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Arts Picks: David LaChapelle's first solo exhibition in Singapore, The Faces Of Janus and more

Unconditionally by artist Daniel Chong. Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau's Hundred Years Of Solitude. David LaChapelle's Icarus, 2012, pigment print.
David LaChapelle’s Icarus, 2012, pigment print. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DAVID LACHAPELLE AND PEARL LAM GALLERIES

SCAPES

American photographer David LaChapelle's first solo exhibition in Singapore includes selections from his early editorial projects and his progressive return to fine arts.

This is also the South-east Asian premiere of selected works from New World, LaChapelle's latest photographic series which combines religious and natural imagery.

The 54-year-old artist says of his new series: "You can find the sublime in nature, in the birth of a child, in a sunset and you can find the sublime in art. This is what makes you a better person; it lifts you out of darkness.

"I want to shake people up; the thing that shakes them, perhaps, can shake their lives towards something positive."

WHERE: Pearl Lam Galleries, 01-08, 15 Dempsey Road MRT: Farrer Road WHEN: Till Feb 25, 11am to 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.pearllam.com


THE FACES OF JANUS

Unconditionally by artist Daniel Chong. Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau's Hundred Years Of Solitude. David LaChapelle's Icarus, 2012, pigment print.
Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau’s Hundred Years Of Solitude. PHOTO: WONG TZE CHAU AND UTTERLY ART

Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, is usually depicted with two faces - one looking to the past and the other to the future. Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau, 39, uses this as a launch pad to explore multiplicity and unity in his first solo exhibition titled The Faces Of Janus.

"I am much inspired by the surrealist way of juxtaposing opposite objects and ideas, but I want to take it one step further. I want to create something surreal and critical at the same time," he says.

WHERE: Utterly Art Exhibition Space, Level 3, 20B Mosque Street MRT: Chinatown WHEN: Till Jan 23, by appointment only from Mondays to Saturdays, 2 to 8pm, and Sundays, noon to 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail info@utterlyart.com.sg or pkenghock@yahoo.com.sg, or call 9487-2006


Unconditionally by artist Daniel Chong. Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau's Hundred Years Of Solitude. David LaChapelle's Icarus, 2012, pigment print.
Unconditionally by artist Daniel Chong. PHOTO: DANIEL CHONG

RAID

This site-specific work is a real treat for history and art buffs alike. The air-raid shelter at Tiong Bahru dates back to 1939 and was used by residents as a shelter during the Japanese bombings of World War II. Eight young artists, including the curators Daniel Chong, 23, and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, 27, will produce sculptures, installations and conceptual pieces that respond to the space.

Chong says: "Raid is a show that represents a range of approaches to site responsivity in a unique and one-of-a-kind location, be it intuitively, architecturally or historically."

WHERE: Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter , 78 Guan Chuan Street MRT: Tiong Bahru WHEN: Jan 13 to Feb 3, Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 6pm. Closed on Mondays ADMISSION: Free INFO: bit.ly/2CCVnY3


Unconditionally by artist Daniel Chong. Singapore artist Wong Tze Chau's Hundred Years Of Solitude. David LaChapelle's Icarus, 2012, pigment print.

ANTIQUITY THROUGH MODERNITY

Singaporean pianist Ryan Chow (above), 29, will perform neo-Baroque works at this recital, featuring composers Max Reger, Alexander Glazunov, Alfredo Casella, Francis Poulenc and George Enescu.

"The saying that the top 1 per cent of composers occupy 99 per cent of recital programmes is an issue that needs addressing," says Chow. "Through unorthodox programming, I seek to challenge the modus operandi of a standard piano recital."

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Sunday, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $30 (Standard), concessions available; tickets from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) INFO: www.sistic.com.sg/events/canti0218

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe