LISABEL TING RECOMMENDS

Lisabel Ting's weekend arts picks

Vietnamese-American artist Phi Phi Oanh turns lacquer from a protective finish into a medium for a light installation in Palimpsest (above). -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE, LIZ LINDER, TAN NGIAP HENG FOR DRAMA BOX, ART OUT
Vietnamese-American artist Phi Phi Oanh turns lacquer from a protective finish into a medium for a light installation in Palimpsest (above). -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE, LIZ LINDER, TAN NGIAP HENG FOR DRAMA BOX, ART OUTPHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE, LIZ LINDER, TAN NGIAP HENG FOR DRAMA BOX, ART OUT

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SENANG

In Drama Box's Senang, playwright Jean Tay draws inspiration from the violent 1963 riots on the former penal colony Pulau Senang. The superintendent of the prison believed that he could reform the criminals through hard labour, but during the riots, all 316 detainees revolted, razing the penal colony to the ground. The play stars an all-male ensemble including (clockwise from far left) Peter Sau, Neo Hai Bin, Tay Kong Hui, Rei Poh, Oliver Chong and Ong Kian Sin.

Where: School of the Arts Studio Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Till May 25, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 2.30 & 8pm (Sat), 2.30pm (Sun)Admission: $45 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

Info: Mature content & coarse language


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NO COUNTRY: CONTEMPORARY ART FOR SOUTH AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA

The Centre for Contemporary Art in Gillman Barracks is hosting a small-scale show, No Country, by the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition is part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, which aims to strengthen representation of art from different parts of the world. Leading Singapore contemporary artist Tang Da Wu's installation work Our Children (above), inspired by a Teochew parable, is shown alongside those of other regional heavyweights such as multi-disciplinary Indian artist Shilpa Gupta's 1:14.9.

Where: Centre for Contemporary Art, 43 Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park When: Till July 20, noon - 7pm (Tue - Thu, Sat & Sun), noon - 9pm (Fri)Admission: Free


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TALK ON THE LIFE AND ART OF GEORGETTE CHEN

Art Outreach Singapore traces the life and work of local pioneer artist Georgette Chen (1906-1993) in this talk by Mae Anderson, the initiative's chairman.

Chen is one of the well-known exponents of the Nanyang style of art, which combines Western painting techniques with tropical subject matter and Asian themes. Her works include Self-Portrait (1946, above).

The lecture will highlight stylistic distinctions between different periods of Chen's artistic career, from her early beginnings as an artist in Paris, through to her time spent in China and Hong Kong before finally settling down in Singapore.

Where: Situation Room, *Scape, 04-01, 2 Orchard Link MRT: Somerset When: Tomorrow, 2.30 - 4pm Admission: Free (registration required at www.eventbrite.sg)


PALIMPSEST

Vietnamese-American artist Phi Phi Oanh turns lacquer from a protective finish into a medium for a light installation in Palimpsest. She applies coats of the lacquer to glass slides and uses them to project images on silk screens and walls. The result is an exhibition of 81 lacquer images ranging from organic shapes to silhouettes of major monuments in the world.

Where: Fost Gallery, 01-02, Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road MRT: Buona Vista When: Till June 29, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun) & by appointment only on Mon Admission: Free