8 – 30 January 2022

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am to 7.00pm

Free Entry.
List of Artists  
Song-Ming Ang
Genevieve Chua
Amanda Heng
Lai Yu Tong
Lim Yew Kuan
Ruben Pang
Anthony Poon
Shubigi Rao
Jeremy Sharma
Guo-Liang Tan
Tang Da Wu
Tay Ining
Ian Tee
Teo Eng Seng
Youths In Balaclava
Zulkhairi Zulkiflee
Art Agenda proudly presents its first exhibition of 2022, ‘We’re Young Once’. Comprising more than twenty works across different mediums and periods from an intergenerational selection of 15 artists spread across two storeys at Art Agenda @ 63 Spottiswoode, the exhibition is curated by young artist-curator Ian Tee. It forms part of Singapore Art Week (SAW) 2022 and is supported by National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore.
In many ways, this project is born out of the conversations I have had with artists about their experiences and the “art scene” they grew up in. It also reflects my curiosity about the artworks I know through books or images online, but have never seen in person

- Ian Tee, Curator

Amongst the earliest exhibits is ‘War and Peace’ (1957) by key modern Singapore artist Lim Yew Kuan, a painting that is a call to arms for youths to take action at social and political flashpoints in the world at that time.

Lim Yew Kuan (1928-2021)

War and Peace, 1957
oil on board
182 x 121 cm

‘We’re Young Once’ presents a rare opportunity to revisit different moments in history in one setting, and discover unexpected early works by artists we might be familiar with. Though the artworks on view are varied in their approaches, medium and subject matter, they all manifest a youthful spirit – of fearlessness, experimentation and vulnerability.

Another featured work is ‘Emperor’s Choice’ (1981) by second-generation artist Teo Eng Seng, a significant example in the paperdyesculpt medium, which made its debut in Teo’s 1981 solo exhibition at Alpha Gallery. When broken down into its base material, paper pulp becomes an endlessly malleable medium for painting, sculpture or even installation art. Hence, the work represents a spirit of youthful experimentation and re-invention.

Teo Eng Seng (b.1938)

Emperor's Choice, 1981
paperdysculpt on canvas
142 x 176 cm

The exhibition also features design collective and streetwear brand, Youths In Balaclava (YIB), whose works are characterised by a self-taught DIY aesthetic, and which contain underlying commentaries about growing up in a working-class environment in Singapore. YIB presents a set of 10 masks, each representing a member of the collective; as well as a terrarium-like sculptural display.

Exhibition Details

8 – 30 January 2022

Art Agenda
63 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088651

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am to 7.00pm

Free Entry.
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