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Exhibition

Sanctuary

Exhibiting Artists: Boo Sze Yang

Venue: F1 Pit Building > venue details

Dates: 18 Nov 2010 - 21 Nov 2010

We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. ~Bill Bryson

Shopping malls are sanctuaries for the modern man/woman, providing an illusion of false security, satisfaction and comfort. Built increasingly beside temples, mosques and churches in land-scarce Singapore, one might discover a curious convergence of function and form between malls and religious houses: they are similarly places of worship in cavernous spaces of glitter and awe. In a mall, we venerate goods and products; we bow before brands; we revere the capacity for expenditure; we kneel at the altar of conformative purchase.

But malls are really soulless temples of consumerism in disguise, a place where we are promised fulfillment and happiness in exchange for our emptiness within. We are mesmerized by grandeur and made to feel inadequate. We surrender ourselves to the myriad pleasure chambers which line their corridors. We go because we need to, or are led to believe we need to. Ultimately, malls are really like black holes - they suck you in, and fill their void with our soul.

As we stand, eagerly awaiting transport to yet another twinkling destination on a network of fully-automated conveyor belts, we could well believe that we traverse the stairways to heaven.



Exhibited Works

The Mall #1

2010

101.5cm x 76cm
Oil on linen
SOLD

The Mall #2

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on linen
SGD$5200

The Mall #3

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on linen
SOLD

The Mall #4

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on linen
SGD$5200

The Mall #5

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on linen
SGD$5200

The Mall #7

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on linen
SOLD

The Mall #8

2010

150cm x 112.5cm
Oil on canvas
SOLD

The Mall #9

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on jute canvas
SGD$5200

The Mall #10

2010

92cm x 122cm
Oil on jute canvas
SGD$5200

The Mall #11

2010

122cm x 92cm
Oil on jute canvas
SGD$5200

The Mall #12

2010

122cm x 92cm
Oil on jute canvas
SOLD

The Mall #13

2010

122cm x 92cm
Oil on jute canvas
SGD$5200

Artist

  • Boo Sze Yang

    Singapore

    Boo Sze Yang was Head of the Department of Fine Art at his alma mater, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts before turning to practice art full-time in 2009. He received his Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London and his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from
    University of Reading, UK. Boo has held seven solo exhibitions and represented Singapore in numerous group exhibitions in Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia and the UK.

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