|Dubai International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) 2012-2013 Edition||From 3 May to 19 May 2013|
|Imagine: Phillipine Art Trek VI||From 3 Nov to 25 Nov 2012|
|2 = 1||From 5 Sep to 27 Sep 2012|
|Unnecessarily Well Made||From 15 Aug to 18 Aug 2012|
|Tokyo Erotika||From 6 Jun to 28 Jun 2012|
|Buy Bye||From 26 Apr - 20 May 2012|
|Staging Art||From 5 Feb - 19 Feb 2012|
|Art Stage||From 12 Jan - 15 Jan 2012|
|Democratising China||From 3 Nov - 20 Nov 2011|
|Rock Re-Awakens||From 21 Sept - 23 Oct 2011|
|Moving Stills||From 16 June - 4 Sep 2011|
|Pretty Grotesque||From 10 Mar - 22 May 2011|
|Visible Ephermeral. Invisible Eternal||From 24 Nov - 9 Jan 2011|
|On The Edge||From 20 Aug - 3 Oct 2010|
|Technicolour Japan||From 14 May - 4 Jul 2010|
Dubai International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) 2012-2013 Edition
From 3 May to 19 May 2013
Vue Privée is pleased to announce the winners of their partnership with Dubai's 2nd International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) 2012-2013 Edition as an Official Awards Partner. The winners will see their works showcased at Vue Privée’s salon space 3rd -19th May 2013.
The International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA), under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher AlMaktoum, and supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA) proudly announces the winners of the 2013 Emerging Emirati and Emerging International Artist award categories.
The United Arab Emirates’ is the first contemporary art competition open for artists from both the UAE and internationally. The IEAA was created with the vision to provide world-class recognition for emerging artists and as a means to showcase their work by offering an international exhibition road show.
This year, the IEAA launched the Emerging Emirati Artist Award: a special focus on Emirati talents in conjunction with the international competition. The initiative is the first of its kind that offers contemporary Emirati artists the chance to showcase their work outside of the UAE. The 2013 award was presented to 33 year old Dr. Hamad Al Falasi.
Al Falasi’s work, inspired by colloquial Emirati Arabic, is an examination of language. His series of digital photographs aims to document pure colloquial words used within UAE society and emphasizes the beauty of dialect through pieces shot in various locations in the UAE, chosen carefully to reflect on where particular Emirati words originated and where they might fade away.
27 year old Pablo de Laborde Lascaris, a Mexican national living and working in the United Kingdom, was the proud recipient of the 2013 Emerging International Artist Award: a category open to artists across the globe. The winning piece revolves around a succession of playful studies, which build upon the associations between carefully chosen objects and the method in which the artist chose to animate them. Lascaris examines primordial artifacts, games and toys, and alters their mechanization and form to change their functionality and question their practicality or purpose.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is a sponsor of Vue Privée’s International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) 2012-2013 Edition. MEI is an autonomous research institute within the National University of Singapore (NUS) whose primary objectives are to produce non-partisan analyses of current Middle East issues regarding security, economics and society, and to disseminate such knowledge and insights to policy-makers, the business community, academia and civil society. The Institute organises conferences, seminars, film nights and exhibitions to promote a deeperunderstanding in Singapore of the contemporary Middle East.” says Charlotte Schriwer from the MEI.
Prime Star Group is pleased to be a sponsor of this exhibition as a proud sponsor of the arts in Singapore.
Imagine: Phillipine Art Trek VI
From 5 Nov to 25 Nov 2012
Vue Privée is pleased to present “Imagine”, an exhibition brought to you in partnership with the Philippine Embassy, as part of Philippine Art Trek VI, a series of exhibits by established and emerging Filipino artists, spread over a month across some of Singapore’s top art galleries.
“Imagine” explores the possibility of a world without pain, wars, hatred, imbalances, and fears, representing the artists’ aspirations and dreams. Portraying a world that the artists’ wish for and causing them to wonder if this imaginary world would still fuel their artistic imagination. Contained within the works the viewer sees what people would supposedly look like and what would be reflected in cities and nature. This show hopes to stimulate discussion and poses the question, “What is truly important in life?”
Be inspired by a world of fantasy or a world mirroring a true reflection of what you wish it could be. Take a brief moment… Imagine…
[VP]’s latest salon experience will bring together nine exciting names in Philippine art for one of the biggest annual expositions of Philippine art outside of the Philippines. Artists included in Imagine are Arnica Acantilado, Tyago Almario, James Gabito, Ronald Jeresano, Lester Rodriguez, Jeffrey Salon, CJ Tanedo, Cris Tuazon, and Michael Villagante.
2 = 1
From 5 Sep to 27 Sep 2012
This exhibition explores the conflict and the complex relationship between two characters within a human being.Within each woman is the animus or the masculine side, just as each man has an anima or the feminine aspect within him.
As a woman, Phuong shares the same feeling of the masculine aggression that can occur when a woman struggles to bring her animus into balance so that her feminine nature can thrive.
Textured in black, emerging from the void together with a powerful, masculine red, they attempt to dominate the canvas, barely contained by the clarity and understanding of the white.
Unnecessarily Well Made
From 15 Aug to 18 Aug 2012
This collaboration features contemporary artists from the region and around the world and keeping with the theme of the event; this collaboration embodies the Vue Privée spirit that "Art is a Lifestyle.” The exhibition will feature contemporary artists from the region and beyond including Aiman (Singapore), The Gao Brothers (China), Phuong Dang (Vietnam), Ivan Lee Mora (USA), Peeta (Italy), Emi Uchida (Japan), Michael Bradfield (Australia) and Emma Hack (Australia).
From 6 June to 28 June 2012
Tokyo Erotika, a thought-provoking and compelling group exhibtion, aims to explore the varying persepctives on sexuality in Japan. The show will feature the diverse works of three different artists, Emi Uchida (Japan), K-Narf (France/Australia), and Xavier Comas (Spain), each from constrasting cultures conveying their messages with dissimilar mediums. The range of this exhibition offers many perceptions for art lovers to contemplate the subject of sexuality in Japanese Culture.
From 26 April to 20 May 2012
With incomes rising rapidly among Asia’s burgeoning middle class, the region has been transitioning from a saving culture to one where conspicuous spending is unashamedly celebrated as aspirational goals revolve around amassing branded luxury goods. With shifting attitudes toward the ostentatious display of wealth, Western luxury brands have been flocking to the region’s gleaming new malls to meet the ever-increasing demand.
Curated by art & luxury lifestyle freelance journalist Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop, “Buy Bye” brings together five talented artists from across the region: Astari (Indonesia), Aíman (Singapore), Han Yajuan (China), Justin Lee (Singapore) and Pham Huy Thong (Vietnam).
From 12 Jan to 15 Jan 2012
As an extension to Art Stage, Vue Privée presents Staging Art, a group exhibition featuring the famous Gao Brothers (China), street artist Burton Machen (USA) and one of Singapore’s best emerging talents, Aíman.
A story unfolds with a tribute to the progenitors of the Gao Brothers, and continues into a documented example of their performance art. Also on show, an Intriguing photograph of unsavory political and revolutionary characters, both modern and historical.
Specially commissioned for this show, Burton has used Asian icons such as Ai Weiwei and Mao Zedong, as his subject matters, using his signature collage-like co-creations set in urban landscapes.
Lastly, his biggest piece to date, contemporary visual artist Aiman uses oils, layer upon layer, applied to the canvas to portray the absurdity of conformity in society.
A fusion of mediums and messages, this show promises to be thought provoking and exciting.
From 12 Jan to 15 Jan 2012
Vue Privée is proud to be one of the youngest art galleries participating at Art Stage to date. [VP] will be showcasing, as a solo exhibition within a 75 square meter booth, a selection of impressive new, with a few existing artworks by the famous Gao Brothers at Asia Pacific’s premier international art fair.
From 3 Nov to 20 Nov 2011
This group of artists presents a rich and diverse mixture of aesthetic styles, yet they are bound together by their creative vision of China in the twenty-first century. Feng Zhengjie's highly distinctive pop art portraits of beautiful women with diverging eyes investigates the psyche of today's Chinese society – the deformed eyes are mirrors to the soul, underlying the artist's view that the perfection of the faces in his works is only superficial, while Yang Qian's Bathroom series pushes the boundaries of technical innovation by presenting his subjects through a mist of water-droplets. Guo Wei's study of adolescents acting up reflects on an increasingly individualistic China, while the resurgent strength of Chinese traditional culture is represented by Huang Yan's three dragons sprawling over a barely visible face of Mao Zedong.
From 21 Sept to 23 Oct 2011
In Rock Re-Awakens, Vue Privée unveils the music and culture of rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s and the 1970s through the timeless works from an assortment of internationally renowned photographers such as Joel Brodsky, Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, Curt Gunther, Eddie Kramer, Elliot Landy, Gered Mankowitz, Terry O'Neill, Neal Preston, Ken Regan, Mick Rock, Ethan Russell, Rowland Sherman and Barrie Wentzell. Shot in a pivotal moment in history where hope was found through infiltrating music and lyrical ingenuity, the iconic images document ageless symbols of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle - on-stage, off-stage and portraits – of music legends such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Queen, Rolling Stones and The Who.
This highlight exhibition showcases the spearheads of “rock” music in the 1960's and 1970's who played a pivotal role in contributing to the history of music and culture. The artworks feature iconic and momentous photographs – on-stage, off-stage/lifestyle, and portraits.
From 10 Mar - 22 May 2011
The source of inspiration varies, ranging from scenes in Napoleon Dynamite, a three-part Indie film by Hong Kong director Wong kar Wai, to a video recording by the obscure opera singer Klaus Nomi. The artworks created are not mere replications of original photographic stills, but rather unique interpretations expressed through a variety of media such as oil on canvas, mixed media on watercolour paper, and digital illustration to name a few.
From 10 Mar - 22 May 2011
In this circus of peculiarities, Mojoko explores the boundaries of the beautiful and the grotesque. In his first solo show, we discover the fine line between the grotesque, the strange, and the fantastic. With privileged access to Vue Privee archives, he has unearthed some bizarre documents and photography and remixed them to become the basis for this show. Mojoko's intense graphic style is a reaction to today's bombardment of images in global mass media. His upbringing in Hong Kong has influenced his work being surrounded by Eastern and Western advertising from an early age. Currently Creative Director of Kult magazine, he is part curator, part designer but 100% strange.
The Artist: Mojoko
Born in Iran, having grown up in Hong Kong and now based in Singapore, Steve Lawler is the man behind Mojoko. Mojoko was founded in 2005 as a reaction to overuse of the computer. With a background in Graphic Design from Brighton University and a 2-year scholarship to Fabrica in the new media department working on Colors Magazine, Steve was hijacked by Diesel to be part of their in-house creative team in Molvena, Northern Italy working exclusively for Diesel and its sub-Brands. From there he sought further adventure by moving to Asia to take on a more commercial role, creating websites and campaigns for many global brands under the roof of OgilvyOne Singapore. Afterwards, he took to consulting for all sorts of projects as a creative thinker, art director and designer.
Currently a creative consultant for Kult, an unconventional boutique agency in Singapore, he is involved in both commercial and experimental projects. When he's not guest-designing magazines, conducting art workshops or silk screening, he spends his time going around and picking up obscure pieces of paper from the ground. "One man's junk is another man's painting"
Visible Ephermeral. Invisible Eternal
From 24 Nov - 9 Jan 2011
Spirit and knowledge only ride out life. Knowledge is nothing but the heritage of writing. This new series was inspired by Arabic calligraphy and Chinese sinographs; the writing systems of two of the oldest civilisations. The universal language crafted by Yann and Alexandre’s light paintings can be seen as a metaphor for knowledge that only photography can capture. Each space is meant to emphasize the time’s imprint showing the vulnerability of the visible. The fluidity of light is fused with the environment and corresponds to the materiality of the chosen site.
If writing is the art of formulating what cannot be said, then photography is the art of showing what cannot be seen. In Greek, “photography” is literally translated as “writing with light”. Light painting, therefore, can be seen as a means to capture the essence of photography. Light is a pillar for creation and destruction. It enables us to see but it can also blind us. It reveals and rejuvenates, but it can also annihilate. Photography perfectly captures the antagonism between the Yin and Yang that light possesses. Well-exposed photography only comes alive with the right balance of light. The art of light painting is ephemeral – it is invisible to the naked eye – it only becomes tangible once it is fixed on a light-sensitive prop. Light painting utilizes only a subtle amount of light. Dynamism in light painting comes through explorations in space of color, density and transparency of light. The strokes are irreversible. Therefore, it requires precise photographic skills, spatial sensitivity and a perfectly choreographed performance to achieve the desired effects of the final photography. The history of light painting can be traced back to Man Ray’s self-portraits, Space Writings (1939), where a series of loops and swirls were created in front of his camera with a penlight. Pablo Picasso also created some light drawings, in 1949, where his focal point for art and style of imagery were drawn with a flashlight. “Every man in his night goes to his light”, Victor Hugo - Les Contemplations
Yann Chatelin is a painter and urban calligrapher, specialized in painting large scales and composed sizes. Yann evolved from graffiti writing to traditional painting mediums including acrylic and Chinese ink. He then swopped his spray cans for the Persian calligraphy bamboo pen, the Qalam Ney. Yann currently lives in Morocco and has worked with Arabic lettering for the last 6 years, deconstructing and reinventing its curves and lines. He also had numerous exhibitions in Marrakech and Casablanca.
Alexandre Dupeyron is a photographer and light painter. He has traveled the world for the past 6 years using his camera lens to capture the essence of each cityscape he encountered. Light painting, however, is his chosen artistic expression. Alexandre arrived in Singapore in 2010 and expanded his practice photographing Asiatic culture. This led to his fascination with the beauty and forms of Chinese sinographs. Alexandre’s eye for composition and his sensitivity to an ever-changing environment earned him exhibitions in many places. He exhibited most notably a large work on the Darfur conflict in Sudan at The European Council (2006) and The World Centre for Peace in Verdun, France (2007).
Both artists strived to achieve perfect synergy in order to be inspired by, and to react to, the elements of their specific environment. This is the convergence of more than four years of experimentation and exploration as they continue to realize their artistic visions. They recently exhibited in Design and Cook Galerie in Marrakech (2009) and Villa Houda in Casablanca (2010). They are currently funded by Fresh Foundation to produce a series of work, which will be exhibited in Paris (2011).
On The Edge
From 20 Aug - 3 Oct 2010
On The Edge features the ethereal aerial photography of Alex MacLean. Often on top of our world, capturing terrain teetering between transcendent beauty and total destruction, Alex MacLean's work is quietly emotional and affecting. With a gentle touch and a fine focus on questions of the infinite and the finite, MacLean calls us all to stop, to admire and to ponder the power we hold withing our hands before we touch.
The Artist: Alex MacLean
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. MacLean’s photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and are found in private, public and university collections. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 CORINE International Book Award, the American Academy of Rome’s Prix de Rome in Landscape Architecture for 2003-2004, and grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Graham Foundation. MacLean is the author of seven books including OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (2008), Visualizing Density (2007), The Playbook (2006), Designs on the Land: Exploring America from the Air (2003), Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (1996), Look at the Land; Aerial Reflections of America (1993) and Above and Beyond; Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas (2002).
From 14 May - 4 Jul 2010
Our inaugural exhibition aims to capture the elegance of ‘Old Japan’, seen through the lens of photographers living and working during the late Edo period (1872-1912). Born out of a Western fascination with the insular Japanese culture, new trade routes facilitated the meeting of Western and Eastern artisans, as well as tourists hungering for visual depictions of a world they’d never seen before. With Western photographers staging idealized scenes of Japanese life, as well as Japanese craftsmen hand painting these images in the tradition of wood block prints, the resulting images capture an imagined golden era of Japanese society that has come to be cherished by Western art-enthusiasts and Japanese ethnographers alike. These images were key not only in shaping foreigners perception of Japanese culture, but also to some extent how the Japanese saw themselves.
The name Technicolour Japan refers to the bold colors that were hand painted upon black and white prints, making each a unique piece of art. Also known as albumen silver prints, these are the first commercially used method of producing photographic prints from a negative by using the albumen found in egg whites to bind the chemicals to the paper forming a photograph. Out of the more than 9,000 original photographic images contained in Vue Privee’s private collection, la collection vue privée, there are a total of 180 meticulously preserved original Japanese albumen images.