Thanks to one of the Galleries, I got an invitation to the preview session tonight. As I've mentioned before, I no longer collect anything that is on paper, canvas or similar, reason being the hot and humid weather in my country causes spotting on the base. Therefore, let me mention the interesting sculptures and artists I met at this season's AAF.
Misako Maegaki, Gallery UG of Tokyo, Japan: Mix media -stone, clay, wood - quaint rounded, stylised, humanoid sculptures in whimsical daily life.
Kinihiko Nohara, also of Gallery UG: amusing whimsical sculptures of wood, Japanese motifs with puffy playful clouds.
Hideaki Yamamoto - I met this Japanese artist at the Shonandai Gallery booth. I wanted to know what a particular ingredient was, in the tag for his wood sculptures. Turns out it is a natural anti-insect anti-fungal preservative. His works are made up of wood pieces which he then shapes and sculpts into a final organic form.
Park Je-Kyoung, young Korean lady artist showing for first time in Singapore, and it was a miracle we even had a 10 minute non-verbal conversation about her art. She does dreamy abstract pieces of layers of lace on canvas. Her theme is U-Topos or, as she tells me, Utopia. Her work at the Singapore Spring AAF is exhibited by Lynn Gallery.
Also from Lynn Gallery are Wan Kim's mixed media lightscape series - very architecturally-inspired narrow vistas of corners in structures where light shines in at an angle. Also, the fantasy mixed media LED lamps of Lee JongHee.
Enjo: A Korean artist who is showing a few minimalist pop-art style sculptures. The colour themes are black, white and blue, and the lines are spartan. See his work at Lotte Gallerium's booth.
Lots of other Korean artists presenting their works in person. Huue Gallery has several, and the ones which had interesting graphic style 2D-3D wall mounted sculptures are: Shin DongWon (playful warped perspective Asian tea time); Yang JungSook (contemporary motifs adorned with cross-stitches and nail decor sparkles); Choi EungHan (large ceramic sculptures of some kind of bun !); and Lee DaeChul ( paint-splattered steel sculptures with a 3D wireframe look ). If you like automatons and steam punk, Wang ZiWon has a motion-activated stand-alone sculpture with a static BJD and moving gears.
Artheline, comprising an artist couple, are once again showing their cute, rounded, brightly coloured sumo wrestlers and hippopotami, among others. Must see at Art Porters exhibition booth.
Choi Jong-Sik: creates traditional East Asian style brush art, but his brush strokes are actually staples ! He then paints over them in one colour for the entire canvas. If you like this type of quirky stuff, go see SCAI booth at 3D-10 (please note that their booth card is printed incorrectly as 3D-14).
Park Ki-Woong: Korean wireframe art of human subjects - rather sparing in line, and the wires also form the frame of each piece. Also at SCAI booth.
Lamal Chilaka: photographer-artist, EyeMage Gallery, his urban traffic light streaks caught my eye. He explained to me that he photographs night scenes, then digitally paints the light streaks over the image, then prints the graphic. As I've been creating 3D urban bokeh effects for use in Poser software, I had to notice.
Song JinSu: Shriek !!! This artist's sculptures are amazingly like sketchy scribbles, but in 3D ! And you can definitely make out the form of what he's intended. At US$10,000.00 asking price for a human figure sculpt doing mundane stuff like leaning against a wall, that's a bit steep for a casual acquisition, though. Represented by P & Co Art. Example of work at Gallery website: www.pandco.co.kr/?portfolio=so…
I want to recommend also the artists represented by Be & Art Gallery: Aline Jansen, Didier Hamey, Riitta Klint, Willard Andre Allen. All fine work, and I am tempted by the Hamey items, but need to hold to my objective of sculpts, not paintings.
Walter Pancheri: He makes wood look like flowing cloth draped over other items !! Must check his work out at DiLegno Gallery's booth.
Simona Ragazzi: Dark sculpts, very moody, of human faces. Also represented by DiLegno Gallery.
And there were some but not as many, of the gimmicky stuff which some art buyers think is so cool and happening, but really are cheap tricks passing off as art.
Finally, a kooky local artist ZXeroKool produced by The Art Fellas. It's internet gaming cartoon anime loopy culture all in one. Artist didn't even bother that someone spilled a glass of wine over one of his laminated posters. Totally boh-chap hang-loose booth, LOL !