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Lost City -intersections of art and architecture in the city

Exhibiting Artists: Hong Sek Chern

Venue: Utterly Art 208 South Bridge > venue details

Dates: 16 Dec 2004 - 02 Jan 2005

The German philosopher, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), argued that the sublime relationship between how one lived (architecture) and what one thought (art) was slowly being eroded. For him, “To dwell authentically, [was] to dwell poetically, since poetry is a manifestation of truth restored to its artistic dimension.” Heidegger argued that the alienation of contemporary existence was based on the separation of thought from ‘Being’, a condition epitomised by the privileging of technology and calculative thinking in the modern world. This Heideggerian view of art and space is perhaps what ties the artists of Lost City together.
That all the artists choose to make poignant references to the urban environment that surrounds them is significant not only because it affirms the duality of art and space, but more importantly, it contributes to the discourse on rapid urbanisation in the globalised world. In this light, Lost City is about understanding our urban environment by looking at the city through the eyes of the artist. Through them, it may be possible to recognise and engage certain ‘truths’ about our urban environment that in the haste towards attaining the goals of globalisation, perhaps most have ignored. 

Arthur Sim, Curator


  • Hong Sek Chern


    Hong Sek Chern (b.1967) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Fine Art (1995) and from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MA Fine Art (1998). She likes to work with flat surfaces and uses linear, non-linear or multi-point perspective in her work. Sek Chern’s interpretation of the Singapore urban landscape in Chinese ink has won her several awards in Singapore. Her works belong in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Nati

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