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This, That.

by Ginette Chittick

15 July — 5 Sept 2019


Art Appreciation Club: Panel Discussion 

[gendered practices / engendered hierarchies: perspectives on craft, design and art, and the boundaries between]

Sat 24 Aug 2019,
4:00pm — 6:00pm

Speakers: Ginette Chittick, Hazel Lim, Tricia Lim, Nature Shankar

A Viewing of This, That. in conjunction with TAAC Turns One: First Anniversary

Sat 31 Aug 2019,
5:00pm — 7:00pm

Telok Ayer Arts Club is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by the multi-hyphenated artist Ginette Chittick. She will be presenting a series of works using handspun yarn, wood and acrylic. Here, yarn as the object of women’s craft meets with wood and acrylic that have been cut into the geometric shapes informed by design principles. Just as the title "This, That" suggests, the works blur distinctions and defy definitions. They stand at the intersection of art, design, craft and everything in between.

Already fluent in the language of design, Ginette delved into the craft of weaving in 2015 when on a whim, she signed up for a workshop by a visiting well known weaver. She had always been drawn to tapestries because of the textures and the intricate patterns one can build with yarn, and has continued since to explore the craft of weaving and the materiality of yarn.

This body of work is part of Ginette’s continued investigation into the devaluing or trivialising of what are commonly deemed as “domestic” and/or women’s crafts—crocheting, macrame, embroidery, knitting, and specifically weaving and handspinning of yarn. Honoring the unseen labor of women and what is termed as “domestic aesthetics”, the work was built with materials such as handspun yarn of merino wool and kapok cotton woven into tapestries. The kapok cotton itself is locally harvested, some taken from the trees surrounding the LASALLE campus where Ginette teaches.

The need to honour unseen labor of women also comes from a personal place as Ginette herself is a mother to a 4 year old daughter, while also balancing her profession as an educator and pursuing her creative passions. By putting traditional craft techiques that are deemed feminine and held in less regard at the forefront of her work, Ginette is pursuing the themes of identity, a quiet rebellion and an assertion of voice through craft and materiality.

about the artist

Hailing from an underground music background, Ginette Chittick is a member of one of Singapore’s pioneer ArtRock/Shoegaze bands Astreal, a DJ and a prolific punk musician and zinester of the mid 90s punk scene. Starting her graphic design exploration with grimy photostating machines, dot matrix printers, typewriters and cut-up-&-paste techniques, Ginette delved into the themes of sexual identity, Riot Grrrl, punk rock ideology and feminism in one huge slugfest of personal narratives.

She was also the founder of the local Riot Grrrl chapter in Singapore. Originally trained as a web/graphic designer, her exploration into the realms of music, fashion, art, textiles/fibre and photography has led her to work on the themes of love, memory, gender and experience, and investigating the fuzzy intersection between Art, Design and Craft. The Punk Rock DIY ideology continues to pervade much of her process of making.

She holds a Master of Art (Design) and directs the Diploma in Fashion at the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts.

past art shows


by Jason Lim

22 May — 11 July 2019


Opening Reception, Book Launch & Performance

Wed 22 May 2019,
6:30pm — 9:30pm

View photos from the event here.

about the installation

Topographies is a solo exhibition by Singapore artist Jason Lim. It presents a series of photographs and a video work created during Jason’s ten-day residency in Kjerringøy, northern Norway last year. The residency programme was part of Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale, which featured twelve international artists and their site-specific nature-altering works developed prior during the residency.

Accompanying the exhibition is an eponymous publication of the photographs accompanied by writings. Designed by Calleen Koh with a contribution by writer Christine Han, the publication was launched on the night of the exhibition opening, and is on sale exclusively at Telok Ayer Arts Club for the duration of the exhibition.

about the artist

Jason Lim’s (1966) repertoire of works encompasses ceramic art, photography, video, installation, and performance art. He studied at Central St Martins College of Art & Design, between 1989 and 1992, and graduated with a BA (Hons). He attained his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (LaSalle College of the Arts) in 2003. Lim was co-Artistic Director and Artistic Director of Future of Imagination (an international performance art event held in Singapore) 2 (2004) & 5 (2008) and 7 (2011), 8 (2012) & 9 (2014) respectively.

In 2007, he presented his work Walking Sticks at the 4th World Ceramics Biennale in Korea winning the Juror’s Prize. Also in 2007 Lim presented Just Dharma and Light Weight at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale. As a ceramist, his works have been collected and commissioned by various public museums, art institutions, corporate companies and private collections, both locally and internationally.

In 2010, he was invited as guest artist to join performance art collective Black Market International in their 25th anniversary celebration tour of Poland, Germany and Switzerland. As a performance artist, he has been invited to present performances in more than 20 countries.

a curated culinary event

Telok Ayer Arts Club Head Chef

in collaboration with 

The Picnic
Aiwei Foo & Wangxian Tan

13, 20 & 27 July

$128++/pax includes welcome tea ceremony & cocktail pairing

Only 15 seats available per session. Book now.

Facebook Page here.


Singapore Food Festival 2019 

12 - 27 July 2019

about the artists

The Picnic (路邊野餐) is an artist studio that curates experiential gesture to contemplate and counter balance the urban hustles.

Comprising Aiwei Foo and Wangxian Tan, both multi-disciplinary artists, The Picnic often works with the integration of art into experience. They believe in the blurring of art and life.

Their initiative and involvement begins from the multi-disciplinary project, ‘Mitä Kuuluu’ 2017 and leads to the various collaborations on art and spatial matter such as Flower from the Crack and The Niche Tearoom at National Gallery Singapore, Taste Like Tea at Shift Museum, Sapporo, and The Picnic, a by invitation gastronomic experience.

Telok Ayer Arts Club
2 McCallum Street
Singapore 069043

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(close on Public Holidays)
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