Singapore's 1st Art Exhibition in A Department Store: Four Letter Work by I Am Not David Lee, An Anonymous Artist
I visited an interesting art exhibition recently. It's Singapore's first art exhibition that is held in a department store, ie, Takashimaya Department Store in Orchard Road. The art exhibition is titled "Four Letter Work" by a local artist, I Am Not David Lee. The "Four Letter Work" exhibition was launched on 13th November 2020 with almost no information. There isn't much social media presence about this artist. Apart from the fact that this artist is from Singapore, and that this is his first solo exhibition, I know next to nothing about this artist. He is obviously not David Lee, the retired footballer.
So who is this anonymous artist?
With the Internet and social media serving as a vital aspect of our day-to-day lives, we have become accustomed to finding out everything about anyone or anything with just a few clicks of a button. The amount of information available to us is astonishingly overwhelming, and so, keeping your identity private is no easy feat. As a result, more and more artists are releasing their art or music while maintaining an anonymous profile. By withholding their true identity, these acts may able to create an element of mystery and anticipation, which often proves to be incredibly effective in capturing the public's attention.
One of the artists that I think can be most associated with this idea of anonymity is Banksy. The idiosyncratic and brilliant street artist, who remains to this day anonymous, has captured the attention and the hearts of millions of people worldwide. While to this day the person known as anonymous artist Banksy has yet to be identified, we can still understand and chart much of the person’s history and repertoire.
Lets now take a look at this "Four Letter Work" exhibition by I am Not David Lee.
在新家坡这么高度商业化的城市，每个人的脚步都匆匆忙忙，倘若你停下来，或许能看到不一样的风景。这个春雨迷蒙的季节，我们倒不如找一家宁静的咖啡馆，小资地发个呆，享受营营役役的人们没有的品质生活。不管是喜欢咖啡馆还是喜欢咖啡的人，多数含蓄、内敛、收放自如，懂得释放工作的压力、懂得享受生活的美妙, 一如给人无限回味的咖啡，香醇、柔滑、优雅、深沉。找一个阳光灿烂的下午或者是大雨过后的清新早晨，推门而进，在 cafe 里面专心致志地发呆，大概也是人生最重要的乐趣之一了。
慈济基金会新加坡 (Tzu Chi Foundation) 旗下有4间分店静思书轩。我光顾了其中2间：第一间坐落在沈氏道，而另外是位于义顺的慈济人文青年中心。我踏入两间书轩时候，就好像从一个喧闹的世界，转换到另一个平静的世界。静思书轩以禅的概念来做室内设计，给人一种平静祥和的感觉。静思书轩以竹装饰室内的墙壁，带出东方的气息与禅意。禅式设计真让人平和幽静的书轩让我的内心也随之安定。内播放着古典钢琴配乐，让人在舒适的环境里整理思绪。
以下是静思书轩分店位于沈氏道 along Sims Avenue。
My Hong Kong Photo Series《减速香港》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 光影之“世界未戴上口罩时”版 Newspapers on 15 November 2020
My long awaited Hong Kong photo series titled《减速香港》 taken using slow shutter speed and under my pen name 蓝天游 is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报光影之“世界未戴上口罩时”版 full coverage dated 15 November 2020 ! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you made my day! :)
Interactive Wallpainting in Singapore With Augmented Reality Story Inside: "The Great Story of The Infinite Drawing" By Elly Oldman
As part of the Singapore National Arts Council’s Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative in conjunction with vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020, there is an interactive wall-and-floor painting displayed on a wall in Geylang Bahru, telling an augmented reality story. It is called "The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing" by a French artist named Loona, but you might already know her as Elly Oldman.
Elly Oldman began to draw The Infinitive Drawing on Instagram in April 2017. You can see it here: @theinfinitedrawing. It is > 13 meters long and carries on growing every week. The actual Infinite Drawing is very hard to display in real life given the length and width. Hence the wall mural was brought to life with the help of an augmented reality activity with additional animated illustrations by Singaporean artist Marina A @mrn.a
The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing was created to be an educational story, with an ecological and solidarity-based message: taking care of the environment and respecting the people around us is important. The story will be elaborated below.
The wall mural is interactive, and people will be able to scan parts with their smartphone to watch augmented reality videos. These videos will tell the quest of a little girl and her robot across various worlds, giving clues to understand the mystery behind the huge painting.
I love reading and writing. When you don’t have a math brain or an inkling for science, you sort of need to stick with what you know, and reading is what I know. It turns out when you are someone like me, studying eventually becomes synonymous with hoarding books, so to this day, I have an absurd number of books that I hold near and dear to my heart like a coin collector would their many coins. If I have somewhat lost you on what is beginning to seem like an ode to books, have no fear because I am mostly here to say books are an important styling tool that can show off your interests and personality (or, even if you don’t style with them and just let them be in their natural habitat, books are such an important part of a home or an office). Take it from someone who will immediately scan a bookshelf in any home or office, I enter to see what the owner is into, books can say a lot about a person and their style.
So today, I am not going to try and recruit you to participate in a worldwide book club (although that would be fun) but instead will recommend to you a bookcafe that I really really love right now. I liked it so much when I visited that I thought I’d blog about it. What happens when cafe owners and book publishers come together? Singapore’s largest independent publisher, Epigram Books and Huggs Coffee collaborated to create a novel opportunity to read, drink coffee and try local bites, all in a comfortable sunlit space right at the URA Centre (45 Maxwell Road) with the books on display written by Singaporean authors, published locally or all about Singapore. I hope this place can encourage more people to pick up a book to read while chilling and café-hopping.