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Weekout: S.E.A. Focus, National Gallery Singapore, Luke’s Lobster, JeweLuxe

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin1/5/2022 05:25 PM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Weekout: S.E.A. Focus, National Gallery Singapore, Luke’s Lobster, JeweLuxe
Start the year anew with art exhibitions, a watch and jewellery fair, and locally-themed lobster rolls
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Celebrating Southeast Asian contemporary art

S.E.A. Focus 2022

Southeast Asia’s contemporary art platform, S.E.A. Focus 2022, returns for its fourth edition from Jan 15–23 with a physical exhibition at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, alongside talks by industry leaders, and supported by online programmes.

The anchor event of Singapore Art Week 2022, S.E.A. Focus offers a curated and seamless exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art, featuring 140 artworks from 24 galleries and over 50 artists.

This year, the theme of the event is “Chance...constellations” — an exploration of the shared histories, geographies and converging cultures that connect the artistic community in this region. The upcoming fourth edition seeks to reflect how humankind has been dependent on constellations to navigate, orientate and locate our place in the world, and how we choose to align the dots to create images that are born out of our human imagination.

S.E.A. Focus is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery (formerly known as Singapore Tyler Print Institute), supported by the National Arts Council. Tickets at $10 per person from seafocus.sg.

See also: Weekout (Aug 15): Asian Civilisations Museum, National Gallery Singapore, 1-Arden, Lime Restaurant

Photo: Edward C. Robison III.

Nam June Paik’s video art
National Gallery Singapore

Enter the extraordinary world of the late Korean-American artist Nam June Paik, known as the “pioneer of video art” who predicted the future of communication and the Internet.

See also: Weekout (Aug 8): Rempapa, Cé La Vie, LeVel 33, 1-Arden, Sigi Skin, National Gallery Singapore

The international tour of Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now, is concluding at National Gallery Singapore — its only Asian stop — after it kicked off at London’s Tate Modern in 2019, then toured Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. For the first time since its inaugural exhibition in 2019, the travelling show is also introducing additional content exclusive to Singapore.

This exhibition, an immersive experience bursting with colour, sights, and sounds, celebrates Paik’s five decades of visionary and playful practice through more than 180 works across all media. Through the early adoption of audio and visual images in his works, he manipulated technology and experimented with the concept of media. In a groundbreaking move, TV monitors were re-imagined as radical audio-visual sculptures, which no artist had done before.

Journey into Paik’s multisensory world as the comprehensive exhibition deep-dives into the artist’s pioneering practice and various disciplines, examining his role as a key artist in avant-garde movements and the spread of radical aesthetics globally, as well as his lifelong exploration of Asian philosophy and traditions.

A truly global artist, Paik was born in Seoul, and practised in Japan, Germany, and the US. Always innovative, he played a leading role in bridging the gap between art and technology by transforming video into an artist’s medium and exploring the potential of media-based art as early as the 1950s.

EAT
Uniquely Singaporean lobster rolls

Luke’s Lobster

Enjoy two new locally inspired iterations of the lobster roll at New York’s famous Luke’s Lobster, now available for a limit- ed period of time as part of the “Luke Goes Local” series. This follows the successful first instalment featuring collaborations with Indian fine-dining restaurant Thevar and modern Sichuan restaurant Birds of a Feather.

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From now till Jan 15, Luke’s Lobster is teaming up with author-cum-chef Annette Tan of Fat Fuku to serve the Sambal Achar Lobster Roll ($30.50) inspired by her childhood habit of using sambal belachan and mayonnaise in her sandwiches. A simple yet delicious convergence of various cultures, the roll features chunks of sustainably-farmed lobsters from Maine, and a refreshing crunch of chopped home-pickled nonya achar, tossed in a mild sambal belachan mayo sauce. The sweet-sour mildly spicy flavours marries well with the lobster and is a definite favourite of ours.

From Jan 15–Feb 15, Park Bench Deli will dish out an irresistible PBD XO Smoked Duck Lobster Roll ($30.50) made with chunks of lobster meat dressed in a moreish mayonnaise infused with homemade XO sauce. The secret sauce combines a pulverised mix of smoked duck ham, dried shrimp, yellow onions and ginger that are slowly simmered into an addictive flavour bomb packed with umami.

Luke’s Lobster is located at Great World City, Isetan Scotts and Jewel Changi Airport. Both limited edition flavours are available across all outlets, with islandwide deliveries available via lukeslobster.sg.

SHOP
Watch and jewellery fair

JeweLuxe

Get your hands on a rare piece of jewellery at the JeweLuxe fair at a pop-up gallery open to public at #01-11 Scotts Square. Supported by Singapore Tourism Board, the festival themed “Celebrating a Stronger Singapore” will showcase more than 30 Singapore and international brands, ranging from distinct jewellery pieces, watch brands and lifestyle collectibles.

Already launched, the event will run for four months till April 19, with distinct monthly themes such as “Rise of a New Asia”, “The American Dream”, “European Renaissance”, and “From Beginning of Time”, where pieces for items start from as little as $800.

JeweLuxe World curates sought-after names for jewellery, timepieces and lifestyle products such as Caratell and Risis from Singapore, Masterstrokes by Jewels Emporium from India, Daria De Koning from the US, Leonori from Italy, Konstantin Chaykin from Russia, and so much more. For the full calendar of details, visit jeweluxeworld.com.

In addition to accepting bitcoin transactions on its website, JeweLuxe World has launched its first non-fungible token and will unveil it soon.

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