This week, don’t miss out on young artist Casey Tan’s first solo show, Hard To Say Goodbye, in which he’ll be showcasing vivid tableaus that skillfully blend the familiar with the uncanny at Cuturi Gallery.
Over at The Projector, there will be a month-long celebration of women on and behind the screen with the Women Make Film festival – definitely worth checking out.
Those in the market for unique homeware should head down to Aeae Furniture which is one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets in the vintage furniture scene. It will be holding a weekend market to mark the closing of its Depot Lane showroom (don’t worry, it’s temporary). More details below.
Cuturi Gallery continues its work of incubating promising young art names. The latest to show there is emerging artist Casey Tan, who will be debuting his first solo exhibition this weekend.
Titled Hard To Say Goodbye, Tan will be showcasing a series of surreal, playful tableaus which often feature terrains and environments familiar to locals – think old school playgrounds and HDB common areas which often come populated with familiar faces such as Tan’s own friends to politicians and other artists. He transforms everyday, lived experiences into something that’s alternately precious, uncanny (look out for hidden characters in the background) or subtle social commentary on say, the widening class divide in Singapore.
Alongside Tan, the works of Taiwanese artist Ruo-Hsin Wu, who recently completed her residency with the gallery, will simultaneously be showcased. This debut solo exhibition, titled Sunlight, Air and Water, will see the artist presenting eight new paintings which explore different moments of her childhood that have marked her through to adulthood. Through her art, she conveys her emotions of grief, sadness, and hope.
Both exhibitions are on from March 12 to March 27, at Cuturi Gallery, 61 Aliwal St
Alongside the excellent range of homeware and furniture (at reduced prices, to boot), the founders have also roped in their friends from various disciplines. Expect cute potted plants, a pop-up coffee space helmed by Kurasu cafe, leather accessories for Omitir Concepts, archival clothes from some of the city’s most discerning shoppers and more.
In short, it’s everything you need for a stylish wardrobe – and home. Don’t miss out.
March 11 (5pm to 10pm), March 12 and March 13 (2pm to 7pm), at 25 Depot Lane, #01-16
Independent cinema operator The Projector is putting on the Women Make Film festival, it’s a month-long celebration of women on screen (and behind the cameras too, importantly), all of whom work towards creating and telling poignant stories of strength, independence and the injustices that women continue to face today.
There are a total of eight works on the line-up, with four physical screenings and the remaining available to The Projector Plus – the cinema’s online streaming platform. Our pick is Some Women (pictured), the timely documentary and debut feature film by Singapore filmmaker, writer and producer Quen Wong that turns the spotlight on Wong’s own story as a transwoman and coming to terms with it in a largely conservative country such as Singapore.
The documentary also features transgender folks from various generations – from pioneers of the Bugis Street heyday era to Gen Z activists – so it’s a great place to hear from many voices in the community. Some Women also won the Audience Choice Award from last year’s Singapore International Film Festival. Book your ticket here already.
Ongoing, at The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower
Of late, more and more emerging artists are increasingly putting on cosy showcases of their works (and often their friends’). Usually self-funded and located in offbeat locations, these showcases often come across as intimate gatherings (as opposed to formal gallery exhibitions) where spontaneous conversations are encouraged.
The latest is by emerging artists Elsa Wong and Amberlyn Lai. Titled Tinyzin3, it’s a collaborative and process-driven space that explore the likeness of objects and humanity through the mediums of still and moving images. While we’re not sure what to fully expect from the show, there’ll be printed material and hand-crafted zines on display, as well as “functional objects and textiles”.
Register here before heading down!
March 12 (1pm to 9pm) and March 13, March 19 and March 20 (1pm to 6pm), at Bizhub28, 28 Senang Cres