Thursday, November 13, 2008


Singapore Biennale 2008

That's just how I spent my afternoon - being stimulated by wonderful art at the Singapore Biennale.

This year's theme is Wonder, and thankfully, the biennale didn't disappoint.

The guide book.

It was just sublime - to take time off the stresses of the exams, just to freely traipse through the exhibition. Taking time out to just appreciate the wide range of visual art pieces was a really stimulating experience that rekindled my sense of aesthetic appreciation. It made me look at things differently, and spun a new perspective on some old ideas of mine.

And then I had an epiphany - good art makes me think, and it made sense that it should.

Good art allows us to experience the sublime and the magical, jolting us away from the mundane routines of life, and allowing us to remember that beauty and magic are all around us. It's in the sun's rays, shining on a majestic cloud; it's in a tall ancient tree standing tall amidst in the concrete jungle of the city; it's that old colonial building whose bricks look like they have countless stories to tell.

I guess it takes good art for us to remember that childlike wonder we once had so long ago.

Beauty's just all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes.