Been busy these past couple of days working on a couple of pieces for the upcoming show “Singapore”s Finest” at 28th Fevrier alongside other established names in street art such as Trase One, Antz, Zero, Slacsatu, Jaba and Myow, all of whom I am honoured to be featured with. The theme was to center our creations on our iconic characters and styles, and I worked at keeping the themes relevant to the gallery space where I was to display these at.
THirst for Dirty Money– A reflection on con-art and the business behind art and hype
60x48inch spray paint and acrylic on canvas
This piece is a reflection of Damien Hirst”s spot paintings, which is the subject of much controversy in the art world. It has been deemed as “con-art”, or conceptual contemporary art which many argue possesses no real art value, and from there stems the question of whether the creator of the piece was truly an artist. With the alarming rate at which con-art is gaining popularity, art loses its meaning with its popularity dependent on hype, with deserving artists exploited as an end result. Some galleries list concepts and ideas at the bottom of the list and do not see beyond the monetary value behind the artwork and artist name.
But of course, seek truth in every situation. Not all points apply to everyone.
The spots are erased in this piece and replaced with my “signature” black circles, each with a dollar sign attached as a reflection of con-art. Much has come out of this black circle ever since news broke on my arrest, mostly brought about by the hype it was free movile games surrounded with, with its influence leaving its mark on independent adaptations of this design. It has been capitalized on, it has been exploited, its meaning behind its creation diluted. It has been “raped” one too many times, and as such my relationship with this dear friend might just come to an end, to preserve its honour in memory.
80cm x 135cm acrylic on canvas
This piece has made its rounds as a wheat-pasted poster to much positive response before the “incident”. Based on the concept of recuperation, this piece is a reflection of the socio-political climate in Singapore repackaged into popular imagery and reincorporated into mainstream society.
The Obey aesthetic was used to connect with those who knew the brand and to communicate this across. Replacing Andre the giant”s image with a prominent figure recognizable to Singaporeans as well as incorporating “Limpeh” (a popular local dialect for “your father”, Limpeh tells you to Obey Your Father.