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the salon

21 Nov 2019 — 25 Jan 2020


Opening Party

Wed 20 Nov 2019,
8pm — 10pm


All Day Sale

Sat 23 Nov 2019,
4pm — 10pm

In conjunction with Kelab Malam with Mr. Has & Eden


show is a gathering of small independent art spaces of different stripes and banners—from online platforms and hybrid spaces to an artist-run gallery with its particular set of ethos. The Salon brings these different models—intermediaries for art—to the audience of Telok Ayer for over two months, showcasing the specific personalities and peculiar identities of these spaces through the artists, artworks and programmes presented. The Salon Show will run over two big periods for art in Singapore—the Singapore Biennale 2019, and Singapore Art Week 2020.

about the members


Coda Culture is an independent art space run by Singapore artist, Seelan Palay. 


Conceptualised by EOMM, the annual Jalan Besar Salon popup seeks to provide a platform for learning and communication. The Salon serves to act as a catalyst for the hotbeds of creativity and progressive ideas in the fields of urban management, psychology, intimacy and socio-environmental topics through the means of art, design and philosophy.


Project Mei is an Indonesian based online gallery that provides a borderless alternative avenue for the exposure of Indonesian contemporary art to the growing online community of collectors in the country and globally.


so-far is a publication and an online gallery featuring future-oriented material for the interdisciplinary mind. Dialogues between artists, technologists, and other collaborators form the backbone of so-far, and the projects that we pursue. 

past art shows


by Zhang Fuming

12 Sept — 9 Nov 2019


Art Appreciation Club: Printmaking 101: Using Woodblock

Wed 25 Sept 2019,
6:30pm — 8:30pm

Faciliated by Zhang Fuming

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Telok Ayer Arts Club is pleased to present v. atas, a solo exhibition by young Singapore artist Zhang Fuming on the middle-class pursuit for a lifestyle that seems to come straight out of Monocle, putting forward an conspicuous image of success. On exhibition are all new works of largely black and white woodcut prints and a functional photo booth installation depicting anonymous men in suits and luxurious interiors. The word "atas" is a Malay preposition similar to "above", and has been adopted by our status-conscious society into colloquial usage to refer to something as expensive or someone with a taste for such expensive things.

Zhang Fuming is a consummate printmaker trained in printmaking at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Currently, he largely works with woodcut as his art medium, favouring the physically direct and immediate process of carving, and the intimacy with the material that it entails. Working closely and alongside the variable characteristics of the wood block, Fuming’s prints often reveals rather than obscures its grains and imperfections. Labour is a recurring theme in many of his works and is mirrored in the rough uneven marks from strips of islands left to stand in the recessed areas of the block, hinting at the unseen labour of gouging away un-inked surfaces.

about the artist

Zhang Fuming (b.1989) is an artist trained in the disci- pline of Printmaking and work with mediums largely of traditional origin. He favours the direct and physical nature of the Printmaking proccess as it allows him to focus on the creation of imagery as a means to uninter- rupted communication with his audience.

Harnessing the direct, efficient usage of black-white narratives in expressing critical social messages, he create works reprising the role of social realism.

An early series of work entitled “Rice Bowl” (2010) anchored his concepual oversight – The term Rice Bowl being an analogy referencing the staple means a person earns his or her living. Since, the representation of men within their genre of livelihood have continued to be a reoccuring inspiration and central theme for his work. His developed bodies of works reflects societal expecta- tions and biasness, granting placid observations with the comprehensions of social commentary.

In 2014, Zhang was formally awarded the Young Talent Programme Solo Exhibition Prize and present- ed his debut solo exhibition, “The Quest: The Exquisite Rice Bowl”, in Ion Arts Gallery on September 2015. He had since showcased his second solo exhibition, “Poised for Success” in late 2016 at AC43 Gallery.

Amongst his selected group exhibitions include “Daydreams + Nightmares” (2014) at The Substation Gallery as part of the Singapore Night Festival, “Presence and Distances” (2015) at Flaneur Gallery, “You Don't Need 100 Editions” (2018) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and more recently, “Bon A Tirer” (2018) at AC43 Gallery.

Abroad, Zhang has participated in artist initiated showcases such as Buku Mini in Jogjakarta (2017) and have been selected the Singaporean representative in The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Art Week in Xiamen, China, 2016.

Zhang’s creations are held in various private collections with notable patrons such as Mr Koh Seow Chuan and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, amongst others.

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

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

Sat 31 Aug 2019,
5:00pm — 7:00pm

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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.