opening day 04: Sookoon Ang

opening day 04: Sookoon Ang

WHEN
18 – 31 January 2018
VENUE
opening day
OPENING HOURS
Tue–Sun 2pm–8pm
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
https://www.facebook.com/events/180001772590885/

opening day 04: Sookoon Ang

The work of Sookoon Ang centers around intangibles and their co-existence with the rational world. The artist has consistently and precisely built a body of work produced in response to the transient nature of existence. Sookoon Ang lives and work between Singapore and France. She holds a degree in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts, New York and has participated in residencies at the Rijksakademie and ISCP, New York, among others. Recent exhibitions include Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan; KARST, Plymouth, UK; Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Singapore Biennale. Her film and video work has been screened in major international film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam and International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen.

opening day is a four-part series of artistic interventions housed in the common space on the top floor of Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre (USSC). Jointly organised by Selene Yap and Cheng Jia Yun, opening day will feature the responses of artists Chua Chye Teck, Lai Yu Tong, Susie Wong and Sookoon Ang. The project is titled after local poet Arthur Yap’s piece that sketches elements of a newly opened building: balmy recycled air, stainless steel, silvered tiles. A quiet observation of new materials, structures and novel facilities, the poem speaks of a period in Singapore when urban renewal and feverish building construction were deemed essential to a developing nation.

Like the poem published in Yap’s 1977 anthology Commonplace, USSC was built in the late 1970s when shopping complexes were just beginning to make their presence felt on the Singapore landscape. Yet in the subsequent decades of its life, USSC has faded fast, outshone by malls which come equipped with 10- theatre cineplexes and/or 25-aisle super marts.

As a project, opening day seeks to occupy a void and thereby open up the site for comment and contemplation, working closely with these artists to glean their responses to the ideas of time, space and dislocation.


Always & Forever, Sookoon Ang, 2018. Image courtesy of opening day
Exhibition
Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter
13 January – 3 February 2018
RAID explores the intricacies of site as narrator within the historic Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter.