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The opening reception for “Mystery Island” was held on 9 March, debuting a new collection of hotly anticipated works from artist Mojoko aka Steve Lawler. Read more about the artist spotlight on Mojoko in Harper’s Bazaar and in our recent blog entry.

 

 

The hang took place a day earlier and we snapped some shots before the crowd came in:

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From left: Generation Gap, Burn Burn Burn, Mysterious Island

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Mirror Man and Spirit Animal

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DJ JINMART showing his support in nautical stripes against The Witchhunter General and Who Killed Laura Palm

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At the backroom from left: Goldrush, Vampire Weekend, The Magicians Tomb, In The Shadow Of The Palms and Temple Of Dhoom.

There were also folios to browse the print editions of the framed ceramics.

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Mojoko also brought the actual screen-printing frame for Mirror Man – paint stained and all

And impossible to miss: the Jalan Bizarre Sculpture sits among our retail shelves with a miniature witchmaster general seated at his right hand.

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Made from wood and impaled with steel nails, JB has his share of admirers

Guests began to stream in from 7pm…

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Artist Mojoko speaks with a few firstcomers

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Family support! 🙂

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DJs JINMART and Ginette Chittick getting the party started with a curated set of Tarantino-inspired tunes!

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With their ladeled cocktail – Taste Of The Orient – made specially for the reception by the good people at Kite!

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Centre of attention

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Mojoko with our director, Sue-Shan!

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We also had delicious heritage snacks thought up Chef Joseph and the kitchen team! With the likes of fried risotto balls on sayur lodeh, pork floss crostinis, chicken satay skewers and rice krispies…

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Cheryl from Articulate Consulting in an animated moment!

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Taking the conversation outdoors

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Even his shorts are stained that blue!

It was a lovely evening and we want to thank everyone for taking the time to come down! Mystery Island runs from 10 March to 10 May so do swing by SPRMRKT to check out the work up close!

Thanks again to Cheryl from Articulate Consulting for co-curating another great show 🙂

Contributing writer: Hui Li

 

 

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Tokyo-Cinderella-Dolls-EDMThe cast and crew of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls came to town at the start of the new year and here we are to take you through the best moments of the evening.

IMG_4967The exhibition launched to a private reception on 7 Jan and took off where the two dolls from Karin Shikata’s photographic journey in Tokyo “came to life”, re-enacted their time in Tokyo and gave a full theatrical performance, engaging both guests and staff!

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With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

Models Mirei Uchida, Yu Ranma and Japanese photographer Karin Shikata were all ex-performers at Takarazuka Revue, a 100 year old all-female musical theatre troupe in Japan.

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

And the night started off with a cocktail aperitif, Tokyo Breeze, specially concocted by a member of staff.

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop's Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda and Vodka!

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop’s Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda, triple sec & vodka

While we browsed around the exhibition, we discovered a photograph of the dolls eating Takoyaki! A very popular Japanese snack both in Japan and in Singapore.

Eating their way through in Tokyo with something fun and familiar - Takoyaki!

Takoyaki

Chef Joseph and his team at SPRMRKT went along with the Japanese theme to create their own version of a Takoyaki out of fried risotto (otherwise known in Italy as arancini), worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes! This was featured with a Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw, Fried Chicken Wrap and Corn & Crab Chawanmushi.

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Even the dolls couldn’t resist tucking into these! 🙂

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Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera for tucking into some food :)

Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera 🙂

But the evening could not have been more entertaining with the guests who came, ate, drank, talked about Japan, food and art to a curated soundtrack of Japanese electronic house and pop music!

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Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition

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Food quickly came and went!

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Models with artist Karin

Models with artist Karin

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Music Writer for JUICE

 

And some might say the real highlight of the evening was when one of the dolls started feeding our guests and shocked a few!

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but all was good and guests started to play along 🙂

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Another lucky guest getting fed which caused some excitement 🙂

Finally when the crowd subsided a little, we went to the back of the shop only to discover that Karin was shooting and working on her next exhibition of these dolls and their time spent in Singapore!

IMG_5018We can’t wait to see where her next exhibition of these dolls on the streets of Singapore will take her… though we hear it might be in London or Paris!

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Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun 🙂

IMG_5044Big thanks to Galerie Steph for presenting another fun and remarkable exhibition with us!

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

All photographs are for sale and if you were wondering about the photo frames and where you could purchase these, they were all actually put together and lovingly handcrafted by the photographer, Karin, with original origami paper and is part of her artistic expression with these photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the designs from the show:

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Thank you to all who made it. We had a blast and we hope you did too. For those who missed it, do pop into the bistro to catch the wonderful photographic series of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls before it ends on 8 March.

Tokyo Cinderella Dolls at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street. From 8 Jan - 8 Mar 2014

Photo credits and information on Tokyo Cinderella Dolls !