BEDA · Joelyn's Museum Escapades

BEDA 2013.1 #1: The Art of the Brick

And we’re back for the 2013 round of Blog Every Day in April! So even if we do start on April Fools’, this is no fool’s project.

For starters, I thought I should reboot Museum Escapades again. It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself into an exhibition, so I thought it’ll be good if my recent visit to “The Art of the Brick” at the ArtScience Museum kick off BEDA for this year.

THE ART OF THE BRICK

The signature chest splitting sculpture. And BMO makes a zen appearance.
The signature chest splitting sculpture. And BMO makes a zen appearance.

Ever since they started advertising for the exhibition late last year, Max wanted to go. Then we heard it was not really worth the price. In the end, I went with Max and his mom during the Good Friday holiday.

“The Art of the Brick” features the various sculptures by New York-based artist, Nathan Sawaya. As you can guess from the exhibition title, the sculptures were all constructed using a single medium – Lego bricks.

The exhibition took up the entire Level 3 of the ArtScience Museum, the various sections charting the different aspects of his artistic journey. What was particularly interesting was a pedestal in each section that was constructed piece by piece, until a final sculpture was revealed at the end of the exhibition (I won’t tell you what it is, go check it out and see if you can spot it!).

Starting with his known pieces, the route journeyed through his beginnings, progressing to his experimentations, and philosophical views.

One of the four entrance pieces. Give him a hand?
One of the four entrance pieces. Give him a hand?
Swimmingly.
Swimmingly.
This is a self-portrait, I like how the finer details are created.
This is a self-portrait, I like how the finer details are created.
Rain drops indoors while it rains outside.
Rain drops indoors while it rains outside.
Peace sign made out of recycled bricks, but it cannot beat its description.
Peace sign made out of recycled bricks, but it cannot beat its description.
Seriously, I think Max wrote this.
Seriously, I think Max wrote this.
One of the pieces which reminded me of Vertical Submarine's monochrome room back in 2009.
One of the pieces which reminded me of Vertical Submarine’s monochrome room back in 2009.
The Catwalk section.
The Catwalk section.
Say hello to Square, Triangle, and Circle Torsos.
Say hello to Square, Triangle, and Circle Torsos.
The ladders which we build for ourselves...
The ladders which we build for ourselves…
...only get higher as we conquer them individually...
…only get higher as we conquer them individually…
...it's only when we retreat to our inner thoughts...
…it’s only when we retreat to our inner thoughts…
...when we can think, and self-realise.
…when we can think, and self-realise.
Okay, to break the caption of the last four pictures, this looks like something Adventure Time will have.
Okay, to break the caption of the last four pictures, this looks like something Adventure Time will have.
The Parthenon!!! I'm going crazy about this due to the lack of Fallingwater (since they actually do have a lego set for Fallingwater).
The Parthenon!!! I’m going crazy about this due to the lack of Fallingwater (since they actually do have a lego set for Fallingwater).
The hand of Marina Bay - The ArtScience Museum.
The hand of Marina Bay – The ArtScience Museum.
Sound familiar? Anyone?
Sound familiar? Anyone?

What I did like about the exhibition were the many quotes that summarised his perspective of that particular gallery. It was inspiring, to say the least, to see someone merge his experiences with humanity with a creative medium – something artists (regardless of medium) alike struggle to balance today.

The tactile stations (usually for the kids) at the end of the exhibition were also a great way to get in touch with your inner child. With technology so advanced and user-friendly, regardless of age, it is easy to lose touch with our creative side. I remembered Lego being a fundamental part of my childhood. It was not merely a toy, but an step to creating something else. Up to now, I still feel it to be one of the most innovative creative mediums around.

Lego, the company, was so named after the Danish phrase, “Leg Godt”, which meant to “play well”. The fact that it managed to thrive for such a long time, expanding and inspiring people through the demographics, definitely shows an innovation well-played.

*nods*
*nods*

For more information on “The Art of the Brick”, click here. They’ve extended their exhibition dates to 26 May, so you have another two more months to catch it!Blanket Fortress Logo

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