Welcome to the 9th edition of Art Apart Fair !
SHOWING art in intimate settings is the raison d’etre of Art Apart Fair since it was started in 2013. This year, Singapore’s homegrown international art fair will see works from up to 100 artists from Europe and Asia, besides art collected by three private collectors in a new setting: Pan Pacific Orchard, just off Singapore’s iconic shopping district.
The works of art will be placed throughout the hotel’s lobby lounge area, the third floor where the function rooms are as well as the penthouse and suites on the 20th floor. Works will be artfully placed in corridors as well as the rooms, to give visitors a sense of how they will look in a home setting.
A stunning sculptural installation made from found objects will greet viewers when they step into the hotel lobby. Architect Fong Hoo Cheong explores disjunction and repurposing in his installation of “useful” objects – in this case, chairs. The ‘useful’ becomes ‘artful’ and the space forces one to questions one’s eyes. Fong is the founder of the boutique Architecture Firm, HCF and Associates and he has a fondness for installations that are the rudiments and elements of architecture.
From Singapore, the feature artist is Ben Puah who studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and LaSalle College of the Arts. The recipient for the President’s Young Talents in 2001 is interested in story-telling with darkly humorous themes. Straits Times journalist Ling Yang Chen will be showing his photographic collections in an art fair for the first time, on Chinese opera, nature and architecture. A special platform will be given to selected works by final year students of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Pan Pacific Orchard will sponsor artists from the Very Special Arts Singapore to show new work.
Besides individual art works selected and curated by Art Apart Fair founder Rosalind Lim, this year’s exciting development will see art works and designer furniture put forward by three private collectors: Dr Stanley Quek, Lynette Wong and Ernesto Bedmar. The Fair represented its first private collection in its fifth edition, in 2015.