This site-specific installation combines the distinct illustration styles and subjects of Adeline Tan and Chris Chai of Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC). Chris’ arresting black and white pattern sets reference the geometries of machinery, architecture and other aspects of the built environment. Meanwhile, Adeline’s work takes the natural world as a source of inspiration for its strange and beautifully mutated flora and fauna. Together, the artists have created an installation that draws upon individual elements of each other’s work to create new forms, using diverse media such as drawing, painting, printing, sound and the moving image. The artists’ collaborative exchange is further symbolised by images of portals and passageways that suggest the movement between contrasting time periods of art styles and influences, making their works look at once both figurative and geometrically abstract, as well as futuristic and primeval.
Adeline Tan (b. 1984, Singapore) is an illustrator and visual artist inspired by pop culture and her personal experiences. In her previous work in advertising, branding and tech, her clients included Facebook, Adidas and Uniqlo.
Chris Chai (b. 1987, Singapore) graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Illustration (2013) and counts artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Gustave Doré, and Jean Giraud (Moebius) among his influences.
Established in 2006, the Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC) is known as a pivotal organisation in the local illustration scene that serves as a platform for professional illustrators in Singapore to connect, collaborate, exchange and inspire one other.
Artist Talk by Adeline Tan and Chris Chai (Singapore)
23 Sep 2017, Sat
4 – 5pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade
Venue: Esplanade Community Wall, Level 3
When: 9 Aug - 15 Oct 2017,