Singapore Artists Exhibit in Amsterdam

The Overview Installation in Amsterdam (Kulter)
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right

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!

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! 

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

Virtual gallery to “open” on the Internet in April 2014

Hey guys, I am curating a show this April. Featuring 15 artist from the Web Art Movement. Save the date! 19th April 2014, 7pm till 12am (GMT+8) Venue: The Internet (www.gallery.sg) it is a Virtual gallery!

Below is the press release:

Gallerysg Gallerysg

Contact: Eugene Soh, 

E-mail: show@gallery.sg,

Phone: +65 9025 6421

With support from the National Arts Council, Gallery.sg will open next month on 19th April 2014 on www.gallery.sg. It will feature 15 artists from the Web Art Movement Singapore in its inaugural show, The Web Art Show.

“This is essentially an experiment but one with endless possibilities for the future.There are many ways in which state museums, commercial galleries, not-for-profits, artists, and industry professionals could possibly use this platform. Not in the least to reduce the cost of logistics and travel but also to extend their reach to audiences who may not be able to physically attend exhibitions for economic reasons, health concerns, or even weather conditions.” Said local artist and Web Art Movement founder, Eugene Soh.

The Human Caterpillar at PASSPORTS show in Geylang

 

The Human Caterpillar by Eugene Soh 2013

The Human Caterpillar made its debut appearance at PASSPORTS: Through the Red Dot Into Other Worlds

The group show was at a unique location – a renovated shop house in Geylang (Singapore’s red light district)(in case you didn’t know)

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I was at OCBC setting up for my solo show right before the opening of PASSPORTSphoto_4 photo_5

 

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