If you missed the salon's very first visual art 'live demo' at BluJaz Cafe since the move from Echo Loft in Chinatown... here is it, documented in stop motion, of graffiti artist Asri Scola and his famed (quote) 'creative outburst' of 30 minutes!!
Initiated by our new guest photog., the lovely mister Guoyi Ng!
Resulting, all cling-wrapped and ready for the road -
Cheers to Asri, his good bunch of friends and of course Guoyi... the creative energy is priceless!!
It's our 21st salon! To celebrate our coming of age, we're calling a mix of fresh and familiar faces to the stage.You'll encounter a live graffiti artist, a brand new model and a nationally awarded poet. Plus, you'll get to say hi again to Weish from the Cold Shoulder (18th edition), Su from 'Call Me Bea' (19th and 20th) and Fauzo from the Russian Dolls (5th, 9th and 14th). Come hang out with the family!
UPDATE: Alvin Pang was not able to make the show - he called in sick with a very sore throat!
FEATURED VISUAL ARTIST
ASRI SCOLA (visual / graffiti artist)
Asri Scola describes himself as a teleporter who feeds on visual aesthetics. It has been a decade since he started writing his way into the street/graffiti culture. His progressive works explores the intervention of spatial relations and colours, interspersed with distinct streaming line movement. Scola versatility has seen his artworks exhibited in " 100 Friends:100 Artists ", " Art The Hall - Art Garage " and " Off The Wall - Graffiti Kings from France and Singapore " exhibitions to name a few.
His works has been featured in different platforms such as Culturepush, Actually MAG, Arts Republic, Singapore Writers Festival and Street Visibility Catalogue.
He was one of the 4 winning designs for ActuallyMAG 8th Signature bag competition recently. Currently his hands are tied with street art NDP project, Calligraphy Graffiti works for local museum (revealed soon) and pending exhibits.
Besides doing mural and illustration, Scola likes to dwell on different array of disciplines from printmaking to paper-cut to photography. Significantly, he enjoys the process more as it gives the ability to eliminate and reconstruction that allows for accidental self-discovery. Though Scola likes to document and express his thoughts through his artwork, his normal alter ego has a conflicting separate identity of procrastinating and unusual fascination of teleporting.
FEATURED PERFORMING ARTISTS
TEH SU CHING as "Felicity"
Teh Su Ching is a bilingual writer, performer, and producer. A short film she wrote and produced, Ash, premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival in June. A condensed, silent version of Ash, renamed Evening Shift, has been shortlisted for the Louis Vuitton Journeys Awards. In 2011, Shanghai theatre group 3rd Culture Theatre staged her English and Mandarin play Seven Days in Jing An in Shanghai’s Jing An district theatre festival. In 2008, another play, Russia! was featured in the Yale Playwrights Festival. Russia! was also read at The Substation, where Lim Yu Beng played the lead. Su Ching's full-length play Ubin will be given a reading in New York's Workshop Theatre in October. Catch her as forensic expert Jean Wu in the hour-long drama Code of Law, which debuts on Mediacorp's Channel 5 September 13th.
Born in 1990, Jurane Solano has been singing the instant she could, with more than a few winning titles under her belt. She grew up listening to “almost every genre conceivable”, but says that “Broadway almost always comes out tops.”
Her love for musical theatre is evident – she’s played the lead actress in several local productions to full-houses, commanding a nationwide following.
She hopes to one day create a platform that can leverage on people’s artistic talents to make a real improvement to the world.
weish (musician) http://youtube.com/weishbub
Weish started out as a wedding singer many years ago, but only began writing songs proper in 2010 and has never looked back since. Extremely excited about expanding her sound, she has grown from a lone-ukulele getup to vocal and instrumental looping, as well as forming bands - among which is Cold Shoulder, for whom she sings and plays the synth. She currently hosts the open mic sessions at The Pigeonhole, and is passionate about providing platforms for new musicians to grow and be found.
ALVIN PANG (poet)
Alvin Pang (b.1972) is a poet, writer and editor. His poems have been translated into fifteen languages, and has appeared in major festivals and publications worldwide. A Fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2002), his books include Testing the Silence (1997), City of Rain (2003), What Gives Us Our Names (2011) and Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (2009). He was Singapore’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2005, and received the Singapore Youth Award for Arts and Culture in 2007. He represented Singapore at London’s Poetry Parnassus event, part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations. His most recent volumes of poetry – both just released in 2012 – are: Other Things and Other Poems, published in Croatia, and Waiting for the Barbarians published by Arc in the UK.
A 'veteran' of the SPORE Art Salon editions, Fauzo loves challenges and exploring various intricate pieces of Classical music. His deep love for music started when he first learnt the power chords of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". From then on, a musical journey began with the exploration of various genres - from Latin Rock to Progressive Rock and finally, finding love in classical music after nailing Mozart's Piano Sonata on the electric guitar, an assignment proposed by his guitar instructor.
What can we say, Ren Robles, his team, Fredi, Pooja, Blotch Studios, dear Deborah brought us all to tears and laughs and a little wee bit of puzzles in our heads that make for great conversation during the 20th Edition...!! We can't express our gratitude to everyone who came out and made our night...
2 sets of photographs contributed by Soefian Suradi and new guest photog. Guoyi Ng are right here !
The SPORE Art Salon chanced upon this lovely documentary made about a street musician recently and thought to share it here on our blog with the rest of you! Rosario is a new age documentary about a busker - Dennis Rosario -
performing in the subways of Singapore in the hope to become a successful
musician one day. The film is a musical narrative, a slice of his life, echoing
the spirit of street music. As Dennis talks about his life’s philosophies, we
begin to ask ourselves the real meaning of love, happiness and life itself.
About the filmmaker
ANSH is an independent filmmaker, writer and film editor based in Singapore. He
started his filmmaking career making short fiction films in India. His first
film No Condom No Sex was featured in United Nation’s EIGHT
festival in New Delhi. After moving to Singapore, Ansh made a documentary EQUAL
ARK on detention kids undergoing horse therapy and a short musical
film Flying Memories. Afterwards, he joined a feature film A
Gran Plan as a chief assistant director and chief editor. Then he made
a short film Hello Daisy which was nominated for the best short
film of year award at very short international film festival (VSIFF 2012). His latest musical character biography Rosario
is doing the festival circuit.