Singapore based Qixuan Lim makes unsettling yet adorable tiny sculptures. She graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, majoring in Visual Communications in 2014. Her aesthetic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities, time-travel and her yearning for worlds natural and imagined.
Machineast is a design directing duo Fizah Rahim & Rezaliando based in Singapore. They focus on rich visual aesthetics for 3D illustration, typography and design. Rezaliando from Malaysia and Fizah Rahim from Indonesia met each other when they were in their mid-teens at the design school they both attended at the time. The connection and mutual understanding between them developed so naturally that it is almost as if they were pre-destined to become best friends, forge a joint career where they are always in constant collaboration and end up founding a creative studio.
They carry out spectacular projects where art and design are in perfect harmony; they maintain a continuous dialogue in a very specific aesthetic language. It is not surprising that their projects explore fields like digital art, 3D art, illustration and art multimedia; they transition seamlessly between abstraction and the dreamlike nature of surrealism; they make it clear – on many occasions – that they are children of the 80’s and passionate lovers of color and music.
We know that El Mac did the world tour this past year (2010 that is), and he just posted this video of his trip to Singapore and all that he painted while there. Pretty inspirational if you ask us.
We love the tagline on this video from the good people of Viet Nam The World: “El Mac joins Viet Nam The World in Singapore and doesn’t get taken away by Singaporean police for public artwork!”
We had a show with El Mac at our FIFTY24SF Gallery in 2009, and we always like to see artists we have worked with go around the world and push their work further, and El Mac’s year in 2010 makes us proud to have collaborated with him.
Jon Reiss came out with “Bomb It” in 2007, a graffiti film that a lot of people were into. We just watched the trailer for, you guessed it, “Bomb It 2″, in which Reiss has taken his coverage to Tel Aviv, Singapore, Bethlehem, Copenhagen, Chicago, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Austin and Jakarta. Check out the tralier below.
As you can probably figure out on your own, graffiti or street art is not really happening in Singapore. At all. So to see El Mac doing a piece on a wall in the uber-clean modern metropolis, its pretty damn cool. In Mac’s words, he was in Singapore for the “Night Festival, which is an annual cultural event put together by the National museum of Singapore and Theatreworks. I was there with Tyke Witnes as part of VietNam the World Tour, which is an ongoing traveling art project oganized by the Propeller-Group. Along with painting for the festival, I met up with my talented friend Jaba, who lives there and helped secure a good wall to paint at Post-Museum. This is that wall. I have to say it felt very strange painting a mural in Singapore…”
Someone has balls in Singapore, where they still keep it old school by maintaining tagging and street art are crimes punishable by caning, or worse (yes, caning ). But an artist did manage to get up on a running train there.