3 Storeys: Pop Art / Ceramic Art / Glass Art
WEDNESDAY, 21 SEP - SUNDAY, 09 OCT 2011
White Canvas Gallery is proud to showcase 3 Storeys – A Tiong Bahru Inspired Exhibition, which will open on September 21 till October 9, 2011.
Strongly inspired by Tiong Bahru, this exhibition will feature 3-Dimensional lifestyle art by Tan Sock Fong, who will present her Glass Art, Saya Yamaguchi with her Ceramic cups and tea pots, and Casey Chen with his Pop Art themed laser cut metal sculptures, among others.
The reason for the focus on Tiong Bahru is due to Glass Artist Tan Sock Fong’s growing up years in the neighbourhood. For decades, the artist has called Tiong Bahru her home as she enjoys living in a different type of housing instead of the standard HDB flat. From her experience living in Tiong Bahru, she also found it amazing that most of the units are built differently, and the only common feature in the entire neighbourhood is the spiral staircase located at the back. When she was a young girl, she had always enjoyed standing at the bottom of the stairs. From there, she would look up and be mesmerized, as it would appear that she was gazing right up the stairway to heaven.
Throughout the years, she had invited many friends over to visit her home and walk the surrounding areas of the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. She believes that it is of utmost importance in personally showing her friends around as by doing so, the story of the Tiong Bahru past gets told. At the same time, it would be as if they were walking back in time, experiencing the laughter and enjoying all the happy moments of Tiong Bahru’s life of old. She feels that all of these memories should be retained and shared with friends and the people who care.
This Tiong Bahru inspired exhibition connects Tan Sock Fong and former Tiong Bahru resident Casey Chen together with a place that they know so well. In attempting to retell their story about the neighbourhood, they have invited a foreign guest, Saya Yamaguchi to ‘visit’. From there, they share with their ‘new friend’ forgotten memories about their lives and by doing so, relive the good old days of their Tiong Bahru past.