Featured Image: Shield, collected from Rockingham Bay by John Ewen Davidson in 1866-68, 99.8 x 42.5 cm. British Museum. Oc.7696. As part of the extensive collection of Australian Indigenous artefacts at the British Museum, the Rockingham bay rainforest shield tells a deeply divisive story of the meeting of cultures, and the making and undoing of […]Read more "The Lives of Objects and why Intercultural Exchange is Nothing New"
The visual depiction of natural forms have been utilised in an educative and explanatory manner for centuries, particularly through medical drawings and photograms. In recent years, this ‘supporting role’ of art in science has come to involve a number of things. Indeed, it seems to me that in the context of rapid technological advancements, there […]Read more "The Relationship Between Science and Art"
Architectural history and heritage has been influenced by various aesthetic, artistic, economic and financial negotiations regarding the urban fabric. The construction of monuments entail the dichotomous practice of petrifying memory and destroying (or re-constructing) what existed before. As pertinently stated by Professor Caroline van Eck, ‘the monuments shape history, it is not history that shape […]Read more "Debates in Art History (part 2): ARCHITECTURE"
Definitions of the term ‘sublime’ has undergone a multitude of fluctuations and scholarly influences since the Greek work Perì hýpsous, attributed to Cassius Longinus sometime in the 1st-3rd century AD. Through the study of the origins, meanings and various uses of the term sublime since Longinus, it is thought that its contemporary interpretation, in relation […]Read more "Debates in Art History (part 1): THE SUBLIME"
As explored in the exhibition HUMAN +: The Future of Our Species, 2015-16. Pondering Our Future – Nostalgia as a Method of Display As explored in the exhibition HUMAN +: The Future of Our Species, 2015-16 Exhibitions like HUMAN + that intend to shed light upon the complications that arise in the face of human […]Read more "PONDERING OUR FUTURE – Nostalgia as a Method of Display"
This particular essay is quite special to me. It marks the moment that I truly fell in love with modern art and abstraction. Important to note here is that at the time I wrote this (during the second year of my undergraduate degree), I had not yet come to know of the female artist Hilma af […]Read more "AN ESSAY ON KANDINSKY"
“Mind-map” exercise I did ala James Elkins’ ‘Stories of Art’ (which, by the way is an absolutely fantastic and fun read – highly recommended!). This maze is the conceptualisation of my trajectory learning about and encountering art from kindergarten through Master degree. More than just a mapping of histories and the shaping of my particular […]Read more "STORIES OF ART"
Fang Lijun – Untitled Focus Beijing exhibition – Boijmans van Beuningen museum // Collected by an enigmatic Dutch duo, ‘Focus Beijing’ is an exhibition showcasing the evolution of Chinese art created over the past fifteen years in the capital. Amassed through an engaging project by the collectors Henk and Victoria De Heus-Zomer, their visits to the […]Read more "Focus Beijing in the Boijmans van Beuningen"
Ed Atkins, Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths, 2013 Photography by @amsterdamant // Since my first puzzled encounter with Ed Atkins’ work at the Serpentine last summer, his pieces have slowly started to creep up on me, lingering in my mind. His Recent Ouija exhibition at the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam firmly placed him among my favourite provocateurs […]Read more "A Surrogate For A Real Fucking Experience"