3D Installation piece for TUMI SG / HK. Inspiration of the piece is based on “Voyage”, a journey or expedition from one place to another. This is my first time adding physical element to 3D anamorphic art. Hope to explore more the next time.
We are most delighted to be featured in this new book curated and published by the uber cool Underscore magazine about Singapore’s creative scene!
Thanks to all our participants, followers and supporters of our projects and portrait events- we have a good 6 year track record behind us and a massive collection of work and photos to show for it!
Though predominantly a volume about interesting design firms and designers it also featured many illustrators like – Andy Yang, Drewscape, Koh Hong Teng, Mighty Yellow, Jason Siew, Ben Qwek, Fleecircus, Imaginary Friends ( IFS ), Sokkuan, Twisstii, Kristal Melson, Zixi, Eeshaun, Speak Cryptic, Mindflyer and many more. Do check it out!
Creative Cultures ( www.creative-cultures.com )
The Singapore Showcase is an Underscore special edition platform showcasing the works of Singapore’s creative disciplines through mediums of publication, film, website and exhibition, designed by Hjgher and curated by esteemed Japanese curator, Yoichi Nakamuta.
The publication features more than 100 Singaporean creatives, ranging from fields of art, design, music and photography, including architecture, interior, product, graphic, illustration, interactive, animation, fashion, art, photography and music.
The theme, Uncover was established for Singapore, describing the beginning of a creative culture that has grown over the years with little history, but a freedom and hunger for experimentation. The focus is on the future, rather than its history, that defines Singaporeʼs design culture as a work in progress, inviting greater things to come. Says editor-in-chief, Justin Long, “We have the freedom to be who we want to be. We hold the power to decide our own future, not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come.”
With an irreversible scratch-and-see gold hardcover, Underscore invites the reader to scratch and uncover an original curation of Singapore’s creative culture, with over 280 pages of visuals and interviews.
Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase publication is printed by Dominie Press and officially distributed in Singapore by BooksActually.
Underscore is an independent magazine with thematic content attuned to a simple rhythm; quality of life. Conceived and designed by award winning studio Hjgher and published by H/Publishing, Underscore is a platform derived to underline or highlight simple values that are important but neglected in our everyday lives.
Held by the common intrinsic values of Authenticity, Quality, Integrity and Honesty, Underscore was developed specifically for the audience in mind, addressing media channels of traditional publishing, online media, product design and placement, and event exhibitions to communicate through all senses of the audience for a complete and fulfilling experience.
Another definition of underscore is background music. A carefully selected soundtrack accompanies each issue to complete the entire experience, and is available on the website for download.
Where to buy the book? At BooksActually ( and selected bookshops in Singapore) and on line at http://underscoremagazine.com/creative-cultures.html
The BIRDHOUSE will be at MAAD this FRIDAY!!
7 Dec 5 – 11pm / MAAD Red Dot Museum (Open to Public) http://bit.ly/MAADSG
Thanks to Fred Perry Singapore for inviting OIC to be part of the Fred Perry 60th Anniversary Party celebration! Special thanks To MAAD market for having us too for the December session!
Very exclusive original artwork for sale by various artists / illustrators.
This image is by Miel – http://blogtoonistmiel.blogspot.sg/
Our partner Monster Gallery – http://monster-gallery.blogspot.com/
Momorobo (aka MMRB) was invited by Tiger Beer and Kult to be a part of Tiger Translate in Sydney. It’s a unique event which brings together international artists from both the East and West to work collaboratively on an artwork. Australia was represented by local artists Beastman, Numskull, Creepy, Phibs and Matt Stewart while the international contingent was represented by Singapore and Shanghai collective Momorobo (aka MMRB), Mongolian artist Lhagvaa Enkhbat, and South Korean artist Junkhouse.
We collaborated with emerging Mongolian artist Lhagvaa Enkhbat (who won the 2011 Tiger Translate competition in Mongolia) at Name This Bar in Sydney on a large scale wall mural a day before the Tiger Translate event. We did paste ups of our Tiger-inspired skyline illustrations while Lhagvaa filled the skies with Mongolian motifs.
On the official event itself, we went head to head with Babekuhl, a Sydney design collective with OHP Ping Pong, using old school overhead projectors, acetate and black markers. Each of us spent about 15-20min adding a layer of graphics onto each other’s work, whilst they were projected live onto a giant white wall for the crowds to witness. The result is a series of interesting, eye-catching collaborative pieces. In a day of digital innovations where computers are replacing pen and paper, it is refreshing to see old school technology charm a discerning young audience of creative people.
We really had a blast and definitely were thrilled to be a part of an event like this, meeting and collaborating with artists from lots of different locations and backgrounds. I’ll love to give a big shout out to Steve Lawler, Tanya Wilson from Kult and all at Tiger Beer for this amazing opportunity!
- Sally Zou (MMRB)
MOMOROBO (also known as MMRB) is a collective of creatives ( Sally, Morris, Eric and Terence ) based in Shanghai and Singapore and in their own words, “runs on Xiaolongbao and Hainanese chicken rice.” An analogue creative team, the crew have worked with likes of Nike, adidas Originals, and Tiger Beer, and their hyperactive design aesthetic and future thinking art and designs solutions see them as rising stars of the Shanghai creative scene, recently invited to be one of this year’s juries for New York Art Directors Club Young Guns. Their works are also featured in various offline and online publications such as Asian Graphics Now!, CNN Go, Vision Magazine, Dazed Digital, ComputerArts, Faesthetic and the Pictoplasma Character Encyclopedia.
Just wanted to share something I recently completed based on the BOMBAY
SAPPHIRE® theme – “infused with imagination” The Blue Room.
This 3m x 2m piece will be exhibited at the dbl O Art Space from 26th October
to 18th November 2011 (Closing party by invite only).
The exhibition will also feature the works of established solo designers and
collectives such as Kult3D, Creative Toolbox, kittozutto, Mojoko+SHANG, Clara
Yee, Dju-Lian Chng, Foo Jia Wen and Tara Thadani.
Very happy to be a part of this and alongside really kickass artists! Come by to check it out.
More info on their fb page.
Also Check out this really awesome behind the scenes look at the making of
Bombay Sapphire’s first chapter in a new global campaign, ‘Infused with
For a long time throughout history, Asia and it’s culture has been an inspiration on artists and their artworks. Neofolk is a contemporary art exhibition organised by Damien Brachet , Clear Editions Japan along with Kult magazine to showcase Asian influenced art works. This exhibition held in Cutlog Foire d’Art Contemporain, France includes many talented artist from Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines and Singapore. From Singapore is our very talented Kuanth and Sokkuan Tye. See their dedication to perfection and crafting in this unique exhibition.
” Kuih-muih” , 2011
Hanging Installation, Felt, Polyester and Acrylic.
5kg, 70cm X 70cm X 100cm
杜十娘 Du ShiNiang (Lady No.10), 2011
Xin Hua Puppet Show Installation, Wood and acrylic, animated with internal engine.
25kg, 150cm X 90cm X 40cm
Below are more details to the exhibition :
South East Asian contemporary art exhibition, October 19-23, 2011
Cutlog Foire d’Art Contemporain
Bourse de Commerce de Paris
2 rue de Viarmes 75001 Paris Paris, France
Throughout South East Asia since the end of the XXth century, artists have been rediscovering their roots and traditional crafts, by reinterpreting their mixed and painful pasts.
They have grown out of State-condoned folk-art and tourist-priced exoticism, and back from the counter-culture distraction of self-denying, copycat Western conceptualism. Entrenched in soul-searching identity crisis, pioneers, pillars and heralds of the local scenes have dug up their forefathers’ hand-woven, paper-cut, hand-dyed, studded, pierced, cursed and blessed techniques, which contemporary art used to look down upon as arts and crafts.
Asia is reborn of gift-shop mentalities and ridding of self-loathe, cultivating local flavours and tastes for indigenous tribal aesthetics, from ancient script and tattoos, to music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art. Crews of grunge-skater-nerd, ghetto-punk and retro-rockabilly artists are digging back into their drawers and closets. Their art is profoundly idiosyncratic, raw in discourse, sophisticated in delivery.
It is expressionist figurative, from mutant tribalism from Taiwan and the Philippines, to street animism and folk esoterism from Indonesia, brand-new retro pop from Singapore, and graffiti opera from Hong Kong.
This is Neo Folk.
Syan aka MC Yan (Graffiti art – Hong Kong), Kuanth (Graphics and installation art – Singapore/Malaysia), Samuel Indratma (Painter, sculptor – Yogjakarta), Darbotz (Graffiti artist – Jakarta), Jam Wu 吳耿禎 (Poet, photographer, paper-cut artist – Taipei), I Made Palguna (Painter – Yogjakarta), Sokkuan (Illustrations, installations – Singapore/Malaysia), redslim08 (Visual artist – Philippines).
This is a new solo show by Andy Yang- The ‘Emotions’ series came about as a reaction to music soundscapes composed beforehand and repeated to create a trance-like painting style strongly rooted in Abstract Expressionism. Raw emotions are invoked as layers upon layers of paint are laid down like tracks on a musical score creating a visual map of emotions.
12 Eu Tong Sen Street #04-163 soho2@central Singapore 059819
Opening reception 2 September 2011, Friday 630pm-9pm
( Andy will be present with sound performace at the opening reception )
Exhibition 2-4 September 2011, 11am -6pm (By appointment only)
Ben Qwek aka MrB was also involved with the Street Fighter Skate Deck Auction. Below are some images of his work process.
You can see more artwork from Ben here : http://benqwek.com/
Do bid for the decks here: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/musicforrelief11/
‘A Penny for You Tot’ is an opportunity for children to get in touch with learning more about the history of Penny Toys and process of which they were made. This collaboration opens an opportunity for me to make craft and the stories of Penny Toys appealing for children, hopefully helping them to find a connection with handicraft and how Penny Toys were made and played.
01. Drawing of artwork : Actual size 40 x 40cm, but I always leave a 2-5cm bleed.
02. Guidelines were necessary for me to measure the size and length of ground and standing trees.
- I always draw my illustration in parts, just in case I want to shift them around.
- I had a picture(actually a folder) for colour reference and also to study how the bushes and forest should look like.
03 : After colouring, I lasso-ed out the bushes which I needed to cut to create standees.
05. Final display of Garden Escapade model with Penny toys from Mint Museum -
Details about the exhibition – ‘A Penny For Your Tot’
MessyMsxi’s work may or may not be permanent, but will definitely be on display with featured Penny Toys till 26th June 2011.
Do pop down to have a look if you have time.
More of MessyMsxi’s work at : www.messymsxi.com