Monday, November 21, 2011

Off the Wall – Down by Law in Singapore, Lah!

Somethings going on at the moment - it feels like Singapore is awash with art events. First the Elephant Parade, then the Affordable Art Fair. But then one came along that blew everything else out of the water - Off the Wall and Down by Law in Singapore, Lah! This is one of those exhibitions that you walk into and take notice. It's explosive, sassy and inspiring. And it's a celebration of graffiti.

Everything about this exhibition is cool. Including it's location which is at the Artspace@Helutrans at Tanjong Pagar District Park, hidden away in a warehouse right by the Keppel port.

The exhibition blasted open with a live Graffjam - kinda like a music jam session but with artists creating works together on site. Taking turns on the canvas were eighteen street artists - nine from Singapore (represented by Fortune Cookie Projects) and nine from France (represented by Wallworks Gallerie). AND if you wondering about the French angle it's because the exhibition is part of the Voilah! French Festival of Singapore.

So let's check out some pics of the artists in action...

The exhibition follows the same level of explosive energy - with 72 works by street artists reflecting on the energy drawn from their respective urban environments...

An interesting bit of insight on the picture just below on the right, many people think that street artists just knock out their work but I was speaking to the artist who created these and it took him one whole month to complete the work because of the level of detail there...

It's so incredibly refreshing to see exhibitions like this pop up in Singapore and to me, they feel like gold dust. We just don't get enough of them and hopefully this is a nod in the right direction towards Singapore's (hopefully) blossoming art scene. Go check it out or miss out.

This exhibition will run until 26 November at ArtSpace@Helutrans at the Tanjong Pagar Distripark (39 Keppel Road, #01-05) daily between 11am to 7pm and is FREE admission. Off the Wall – Down by Law in Singapore, Lah! is supported by Hermès, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort, Maquet, the French School in Singapore, Air France, Encore! TheEuropean Season and Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2011.

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