• Judy Tay

This Interactive Art Exhibition By Local Artists Will Change Your View Of Time


When we think of fine art, we think of Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali or even modern controversial street artists like Banksy. But look closer and we'll find talent artists right within our midst.


It's not often we hear about local artists, sans for those that made it big for their unorthodox method like the Priyageetha Dia or Sam Lo, the sticker lady.


So we're here to talk about an upcoming art exhibition by three talented Singaporean art-lovers who decided to create an art show, or two, for people from all walks of life, even if you're not interested in the local art scene.


Time-trip experience

Like the flowing sand in an hourglass, the exhibition is a play of senses to persuade us to shift our perspective on how we perceive time. It invites its visitors into the 'hourglasses' - the metaphorically charged language and landscapes this world has forged and displayed to us.


Many of the artworks were produced specifically for the exhibition and present recent questions and new directions in the artists’ practices. Alongside their own investigations, the artworks also respond to the changing set of conditions that accompany Covid-19, reflecting on issues of isolation, communication, and constraints in which work is produced.

Jaxton Su, Ostinato (2020), single channel video, papier mache, and paint, 2:20, variable dimensions


Art for all

Sandstorm in an Hourglass is the brainchild of three talent Singaporeans who are alumni of the internationally-famed Glasgow School of Art. During their stint in Glasgow, they noticed that unlike in Glasgow, there was a lesser degree of art recognition among Singaporeans. This sparked their interest in seeking out ways to bridge this gap and invoke greater public interest in the local arts scene.

They will also be fun activities for all, such as workshops, talks and performances by the artists themselves, which are suitable for all ages!


Volcano-making by Jaxton Su: Register here

Cyanotype printing by Sebastian Mary Tan: Register here

Blue Tarpaulin Animation by Joo Choon Lin: Register here


One exhibition, two showcases

Unlike most art exhibitions, Sandstorm in an Hourglass is held consecutively across two venues - Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre and The Substation. In here, you'll get to submerge yourself in a wide genre of fine art which include installations, films, sculptures and paintings.

Sebastian Mary Tay, Rain Falling on the Same Hill (2020), wood, plaster, stone, and paint, variable dimensions

Joo Choon Lin, 聞。梵音 [三 部曲] / pEARs ‘ __/\_/\_/\__ ’ in §pring Trilogy (2020), threechannel film with sound, 13:09


As the exhibition takes place, the artworks ripple from one site to another. Visitors will see landscapes, flowers, seeds, and trees; hear the crackle of flame, the buzzing of bees. These are re-imagined to present strange, paradoxical, or perhaps bewildering sights, and allows us to question the nature of the realities moving within and around us emerge.


First-of-a-kind architecture

Credit: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre


Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, one of the two locations for the showcases, caught our attention. Decked in a minimalist theme, this building is the first of its kind in the world with much of its interior made mainly of wood. Situated near the idyllic Yishun Pond, the Centre adopts an open concept to help it blend with its natural surroundings.

Credit: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre


Sandstorm in an Hourglass Art Exhibition by Joo Choon Lin, Jaxton Su and Sebastian Mary Tay


Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre

Address: 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796

Showcase Date: 21 to 30 August 2020


The Substation

Address: 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Showcase Date: 4 to 13 September 2020


For more information, check out the programme and details here. This exhibition is curated by Magdalen Chua and supported by the National Arts Council, the Arts Fund, and The Glasgow School of Art Creative Network. 


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