An hour @ the museum: Outpost, 4A Haji Lane

IN THIS WEEKLY COLUMN, WE VISIT MUSEUMS AND ART SPACES AND HIGHLIGHT WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE IF YOU HAVE ONLY AN HOUR TO SPARE

Outpost is the first in a series of pop-up experiences curated by urban gallery Kult, held in a shophouse in Haji Lane. Two exhibitions under this umbrella series showcase works from more than 40 Singapore and foreign artists. Dead Celebrities pays homage to iconic personalities through the clever use of multiple media and the other exhibition, which is untitled, features re-interpretations of movie posters of cult films.

Where: 4A Haji Lane MRT: Bugis When: Till May 17, noon - 9pm, Wed - Sun, closed on Mon & Tue Admission: Free

Nabilah Said


1 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (2015)


By Mojoko, silkscreen on mirror PHOTO: KULT

Mojoko, also known as Steve Lawler from Kult, wanted to depict the composer as a cult figure for a new audience, similar to how the maestro was depicted in the cult classic, A Clockwork Orange. The artist chose the mirror as a medium as ''the viewer becomes part of the image'', changing the artwork endlessly.


2 IAN CURTIS (2015)


By Kristal Melson, engraving on Zippo lighter PHOTO: KULT

This intricately carved likeness, which can be better viewed with a magnifying glass onsite, is of English post-punk band Joy Division's late lead singer, Ian Curtis. The artist felt the lighter was an apt depiction of the ''destructive nature'' of Curtis, who committed suicide 35 years ago, aged 23.


3 BETTY PAIGE (2015)


By Teresa Lim, 50x50cm, mixed media, oil painting and embroidery PHOTO: KULT

Pin-up girls such as 1950s model Betty Paige have been a source of inspiration for this illustrator and textile artist, who is known for her embroidered works. She uses black and white paint to depict Paige's little known bout of mental illness, while the coloured threads show her impact on society and pop culture.


4 HEATH LEDGER'S JOKER (2015)


By Russell Ong, oil painting on Coke can PHOTO: KULT

A crushed Coke can became the canvas for the artist, who was moved by the ''revolutionary'' performance of the late Australian actor as Batman's psychotic nemesis Joker in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight. It is the artist's first foray into oil painting.


5 JAY ADAMS (2015)


By Sam Simpson Crew, paint on skateboard PHOTO: KULT

This work is a fitting homage to Adams, known as the ''original seed'' of skateboarding as a sport. The English artist, who also skates, chose a used skate deck with dents and scratches, ''mirroring Jay's scars, faded tattoos, injuries and imperfections''.


6 ZOMBIE- LAND (2015)


By Adeline Tan, 50x70cm & 70x100cm, digital painting PHOTO: KULT

The artist mashed up her favourite scenes from the 2009 hit to capture the fun vibe of the zombie comedy (or zom-com) flick.


7 PULP FICTION (2015)


By Kult, 50x70cm & 70x100cm, digital painting PHOTO: KULT

The inspiration for this minimalist work (left) was taken from book cover designs of vintage detective novels. The woman depicted is Mia Wallace, portrayed by actress Uma Thurman in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino cult classic.


8 THE LADY VANISHES (2015)


By Esther Goh, 50x70cm & 70x100cm, digital painting PHOTO: KULT

The artist attempts to create an ''incomplete visual puzzle'' through the layers of images (right) featuring elements from the plot of the 1938 comic thriller by master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. She includes a cameo of Hitchcock in her work, which is a hallmark of the director.