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Illustration: Black Swans update / Photography: 12x



R.I.P Pencil. T__T


SO when it came down to it, I didn’t sell this work at 12x.

I was rushing to finish it, and I never feel good rushing pieces because I could feel myelf getting tired and less inspired, and that would only affect the work.

I kind of hate/dislike it a lot now. I always seem to have a love-hate relationship with all my work, particularly if I’ve taken too long to complete them. Looking at unfinished work makes an artist feel ridiculously constipated and frustrated.

{  12x –An Art Experiment at Evil Empire, 48 Niven Road }

The (A)Stray/After-images series was sold to a cute graphic designer Michelle Fun (webbie:

:3 Thanks loads Michelle, for being the first ever buyer of my work.

Smallness Sanguinary Severity Stateliness Security Sacrosanct Symmetry Stifledness Sins Sphinx Shadows

Secrets, Summer, Solitude, Solace, Sanctum, Sabotage

Solace, stillness, safety, society, stationary, sacred, shelter

{12x–From the perspective of a contributing artist}

An artist comes away from a melee  like 12x, where the audience’s preferences are clearly expressed in the sighs of disappointment or the silence that follows  when a work has been chosen by the current balloter, feeling a little like a gladiator thrown to the lions, where the favour of the crowd decides his/her fate.

Most artists were suitably pokerfaced during the balloting. Artists hate being judged. It was hard for me not to loose control and begin blabbering to Sarah (Sarah Choo, NYJC AEP senior whose work “Gestalt in the City” was extremely popular at 12x) in a nervous titter like I had lost all my brains.

What was interesting  to observe were the preferences of the balloters. Balloters go for an arresting visual, something that would give them enjoyment in contemplating and see hanging in their home.

Admittedly, artists create works with certain meanings that aren’t the most suitable in the home (Such as the “penis and vagina piece”). But then again, it’s all terribly subjective. I’m very sure there were very creative, discerning, open and informed individuals at the balloting, yet I can’t help but feel that there’s a disjunct between an artist’s opinion of what is a worthwhile work and that of the balloters.

Here I am tempted to wax lyrical about how people often choose a work mainly for aesthetic value–but I shan’t. I think preference is a very personal thing, and that was part of the main point of 12x. And I suppose all of us artists should realize that–that creating a popular work doesn’t necessarily make one acclaimed, nor does it mean you’re playing to the gallery.

Leaving oneself open to public opinion is always nerve-wrecking, but through it you learn. You regret certain choices when you see how those choices (such as deciding not to frame a work -kicks self- ) play out, and you may disagree vehemently with some opinions of others, but it’s all okay, really. It’s an experience, particularly for us young ‘uns, to the test the waters. Wait till we face the real art critics and collectors.

Congrats and thanks once again to Berny Tan, Alan Oei and Evil Empire for making 12x possible and a success!

This is Luca, signing out.


2 thoughts on “Illustration: Black Swans update / Photography: 12x

  1. michelle says:

    heh “cute graphic designer” i like you already. well i’m glad you put up after images for 12x, this first-time collector has an obsession with words 🙂

    awesome work so far! i hoping to see them exhibited out there sometime in the future!

  2. 😀 Hey Michelle (grahh I still haven’t been able to check out your site ’cause my com has problems downloading the adobe flash required to view ;( sad.)

    Thank you, thank you, fellow word-taster 🙂
    I am honoured that my first buyer is one who is in love with words for all their beauty and violence and sublimity. WHEEEE

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