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

Rwanda

*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!

 

 

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)

Eugene Soh at TEDx “THE FUTURE AUDIENCE”

Thanks for having me TEDxYouth@Singapore!

Sony Xperia Z1 Review and Waterproof Test

Sony Xperia Z1Hey guys, DUDE.SG is honored to be the first in Singapore to have Sony Mobile‘s latest waterproof creation, the Xperia Z1. This phone will only be released next month on the 4th of October in Singapore.

Here are pictures of the phone (with my DUDE.SG sticker):

Sony Xperia Z1Back

Sony Xperia Z1 (Bottom)Bottom

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 VS Sony Xperia Z1Samsung Note 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1

I’ve been using and testing the shit out of it and concluded that it is awesome! If you ever spent money replacing a water damaged phone, you’ll want to continue reading because this phone could save you that money – it is 100% waterproof. I went swimming with the phone (With open ear-phone jack and speaker holes) Yes, water went into those holes. Yes, the phone was dripping wet and yes the phone still works fine.

Very fast with no lag, it probably has the best camera in a phone to date! Being waterproof changes the game for smart phones – think of all the places you could bring your phone with peace of mind (and its camera), out in the rain, in a Jacuzzi, in the shower…

The camera app comes with a manual mode where you can adjust, exposure, white balance, image size ratio, scene selection and a whole bunch of other options.. very useful! But to my disappointment – No manual focus :( I wonder why phones cameras don’t let you manual focus. I means, just give us a slider to control the focus distance why don’t they? it shouldn’t be that hard to implement.

The Sony Xperia Z1’s camera also works like a compact camera. It auto-focuses when you touch the shutter button on screen, and takes the photo when you release. Sometimes this can be quite annoying when you want to capture “the moment”. Let me explain: the phone’s back camera does not take photos immediately when pressed, unlike its front camera, it always takes a second to auto-focus before capturing. The work around for this would be to auto-focus first, by pressing the camera half-way before going in to capture “your moment”.

Here is the full water test. (Swimming pool test)

I tried texting and answering calls while underwater but I couldn’t – the touch screen goes inactive when submerged and needs to be dried off (with a towel) before the touch screen can be “touched” again. So forget about answering calls / replying texts / updating your facebook status while underwater. You can however go into water while already talking to someone, the person on the other line can hear you scream underwater.

While under water, you can control the camera with 4 physical buttons that comes with the phone. The power, the volume up, the volume down and the camera shutter.

To quick activate the camera, press and hold both the power and the camera shutter buttons together (you have to press them at the same time!). Sony’s Superior Auto mode camera will activate. I wish they had the option to quick activate with my last manual settings where I have a different aspect ratio and fixed exposure for my pictures. The phone only remember my settings if I access the camera App normally (which I can’t do underwater because the touch screen is inactive). Maybe in the next software update? with programmable short-cuts?

The image quality is amazing. Here are some pictures I took with the phone:

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testunderwater. So clear!

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testSup.

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMacro Test on my nephew’s toy car

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testDragonfly on my car

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMy nephew with goggle marks after swimming

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testThey are holding hands!

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMercedes

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMy Nephew, Kai Kai

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testAt Chua Chu Kang Cemetery

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testPanoramic test

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