2Enduring Understanding Students will understand that artworksserve as visual records of events and asexpressions of artists’ opinions about thesociety they live in.
35W1H Tang Da Wu When What Where How Why Which 1943- Envionmental IssuesWhereSingaporeHowPerformanceSculptureWhyCultural ShockWhichContemporary
4Essential Questions Overarching Questions What is a society ? How is a society differentfrom the individual?Topical QuestionsHow is ethnicity differentfrom society?How does ethnicityshape society?How can art be an extensionof the environment?
5Biographical Outline 1943: Born in Singapore. : Lived in UK before returning to Singapore.1974: Studied in Birmingham Polytechnic School of Fine Art for four years.19xx: He attended School of Martins.1985: He completed his Masters in Fine Arts with Goldsmiths College.1987: Established The Artists Village with some other local artists.
7Where Singapore The phasing out of villages. The tradition of art as a commodity.UKArt as concepts was fast gaining recognition.
8WhichContemporaryArt that belongs to the same period of time, as in “current”.Refers to the present time, as in “now”.Can also refer to being current with any “specified” time, as in the past.
9What Subject Matter The body Animals on the verge of extinction. Anything pertaining to the environment.Ciment Fondu is cement. Advantages are quick and hard setting.
10What Theme- Environmental Issues. Animal extinction- chiefly caused by the Chinese community, due to their demand for animal parts as aphrodisiac and medicine. The lack of rationality in this community as there is no scientific proof that these animal parts have healing properties.Deforestation- the much deforested landscape due to industrialization changed Singapore into a concrete jungle. This can be seen in his earthworks.Ciment Fondu is cement. Advantages are quick and hard setting.
11His Painting The scene narrates a simple story of a dog chasing a cat up a tree.It is direct and matter-of-fact.It is painted quickly and intuitively.The painting is childlike.True Story, 1987Oil on canvas, x 122 x 92 cm
12His PaintingMan Walking his Dog, 1986Oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm
13Woman with Snake in a Cage, 1988 Graphite on paper, 45 x 80 His DrawingsCiment Fondu is cement. Advantages are quick and hard setting.Woman with Snake in a Cage, Graphite on paper, 45 x 80Woman Beating Snake, 1988Ink on paper, 71 x 61 cm
14His Drawings Australian Legend, 1992 Graphite on paper, 112 x 81 cm Map of South America, 1992Graphite on paper, 110 x 79.5 cm
15His Drawings Moving, 2000 Jantung Pisang, 2000 Graphite on paper, x 69 cmJantung Pisang, 2000Graphite on paper, x 69 cm
16Pencil and wash on paper, 58 x 71 cm His Mixed MediaBlue Rain, 1993Pencil and wash on paper, 58 x 71 cm
17Tiger’s Whip at Keong Siak Performance, 95 x 70 cm
24A Monument to Sueb Nakasatiem, 1991 His Mixed MediaA Monument to Sueb Nakasatiem, 1991Mixed media, 43 x 69 x 37.5 cm
25His Ready-MadeJust in Case, 1991Found Object, 43 x 69 x 37.5 cm
26His Ready-MadeUntitled, 1993Found objects, 91 x 19.7 x 18 cm
27WhyHis BackgroundHis stay in UK has opened another avenue of understanding in the issue of animal extinction.He was constantly questioned by people in UK on the irrational need of the Chinese community in consuming animal parts.This cultural disparity had an extensive impact on him to propel him to create art based on such issue.Ciment Fondu is cement. Advantages are quick and hard setting.
28WhyHis BackgroundHe is brought up with a Chinese education where he learnt Chinese calligraphy and painting.He is the first artist in Singapore to use performance as a medium.Ciment Fondu is cement. Advantages are quick and hard setting.
29How Drawings and Paintings Drawings to him are words to others. They are his thinking process.He vary his techniques in drawings and paintings. Some examples- calligraphic brushstrokes and quick sketches.He uses quick sketches to narrate his scenes.He paints with a child-like candour.His works are direct and blunt.
30HowInstallationHe recycles materials- something which he started when he was in UK.It was his first year in Birmingham when the garbage collectors went on strike.There were abundant items of varying materials for him to select from.That was when he started collecting discarded items and sorting them into paper and cardboards, plastic, and so forth.
31How Performance He uses his body as a medium. His performances can be child-like, like telling a story.He challenges the public with dialogue and discussion.He improvises as he advances in his performance and responds quickly when required.He later uses props and objects to cut down on the need to improvise.His later performances are choreographed according to a script, although they may be just rough ideas and outlines.
32Topical Question Society Culture Ethnicity How is ethnicity different from society?SocietyMalaysCultureEthnicityIndian
33ReferenceKarnadi, K. (Ed.) (2006). Modern Indonesian Art: From Raden Saleh to the Present Day. Koes Artbooks: Bali.