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Wall street: Money Never Sleeps September 24, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration,Writings — wuhuyumo @ 4:52 pm
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So, to celebrate my finishing of my AEP sia, i went out to watch Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  I am not going to talk about the plot of the movie but rather some of the imagery, which i think ties to the movie well.

One of the imagery used is the idea of bubbles. Bubbles, as we know, is a beautiful illusion that can be easily broken. In the movie, it is linked to the false security and the fraud within Wall Street. The internet was a bubble of illusion, which burst resulting in one of the past economic crisis. As of now, the trend of investment is on green technology such as solar power, wind power etc, and people all around the world are injecting more and more money into this bubble, until one day the fraud cannot continue and the bubble will burst. I have explained this to the best of my abilities however I think i am not coherent and I tried to search for the particular quotes as mentioned in the movie everytime they want to make a philosophical point about bubbles, yet I could not find any ):

The second one is a painting by Spanish artist, Francisco Goya. It struck me as I used Goya as my inspiration for my coursework, as he turned deaf halfway in his life and his whole style of art shifted, resulting in him producing darker art such as the one shown in the movie, Saturn Devouring his Child. This painting is to depict the greek myth of Titan Kronos, who feared that his children will overthrow him and ate everyone of them, except for Zeus of course. In the context of the movie, it is to show family ties and relationships between mentor and prodigy. The painting is first introduced in the antagonist’s office, the antagonist being the one who indirectly caused jake’s mentor to commit suicide, offering Jake a position at his firm. There are a lot of messed up family issues in the movie, Jake being unable to resist his mother’s requests leading her money over and over again, Winnie Gekko and her father who seeked to reconcile with her but ended up cheating her of one hundred million dollars as he felt “betrayed” by her. Goya’s painting would often be interlinked with these issues to emphasise on family ties. The resolution of the movie is also related to the family, Winnie Gekko being pregnant with a son, causing Gordon gekko to want to be a better person. And with this, the antagonist is exposed for his crimes and Goya’s paintings was torn up, which symbolises resolution in the family problems.

There’s quite a lot more of themes and things but that’s the main point.


Inspiration: Guido Daniele

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 3:42 am

This inspiration post is dedicated to Guido Daniele, an Italian artist born in 1950 who currently resides in Milan.He specialises in body art, and is famous for his paintings of hands. He is awarded Hero of the Year for his adaptations of animals using his hands.

He not just experiments with different types of painting but also different hand positions. I think it’s quite cool to look at his bare hands and to figure out a position and a suitable animal to draw on them.

Besides his hand paintings, I really like his latest work of body art. They are black and white and rather simplistic , like my installation.

This is how the set of photographs is created. This is actually quite simple to carry out, basically painting every part of the model white except the part that the artist wants to ephasise on. however, I think the idea’s really good and is simple yet strong.


Inspiration: Day of Silence

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 3:29 am

The Day of Silence is an annual event created to speak up for the LGBT( Lesbians, Queers, Bisexuals and Transexuals) by using silence. I realised that this form of silence protest is in fact a way of speaking up. The purpose of the Day of Silence is tobring attention to anti LGBT name-calling, bullying and harrassment and effective responses. The Day of Silence started in 1996, students at the University of Virginia organized the first Day of Silence in response to a class assignment on non-violent protests. Over 150 students participated in this inaugural DOS. In 1997, organizers took their effort nationally and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated.

Students take some form of a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. The event is designed to illustrate the silencing effect of this bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT and attracts up to hundred thousands of students.

Front of card.

Back of Card for 2009.

Badge for 2009.

Eversince, Secondary 1, we have been doing this with the Day of Silence even being a class event back when we were Sec 2. I think most people participated only for the fun of it but they do not realise the true meaning and do not understand the purpose of doing so. This year’s Day of Sience was in 16 April 2010. I wanted to participate with my classmates, however, I was in Beijing at the time. A few of us still managed to participate, by using silence and I found out even some of my local classmates are aware, which shows that the event is very successful as despite the block of the Great Firewall of China, the chinese are still willing to take part and find out more about this.


Reflection September 23, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 4:43 pm

A huge part of my coursework is dependant on reflection, to draw the viewer into the installation. My choice for reflection is as below:

In Millenium Square, England. Can you guess which is the photographer? he’s the one at the top right dressed in blue.

Eduoard Manet, A bar at the Folies-Berger, 1882

This picture contains a reflection and this reflection has been the subject of much controversy. As suggested by some critics, the woman in the reflection should appear directly behind the image of the woman facing forward, instead of to the side. Neither are the bottles reflected accurately or in like quantity for it to be a reflection. These details were criticized in the French press when the painting was shown. The assumption is faulty when one considers that the postures of the two women, however, are quite different and the presence of the man to whom the second woman speaks marks the depth of the subject area. Indeed many critics view the faults in the reflection to be fundamental to the painting as they show a double reality and meaning to the work. One interpretation is that the reflection is an interaction earlier in time that results in the subject’s expression in the painting’s present.

M.C Escher, Three Spheres II, 1946

There are 3 spheres as suggested by the literal title, one transparent, one reflective and one opaque. The centre sphere depicts Escher himself drawing the 3 spheres. In the reflection one can clearly see the image of the three spheres on the paper Escher is drawing on: in the center sphere of that image, one can vaguely make out the reflection of Escher’s studio which is depicted in the main image, thus this back and forth process is infinite.

This is another self portrait by M.C Escher and is called Hand with Reflecting sphere( another literal title indeed) done in January 1935. This portrait shows Escher holding and gazing into the sphere when in actual fact, he is gazing while drawing himself. These are the types of perspectives that Escher likes to use.


Inspiration from 798

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 2:32 am


798 is an area of old warehouses in Beijing which have been converted to various art studios. This post is more of inspiration rather than exhibition review as there are some stuff that i saw that has led me along with my coursework. We visited this place along with Today Art Museum as part of research for a small project that we did at the end of the trip. For our project, we act as consultants on relocation, and the mother of the imaginary family was a fan of contemporary Chinese art and as consultants, we were to recommend her art and artists worth adding to her collection. Thus, we did not go see Contemporary art such traditional chinese paintings that the Chinese are famous for, and instead, went to see  the art form more unique to the Chinese.

798 consists of 50s style military warehouses converted into individual art studios, housing  contemporary and avant garde Chinese artists. 798 is inspired by Bauhaus style of East Germany and is often compared to Soho, Greenwich Village and the Meat Packing District in New York City. I really like this place as it was art mixed with history, and its rawness and simplicity helped bring out the works of contemporary artists. They made effort to preserve it, restoring it to its former glory instead of turning this place into a state of the art museum etc. I really liked the exhibition space and its vintage effect, where there are a lot of communist writings and the ideas of Mao painted in a very significant red on the wall. I think the rich history is part of the reason why this place is filled with foreigners, up to 60% of the visitors are foreigners.

large, spacious exhibition hall


The main point of this post is how 798 inspired me, and what particularly inspired me is this statue which i felt was like the unofficial mascot of 798. This life-sized figure is available in many art galleries and many of them are randomly placed around the whole vicinity of 798. These figures may come in various colours and prints but are mostly red. They are called the “Ghosts of 798” and the whole collection is called “Stress- the ghosts of 798”, which is what i am feeling now trying to complete my SIA.

I felt that they are somewhat related to my coursework as they depict an abstract man screaming. Based on my contextual knowledge of the cultural revolution, communism etc, I think this sculpture is to encourage expression and to show the artist’s frustration at not being able to express his thoughts and feelings. Back in the 60s,

Disclaimer: The photo are not particularly clear as photography is not allowed ._.

This is the backview of the red and most common type. This gigurins have a rough texture though they are glossy. Also, as can be seen, they do not even have distinctive arms or legs.

Front view of the figure in multi colours. The white patch ( for the yellow and green figure)/ red patch (for the white figure) is in fact a logo which reads “798 Beijing”

Seeing this caption makes me wonder whether this set of figurines is part of a series of emotions, and is a themed exhibition, with the current emotion being stress. However, after research I realise this is not true. Moreover, i realised that this set of figurines are in fact, made by an Italian artist, Nicola Rivelli. I had always assumed that it was made by a Chinese artist to show their history, to show resistance to their previous creative stiflity. I think that 798 should focus more on works of local contemporary artists instead of international artists who like to make art related to the cultural revolution.

Besides this, my other inspiration is rather general, just to show the change in Chinese rt, to show how the Chinese :speak out: in their own ways through art, something that used to rare in China.

I think one form of contemporary art would be graffiti. Also, there was a public sculpture( 2nd photo) which is a BMW car made entirely in stone. I think this is quite an interesting idea and the stone and dirt colour also shows one of China’s problems of pollution.

Outdoor sculptures found around 798. The first and 3rd sculpture are done in neutral tones and are beautiful in a grotesque manner. The 2nd and 4th involves bright glossy prints, helping to ade the culptures more ‘loud” and eye catching.

From this visit, I have gained inspiration not just in literal sense, but metaphorically too as I take note of how the Chinese break out of their boundaries to create a new generation of Chinese art.


Decisions, decisions August 25, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration,Writings — wuhuyumo @ 2:34 pm

I am currently at a dilemma for my coursework, as i am unsure of the exact tone i want to portray through my installation. Currently Ms Yap and Mr Chang suggested 2 different ways to present it and i cant pick!

One option is to paint the hand signs in different bright and glossy colours, so as to capture the viewer’s attention, which is what the phrase “Speak to be heard” is about. Bright glossy colours will attract more attention and may send out the message better compared to a subdued white.

Possible colour scheme, bright and glossy

On the other hand, another way of interpreting “Speak to be heard” is to say that you do not have to actually speak out loud, as in the case of the deaf and mute (thus the hand symbols), yet silence speaks and makes a impact. Thus, despite that white may be dull and subdued, and not “heard” not “seen: easily, it still makes a point and is in defence of these deaf and mute people, seeking to inspire them.


Inspiration for coursework August 24, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 3:30 pm

My first inspiration for my coursework came when i was clearing the house and i found my hand sculpture done in Secondary 2, when Mr Gan invited an external teacher to teach us casting. It left an lasting impression, as back in 2007 and 2008, our Aep class still undergo some mess for art lessons, such as doing Impressionism for 2 whole years and not doing much in art. Thus, casting was a new experience for the then secondary 2 us, who have barely covered anything in art, and as a Secondary 4 student, i was eager to revisit this medium.

Also, i read an exhibition design book and an exhibition by Archea caught my eye.

It is an exhibition for architect and design, done in 1992.

Also, I am deeply inspired by the CIP that i do. I volunteered at the Singapore Association for the Deaf, which assists the Deaf to achieve a better quality of life and to enable them to integrate and contribute to society. I feel inspired for this people, how they strive hard in life despite their impairment. For cca, I also performed once at this event which is to raise funds and awareness for the deaf. As a performer, it certainly raised awareness for me, and i would like to spread this message, to inspire and motivate these people.

Another inspiration is Guido Daniele She is rather famous for her hand paintings which are quite widely circulated around the internet such as

Despite the fact that her work is quite different from mine, but through my coursework and hers, i realised the importance of hands, especially to an artist. Our ideas for art might come from our brains but it is executed using our hands, and thus, our hands play a crucial role.