exited the Dali Theatre and Museum and walked to the other red building annexed to the museum, which we had initially thought to be another museum. This is the Dali-Joies – a permanent exhibition of Dali’s jewellery collection.


This was what I saw on guidebooks, so initially we thought this should be
the museum to look for…It’s actually quite an interesting building, with
gigantic eggs and golden mannequins adorning the roof….Couldn’t find
the rationale online behind these


These are actually “golden bread loaves” that stud the outside walls…Er,
but, dun you think they look more like sh*t? Wahahahah…. 😀


The entrance at the other side. This exhibition is independent from that of
the museum, and hence can be visited separately. But itchyfingers strongly
recommend visiting both! 

Once we entered via the turnstile, our world turned into pitch darkness! It was so dimly lit that we needed some time for our eyes to adjust to the low light….


Wow! So dark inside! Now, even itchyfingers may have difficulties taking
decent pictures….

We soon realised that it was not so much of the low night which posed a problem for photography, but rather the reflection from the glass display windows…


A jewelled cross…


There were a couple of these crosses by Dali

It was nice to see most of the creations being accompanied by their respective drawings…


The melting clock!


The melting clock! Looked exactly like the drawing!


More drawings…Dun think we saw the lobster and unicorn ones….


The finished hand that looked like a leaf…Many of these jewelled pieces
were not wearable but rather for display….


Another one….Green fingers? 😀


A flower with hands as petals…


The conceptual sketch


A maize…


I’m amazed at how closely they had followed the sketch to create the 
finished piece!


A pretty piece with butterflies among the foliage…

There was a second storey in the museum. I dunu whose idea was this…but it does look a bit creepy…


With Dali staring at you from the top of the staircase! Actually only half of
Dali’s face was printed on the wall. The other half was the reflection from the 
mirror. But imagine being stared by a wide-eyed, symmetrical face while you walked
up the darkly lit stairs! This is what I called “starecase”!!!! Hahaha…


We din see the lobster but we saw this mermaid pendant…


Nice…


Wow, this reminded me of the sirens in Ice Age 4…hahah…


This is so interesting….Can you see the face at the bottom? The leaves
formed into the hair too! So eye-catching! Haha…


Another avant-garde piece…I think this should be the back of Gala’s head…


Another pendant. So loud…!


Even the drawing were so bold with thick black outlines…


Another recognisable icon in Dali’s work – the elephant…

Most of the jewelry collection, though luxurious with exquisite workmanship, were either not wearable or too elaborate or too bizarre…hahah. Itchyfingers found this piece particularly cute and one of the most wearable of all…


A gold corset ring with small pearls…So cute! I think this will look good
as a statement ring even today!


The finished piece looked cuter than the sketch…didn’t see this neck-tie
ring also…All these designs were so classic!


This is also cute. Din see the actual thing also…


Remember Itchyfingers mentioned about the eyes on a peacock drawing 
on the previous post? The eye pattern looked like this eye jewellery
on top here. Our photo of the actual piece didn’t turn up. 😦 The bottom
sketch showed the necklace with face. Besides crosses and hands, Dali also
did a couple of heart-shaped
 jewels which were all so gorgeous….yet…creepy
at the same time…!


This heart looked like it was bleeding blood!


This one looked pretty but it also looked like a broken heart…

But none of these could beat this one…in terms of shock factor….


This is called the Royal Heart. From the sketch, it looked like a strawberry 
encased within a gold heart….what’s that heart-shaped casing thingy?


The actual piece. Wanna be the centre of attention at a ball? Wear this and
you would definitely be the talk of the town! Just dun wear it during the Ghost
Month or Halloween! Hahha…
When looked from far, this really looked intricate 

and gorgeous. The ‘strawberry’ now looked more like an actual heart here…
But when you looked up close, oh my goodness….!!!!!! 

Just look at the videos…. :O

 

The red jewelled heart actually pumped like a real human heart!!!! My goodness!!! How ingenious! I think only an imaginative and eccentric genius like Dali could have thought of such a crazy idea! And this was 1953!!! The Royal Heart is made of gold and encrusted with 46 rubies, 42 diamonds and four emeralds. Within the heart actually lied a motorised mechanism (the casing on the sketch) that allowed the heart to pump non-stop. Itchyfingers were so intrigued that we found ourselves glued in front of the glass display, totally mesmerised…Time seemed to have stopped, but the heart will certainly go on….

Also see related posts:
A Peek into the Surrealistic World of Dali – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #10
Chasing Art – Spain, Trip #9
Old City of Steel – Toledo, Madrid, Spain Trip #8
Aeroplane Building – Bilbao, Spain Trip #7
House of Bones – Barcelona, Spain Trip #6
The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5
A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3 
Inside the Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #2 
The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1 

A Peek into the Surrealistic World of Dali – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #10

August 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Sometimes, I wished my one year (or was it just half a year?) art history class in school had been more inclusive and covered more topics, rather than just concentrated on one, which was on South East Asian art. Frankly speaking I could recollect nothing more than just the stupas and the buddhas in Bodobudor that the ang mo lecturer kept repeating…hahah…

Well, we did touch briefly and very generally on the different art movement during other practical lessons, and of course you can always choose to read them up for your own interest. So, itchyfingers has only very limited and general knowledge. This trip to Spain certainly widened my scope in terms of arts and architecture, especially after seeing marvellous work from masters like Gaudi, Piccasso and many others…not forgetting, Salvador Dali.

A two-hour train from Barcelona brought us to Figueres, Dali’s birth place. There were signage around to guide you to the various attractions in the town. As we were walking, something caught my eyes…I swear I had never seen it before on books but immediately I recognised it…


This was not any graffiti or vandalism on the ground, nor was that an
ordinary metal pillar sticking out in the middle of the walkway…Look
again…


The distorted image on the ground was cleverly reflected onto the cylindrical
pillar to form the caricature image of the artist with his signature moustache!

We were sure we were in the right direction to the Dali Theatre-Museum 😀


Once you climbed up this flight of steps and see this, you know you’ve found
the place. Does this look familiar? There is another one at UOB Plaza, Raffles
Place, in Singapore


We were quite sure that this was the Dali Museum judging from the 
numerous surrealistic sculptures on the facade, but this was not the same
from the photo of our guide-book…


And at the side was this window blind with Dali’s face on it, so this must
be the correct place….Er, actually Dali was really very handsome when he
was young, dunu why he decided to grow and fashion his moustache this way
and, what’s with the wide-eye staring? Maybe it helped to portray his quirky
character….haha


I like his signature! This was on the other window….

So we walked around in search of that second museum that is red in colour and has many gigantic eggs lining around the roof…We managed to find it just beside this white building, but we needed to head back to the first building to get admission tickets. We paid 12 € for both museums. (I found out later that our so-called ‘second’ museum is actually another wing of this main building, which we will write about in the next post.)

We were surprised and delighted that for such a famous artist’s museum, photography without flash is allowed! Totally different from the Picasso Museum where even photographing the building facade is strictly prohibited.

Once inside, we were faced with the option of walking through a huge courtyard filled with bizarre sculptures or turning right into a corridor hung with glass-framed ink illustration. Well, maybe that’s why they don’t mind people taking photos, cos most of the time you will get reflections…But we ain’t ordinary itchyfingers! Managed to get around with the problem for most of them…hahaha….


Court with a fat lady standing on a car surrounded by walls with golden
mannequins standing on the windows…Don’t really understand this…
I read later that this is titled, The Car-naval (1978), an “installation
with a Cadillac, tire column, reproduction of the slave by Michelangelo,
and Gala’s boat, together with the Esther Queen by Ernst Fuchs and a
reproduction of a marble bust by François Girardon.” Boat? Where was
the boat? 
Still dun understand…wahahah

So we left shortly to walk through the corridor…and what wonderful surprises!


I have never seen ink illustrations from Dali…These were so amazingly
imaginative! This one looks like a cockroach…hahah…


Somehow what came to my mind was that these looked like old school 
illustrations from a pack of poker cards…hahah…


And they also looked so “Alice-in-Wonderlandish”….hahah


“Birdman”…hahah. Look at those sacking breasts…hahah…


Look at the different sign-off on his work…


Pipe Piper? 😀


The tongue that looked like a spoon…hahha


This one looks hilarious…


Central patio with Dali’s work on the walls…Notice that huge portrait?


When looked up close, you see a nude woman’s back. But viewed from far 
or with either the eyes squinted or glasses removed, you would see a pixellated 
Abraham Lincoln! The full title of this work is: Lincoln in DaliVision
“Gala looking at the Mediterranean Sea which at a distance of
20 meters is transformed into the portrait of Abraham Lincoln”
Gala was the wife of Dali


Huge surrealistic painting


Pencil sketch of Gala


The same pose in oil…


Gala again. She appeared in a lot of Dali’s work

Sometimes, we have the misconception that artists who are known for a certain more contemporary or radical styles rather than the traditional ones must have done so cos they cannot paint well, thus they had to resort to taking short cuts to be different. But, after seeing earlier works of Picasso and Dali, I must admit that they can certainly paint very well! They must have started, learnt and mastered the traditional way before they could break the rules and created their own unique styles! Definitely no short cuts to that!


Gala reduced to blobs and particles in “Galatea of the Spheres.” (1952)


Blobs of lives….?


When we entered this room, I was wondering why was there a fireplace in 
the shape of a nose…Funny to have golden stuff inside…I think it was 
meant to look like burning firewood but somehow it looked more like 黄金
in the nose…hahah. I like the lips sofa though…


The opposite side had this staircase leading to a camel….curious I went up
to check it out…


There was this big lens under the camel’s belly….and when you looked
into it….wow!


The nose ‘fireplace’ formed part of a woman’s face!


The installation is actually an interpretation of this painting by Dali,
titled, “Portrait
 of Mae West cum apartment” (1934-35)


The lips-shaped couch…So sexy! Hahah…Should have gotten a mini lips-
shaped couch as souvenir…


A portrait of Dali in the Mae West Room


A “soft self-portrait with grilled bacon“. I like his self-portrait as
Mona Lisa…hahah


My goodness…this is a portrait of Picasso...


Growing an ear on your nose…


This is the Palace of the Wind room. There was this huge painting on
the ceiling…


The figure on the right has Dali’s signature moustache….


Unfortunately, one of the most well-known subjects in Dali’s work, the 
melting clock, was nowhere to be seen except in the Palace of the Wind room
where it appeared on a hanging rug…This is one of Dali’s most recognisable
work – The Persistence of Memory


Transformation…?


Another same sculpture here – Homage to Newton. The open voids in the 
head and chest symbolised “open-mind” and “open-heartedness”


More black-and-white works…The eye patterns on the peacock tail feathers
were really turned into “eyes”. These eyes drawing seemed to have been
applied onto another form of art by Dali using a totally different medium
which we will write about in the next post… 🙂


Wow…the texture on the body looked like those on the real rhino…hahah


Different squirrel postures…


The glass panel in front of this work was full of oily nose marks cos to view
this stereoscopic work, you must “look at it with both eyes and put your nose
close to the glass in the mirror edge”. The painting on both sides were
reflected onto two mirrors in the middle that were converged at an angle


Now I know where did the idea of making the distorted caricature of Dali 
onto a reflection on metal came about! From the master himself! Dali did a
series of paintings that could only take shape when seen around a
reflective bottle! This looked like a woman with her bare breasts…


This looked like a fly and an angry human face depending on your viewing
direction…hahha


This was even more brilliant! A perfect skull shape reflected on the bottle


A study for “Fifty abstract paintings which seen from two metres change
into three Lenins disguised as Chinese and seen from six metres appear as
the head of a royal tiger”. Er, actually no need to count any metres, I could see
both man and tiger at the same time…hahaah

Did you know that Dali and Walt Disney had a collaboration in the late 1940s to produce an animated film with many of Dali’s painting as background? It was only after 56 years later that the project was resurrected in 2003! Why didn’t I know about that?


One of the original sketches on exhibit….


Destino – the title of the short film. It’s such a beautiful piece of work…

Watch Destino here

Prior to the visit, I only know Dali as a surrealistic artist, painter and sculptor. What I didn’t know was, apart from the animated short, his jewellery design….There was a small gallery on his creation, and boy, they were gorgeous too….


Gala’s picture framed here


A pendant. Can you see Dali’s name here?


I dunu what were these coins about but who cares? I love it cos it has a 
tortoise! 😀


Dali’s buried in a crypt at the museum’s basement

Itchyfingers will continue on more of Dali’s fabulous jewellery work in our next post! Do stay tuned! 😀

Also see related posts:
> Chasing Art – Spain, Trip #9
Old City of Steel – Toledo, Madrid, Spain Trip #8
Aeroplane Building – Bilbao, Spain Trip #7
House of Bones – Barcelona, Spain Trip #6
The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5
A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3 
Inside the Construction Site- Barcelona, Spain Trip #2 
The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1 

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