R.I.T.E.S. #03-2012

Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak


Ben Puah (SG)

Carlos Llavata (ES)

Li Cassidy-Peet (DE)

Mariona Vilaseca (ES)

Time | Date: 7.30pm, Friday, 06th July 2012

Venue: Theatre [at] The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

This is a free event, donations are welcomed

More info – www.rootedintheephemeralspeak.com

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Artists biography:

Ben Puah

Ben Puah is a new breed of contemporary Asian artists who's made a huge impact with his energy and vision. A self-confessed mentally "乱七八糟" artist of ‘crazy artworks’, Ben creates shocking and powerful works that refuse to fit into the mainstream.

Art is very important to Ben because it is a way of expressing oneself and an abstraction of how he feel about life. His works are like in the state of phantasmagoria where there is a mix of real and imagined elements. At the psychological level, he seemed to suffer from paranoid personality disorder and have a negative view about the world, and is quietly frantic at the same time. This resulted in the penetration of unsettled emotions where his art seems temperamental with an erratic behavior that tells the honest truth to his audience.

Ben has exhibited his works in Singapore, Australia, Germany, Japan, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, London, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and China. His artwork is in the public and private collections in numerous local and international locations. Ben has also conducted workshops in many schools and art institutions.


Carlos Llavata

Carlos is a visual and performance artist. In 1983 he started his art education at the ceramics school of Manises. He then moved to San Francisco and attended SFAI for about a year, though not officially enrolled. He returned to Spain and completed Fine Arts studies at the university of Valencia. In 2001 he graduated at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Amsterdam. He has taken part in around 90 group events (mostly performance) and has held six solo shows.

He has collaborated with several galleries and participated in different projects around the world, including Mirta Demare (ARCO 2010) in Rotterdam, Art Amsterdam 2011 (Artkitchen Gallery), "Splattered" Golden Threat Gallery in Belfast, Sign in Groningen, Zé dos Bois in Lisbon, La Pieza in Madrid, Artpotheek in Brussels, Lost Generation Space in Kuala Lumpur and Pensart in Madrid.
http:// www.carlosllavata.org/


Li Cassidy-Peet

Li Cassidy-Peet is an artist from London now resident in Singapore since 2005.

Born in West Germany, of dual parentage Russian and Montenegrin. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmith's College, University of London and Theater Studies at NW5 Theater School, London. Cassidy-Peet works in mixed media from performance, installation, sculpture, drawing and slide shows with the use of ready mades, commonly available and industrial materials. Her interest in human behavior/ mind space, can be seen through out all her work practice. In her performances "uncomfortable states of mind" are explored from the biographical to contemporary life.

She has shown in London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bandung.



Mariona Vilaseca

Born in Spain in 1978, Mariona holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, where she also teaches art.

Mariona is currently writing her doctoral thesis on the topic of the convergence of the pictorial experience with the contemplative one.

She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, South America and also in Singapore last year, during her residency upon invite of Jason Wee's Grey Projects.

Her work is in private and public collections in different countries and it has been published.

This year, Mariona returned to Singapore to perform alongside Indonesian artist Kelvin Atmadibrata, in an installation entitled Darshan at The Substation, between 21 and 28 June. Both artists were part of residency exchange program initiated by SinCat, a Singapore-Catalan cultural research team, and Grey Project, a project space and residency by Jason Wee and Nau Cochlea, a residency space in the Catalan region run by Clara Gari.

During her Singapore sojourn the Catalan artist has also participated in the event organized by Spore Art Salon at BluJaz Cafe, with visual displays of her work and a small performance.
http:// www.marionavilaseca.com/