Just came back from exhibiting in Amsterdam at A-Lab with three other amazing artists, Jacquelyn Soo, Marc Nair and Zul Mahmod. It was a two day exhibition (9th, 10th October) and I had so much fun watching people tackle my maze with my live CCTV goggles on.
I made a video of my installation. The installation is now known as CCTV goggles; decided to name it what people are already calling it.
This show was an eye opener for me because it took place in a city where marijuana has been legalized! There is weed everywhere! Viewers of my work were saying it was like being high on cannabis because of the out of body experience it was giving them. They went on to describe their trips and I listened inventively because I never smoked weed before.
Singapore has this law that bans us from trying weed even outside of Singapore (yes, even in Amsterdam). Damn it Singapore…. I guess my CCTV goggles would be the Singaporean way to get high lol
I also brought my lizard goggles there. I reserved it for those who proved themselves worthy in the maze. There were people who adapted really quickly and breezed pass the maze and there were a rare few who got stuck and gave up.
Huge thanks to Stephane Blokhuis for helping us put the show together in Amsterdam – she got busy early this year sourcing for venues in Amsterdam while the rest of us were looking for funding. Speaking of which – thank you National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and generous Indiegogo backers for supporting us!
Presenting my very own DUDE SHIRT! I’ve been looking everywhere for a soft grey T-shirt to make my first shirt with. I was really particular in my search. The T-shirt had to fulfil 3 strict dude criterias.
Softness: I hate rough shirts, they get so scratchy! I wanted a shirt I could wear everywhere and also to be comfortable to even go to bed with. A sleep worthy shirt!
Greyness: I wanted to parody that popular ash-grey ARMY T-shirt. The colour needed to be in the right………………… shade of grey…
Thinness: I remember wearing those grey army T-shirts, they were too thick! Too thick for this (Singapore) weather. It needed my T-shirt material to be thin enough to keep cool but not too thin that it feels flimsy and cheap.
Last year I exhibited two different types of work at both Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum. It was a really big deal for me though I realized I didn’t blog about them at all! So here are photos from each them.
Singapore Art Museum – Sensorium 360
I had the good fortune of exhibiting my Installation, The Overview Installation, as part of Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s quarterly exhibitions from 31st July to 22 October 2014.
I am thrilled to announce that my second solo art exhibition opens this Thursday, 7pm at Chan Hampe Galleries! Please feel free to drop by and have some wine with me… In a real and physical gallery this time
Eugene Soh Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore (2014)
120 x 80 cm
Edition of 5
solo exhibition by Eugene Soh
Opening night with the artist – Thursday 11 December 2014, 7pm
Chan Hampe Galleries presents Eugene Soh’s second solo exhibition titled Renaissance City. Soh parodies iconic works of art while providing tongue-in-cheek commentary on contemporary life in Singapore. Soh’s works were recently exhibited at the ICON Martell Photography Prize 2014, National Museum of Singapore and Sensorium 360, Singapore Art Museum.
One of Soh’s latest works was shot over multiple sessions and created in homage to SundayAfternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat. Like his previous photo composite works, the models in the image are everyday people, present during variousSunday afternoons at Upper Pierce Reservoir. With elements of everyday life alongside uniquely Singaporean imagery, it’s a fresh take on an old classic. As Soh states, “Many things have changed since the 19th century when the original Sunday Afternoon was painted. I wanted to address some of those changes while reflecting upon current social developments and create an image that is recognisably Singaporean.”
The exhibition continues until 4 January 2015.
Eugene Soh Food For Thought (2014)
Print on Canvas
200 x 132 cm
Edition of 5
*16 Jan 2015 UPDATE* Here are all four trailers I made for the full documentary. The full documentary will be screening on the 24th of February.
I just got back from Rwanda! I was sent there by the Rwandan High Commission to film a documentary there with Sports+Travel Singapore. Rwanda has come a long way since the 1994 genocide 20 years ago. I’ll let my travel companion, Lynn Ooi explain:
Rwanda is really like the ‘Singapore’ of Africa. In many ways, they are similar: both are tiny, both have mandatory military service, and both are surrounded by much larger countries. Rwanda’s economy is modeled on Singapore’s EDB and its airport is managed by Changi. But in some ways, Rwanda has done many more good things that may go unnoticed, like:
its gender equality means over half of their parliament are women, and women also do mandatory military service
in terms of conservation, they’ve banned plastic bags. Plus, they’re serious about their parks: even though they found oil in the Virunga Mountains, they decided against extracting it to protect their mountain gorillas
they have a “$1 a person” program which is mandatory from every Rwandan to aid orphans of the genocide
every month, at an Umuganda, every citizen regardless of class is required to pitch in to clean the country. This is why it looks spotless – everyone has a stake in its cleanliness
they take security seriously: everywhere you go (roads, towns and buildings) you’ll see armed uniformed personnel at the ready to uphold the law (no bribery at all), meaning it’s safe to walk alone at night, and no one speeds on the road
Here are some photos from my phone! Stay tuned for the full documentary!