Hour At The Museum: Black And White: Works From The Nafa Collection And Alumni

Carefree (2002)
Carefree (2002)PHOTOS: NANYANG ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, CHEE YING QUAN, VERTICAL SUBMARINE, LEVI LIM

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) presents Black And White: Works From The Nafa Collection And Alumni, an exhibition of artworks drawn from its collection and featuring both established and emerging artists. These range from portrait drawings and Chinese ink paintings to short films and installations, all done in black and white.

CAREFREE (2002)
By Cheah Thien Soong, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 96x180cm

This artwork is based on the concept of the circle, a symbol of vastness and infinity. Against a whirlpool that is both sky and water (on land), birds stand on craggy stones . The composition shows both space and darkness.

TIME & HISTORY #01, 1848 (2013)
By Joshua Yang, oil-based marker and oil on canvas, 91x91cm

This work reflects the artist's attempts to combine several expressions of time in one drawing that also takes into account the space and moment the viewer views the work.

KUKUP ISLAND (1960)
By Chen Chong Swee, Chinese ink on paper, 104x55cm

The artist travelled to the village of Kukup in Malaysia and created this Chinese ink work of a kelong typical in the offshore fishing villages. The painting is also inscribed with prose about rural life: "Kukup, the salt water harbour. The wooden board walk arises from the mud like a web, and one only sees the sky and sea."

GAME OF CHESS (2015)
By Levi Lim, digital inkjet print on photo satin paper, 50x70cm

This print shows a common scene at void decks in Singapore: two old men engrossed in a game of chess. It is taken by Lim, a Nafa alumnus who teaches at local polytechnics and art schools.

OPEN SPACE (2014)
By Chee Ying Quan, single-channel projection video 8 min 54 sec

Through shadows which convey the nature of memory in communal areas, such as corridors, lift landings and void decks, the artist seeks to depict how human interactions have diminished. He lets the viewer observe how people move through these transitional spaces without acknowledging one another's presence.

THE FOREST (2014)
By Vertical Submarine, experimental short film 12 min 54 sec

This film by the art collective is about twins who stage miniature disasters in fish tanks during World War II and is inspired by the surrealist storytelling style of Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano.

DEFLATION (2016)
By Alvin Tan Yuan Kiat, stoneware, 35x20x5cm

In creating this work, which looks like a misshapen piece of clay, the artist says he had to rethink and reflect on the importance of aesthetics and form in object-making.

Lee Jian Xuan

WHERE: Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, Nafa Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Rochor WHEN: Till Sept 11, 11am to 7pm daily, closed on Monday ADMISSION: Free INFO: Go to www.nafa.edu.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2016, with the headline 'Hour At The Museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe