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The Art Update: Asking, Seeking and Finding – QNA

Hey everyone! It has been a long time since I posted anything and, although this post is going to be a short one, I hope that it stands up to your expectations! This post is more about advertising for my friend, Benjamin Chin, and his band QNA. I may not be a musician, but nevertheless, music is on of the eternal universal languages that speak to one and all, young and old.

Now let me dive into the unknown and immerse myself into the mysteries of the tunes that permeate the air and penetrate our soul.

QNA is a New York based Jazz/Hip-hop group playing many soulful tunes with that special touch. Their music truly speaks to you, hitting all the right notes. They already have their debut mixtape on Spotify which is worth every second of your time to listen and hopefully, one song, or even just one line or bar will keep you hooked.

Currently, they are looking for funding to propel themselves into the music scene and they need YOUR support! Taken from their Indiegogo “kickstarter”,

“There was no fighting it, we had to focus our creative energy into putting our own spin on the sound. That’s QNA. No more four/eight bar loops. Let’s stretch it longer. No more MC with a band. The MC is in the band.

We released our mixtape in the summer and have been playing shows around NYC. ShapeShifter Lab, DROM, and The Cell Theatre are some of our favorites. On top of that we’ve been writing and rehearsing and are now ready to record our debut EP. However, we need help raising the funds for it. We’re honored to be working with Tariq Khan of High Breed Music. He’s worked on a lot of recordings with Revive, one of our favorite new labels our there. And we’ll be working with our old friend, Christian Wheeler. Quality recordings don’t come cheap, and music always deserves the best. We hope you share our beliefs. “

So do give them your support by just donating that little bit to help them! (ONLY 24 more days to go!)

After all, we all need a little bit of music to colour our lives.

Reference:
QNA (INDIEGOGO)
QNA (Spotify)
QNA (Facebook)

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The Art Update: Erica Heng

So I’m back again (and trying to keep it a consistent weekly thing) with some extraordinarily exciting news for you!!! My ex-classmate from School Of The Arts, Singapore is carrying on her art practice in London!!! Now making it big out there on rawartist.org!!!

She was with SOTA during the initial years of the school as the school was just starting out and creating amazing art. However, after a few years, due to her parents’  career relocation, she had to leave for Manila, Philippines. But that has not stopped her from her art making and an awesome art making practice at that. She has come a long way and now, I am extremely glad to exhibit just a few of many works on my WordPress.

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She describes herself very much as a comic fan, taking inspiration from comics like Marvel’s X-men and Kickass among many others. Many of her drawings depict Marvel characters or people who have represented then in real life blockbuster movies, such as Robert Downey Jr., reknowned for his portrayal of Iron Man and X-men’s Mystique. As you can see, many of her works are extremely detailed, giving a lot of definition to each piece with each mark she makes (even though literal marks cannot actually be seen). For instance, the portrait of Robert Downey Jr, though simple, drawn with a few strokes, illustrates the subject matter beautifully and “succinctly” Each drawing carries with it much passion that speaks through the intimate blending of colours and the intricate textures created with the simple ballpoint pen, with great attention to detail. Most of her portraits are seen with a blank canvas behind, drawing focus to the subject matter that seeks to captivate audiences, in the hope of drawing them inward to the skill and detail. Now, sketches they may be, but for an “artist” such as I, a sketch can sometimes be greater than just a scribble or, well, a sketch. It can be a pivotal point of an artist’s process and deserves all the recognition it can get.

Other than these beautiful realistic drawings, she also has a passion for crafting jewellery, which she will be displaying at her exhibition in London, England . Also, you can purchase her works as prints on Society6 and Etsy (details and links below). So do support her in all her endeavours, an artist truly worth watching!!!

Here’s the awesomeness coming your way:
On rawartist.org

On Facebook

On Society6

On Etsy

ALSO,

Upcoming exhibition in London, 13 November 2014, so do drop by and support her!!! Details below:

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Hey everyone! Many apologies that I have not been around to give you guys any updates lately. A lot of things have been going on, final submissions for academics, finalizing art portfolios, etc, etc.

But now I’m back!

It’s been a tough and arduous journey going through these past two or so years, particularly for art. I have had a lot of ups and down, dry spells for art which is the last thing you would ever want when you know that you have to submit a decent portfolio in less that half a year’s time. But nevertheless, it is all finished and I am happy to say that I have ended these section of my artistic journey on a high! I am proud to announce that all my friends in the same cohort are equally happy to share that they all think the same. So, on behalf of the graduating visual arts cohort of 2012, I present to you all:

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SOTA Graduating Cohort Exhibition 2012

As always, it is being held at School Of The Arts, SIngapore Art Gallery (level 2) and will be running for one entire month! The longest exhibition held since the opening of the school! It features selected works of all the pioneer students of SOTA that have been completed over the past two years, many of which are clear testimonies to our growth and development not only as students, but growing artists in this developing artistic community. Works are from all media – drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, design and new media – mostly of a contemporary nature with each student boasting 2 to 5 of their best pieces.

Concepts of the works delve into the exploration of identity through artistic experimentation, questioning, exploring and challenging artistic technique and conceptual development, exploration and tribute to the intangible and overlooked elements of space and the mundane, essence and appreciation of joy, etc. But all these descriptions are mere shadows in an attempt to capture the works that are on display and only when you view the exhibition can you truly appreciate the hard work and beauty that has gone into these masterpieces.

Over the next week or so, I will be posting pictures of some of the many works that are on display there. Hopefully, you all will be able to give some constructive criticism, compliments, etc. so as to starts all of us on the next leg of our artistic journey.

Graduating Cohort 2012:

Daisy Toh Li Xi

Leow Yi Yin

Mabel Anabelle Tan Xin Ying

Valerie Ng Suying

Cheryl Yeo Su-Min

Chong Lii

Jade Chan Su Hui

Kimberly Yeo Su Ching

Kirti Baskar Upadhyaya

Ong Sim

Rachael Cheong Li Zhen

Ang Jia An, Janel

Mariel Chee Wei Lin

Wong Hui Yu

Joy Abigail Ho Minhui

Marissa Tham Wei Ying

Lu Kejia

Inez Lim Min Jie

Ong Wen Hee

Tang Xiao Jun

Evan Chooi Xunhao

Ng Jun Jie

Lee Fang

Chan Wan Kyn

Tay Ze Bin, Wesley

Details:

SOTA Gallery

29th September – 28th October 2012

12pm – 8 pm

School of the Arts Singapore
1 Zubir Said Drive
Singapore 227968

So please DO MAKE YOUR WAY DOWN to view this truly once in a lifetime exhibition by the pioneer cohort of singapore’s first pre-tertiary art school!

“Last days of art….

But let it not be the be all and end all….”

School Of The Arts – Open House 2012

SOTA Open House is here again! This will be the third open house held in the new Zubir Said campus! There definitely be many performances and art exhibitions by the students of each faculty within the school – Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Theatre.

The SOTA Open House 2012 will kick start with the Open Symposium at 9am (there will also be an afternoon session at 1pm) that will introduce the structure of Singapore’s first pre-tertiary arts school and the International Baccalaureate to everyone. There will also be on-going campus tours, information about the various art forms, SOTA Talent Academy among other exciting activities and showcases throughout the entire day!

During the course of the Open House, Visual Arts final year student, Mabel Tan, will be in the process of creating an interactive visual arts piece, and she invites all those who come to view and participate! Just will be one of many visual arts pieces on display!

More details will be given at the end of this week!

But for now here is a short video of the school and our life as the SOTA family:

SOTA Homepage

HIGHLIGHT: Last Day!

Last day for the SOTA student photography exhibition!!! Do come down to SOTA Arts Gallery at level two of the school tot view really awesome and inspiring photographs taken by students from different art forms who each share the same passion for photography:

Milon Goh (Final Year, Theatre)

Chong Lii (Final Year, Visual Arts)

Lu Kejia (Final Year, Visual Arts)

Shawna Chia (Fifth Year,Visual Arts)

Jo An Low (Fifth Year. Visual Arts)

Alina Sin (Fourth Year, Music)

Lai Yu Tong (Fourth Year, Visual Arts)

Rebecca Lee (Fourth Year, Visual Arts)

Marcus Yee (Fourth Year, Visual Arts)

Hope that all those readers in Singapore at this time will be able to come for this amazing exhibition!

View the details at the following post: HIGHLIGHT

A peak at some of the shots that make up this exhibition: HIGHLIGHTS: Highlights

Drawing Out

An exhibition that opened just yesterday at the School Of The Arts, Singapore Level 2 art gallery! This exhibition features works from the newly arrived year three cohort of 2012. A great way to start out their artistic education and possible future career in the arts!

Write up (taken from SOTA website):

The showcase will feature the explorations and developments of our youngest visual arts students at the School of the Arts. During their first two years, they are taught the basic techniques of the various art forms; drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. In addition to simply showcasing their varied approaches to art-making, this exhibition is also giving these young students a unique opportunity to reach a wider audience for the first time. We are proud to present you the creations of their first phase at SOTA.

Details:

SOTA Gallery

31 March 2012 – 15 April 2012

12pm – 9 pm

School of the Arts Singapore
1 Zubir Said Drive
Singapore 227968

Hope you’ll be there to support Singapore’s budding artists!