Art Stage Singapore unveils artistic projects to mark Singapore's 50th anniversary

Contours Of A Rich Manoeuvre, an installation by Australia-based Singapore artist Suzann Victor. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Contours Of A Rich Manoeuvre, an installation by Australia-based Singapore artist Suzann Victor. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

To mark Singapore's 50th anniversary, Art Stage Singapore, the top-end contemporary art fair, has unveiled details of three homegrown art works that will be showcased at the fair. It will be held at Marina Bay Sands from Jan 22 to 25, with a by-invite only preview on Jan 21.

Artworks and projects by Singaporean artists to be featured at the fifth edition of the fair include Contours Of A Rich Manoeuvre Series by Suzann Victor and Potong Ice-Cream $2, a project presented by Latent Spaces.

Multi-media artist Victor's acclaimed work was first commissioned in 2006 for the re-opening of the newly refurbished National Museum of Singapore. To be presented at the fair by Gajah Gallery, this will be installed as a public artwork. Suspended from the ceiling, the dramatic installation will consist of a row of red chandeliers which swing like pendulums to perform ephemeral drawings rendered with light.

Singapore's love for the traditional Potong ice cream sold by street vendors will be explored in the project by Latent Spaces. The curatorial group is steered by artist twin brothers Chun Kai Qun and Chun Kai Feng. Latent Spaces will be selling Potong ice cream at Art Stage Singapore. Selling ice cream began as a business venture, which the two brothers had initiated, while Latent Spaces was located at Haw Par Villa, to help sustain the daily operations of their gallery.

Apart from ice-cream sales, the group will invite about 40 to 50 Singaporean artists to contribute to a collective piece of work titled Economy. Each artist will create a fridge magnet that will be arranged in a grid on a single metallic panel, and all contributions by the artists will be sold as a singular artwork during the fair. Some of confirmed artists who will part of this project include Ang Song Ming, Heman Chong and Michael Lee.

Lee will also curate a speed-dating event that will professionally match artists with curators.

The fourth edition of Art Stage Singapore in 2014 had 45,700 visitors over five days.

Fair director Lorenzo Rudolf says as the flagship event for South-east Asian contemporary art, they are committed to presenting the best of Singaporean contemporary art.

"This is especially so against the backdrop of Singapore's 50th anniversary and together with the nation, the fair celebrates Singaporean contemporary art and artists."

deepikas@sph.com.sg