We had a blast in May, meeting lots of new faces, and catching up with old friends who are so enthusiastic coming out every month to support this community! Photographs are here if you missed us!
...For the month of June we are excited to present you with the 7th edition of the SPORE Art Salon, and a great line up of visual and performing artists, storytelling and music!
For those who are new to the art salon, our event is modeled after world famous Giles Larrain's Art Salon in NYC, with a distinctly Singaporean twist and flavour!
SPORE Art Salon is a non-profit opportunity created for visual artists to meet, mingle, inspire, and share with performing artists. During the event, we alternate between drawing sessions with live models, and performances from musicians, contortionists, poets, dancers, actors and more. We also feature works of, and demonstrations by visual artists, individually or collaboratively.
For more info on how you can be involved ... drop us a note at SPOREARTSALON@GMAIL.COM !
SPORE Art Salon 7th Edition June 27th
CHRISTOPHER OON [ http://christopheroon.daportfolio.com/
To view his beautiful, beautiful photographs of the 7th Edition... head on over HERE, right now!
FEATURED PERFORMING ARTISTS:
BECCA D'BUS (host)
Eugene Tan is an artist who works in performance, garments and drag. Till recently, Eugene was based in Boston, MA, where he worked he directed A Street Theater Named Desire, a guerrilla AIDS activist performance troupe that did work in gay cruising areas in the middle of the night, he also created Come As You Are: Celebrate Queer Sex!, a performance series that looked at queer sexual values 40 years after Stonewall, versions of Come As You Are were seen in 13 cities across the US, from major gay capitals like San Francisco to cities such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As an artist in research at the Berwick Research Institute in 2005, Eugene started an exploration of garments as performing objects, this, he has continued this work with costume design for plays, and also in the creation of Becca D’Bus, his drag persona. Eugene is currently a theater reviewer for The Flying Inkpot.
THABANI NTULI (featured model)
Born in South Africa, Kwazulu Natal. Began early training as an avid gymnast competing through various levels to attain regional and provincial colours. Trained in Johannesburg with Martin Schonberg under the Youth Company, Ballet Theatre Afrikan Too. Joined the neoclassical /ballet company Ballet theatre Afrikan as an apprentice before becoming a company member. Travelled South Africa extensively with the company in their seasons, joined the South African Ballet Theatre as a member of the senior corps de ballet performing in ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle and contemporary works such as Rock A Tutu and Kopano. Choreographed works for the company "money money money ". Currently dancing and singing in Singapore's "The Lion King."
Elina just recently returned from Melbourne and Pittsburgh after studying theatre. She does a bit of this and a bit of that, including poking at the accordion and loving flamingos with a fervor few can compete with. She also does story telling. Which she will be doing for this coming Arts Salon. She's looking to create new work in theatre in Singapore, but we suggest listening to her stories first.
Marla Bendini is a visual and performance artist in Singapore. Born Ong Boon Kok, Bendini Junior in 1986, “Marla Bendini” was created in 2007, an ongoing process of the identity as the “art form”. Her multi-displinary & highly personal works have become her signature, expressing ideas about transgenderism, gender binaries and the dysfunction of social and cultural structures, particularly with her personal physical body as an articulation tool. As of 2011, she is developing Surrogate, investigating the socio-physio- psychological imprints of her art on subjects and audiences.
MADAME ZOE KITTY & the GURU WENDELL
Live musical accompaniment by MASTER JOHNNY KIM
This fun loving and melodious duo will guide you through the touching, comical, and fantastic world of Musical Theater. Hailing from Scotland and the Philippines, the Guru Wendell and Madame Zoe Kitty, are a truly international collaboration, brought together by their mutual love for art and self-expression. When these intrepid pals are not singing and dancing through the streets of S'pore, they enjoy contorting themselves in yoga class and supporting local, avant garde, experimental black box theater productions! This is a performance you will be talking about for ages!
Milani describes herself as an "immigrant poet", having studied and worked in five different countries. Born in a small town in East Java, Indonesia, Milani moved to Singapore at 7. She was fascinated (read: obsessed) with the events in Indonesia during the Asian financial crisis. From then on, she woke up, closed the door momentarily on boys, clubbing and other hedonistic activities, to concentrate on analysing political history of her birth country for some years. Following a terrific week at the Ubud Writers and Readers festival in Bali, she became inspired to interpret and express herself through poetry and fiction. Milani has performed at the Ubud Writers and Readers festival, poetry slam and open-mic events in Singapore. Besides writing, Milani shares a love for colours, forests, drama, music and archetypes.
FEATURED VISUAL ARTIST:
ALEXIS NOAKES [ http://www.alexisnoakes.com/ ]Alexis Noakes was born in Stockholm, Sweden where he held his first few exhibitions at Aras Gallery Stockholm after entering St. Gorans art high school, where he first discovered his passion for drawing and painting. His love for art and his hunger for experience led him to Singapore where his now perusing his BA in LASALLE College of the Arts.
His art revolves a lot around the human body and bodily shapes which are constantly changing, twisting and growing inside a surreal space with a labyrinth of doors and stairs leading everywhere yet nowhere. Placing a foot in between representational and abstraction, his works strives to question the way we look at ourselves in a highly modern society.