Renaissance City – solo exhibition by Eugene Soh

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore (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)
Diasec print
120 x 80 cm
Edition of 5

Renaissance City

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.

 

Food For Thought by Eugene Soh
Eugene Soh Food For Thought (2014)
Print on Canvas
200 x 132 cm
Edition of 5

10 Difficult Questions about God(s)

Last week, this badass video interview about my practice was published by Khoo Guo Xiang from The Pitching Room! It is the second of their 1:1 Art Documentary series. It covers my practice as an artist and also talks about my recent Second Coming series and how it opened up discussions for me. 
I have been fortunate to have had many great conversations with open-minded theists, atheists and agnostics since the Second Coming exhibition with Chan Hampe Galleries. I thought I’d share some of our findings here.

1. Do God(s) or Supreme Beings exist?

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

We are mostly past this question. Our general consensus is that we don’t know. No matter how we tried, we found no way of proving or disproving their existence.
Supreme beings could exist but they don’t necessarily care about us. They might care as much about us as we do the ant colony living in our kitchens.
To be specific – we agreed that we are discussing the Biblical God because we are most familiar with him: For some reason, he does not want to make his existence undoubtedly clear and that is his prerogative.

2. Why doesn’t he make his existence undoubtedly clear?

Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” John 20:29

We came up with several reasons, these are the most plausible/funny ones:
  1. It is more exciting this way! DUH! It keeps us guessing.
  2. He wants to filter out the faithful/gulible to worship him for eternity. The rest will be discarded and tortured forever! Critical thinkers will question everything and won’t be fun to hang with anyway lol
  3. He is a scientist and we are his experiments. Which begs the question of “What is he testing?”, “Isn’t he all-knowing? He should already know the result. Why bother going through the theatrics?”
  4. For reasons mere mortals will never understand.

 

2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013

Eugene Soh’s Honorable Mention Speech at 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013

So I was awarded with an Honorable Mention at the 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards 2013! Surprised, I stumbled up and gave a “speech”. My baby kittens helped me to film. Thank you Alliance française de Singapour!

 

Eugene Soh Honorable Mention

Me with Emmanuel Laine and Susie Lingham.

 

France Singapore Photo Arts Award 2013

2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013 group shot.
Left to right: Benedict Tan (AF Gallery Manager), Alfred Zheng (Finalist), Marianne Drouet (Finalist), Jasper Yu (Finalist), Matthew G Johnson (Finalist), Marie-Sophie Leturcq (Winner), Elwin Goh (Finalist), Eugene Soh (Honourable mention recipient), Marisse Caine (Finalist), Chelsea Wong (Finalist), Susie Lingham (Guest of honour), Emmanual Laine (AF Deputy Director). Photo by: Chee Weiteck / Artitute

 

OKTO FRANCE + SINGAPORE FEATURE

The 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013 exhibition was featured on OKTO Arts TV Channel (Singapore) on 6th August and replayed on 9th August, 6pm! My work was included in the feature!

Knockout Carnival Episode 19

You can catch the programme through this online catch-up TV weblink (@ Video Timing 21:25)
http://video.xin.msn.com/?mkt=en-sg&vid=ff5ff7ca-8e51-45e7-b0ce-2b01626ad650&from=email&src=v5:share:email:uuids

DUDE’S SHOW – Musings and Meditations on His Reality

My first solo show coming up guys!

Venue: OCBC Centre Branch, 65 Chulia Street, Singapore 049513
Dates: 12th – 31st August 2013

OCBC Arts Card presents a collection of photographic and video works from emerging Singaporean artist Eugene Soh. In his signature irreverent and humorous style, Soh confronts pertinent social and cultural issues with disregard for convention.

Included in this presentation is The Overview, an interactive installation based on Soh’s own “Eugene’s Cave” theory. The installation delivers an “out-of-body” experience that bids the participant re-think his or her own sense of perspective and reality.

Also on display will be the artist’s seminal parodic works, The Last Kopitiam and Venus and Grace. Firm favourites with the public, these works have garnered the 2012 Crowbar Award and 2013 Sony World Photography finalist award respectively.

Organised by Chan Hampe Galleries and supported by Asian Art Options.

DUDE'S_SHOW_-_Poster

 

DUDES SHOW 2013

Thank You TimeOut Singapore

Thanks for the interview TimeOut Singapore!

Timeout Singapore Cheatsheet Eugene Soh

A Day With MBS

Why don’t I shoot as much in Singapore as I do overseas? I thought to myself. Does Singapore have less beauty to offer? Is the sun better overseas? Is the grass greener on the other side? If there’s one thing we’ve got, it’s sunlight. I don’t go out in it in Singapore as much – I don’t bother waking up early to see the museums because there’s no return flight to countdown to. I can do it tomorrow. Now that a possible Doomsday is looming I decided to visit the attractions here for a change. Happy Possible Doomsday!

Emotionless SG
1. Emotionless (Imma Tree Too)
Marina Bay Sands
2. MBS
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3. Happily Out Of Focus
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4. Chinaman
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