Eugene’s 2 important museum exhibitions of 2014

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. 

All three viewing modes were available namely, God view (Third person perspective), Vice Versa (Swapping Perspectives with your buddy) and Lizard Vision (having eyes at the side of your head)

The show had a constant flow of visitors everyday and I was told that there were queues for my installation and that people come back for more!

The Overview Installation at SAM
Visitors navigate a simple maze while watching themselves through a CCTV camera. Third person view for real life!

 

The Overview Installation at SAM
CCTV view that the participants see

 

The Overview Installation at SAM
Wall text describing my work

 

lizard vision
A visitor squatting down to experience the lizard vision goggle.

 

The Overview at SAM
Curious visitors queuing to try my work haha

 

Gallery Sitters at Singapore Art Museum
Me with the gallery sitters who have been taking care of my equipment for the three month duration of the show! Thank you! They had to work the hardest at my piece compared to the other works in the show because they actually had to help visitors with the goggles and explain things to them.

This work went to TV! I think they did a good job documenting it too. 

Sensorium360_straits_times
Press coverage of the show

 

National Museum – Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu Photo Award 2014 

Thank you Kelley Cheng for nominating me for this prestigious award. Here are photos from the award show from 20th August to 5th September 2014 – Just in time for the Night Festival party crowd.

Eugene Soh Last Kopitiam at The National Museum Icon De Martell 2014
Eugene Soh with his work “The Last Kopitiam” at the National Museum during the Icon De Martell award show

 

The National Museum Icon De Martell 2014
A TV playing the nominee’s interviews on loop. You can watch mine here

 

The Human Caterpillar at The National Museum
The Human Caterpillar (2013), It is not everyday that I get to say that my backside is hanging at the National Museum lol.

 

Singapore National Museum
Works left to right, Monumental Task (2012), Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore (2014) and Venus & Grace (2012)

 

Icon De Martell - National Museum
The night festival crowd

 

Icon De Martell - National Museum
More night fest crowd photos.

 

Icon de Martell 2014 at The National Museum

 

 Okay that’s all! Happy Lunar New Year everyone! 

The Second Coming

The Last Christmas (2015) by Eugene Soh
The Last Christmas (2015) DILITE, Edition of 3 130 X 89 cm
The Second Coming by Eugene Soh, 18 Feb - 13 March 2016 at Chan Hampe Galleries
The Second Coming by Eugene Soh, 18 Feb – 13 March 2016 at Chan Hampe Galleries

The Second Coming

By Eugene Soh

18 Feb – 13 March 2016

“They also never say where he will come back, mah.”

The Second Coming is an imaginative exploration into the question: what if Jesus chose present-day Singapore as the land of his return? Referencing both prophetic and historical scenes recorded in the Bible, Eugene Soh updates the narratives surrounding the life and death of Jesus, whilst presenting his own meditations on the nature of religion and faith.

This exhibition explores the dynamics behind how religion is made meaningful in society. Founded on the understanding that the events in the Bible are not significant in and of themselves; rather, events draw their significance from their representation in the Bible. By re-creating these events photographically, this collection of images engage in re-presentation, commenting on the fluid nature of how these Biblical events and prophecies can be understood. This exhibition further invites audiences to explore the text of the Bible as one that is comprised of multiple versions of histories, viewpoints, and voices, raising the ultimate question about the nature of religion and faith.

Press/Interviews/Reviews:
Book Of Eugene by Marc Nair on Mackerel
Interview with TimeOut Singapore
Interview with Asia City SG
Motherships.sg’s feature
Review by Artitute

Videos:
Behind the scenes video by Michael
Bible Stories with Ethnically Accurate Jesus (Walking On Water) 

1. The Second Coming (2016)

The Second Coming (2016) by Eugene Soh
“And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11
Jesus second descent here on Earth was quickly captured by many residents of Singapore. As the image circulates worldwide through various media channels, this photograph becomes the classic symbol of hope for a better world. The exact location that Jesus descended upon is listed as Jalan Kembangan, Singapore. While there is a lot of speculation as to why Jesus chose that area for his second coming, one of the most popular explanations is that Kembangan means ‘expansion’ in Malay, alluding to the expansion of Jesus’ influence.

2. New Testament 2.0 (2016)

New Testament 2.0 (2016) by Eugene Soh
During his second time here on Earth, Jesus attracted a following of people in Singapore. He co-ordinated the creation of a new Bible, which integrated videos and photos of his lunchtime sermons with the written word. The new Bible was made accessible over the Internet; however, many disbelievers (mostly comprised of people from other countries who did not have the chance to view Christ in the flesh) decried the Bible as a falsehood, claiming that it was an effort on the part of Singapore’s tourism authorities. Amidst the controversy, Jesus’ followers continually reaffirmed their faith online, displaying their solidarity.

3. The Last Christmas (2015)

The Last Christmas (2015) by Eugene Soh
For his last birthday celebration on Earth, Jesus opted to celebrate in one of his followers’ flats at Tiong Bahru. During the celebration, he announced the Earth’s impending destruction, prompting a myriad of reactions from the followers gathered around the table. Jesus reminded his followers that Revelations had predicted the coming of the apocalypse after Jesus’ second return to Earth. The number of people to be saved is listed as 144,000 in Revelations. Jesus’ announcement was kept within this circle for three days before the news was released to the wider public, where it was met with skepticism and disbelief.

4. Happy Birthday & Merry Christmas, Jesus (2016)

Happy Birthday & Merry Christmas, Jesus (2016) by Eugene Soh
The popularity of Jesus’ birthday is a recent phenomenon that had only occurred in the past 200 years; in the book Christmas in America, Restad notes that the traditions that we associate with celebrating the season, such as card-giving and tree-decorating, only developed in the 19th century. Moreover, the meanings of Christmas have also shifted somewhat, with the conflicting values of charity and consumption co-existing next to one another. Although Jesus was known to have despised commercial activity in consecrated contexts, his reactions towards Christmas celebrations are not known.

Gallery.sg in The Straits Times

Gallery.sg was mentioned in Singapore’s main local paper, The Straits Times, on the 29th of April, 2014. Proud day for the project! It was a huge article about the growing trend of art sales on the Internet. Gallery.sg is the only mentioned site that does not actually sell art.

“Although unique, the presence of Gallery.sg under-scores the varied, exciting landscape of art galleries in the digital age and it points to how two models of galleries, online and offline, sometimes conflate.”

The current show, The Web Art Show, on Gallery.sg will be open 24 hours till July. So do drop via your laptops/computers!

Straits Times Online Art Article

Gallery_Singapore

 

For those who missed the opening on the 19th of April, here is a video recorded by Randal Packer from Washington DC, during part of the 5 hour virtual event . It was 4am in the morning for him!

Gallery.sg by Eugene Soh from Randall Packer

 

 

Gallery.sg Group PhotoFirst group photo taken in Gallery.sg (19th Arpil, 2014)

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

Arrival of Venus by Eugene Soh

Arrival of Venus by Eugene Soh
The Arrival of Venus (2012)

Arrival of Venus by Eugene Soh

Made in collaboration with Campus Magazine. Below are some behind-the-scenes moments from the shoot. Featuring J Star a.k.a. J* as Venus. This combination of 7 photographs was shot at East Coast Park with Marina Bay Sands in the background.

One of the challenges was to get the 2 flying characters to actually fly while hugging each other – so we decided we had to shoot everyone separately and then stick everyone together with Photoshop.

Credits:

Photography: Eugene Soh.

Models: Eugene Soh, Clara Lock, J Star, Roshni Kapur.

Planning & Styling and everything else: Kelly Morse, Lynn Ooi, Aaron Stewart.

Shoot assistant: Aaron Stewart & Lynn Ooi.

The Last Kopitiam

THE LAST KOPITIAM BY EUGENE SOH

The Last Kopitiam a.k.a. The Last Wonton Mee is made up of 16 photos pieced together. Most obviously relatable to Da Vinci’s Last Supper mural, your dude truly is very proud to present a local version set in a local coffee shop: Kopitiam style.

I had a square table. Each character was shot separately because it was virtually impossible to get everyone down at the same time.” – Eugene Soh


Behind The Scenes Photos:

Hidden Leg 2