The hearty guffaws from the Michelin Star restaurant “Kam’s Roast”, the hustle and bustle from Singapore’s busiest district, Orchard Road and the occasional honk from an exasperated driver. Amidst the fast-paced nature of the surroundings lies a peaceful respite – a glass-enclosed Art gallery, where the constant “whir” of the air-conditioning humming in the background serves as the only element of sound disrupting the peace. A pleasant contrast.
Mazel Galerie is indeed a hidden gem on the second level of Pacific Plaza on Scotts Road. Open from the 21st April to May, the gallery features a wide variety of visual Arts – from traditional sculptures and paintings, to an interactive magnetic table and a sculpture made up of dust, this is a place for both the Art enthusiast and the newbie.
The theme of the Gallery surrounds the Chinese Zodiac, with most works inspired by animals of the Zodiac. Take a look at this painting. Can you spot all 12 animals?
Members of the Origin* strained our necks, trying our best to view the painting from all angles. Joanna, deep in thought, recited the list of animals in sequential order. Ashley tip-toed, bent down and turned upside down in attempts to decipher the animals. Jacey, curious about the Art exhibition, struck up a conversation with our gallery guide. Upon asking the chief curator who hailed from Brussels on why he chose the theme of the Chinese Zodiac, he replied, “I just like it”.
Some of the sculptures were carved with the purpose of creating the most symmetrical carving in mind. When viewed from the front, both sides are congruent in terms terms of dimension and design.
Here is a snapshot of Joanna and a symetrical bunny sculpture.
My personal favourite piece of work was a sculpture made entirely out of dust. Yes dust.
What intrigued me was the ability for the sculpture to remain together as well as the artist’s creativity in taking something seemingly cheap and insignificant and turning it into a piece of work worth hundreds and thousands of dollars.
If you wish to momentarily seclude yourself from the hustle of life, pop by Mazel Galerie which opens from 11am-8pm. It will not disappoint.
For most of the team, it was our first time attending an Art exhibition, and truly, what an eye-opening experience it was.