Wednesday, 16 November 2011

SPORE Art Salon celebrates FIRST BIRTHDAY !!


The SPORE Art Salon presents its 13th Edition this month of November, and we are so very proud to announce that it has been A WHOLE YEAR since its humble beginnings, created by the hands of original founder and art director, Ryan Daniel Beck, and his team of misfits from Voyage de La Vie. This is a significant milestone for all of us who have had, or still have parts to play in the organising and curating of the SPORE Art Salon editions. We are so very fortunate to be able to meet artists who are 100%, overwhelmingly passionate about what they do, and it is such an honour to witness the magic they so openly share during our salon editions. Great thanks and love to everyone who has stepped foot into the SPORE Art Salon family, and thank you for the support you have showered upon us. Each and every one of you whom we have met, or worked with, is an inspiration, and a motivation to create more art and conversations. Thank you !!


To celebrate the first birthday of the SPORE Art Salon, we have put together a line up of artists we have featured before, in the editions early this year. These artists have since created new works, and we thought it would be such a treat to have them return and share with us. Come meet, mingle and have a conversation with us! You are also encouraged to participate in the life drawing sessions in between performances, so, bring along your choice of sketching materials.

We will also be moving this edition to BluJaz Cafe at 12 Bali Lane - home to many other creative events, artists and musicians. Come hungry for dinner, the kitchen and bar will both be open for orders during the event.

There is a minimum donation of $7/person at the door, proceeds to benefit our featured artists and the pooling of the salon fund.



Visual artist Dawn Ang will be collaborating with Awool, a graphic artist, on a shared piece of illustration during the first hour of the evening. Their drawings will be inspired by your presence, and a 'salon playlist' of music. Dawn will illustrate what inspires in her creation of paper cuts, and 2D layering by use of a distinct style that she applies to her art making, while Awool will play the role of a perfect complement in colours and patterns.

About the Artists -
Dawn Ang
Dawn graduated with a Diploma and a BA Hons Degree in Fine Arts from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2010. Since then, she has exhibited at the Esplanade Concourse, participated at the Art Salon live artist drawing, and has continually produced art and photography inspired by youth, growth and memory. While persuing her artistic career, she has found a love for children, and is currently teaching art in various primary schools.

See photos from her collaboration with visual artist 'Art.S' here >

Awool Shahrulnizam
'Illustrating, graphics and photography have always been interests of mine. Ever since I got an old Yashica 35mm camera from the thieves' market back when I was 14, I have been shooting non-stop and my love for film photography grew, shooting portraits of strangers and capturing the daily lives.'
'I cannot resist a blank piece of paper or wall. Every time I do see one, random substances run in my head and are depicted by use of any medium at hand.'



FARID ASSALAM (featured model)
Farid Assalam, an actor by training, starred his first Featured Film in “Haunted Changi” that hit a region wide audience in 2010. He was first exposed to language and drama at the tender age of 6. His passion as an aspiring artist grew exponentially after getting the opportunity to perform in “It’s My Life! The Musical”, a musical about Teens, for Teens, By Teens, in the year 2009. Working closely with to 2 of his local theatre heroes, Lim Yu-Beng & Tan Kheng Hua, he realized that one of his Dream is to travel the world with his art. In this edition, Farid will return to the salon as our life drawing model, as he had done so once before -
Farid will also share with us some personal insights on art he had developed from recent travels in Germany, accompanied by a short photo slideshow to round it all off.

BEN CHOW (spoken word artist)
Benjamin spends most of his time slouched over a desk in a dark cobweb infested basement. He survives on rats and the occasional snake while crafting short little horror stories that often don't scare people as much as he would like. However, during those rare moments when Benjamin does crawl out from beneath the woodwork, he has been known to sing, loudly and annoyingly, and sometimes even tap dance. Benjamin sightings have been few and far between, but he has been recorded to have been seen at Blue Jazz, during their monthly poetry slams, at TAPAC (the Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre), during their fortnightly Open Mics, and every now and then in one or two really off-off-OFF Broadway musicals. Nowadays, Benjamin is spending more and more time masquerading as a Student of Lasalle's BA (Hons) Acting Programme, while secretly using the basement there for his dark and mysterious purposes. It's more spacious. And they have a great theatre. Go figure.

This fun loving and melodious duo will guide you through the touching, comical, and fantastic world of Musical Theater. Hailing from the Philippines, the Guru Wendell and Master Johnny Kim are a truly international collaboration, brought together by their mutual love for art and self-expression. Come see what they have up their sleeves this time round - it will be for sure, one performance you will be talking about for ages!

About the Performers -

Johnny comes to us from San Diego, California, USA and is proud to be a part of the "Voyage de la Vie" family. He has performed all around the world with the Jean Ann Ryan Company on Norwegian Cruise Lines, graced the stage in the world famous "Les Folies Bergere" in Las Vegas, and defied gravity in "Cirque de la Mer" at Sea World San Diego. Some of his favorite credits include "Miss Saigon" at NCT, and the 31 city arena tour with the "Radio City Christmas Spectaular" starring that Radio City Rockettes. Besides dance and acrobatics, Johnny is also a singer/songwriter and accomplished pianist. He would like to thank his family and friends for their unconditional love and support through this amazing journey. Peace and Love.



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