Monday, October 22, 2012

Seaside Bubbles

Seaside Bubbles
Seaside Bubbles
A little work in progress snaps of Seaside Bubbles, an oil painting from last year's exhibition.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Allegory, my first solo in Singapore is upcoming and happening this 6th of November at Galerie Sogan & Art. Here're the details of the show.

Dance of the magpies
Snippet from painting, Dance of the magpies

Allegory — A Solo Exhibition by Jolene Lai.
Featuring new works from up and coming US based Singapore artist.

Reception with the artist: Tuesday, 6th November 7PM

The exhibition, Allegory showcases a series of paintings depicting female characters from various traditional Chinese mythologies and classical literature such as Pu Songling's Liaozhai Zhiyi - The Strange Stories from a Chinese studio.

Inspired by her traditional Asian upbringing, the artist attempts to trace the wealth of traditional Chinese folk stories to understand the characteristics that make Chinese people the way they are today. Aside from the well- known celestial beings such as Guanyin and Zhao Jun (kitchen God), characters such as Pan Jinlian (Jin Pin Mei - The Plum in the Golden Vase), Meng Po and Hua Pi too entertain us with mocking tales of scandalous sexual affairs, romance, justness and humility.

As known in numerous Chinese folklore, these heavenly folks are after all deified humans; thus, they are prone to making mistakes just like we do. Based on their virtues, peppered with lots of subtle humors, Jolene re-tells their stories in contemporary setting, creating familiar everyday scenes, yet, ones that still retain their dreamlike quality.

Take a sneak peek at the work in progress for Allegory

About Galerie Sogan & Art:
Founded in 2010, Galerie Sogan & Art is a Singapore based art gallery specializing in modern & contemporary Asian art. Through research and education, the gallery strives to instill the concept of culture, as well as historical and contemporary issues among artists and art lovers.

Galerie Sogan & Art works with Institute Seni Yogyakarta, National University of Singapore, The National Art Gallery Singapore, Singapore Sculpture Square as well as established and emerging artists in Asia. It will create and run a series of artists’ educational residency programs for young artists. Future exhibitions will feature the works of Davy Linggar, Paul Kadarisman, Sinartus Sosrodjojo, Marsio Juwono, Jolene Lai, Eddi Prabandono and Caroline Rika.

To provide further insight on Asian culture, Galerie Sogan & Art also exhibits vintage and contemporary Indonesian textiles. In promoting fine batik as a textile art form, the gallery works with the Museum Batik Pekalongan, as well as traditional batik art masters and well-established contemporary textile artists. By incorporating traditional methods in addressing contemporary topics, we focus on instilling a sense of identity and historical appreciation in textile collectors.

Allegory is on view from 6th November through 30th November 2012.

Venue: Galerie Sogan & Art | 33B Mosque Street, Singapore 059511
Hours: Mon – Sat: 12PM – 7.00PM | Sun: 2PM – 5PM
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