2017 UNTAPPED EMERGING
Group exhibition featuring:
Kayleigh Goh, Justin Lim, Ben Loong, Quinn Lum, Faris Nakamura, Ong Si Hui
Exhibition Dates: 10 June – 2 July 2017
Opening Night: Saturday, 10 June, 7:00 - 9:00 PM...
Open House: Saturday, 10 June, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sunday, 11 June, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: SHOPHOUSE 5
5 Lorong 24A Geylang Singapore 398529
Other viewings by appointment. Call +65 6338 1962.
The Visual Arts Development Association of Singapore (VADA) is proud to present the annual exhibition of UNTAPPED EMERGING. This year, the exhibition features six up-and-coming, Singapore-based artists. Hand-picked by the UNTAPPED Advisory Committee, these six artists present work in a notably diverse selection of media including cement, wood, photography, charcoal, mothballs and sandpaper and plaster.
2017 UNTAPPED EMERGING was launched with an open call on 7 February 2017 and 19 applications were received. The Advisory Committee comprising of Boo Sze Yang, artist; Martin Constable, Assistant Professor, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam; Adeline Kueh, Senior Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, selected six artists for the exhibition on 10 June 2017.
“The artists are on a journey, with lots of potential for development. The UNTAPPED platform allows them to be experimental and be exposed to uncertainty. This pushes them to explore a more varied visual experience in form, shape and texture,” said Adeline Kueh, a member of the Advisory Committee.
About the Artists
Kayleigh Goh (b.1993, Malaysia) is currently an independent art practitioner based in Singapore and Malaysia. Trained as a painter, she received her BA (Fine Arts) from Singapore LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016 and has participated in various group shows in Singapore and Malaysia. Her current practice has emerged through her exploration of cement and construction materials as paint. Goh’s works are often inspired by her experiences of everyday places. As a dweller, a traveller and a visitor, she translates her experiences into her works.
Her most recent show was with Noise Mentorship Art Programme and she will be attending her first art residency programme with Studio Kura at Fukuoka, Japan.
Justin Lim (b.1990, Singapore) graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts and is currently pursuing his BA (Hons) at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London. Lim deals primarily with drawings and his works tend to produce a deepened sense of mortality that forces the viewer to realise beauty that is most fragile. His works examine the passage of time and the longing to hold onto things that are ephemeral and transitory in nature. He was also one of the young talent programme winners in 2015 and held his first solo exhibition at ION Art in September 2016.
Ben Loong (b.1988, Singapore) graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2012, where he specialised in sculpture. He obtained his BA (Hons) Fine Arts from University of Arts London (Chelsea College of Art and Design) in 2014, where he studied painting. Upon returning from his studies overseas, Loong worked as a studio assistant to artist Delia Prvacki, before joining Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, where he currently works as an Art Technician.
Loong’s past group shows include exhibiting at Kult Gallery, Singapore (2015), Hart Lane Studios, London (2014) and Mori + Stein, London (2013).
Quinn Lum (b.1993, Singapore) constantly explores the idea of control and imposed expectations as a way of understanding his personal identity and social environment. Raised in a result-oriented childhood, he aims to express his deep desire for freedom while being the voice for those in silence.
He recently exhibited in various exhibitions which includes, China International Photo Festival (2015), Auckland International Photo Festival (2016), IN RELATION: ND81 Photographic Exhibition (2016) and Noise Singapore (2016). Quinn’s works have been awarded with the Most Promising Young Artist Award in UOB Painting 2010 and Gold with Honours in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts and Crafts Exhibition 2012.
Faris Nakamura (b.1988, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, College of London in 2014. Faris has exhibited both locally and internationally. He has showcased at venues such as The Substation (Singapore), National Library (Singapore), Kobe, Meriken Park (Japan), FASS Art Gallery (Turkey), Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, (Venice). It is also notable that Faris is a flautist and has performed at venues such as the Esplanade Concert Hall and the Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore). In 2015, Nakamura was awarded the Kobe Biennale Grand Prize in the Shitsurai art competition held by Kobe Biennale.
Ong Si Hui (b.1993, Singapore) is formally trained in sculpting during her diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Incorporating elements of language, her art practice explores various material forms, and their correlation with the human condition.
Ong has exhibited at Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore (2017), Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, New Zealand (2016), Gallery Tomo, Kyoto, Japan (2016) and Fort Canning Park, Singapore (2015) in recent years.