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State of the Art

Posted on April 3, 2016

Great news for enthusiasts, purveyors, and collectors that love art. There is an increase in online art auctions and platforms around the world making the medium more accessible for everyone via technology.

Online art sales had reached US$3.6 billion in 2014, about 6% of all worldwide sales, according to The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). This figure represents an increase from US$2.8 billion in the previous year (5% of global sales). These figures match TEFAF growth estimates of online sales at a minimum rate of 25% per annum.

In the global art market report released by TEFAF in 2013, the report states that “the price level at which people are comfortable to purchase online is slowly moving up, as new generations of collectors become involved.” Founders of online art platforms from Asia agree.

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Creative Hub PMQ is a gem in Central, Hong Kong

Posted on July 18, 2014

Every morning, a barber shop sitting at the foot of a flight of granite stairs leading to the Police Married Quarters (PMQ) opens its shutters for business. The elderly shop owner inspects his equipment and cleans his adjustable arm chairs in a two seater shop fitted within a narrow back alley. At a time when Hong Kong island has been modernised with skyscrapers and rows of luxury fashion brands in Central, this tiny shop still hangs a framed menu of services written in Chinese calligraphy and is deck with arm chair designs that feel like they’re from the 60s.

Just across the barber shop on the side of the granite steps is the remains of rubble from the Central School built in 1889; the alma mater of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the first president and founding father of The Republic of China.

PMQ has exhibits which showcases the building's rich heritage

PMQ has exhibits which showcases the building’s rich heritage

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Photo by Rebecca Toh

A neighbourhood in transition

Posted on June 15, 2014

A small group gathers at the kitchen area of a 4000 sq. ft. light industrial space learning how to bake cookies with herbs on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The workshop instructor from Wholesome Co. pulled out the baked creations from the oven provided by Mudian Crafted, a boutique carpentry firm, the aroma tempted a few curious shoppers from the corner of the space to peek over while they browse an assortment of well designed lifestyle goods curated by online store Naiise.

Photo by Rebecca Toh

Photo by Rebecca Toh

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SPOT ART 2013: The Growing Pains of Young ASEAN Artists

Posted on November 19, 2013

SPOT ART 2013 Singapore is an exhibition that celebrates the best of Southeast Asian art talent, all under the age of 30. Supported by the Ministry of Communication & Information (MCI) and the National Arts Council (NAC), the exhibition illuminates the values of collaboration, partnership, and a genuine attempt to build the foundations of a sustainable visual arts industry in Singapore. Through this collaborative effort, the exhibition and its surrounding dialogue fleshes out the difficulties facing young artists in Singapore, fresh out of school and lacking in mentorship for industry experience. But what the exhibition also offers is a platform for artists in the region to collaborate.

Drawing back to the exhibition itself, the layout is an amalgamation of paintings, illustration, print, installation, and video art. The selection committee is comprised of esteemed curators and experts on contemporary art in Southeast Asia, selecting over 200 works of more than 70 artists (out of 1500 submissions.) The exhibition prides itself on its quality, diversity; and particularly celebrates the fact that it is nestled in one homely spot. As the event organizers themselves mention, the Southeast Asian arts scene tends to be quite fragmented, so the motivation to distill this artistic incubation in one single location is a definitive gesture.

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Jakarta Monorail Advertising Campaign

Posted on November 12, 2013

Being stuck in traffic for hours is a common phenomenon for people living in Jakarta, Indonesia. With the planned monorail system to be built by 2016, the awarded agency, XM-JWT, was tasked to execute a campaign to convince people of all economic levels within Jakarta that the Jakarta Monorail will ease traffic congestion and help people move again.

Being stuck in traffic is a commonly accepted reason (or excuse) for being late for meetings in Jakarta. The Ngaret culture affects economic productivity and disrupts work schedules for many people as it slowly becomes the norm.

“Ngaret” is a colloquial expression in Bahasa Indonesian, which translates to “being late”, or “not being on time.” A dangerous notion to have when people develop the habit of being late without making an effort to be early.

via Flickr, Vasenka Photography

via Flickr, Vasenka Photography

Private transport ownership is extremely common in Jakarta and few would rely on mass public transportation such as public or private buses. A monorail system is expected to provide alternative public transport for the city’s population of 10 million who commute to work every day. PT. Jakarta Monorail, the company incorporated for the monorail project, entrust all activities related to branding, advertising, events, public relations to XM-JWT, a merger between digital agencies JWT Jakarta and XM Gravity.

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