Test 2

Please select your preferred language.





Remember Me

New to Fridae?

Fridae Mobile


More About Us

News & Features

« Newer | Older »
30 May 2003

celestial encounters exhibition in singapore through june 8

Do you really believe in the stars? See the Celestial Encounters exhibition which displays the celestial musings of up and coming gay photographer Jason Wee and painter Parvathi Nayar.

Utterly Art presents Celestial Encounters, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by two artists who interpret their different takes on the zodiac till June 8. 2003.

Top pic: Photographer, Jason Wee
Up and coming gay photographer Jason Wee investigates the Chinese zodiac as it wields its influence over man, not from cosmic forces, but from its imposition over our bodies and minds by experimenting with digital layering while artist and art-writer Parvathi Nayar presents the Western zodiac, researched and reinterpreted from a personal perspective through her paintings.

In Celestial Encounters, Wee forwards an intelligent inquiry into identity and its distortion as a consequence of misplaced notions of fashion, integration and ethnicity. Using the Chinese zodiac as a case in point, he proposes that people follow astrological predictions as a predestined or predetermined mould for themselves, rather than chart the progress of their own lives empirically. The visual devices that Wee has enlisted in this series include naked male models to represent our essential selves; tattoos, gestures and contortions to represent the adoption of foreign identities; and the digital layering of ikat images and text as garments to signify the complexity of the final self that we present to the world.

For Nayar, Celestial Encounters is her second look at the zodiac - she has just paired with Chinese calligrapher Tan Siah Kwee in Zodiac: a Confluence of East-West. For this exhibition, she presents 12 mixed media images on handmade paper about the Western zodiac. Each sign has been extensively researched, and she presents her own unique interpretations. Gemini, for instance are twinned women, and they are far from symmetrical in their presentation. Scorpio is the sign that governs sex, and there is very little of the scorpion in the art which shows a pair of hands reaching out in climax.

The exhibition will be held at Utterly Art Exhibition Space, 208 South Bridge Road #02-01, Singapore 058757 till June 8, 2003. The opening hours are from Monday-Saturday: 11.30am - 8pm and Sunday: 12pm - 5.30pm. The gallery can be contacted at 6226 2605 (Kenneth or Keng Hock) or through utterlyart@pacific.net.sg



Select News Edition

Featured Profiles

Now ALL members can view unlimited profiles!


View this page in a different language:

Like Us on Facebook


 ILGA Asia - Fridae partner for LGBT rights in Asia IGLHRC - Fridae Partner for LGBT rights in Asia