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A “Lucky Show” Indeed: An Upcoming show on an ‘Informal Gathering of Artworks’

We sat down with three of the participating artists to find out more about their craft and their upcoming exhibition

Published for The Lucky Show

LUCKY show is happening @Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, #03-78

2nd – 8th  July 2018, 7 pm – 10 pm

The Lucky Show

LUCKY show, is a self-conceived, 3-person, 7-day, experimental solo-collective presentation that seeks to invent possible artistic relations within an alternative paradigm. A tongue-in-cheek title making reference to the 120-sqm shop space in Lucky Plaza, here lies the site of their showcase. Each artist with less than 24 hours to present their art in turns, an “informal gathering of artworks” as described.

It is an attempt to explore ‘possible universes’, a term used to describe DIY practices as prescribed in the book, ‘Relational Aesthetics‘. Specifically, it engages with the inherent need to create, and the act of troubleshooting within a given space. The show loosely models the urban condition of the alternative space, as typified by the norm of a white cube.

Lucky Plaza’s 120-sqm space before the installations

 

With three participating artists, Nhawfal Juma’at, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee and Ong Si Hui, they work with a range of media and sculptural forms, conceptualising artworks that feature an exploration of different practices, yet are uniform in their response to the site as contingent and generative. 

Each artist has their own performance time and space in the exhibition area, details as listed. There are also 3 separate opening nights and it will be highlighted by an *

Exhibition #1 Nhawfal Juma’at:

2nd July 2018, 7pm to 10 pm*

3rd July 2018, 12pm to 10pm

4th July 2018, 12pm to 5pm

 

Exhibition #2 Zulkhairi Zulkiflee:

4th July 2018, 7pm to 10pm*

5th July 2018, 12pm to 10pm

6th July 2018, 12pm to 5pm

 

Exhibition #3 Ong Si Hui

6th July 2018, 7pm to 10pm*

7th July 2018, 12pm to 10pm

8th  July 2018, 12pm to 5pm

 

Artist discussions

With Syaheedah Iskandar

8th July, 5pm to 7pm

 

Daily Operations

12pm – 10 pm

[Except for 2nd July 2018]

We sat down with these young artists to have a little chat – to find out a little more on their upcoming show as well as their practice. Read on to find out more:

 

Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, 28

Describe yourself as an artist.

I’m the sort of artist who doesn’t see object/ artifact making as really important. My work is sort of intersectional – it resides within a space of art making, exhibition making and perhaps, education. I’m very interested in demystifying how art is approached and who has access to it.

Why do you do what you do?

I think today, you can’t just be an “artist” alone – you have to diversify. Moving forward, I think we are shifting away from the idea of making ‘just art’, with some emphasis on understanding the artist’s self efficacy as well. Maybe, I do what I do because I’m interested in understanding “How to be an artist, rather than just being an artist”.

Anything specific about yourself you’d like others to know about?

Maybe that my practice has always been about malayness, and while i don’t exactly use the term ‘identity politics’ often, it is definitely ‘identity based’ (I think there shouldn’t be anything novel about talking about identity and difference too. We are in the center of difference; art embraces diversity, no?) Oh, i think i’m empathetic.

Do you think its because artists need a sort of branding?

Hmm, i don’t know about branding….

What is the Lucky Show and do you mind sharing what you have planned for it?

The title of the show is very tongue-in-cheek and is based on the location which is Lucky Plaza. There was no specific reason why the space was chosen and it’s not really a site specific show; the works are not exactly informed by the location perse – at least not based on some expected narrative. We wanted something jarring. Things can essentially work when there’s a will. I think that’s an interesting medium. One’s will. It is really grounded more in the attitude and approach, and not just the physicality of the space. Yes.

What has been the most exciting process leading up to the show so far?

Making the show itself. You are able to set your own terms and have autonomy.

As an experimental show, is this something you’ve done before? If no, do you foresee any challenges or new experiences ahead?

We have done this before. I organised RUANG with Nhawfal. It was right after the first show I organised, Dancing on the spot. It was a very quiet show (haha!) at the now-defunct Mettlework. Nhawfal decided to pitch it and we worked together with a group of great artists and APAD. And also recently, on RAID with Daniel Chong. That was quite tough but very enriching! As for challenges, fortunately, it’s not really the art making itself. The challenge is more of getting the space and the logistics. And of course, the financing.

What do you think about the art scene for young artists in Singapore?

It’s ok. A healthy sense of self-esteem would be great.

If you could change or improve something within the arts scene here, what would it be?

The fact that we are organizing this show, it is a small contribution. I don’t think a change it required perse. Maybe we need more voices and nurturing attention

Any other upcoming shows we should know about for you?

Nothing I would like to disclose at the moment. Though, we will be organizing as a team of loose collective sometime in August, so stay tuned!

Finally,  last thing you’d like to share?

Thank you to TailoredRaw for organizing this and covering us, this has been fun! [No, Thank you!]

 

Nhawfal Juma’at, 28

Describe yourself as an artist.

I’m the sort of artist who receives his inspiration or ideas from his personal instances. I’m someone who is trying to absorb the environment’s energy and channel it into my art making process. It’s rather immediate, it responds to how I am in this particular moment and it would also influence the sort of medium you use. Lately, I’ve been doing more painting cause I’ve been stuck in my room, and I find painting more suitable for the said environment.

Why do you do what you do?

“Art-making feels like a minor anarchy in society.” You break social norms, you know – not going for a 9 to 5 job. That sort of escape makes you feel more real. That’s what I enjoy about art making, constantly going against the grain, against societal expectations.

Anything specific about yourself you’d like others to know about?

I may not look like a nice person to talk to, but I am always up for a good conversation.

What is the Lucky Show and do you mind sharing what you have planned for it?

Zul has explained quite well from his POV already. Its about having a group of friends do work together with a kindred free spirit. It’s a bit like gotong-royong in that sense, but of course you don’t see it much in the process of art making. Getting together, to discuss each other’s ideas – and on a platform where people can view it. As for what I have planned, it is simple. I’m trying to exhibit my most recent body of paintings in my room and other works that have not been exhibited before. Since its never seen before, it may come as a surprise that I exhibit paintings at all.

What has been the most exciting process leading up to the show so far?

I guess today’s photoshoot is quite exciting. Shout out to Wan Jie for the photoshoot! Instagram (@uuanjie) And also meeting Si Hui for the first time today. You meet new artists and different people everyday and that’s cool yeah.

As an experimental show, is this something you’ve done before? If no, do you foresee any challenges or new experiences ahead?

It’s something I’ve always practiced doing. Definitely not the first time curating or working on something different. Of course, the main challenge of trying ‘not to be normal’, is trying ‘not to be normal’ on the day itself –  The sort of split decision making on the time of the exhibition is different from pre-planning.

What do you think about the art scene for young artists in Singapore?

I believe right now, we are having a surge of young artists stepping it up and finding their own voice. Finding their own way of exhibiting and showcasing themselves, and being less reliant on older generations. It’s just about finding the right avenue and meeting the right people in my opinion.

If you could change or improve something within the arts scene here, what would it be?

 *Haha* Don’t really have the answer yet. I’m afraid if I attempt to change anything, I wouldn’t know if it would be for the better or worse.

Any other upcoming shows we should know about for you?

In July, I’m having a show at Esplanade curated by Wang Ruobing called “Happens when nothing happens is going to happen”. Do Check it out!

Finally,  last thing you’d like to share?

Let’s make this world a better place.

 

Ong Si Hui, 25

Describe yourself as an artist.

I was thinking about that from just now [this Q&A was done alltogether] . I think in my personal practice, I am alone, going solo. I tend to shut myself out so I can’t hear or think anything when I am making my art. Though, I realize it’s really important to have artist friends that have a similar drive to make work, I think. Gaining some inspiration from the artists around you.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s a nod to a kind of everyday practice. It doesn’t matter if I do my practice for one hour or three hours, I need to make the effort to go out and do it. (the work I mean)

Anything specific about yourself you’d like others to know about?

No, I think.

What is the Lucky Show and do you mind sharing what you have planned for it?

Like Zul mentioned earlier as well, it’s an ‘alternative space’. I’m trying to be more experimental – with no rules or expectations. So I can see one month later after production what are the quality of works I could share. I’m trying to explore unconventional mediums, nowadays working mainly on my own works. For this show, working with unfamiliar mediums, and with that kind of setting, is more fun.

What has been the most exciting process leading up to the show so far?

It’s so open and there are so many possibilities! At the same time, you have to think about what to fit in this white cube space.

As an experimental show, is this something you’ve done before? If no, do you foresee any challenges or new experiences ahead?

No, I’ve not done this before. So, having it in a shopping mall -No matter how conceptual, to me it is a public work in a public setting. It changes the perception of the work and opens up to so many different kinds of audience and interpretation.

What do you think about the art scene for young artists in Singapore?

I definitely think in these last few years, there are more creatives and artists knowing where to look for opportunities for themselves. Making it on your own and carving your path so to speak.

If you could change or improve something within the arts scene here, what would it be?

*Haha* I don’t know what to say about that also. For me, It’s more about just adapting. Not conforming, but just adapting to the environment.

Any other upcoming shows we should know about for you?

Recently I graduated from Laselle and was selected to be part of this exhibition with graduates from other schools. It Will be at Gajah Gallery, somewhere in late July but more details on that soon!

Finally,  last thing you’d like to share?

No, I think that’s about it.

 

 

We’d like to thank these artists for taking the time to share a little more about their work and practices with us! Lucky Show is driving up to be an exciting exhibition with an experimental take on the narrative of the ‘white cube space’. We look forward to a successful run ahead! You can follow up-to-date with the show with their event page here. Or by following the hashtag #luckyshowsg on Instagram

For additional info, you can check out Sikap here

Sikap is a project group that engages with the creative value of ‘let do’ in the form of organizational experiments. The group is interested in the notion of mutual support, autonomy in idea, and artist-centered actions in artistic presentations. It attempts to be a roving, non-brick-and-mortar project platform that is interested in showing experimental and innovative works in off-kilter sites. It is founded by Zulkhairi Zulkiflee.

 

 

 

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