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 NO WONDER
 LASALLE’s Satellite               art    exhibition          ‘challenges’      Singapore
 Biennale premise
 Singapore, 5 September 2008

                                    LASALLE College           of the    Arts organises an
                                    authentic parallel exhibition entitled NO WONDER
                                    that responds to the Singapore Biennale’s 2008
                                    theme of Wonder. Presenting a series of multi-
                                    disciplinary works that include sound, video art,
                                    paintings,     performances         and     installations,
                                    LASALLE’s Media Arts and Fine Arts students and
                                    their lecturers collaborate to showcase their art
                                    and creativity at multiple venues on campus .




Exhibition Title          NO WONDER
Opening Night             Mon 8 Sep, 7pm
Exhibition Period         Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours              10am to 6pm including Sundays and public holidays
Venue                      LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street
Admission                  Free
Public enquiries           Tel: (+65) 6496 5074        Email: icas@lasalle.edu.sg


Synopsis
Adding a humorous twist to the newly minted theme of Singapore Biennale 2008
Wonder, the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts presents various multi-
disciplinary works in the exhibition titled NO WONDER. The event consisting of
exhibitions and performances ranging from a reverberating tectonic sound work to a
whimsical rattan satellite dish hanging from the sky bridge, invites meditation over the
real sense of wonderment which might not exist perhaps in the world perpetuating with
diseases, wars, pollution and racial discrimination.


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Calendar of Performances and Exhibitions

    •      How much Sugar performance by Sima Salehi.
    •      Image and Sound installation by Paviter Singh, Veliana and Zurianah bte
           Hashim, co-curated by Jeremy Sharma, Dr Ian Woo and Andres Schlegel.
    •      Rowing Boat installation by Zainudin Samsuri.
    •      Don’t Worry Mom! group exhibition by Fine Arts and Media Arts students,
           curated by Milenko Prvacki.
    •      OH NO WONDER group exhibition by Fine Arts students, curated by Rofan
           Teo.
    •      NO WONDER Structure installation by Patrick Storey and Fine Arts students.



Details




Event Type         Opening Night Performance
Title              How Much Sugar
Artists            Sima Salehi, MA Candidate
Date               Mon 8 Sept 2008
Time               7pm
Venue              LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Amphitheatre
Admission          Free

Synopsis
This performance calls for audience engagement as they are asked to participate by
pouring sugar over the artist in the performance that aims to combine the elements of
facts and myths to raise awareness of the female crisis. The other issues addressed by
the artist are of female stereotypes, social and cultural conventions that limit the freedom
of women and the distinctiveness of individual identities as well as every woman’s desire
to escape conditioning especially in the context of the contemporary Islamic culture in
Iran.

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About the Artist
Sima Salehi (born in Iran) is a recent graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts with a
Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Arts. She has experimented with various forms of media such as
painting, video, photography and live performances. Her work tends to highlight the
tensions of females and how they are trapped by different kinds of iconographies and
social codes in the social, cultural and socio-political issues and how they desire to
escape conditioning, especially in the context of contemporary Islamic culture in Iran.
Sima has exhibited at a number of group shows including, Reverie and Fruition, IN
TRANDITU and Discreet Images at LASALLE College of the Arts.




Event Type         Installation
Title              Image and Sound
Curators           Ian Woo, Jeremy Sharma and Andreas Schlegel
Artists            Paviter Singh, Veliana and Zurianah bte Hashim
Duration           Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours      10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays
Venue              LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Earl Lu Gallery
Admission          Free



Synopsis
This collaboration between Media Arts and Fine Arts students is a site–specific sound
project responding with the campus architecture. It features reverberation of
amplifiers/speakers within the corners of the LASALLE building interior, mixed with
myriads of sounds which is then filtered through various objects installed in the gallery.




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About the Artist
Paviter Singh is currently a Level 3 Media Arts student at LASALLE College of the Arts,
majoring in Interactive Art. Veliana is a Level 3 Fine Arts student majoring in Painting
while Zurianah bte Hashim holds a Diploma(HE) in Painting.




Event Type         Installation
Title              Rowing Boat
Artists            Zainudin Samsuri
Duration           Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours      10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays
Venue              LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street
                   Block C Level 1, Block E Level 1, and Atrium
Admission          Free


Synopsis
In the context of Singapore’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual environment,
where aspirations to individuality are increasingly measured against the political and
social need for a unified society, Zainudin Bin Samsuri’s Rowing Boat strikes a fine-tuned
chord. Through advocating and appreciation of the intellectual roots of Malay culture and
thus speaking foremost to those familiar with that culture, the work, far from exclusive,
invites all who saw it to ponder the universality of cultural loss and change.


About the Artist
Zainudin Samsuri is an artist and a Fine Arts lecturer at LASALLE. He received a Master
of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, majoring in Sculpture. Zainudin
has represented Singapore at the 2003 Hopea Sengal Tree Sculpture Symposium and at



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the 1st Biennial Sculpture Symposium held in Singapore. His commissioned public
artworks can be found at various historical sites in Singapore including Raffles Institution
and the Singapore Zoological Gardens.




Event Type    Group Exhibition
Title         Don’t Worry Mom!
Curator       Milenko Prvacki
Artists       Hafiz Osman, Jung Eun Ju, Max Kong, Ong Xiaoyun
              Tay Choon Kok Taiten, Nah Yong En, Jon Chan
              Yap Min Chan, Patrick Storey
Duration      Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays
Venue         LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street
              - Praxis Space (Blk H Level 1)
Admission     Free


Synopsis
Don’t Worry Mom! is an exhibition that delves into the element of risk artists struggle
with coupled with the mechanisms of failure and success. Addressing the artist
occupational hazard “You’re only as good as your last success”, this exhibition pays
particular attention to the importance of the process of the artwork as opposed to the




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final outcome as artists display their are interrupted midway through the art process. This
exhibition brings together new exhibits as well as a series of works and objects used by
the artists in the process of creating their individual pieces of artwork. Appropriately
titled, this exhibition pays heed to mothers who worry constantly about the possible
failures of their offspring.


About the Curator
Milenko Prvacki, a Postmodern painter, Sculptor and Dean of Fine Arts at LASALLE
College of the Arts was born in 1951 in Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Milenko who is a
Singaporean Citizen has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions spanning all across the
globe from Kuala Lumpur to Europe. In the last 30 years, Milenko has won awards in the
2nd International Drawing Triennial in Germany, the Yugoslavian Drawing Biennale, the
17th International Painting Exhibition in France and the 6th Watercolour Biennale in
Yugoslavia. Milenko participated in the Sydney Biennale 2006 for which he created five
new acrylic on linen paintings and is currently serving on the Singapore Biennale 2008
Steering Commitee, the National Arts Council Arts Fund Commitee and the Land
Transport Authority Art Review Panel Committee.




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Event Type    Group Exhibition
Title         OH NO WONDER
Curator       Rofan Teo
Artists       Tay Choon Kok Taiten, Sima Salehi, Nah Yong En,
              Suhirman Sulaiman, Micheal Larsson, Patrick Storey and Jon Chan
Duration      Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays
Venue         LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street
              - Project Space (Blk G Level 1)
Admission     Free


Synopsis
In OH NO WONDER artists create works of art centralising around themes of the often
over-romantised identity of artists in the contemporary world. The works of art are a
tongue-in-cheek critique of the artistic means of the production of art. These
representations expose the artworks and the artists, demystifying the artistic process and
the artist themselves as they lose their often-glorified status of present day “celebrities”.


About the Curator
Teo Rofan is the curatorial assistant of LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts,
Singapore. She holds a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne,
Australia and a Bachelor Degree in Art History & English at the University of Western
Australia. Two of her most recent curatorial projects are New Castle, 2008, which
showcases photography prints of Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck and Magical
Spaces, 2007 a public project at the Asylum. Her research interests include
contemporary art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.



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Event Type    Installation
Title         NO WONDER Structure
Artists       Patrick Storey and LASALLE Fine Arts Undergraduate
              Students
Duration      Tue 9 Sep – Sat 20 Sep 2008
Opening Hours 10am to 6pm including Sun & public holidays
Venue         LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street – Main Bridge
Admission     Free


Synopsis
In an investigation of technology and nature, Patrick Storey builds a site-specific satellite
dish out of materials that are specific and exclusive to Asia such as rattan, cane and
bamboo. Suspended from the bridge with aircraft cable, this wonderment of a structure
will engage itself with the breeze, in its attempt to mimic and mock the things in life we
take for granted. Helping Patrick build this structure are Fine Arts students.


About the Artist
Patrick Storey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University,
majoring in sculpture and extended media. As an artist, his interests lie in integrating the
landscapes and systems of Urban and Rural life through media art forms such as
installations, sculptures, video and painting. He is currently a part-time lecturer and
Masters’ Student at LASALLE College of the Arts.




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LASALLE College of the Arts is a specialist tertiary institution for contemporary practice-
based education in art, design, media and performing arts. Founded in 1984 by De La
Salle educator, Brother Joseph McNally, LASALLE today offers the most comprehensive
range of degrees and diplomas in design, fine arts, film, media arts, fashion, dance, music,
theatre, art history, art therapy and arts management in the Asia-Pacific.


A non-profit, private educational institution, LASALLE operates autonomously with
financial support from the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). Singaporeans and
Permanent Residents are eligible for subsidised fees for diploma studies through the MOE
Tuition Grant Scheme.


  Media Contact
  Yvonne Choo, Ms                               Erline Workman, Ms
  Director of Corporate Communications          Corporate Communications Executive
  LASALLE College of the Arts                   LASALLE College of the Arts
  1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940            1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
  www.lasalle.edu.sg                            www.lasalle.edu.sg
  Tel: (65) 6496 5218                           Tel: (65) 6496 5216
  Email: yvonne.choo@lasalle.edu.sg             Email: erline.workman@lasalle.edu.sg
  Note on the Institution's brand - LASALLE
  “LASALLE” is always spelt in uppercase.
  “LASALLE” is a registered mark in Singapore




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