Artist: Eugene Soh
Eugene Soh (b. 1987, Singapore) obtained his BFA in Interactive Media from the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore in 2013. Using his expertise in technology, he pushes the boundaries of digital art. Eugene’s work borrow heavily from the Singapore experience and condition through the lens of pop culture. Imbued with a light-hearted sense of humour, he parodies the daily experiences and life a Singaporean in an existentialist, materialistic society.
The Last Kopitiam a.k.a The Last Wonton Mee
The Last Kopitiam a.k.a The Last Wonton Mee is a satirical take on Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper; set in our local hawker centre at Maxwell Road. While The Last Supper portrays the reactions given by each apostle when Jesus said one of them would betray him, Eugene had these reactions parodied, with striking emulation by patrons and stall owners, over a last bowl of wonton mee instead. While the validity of the specific reactions to the last wonton mee available is up to discussion, this spoof is definitely interesting and resonates with us because all Singaporeans do have that experience of lining long queues at hawker center for that famous dish and imagine after all that time, there is only the last bowl left.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore is another attempt by Eugene to appropriate the visual style and composition of the original masterpieces in the context of contemporary Singapore. This time round, it is a homage to Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte (by Georges Serrat). Again, there is this uncanny likeness but at the same time, you can spot elements unique to Singapore: especially those iPhones and iPads.
In “Family” series, Eugene focuses on the issues and problems of raising a family. Using a plethora of tools (camera, Photoshop, props), he appropriates the mundane and prosaic activities of daily life, casting them in a new consumerism light – Andy Warhol in its attempts.