Jahan Loh

Jahan Loh

Jahan is not an artist who makes art.              

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  • I am honored to be curated in a joint artshow titled “GHOST” which features a band of Singaporean artists who stay true to their art and reconfigure the body in unpredictable, seminal moments in the arts and counter-culture. Working with Mazlan aka SKOPE to represent early Singapore street art was a great experience. Eventhough I am familiar with SKOPE’s art on the streets we never really met until Alan Oei the curator pulled us together earlier this year. It was a true pleasure working with the first Malay “graffiti” artist from Asia. Like how it started back in the early 90s, it is funny that our art has received complains from the public to all the government ministries and even to the National Arts Council.
    Ghost is presented in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum and is a Collaborative Project of the Singapore Biennale 2013 If The World Changed.

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    Thanks to the great curatorial team from Sculpture Square who made this possible.

  • It was a great honor to have my artworks shown together in this art exhibition with someone which I had great respect for since i was a teenager, for the grand opening of the new UNITY Gallery. Steve Caballero was a huge influence, not only to myself to my peers when we were growing up in Junior High school. It was only when we were preparing for this exhibition that I found out that we shared the common birthday and the zodiac sign of the dragon, what a coincidence.
    Really appreciate Kobe, Frankie and Sam Lee of Subcrew for organizing this exhibition and Kristy, Sam and Jordan from VANS APAC for their kind sponsorship. It was truly a great experience. Please enjoy the photos taken by Kobe Chen.
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    And thanks to Lee Hawk who introduced me to Tom Cooke, who in turn introduced me to Steve Caballero….and with GOD’s grace, everything lead to this awesome show hosted by SUBCREW & VANS. Thanks again guys!!!

  • Art, Construction, Deconstruction and the faces of our society:
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    In Friederich Ni­etsche’s GREEK TRAGEDY, he believes that life always involves a struggle between these two elements, each battling for control over the existence of humanity. In Nietzsche’s words, “Wherever the Dionysian prevailed, the Apollonian was checked and destroyed…. wherever the first Dionysian onslaught was successfully withstood, the authority and majesty of the Delphic god Apollo exhibited itself as more rigid and menacing than ever.” This theme that is common in our modern world, often through popular comic narratives that challenge an oppressive feudal order and re-envision ‘man’ as rational, autonomous, unique and free, has been in turn challenged and deconstructed.

    Being a child from the 80s, my life and art too have been ad­mon­ished and run over by enemies such as mass media, societal needs, culture, money. These enemies have not on­ly de­con­struct­ed and an­ni­hi­lat­ed my art and practice, but this process of de­con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion has led me to discover a new uni­verse of visual language, meth­ods and lo­gos—through frag­ment­ing icons in popular con­tem­po­rary cul­ture.

    These icons drawn from mass media are not about getting instant popularity, but getting a connection when I attempt to bring social subtleties into a full light, so that they may honestly be explored. From the superheroes that fight for justice in the comic world to the human heroes who make a difference every day in the real world, my new series of paintings are a record to the deeds of unseen heroes. The characters and personalities are painted and later deconstructed down to each facial feature, depicting the emancipatory impulse of humanism today which I have come to understand as being existing unwittingly in the colonialist, patriarchal and capitalist structures today. The deconstruction of popular icons in my new series are done in order to perform not just a critical/philosophical task but also a intergalactic one—to alter our perception of reality and open up new spaces of being and becoming; the possibility of new forms, new bodies and new minds. Fragmented faces offer a more profoundly transformative vision, and one in which blurs the categories between the good and the bad, the profane and the sacred, as neither side ever prevails due to each containing the other in an eternal, natural check, or balance. I call this WORKING CLASS HERO.

  • My latest body of works called WORKING CLASS HERO. Thanks to Chanhampe Gallery and everyone who came by on opening night. Exhibition runs till 28th July 2013.
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  • Did this painting as a response to the stuff happening in the world today.
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  • This is my first attempt at making a sculpture out of brass. Learnt so much from the foundry, picking up some century old sand casting techniques, and trying to re-invent these techniques and translating them into my art. Here are some of my work in progress.
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  • Attended an art show in Singapore’s port district, presented by NOISE Singapore, it’s funny how government bodies are changing their stance towards street art and graffiti which was so frowned upon….maybe they like the concept of having the spirit of graffiti caged in a gallery. Guess it’s hard for most curators to put together a truly comprehensive art show about street art since most of us did it covertly.
    Nonetheless, great to see some interesting works from Skopewoner, Zero, SkLo, ANTZ, Clogtwo and Totem 1 from Atlanta!.
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    Great show guys!!!

  • Some photos I took at the launch of the Adidas Jeremy Scott Pink Poodle launch at Limited Edition Chamber at Marina Bay Sands……the poodles from an animal shelter was a great addition to the launch.
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  • Moving onto 2013, it’s been almost 2 years since i have shifted my base from Taipei back to my hometown Singapore. Since i’ve been back, I am pretty much stranded in my studio churning out paintings. Here are some of the progress shots of my first commissioned painting in the new year.

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    New year resolution: Time to tidy up my studio.

  • Glad to be part of this exciting exhibition. Andy Warhol is a great influence to modern arts today, and being able to take part in this retrospective show in the Art’s Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands is a great honor to me. Thanks to the curatorial team and M.A.D
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