The School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singaporeâs first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school to offer a 6-year unique integrated arts and academic curriculum for youths aged 13-18 years old.
Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the School offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential can best be realised.
With a vision to identify and groom future generations of artists and creative professionals, SOTA builds on Singaporeâs unique strengths, including her multicultural Asian diversity and globally connected networks to synergise talents and resources.
A school of the future, SOTA embraces a holistic educational philosophy that celebrates experimentation, expression and discovery.
The tour will take visitors to works and projects by the following Southeast Asian artists:
SINGAPORE A2-02PS Fost Gallery
Singapore artist Ang Sookoon (b.1977) brings a series of existing works to Art Stage that will be installed in a domestic setting. Each work reflects aspects of domestic, intimate and communal space such as The Waves/Waifs (2009) series of drawings and tridimensional brooms made of hair and wood, Weighs Like Mine (2006) tridimensional chest of four drawers and Your Love is Like a Chunk of Gold (2010) series of
bread with crystalized growth. The domestic, familiar space of the installation evokes spiritual, emotional and imaginative realms.
THAILAND B4-05PS Numthong Gallery
Equally interactive is the photographic installation Charoensuk World Tour (2008) by Thai artist Anusorn Charoensuk (b.1982). Featuring alongside the photographic works are new painted backdrops of various cities re-creating a 1970s style photographic studio. The audience is invited to pose against a chosen backdrop and take their picture with their favorite cityscape.
PHILIPPINES D1-05 Silverlens Gallery
Philippine artist Geraldine Javier (b.1970) re-enacts her 2012 installation Red Fights Back by displaying photographic mementos of Redâs adventure along side a tridimensional installation which include a wall for a tree wrapped in tatting below which cutting boards are painted with different kinds of plants and flowers and positioned at various depths. Real leaves and clothes cover the whole space.
THAILAND E2-05PS Whitespace Gallery
Maitree Siriboonâs (b.1983) the Rice is Art installation created for Project Stage hints to communal involvement. By collecting rice bags donated to him by his friends from his hometown in the Issan province, Maitree recreates the rural Thailand in Art Stage. Photographic documentations of his creative process go alongside the interactive installation where the audience is invited to touch, smell and experience the rice.
VERMONT CORONEL JR.
PHILIPPINES E2-03PS The Drawing Room
Vermont Coronel Jr. (b.1985) from the Philippines continues to experiment with his favorite medium which is stencils juxtaposed in several layers. The overall installation at Project Stage displays a 6-metre polyptych work, which makes up an urban imagery teeming with detail and texture by using a spectrum of colors that boost the features of the work. Alongside the largest piece one of his video works will be displayed to enhance his visual narrative and practice.
MALAYSIA A1-04 T.H.E.O Art Professionals
Malaysian artist Zulkifli Yusoff (b.1962) presents Rukunegara (National Principles) installation as part of his ongoing discovery into the makings of Malaysia/Malaya. The works featured at Art Stage are various tridimensional painted forms displayed on the walls, floor and floating from the ceiling, each one responding to symbols of authority within Southeast Asian countries. The centre of the installation is a fiberglass organic form used as a dynamic painting surface.