Thursday, March 13, 2008

Singapore: Chua Chye Teck, Wonderland

Another goal for our weekend in Singapore was to see some art. Unfortunately, however, we ran out of time. Luckily, we stumbled across the Wheelock Art Gallery on Orchard Rd. This temporary art space is hidden in a covered walkway next to a construction site, but it's huge windows make it impossible to miss. The current show, Wonderland, is a photo installation by artist Chua Chye Teck. The images are a commentary on consumer culture, featuring objects reclaimed from the salvation army. The irony about this show is that it's presented on Orchard Rd., the epicenter of mass consumerism in SE Asia, in a gallery created by a corporate commercial property developer. None the less we're very happy to see art presented in a high-traffic public place, easily accessible and inviting for the non-art going public.

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