According to the Mayan calendar it's on 21 Dec. With this in mind, this exhibition asks members of design collectives Artistry and Chemistry to interpret what 'last day on Earth' means to them. Participating include Karin Aue, Yanti Agustin, John Chan, Tianshu Ge, Marcel Heijnen, Bassam Jabry, Thierry Kok, Wil Kolen, Prashant Somosundram, Tan Yan Ling and Simon Wong.
'The Last Cuppa' by Artistry x Chemistry. This Last Supper takes place at an art café with a bride standing in for Jesus. As she utters his famous words – 'truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray me' – the 'disciples' look at one another, at a loss about who she is speaking to. Pigment ink on fine art paper, 125x70cm.
'Caged Hope' by Bassam Jabry. An abstraction of amal, the Arabic word for hope, the letters are in the shape of a a dove. The use of the material was a deliberate choice to express the juxtaposition of a bird yearning to fly. This mix of metaphors reflects not only recent events in the Middle-East but also at some level the inner struggle we all have with our self-imposed cages and the hope that drives us to break out of them. Steel mesh, size 140x200cm.
'Ascension 632-642' by Marcel Heijnen. While most Singaporeans are aware of the built-in bomb shelters in condos, a litte know fact is that most HDB blocks are equipped to lift off and ascend into space in the event of an apocalypse. These are the Jalan Besar HDBs, the nearest safe haven to Artistry. Diasec facemount print, 125x70cm.
'Sers' by Prashant Somosundram. The Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) is an integral part of Singapore's urban renewal programme. Our childhood homes are gazetted and we are exiled to newer, brighter spaces. Only the stains that frame our memories and the passage of time remain. Immortalised in an instant, before being reduced to dust. Print on Dilite, 30x150cm.
'An. Jia' by Tianshu Ge (Heavenly Script). The literal interpretation for these two Chinese words is 'to build a home together'. By exploring the separate meanings of the radicals that comprise these characters, the artist derives a new interpretation that convey many meanings, including the loss of home and the future of the human race post-apocalypse. Ink, gesso, Martha Stewart white textureDibond, 100x80cm.
'The Great Divine' by Wil Kolen. A new era of global awareness is leading to a spiritual development for positive change, shaking off old beliefs and naturally guiding us towards more togetherness, peace and balance. Photo collage and digital illustration, pigmentation ink on paper.
'The Great Divide' by Wil Kolen. An increasing amount of violence and natural disasters are battering humankind, throwing a shadow of darkness over our planet and creating a global divide. Our wings are separated and unable to take us away to a safer place. Photo collage and digital illustration, pigmentation ink on paper.