Full name

Shaun-Joel Liew

Title

Artist, Spiritualist, Humanist

Location

Singapore/Melbourne, Australia

Blurb

Recently, I have difficulties believing that art exists. “Art”, I feel, can only exists as mere projections to fill the gaps between us and the world we create.

Biography

Shaun-Joel (b.1990) is engaged in the psychological space between the visual language of materials and the experiential language of consciousness. Departing from Zen Buddhism's practice of mindfulness and meditation, he seeks to find a means to investigate how his own spirituality, a pragmatic coalition of eastern and western spiritual beliefs, influences his relationships and interactions with the natural world.

Through his works, he aims to draw on the meditative nature of mindfulness and the explore processes of intuitive decision-making throughout his art-making journey.

Workshops
2015: Artland with RMIT Link Arts and Hello City (Australia)
2015: Professional Practice Advanced Seminar with Philippa Murray (Australia)
2013: Cyanotype workshop with Eric Cheng (China), Singapore
2012: Metamorphosis workshop with Paul Huxley (UK), Singapore
2012: 3D model set photography with Etienne Clément (France), Singapore
2010: Studio lighting with Russell Wong (Singapore), Singapore

Exhibitions
2015 Visions (Group), RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2015 Library 700s Arts Festival (Group), RMIT Swanston Library, Melbourne, VIC
Curated by Dr Phil Edwards and Sue Wyers
2015 One-Night-Stand 2: Transient Status (Group), 524 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
Presented by Coalesce ARI
2015 Art Land 2015 (Group), RMIT Brunswick Campus Lawn, Brunswick, VIC
Presented by RMIT Link Arts and Culture
2015 Homage (Group), The Food Court, Docklands, VIC
Presented by Coalesce ARI
2014 Can-Versus (Group), Mettle Work Arts Space, Singapore
2013 Spot Art Young Artist Festival (Group), Spot Art Young Artist Festival, Regional South-East Asia
Parallel event of 2013 Singapore Biennale
2013 Georgetown Festival 2013 (Group), Singapore House, Penang, Malaysia
2013 COS.MO (Group), Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
Curated by Gilles Massot. Parallel event of 2013 Singapore Biennale
2013 The Art of Living Series: The Art of Giving (Group), Wheelock Properties @ Scotts Square, Singapore
Parallel event of 2013 Singapore Biennale
2013 Displacements (Group), Private Showcase, 77 Wilkie Terrace, Singapore
Curated by Yen Phang
2013 The Lasalle Graduation Show 2013 (Group), Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
Curated by Dr Charles Mereweather
2013 The Drive Home (Group), Robert Blackburn Printshop, New York, NY
2013 The Drive Home 2 (Group), Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, CA
2013 Singapore: In Heart and Soul (Group), Mulan Gallery, Singapore
2013 Passports (Group), Private Showcase, 24a Geylang Lorong 24, Singapore
Curated by Yen Phang
2013 Mi Casa Su Casa (Group), Private Showcase, Rowell Rd, Singapore
2012 Span (Group), Stockroom, Kyneton, VIC
2012 And The Story Goes (Group), Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
Curated by Gilles Massot
2012 The Lasalle Graduation Show (Group), Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
Curated by Dr Charles Mereweather
2011 Ruby (Group), Creative Cube, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
Photographic installation collaboration with dance choreographer Shahrin Johry for his choreography.
2011 The Origin of The World (Group), The Arts House, Singapore
Experience

Freelance Jewellery Maker

Terra Plugs

Melbourne, VIC · September 2015 – Present

I make hand-built terracotta ear plugs. Made to order.

Holla at https://www.facebook.com/terraplugs/

Theatre Set Designer

Present Company Inc.

Melbourne, VIC · April 2015 – June 2015

Collaborated with Wendy Woodson and Peter Schmidt for theatre performance DORA, at La Mama Courthouse, Carlton.

Proposed set designed suited to performance and manufactured all stage elements.

Some of the props have been donated to a Salvos (in Kew) for their window display. :D

Assistant Artist

Carlos Rolón/Dzine

Singapore · January 2015 – January 2015

Freelance. Paid assistant artist to Carlos Rolón, exhibiting at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore for annual Gillman Barracks Art Walk 2015.

Mainly assisted with repairing and conserving artworks damaged from shipping.

Camera Obscura Workshop

Freelance

Singapore · December 2013 – December 2013

Conducted a workshop on how a camera obscura works and how to make one out of recycled materials.

Part of some indie art fair I cannot remember (sorry!).

Workshop Technical and Safety Officer

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · October 2013 – February 2014

Repositioned from Darkroom Technical Officer and employed as 3D sculpture (wood and metal) and product design workshop technical officer based on health and safety knowledge from military, equipment knowledge, woodworking and administrative skills.

Resigned on good terms to further education overseas.

Photographic Darkroom Technical Officer

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · July 2013 – Oct 2013

Employed to move existing darkroom from McNally Campus and set up new one at Winstedt Campus due to college expansion.

Designed new darkroom layout, preparation area, complete with necessary inventory for institution’s curriculum.

Repositioned within institution after job completion.

6th Tropical Lab Volunteer

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · July 2012 – July 2012

Photographic Documenter and Collaborator

Sharhin Johry

Singapore · January 2012 – July 2012

6-month long collaboration and documentation with contemporary dance choreographer Shahrin Johry.

A photographic Installation piece was set up along the walkway from the entrance to the performance area of Black Cube (Lasalle College of the Arts).

Senior Artist Instructor/Assistant Artist

SF Galleries

Singapore · December 2011 – June 2013

Co-designed and executed art lessons for kids aged 5 to 15. Collaborated with Singapore Tyler Print Institute to conduct a silkscreening workshop and exhibition. Other exhibitors include Goodman Arts Centre and TCC Robertson Quay.

5th Tropical Lab Volunteer

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · July 2011 – July 2011

Education

Master of Fine Art (Coursework)

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Melbourne, VIC · February 2015 – Present

Student Representative – RMIT LEAD certification awarded for contributions to the programme.

Bachelor of Archaeology

La Trobe University

Melbourne, VIC · February 2014 – August 2014

Wasn’t for me. Had a great time in Australia, though!

Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Art

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · August 2012 – July 2013

Graduated with Honours (1st Division, 2nd Upper). Was class and level representative.

Diploma in Fine Art

Lasalle College of the Arts

Singapore · August 2010 – July 2012

Was class and level representative throughout 2010 – 2012.

Art and Design Foundation Studies

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Melbourne, VIC · February 2007 – November 2007

Overall distinction in Art and Design (Photography) Foundation Studies.

Awards
2015 Artland @ RMIT Brunswick Campus , RMIT Link Arts and Culture
Parallel event to Melbourne Fringe Festival
2015 Grants for Grabs 2015 , RMIT Link Arts and Culture
Used for 524 Flinders Street gallery hire
2015 Seoul Research Symposium Scholarship , RMIT University, School of Art
ICAD Symposium 2015 – Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
2012 Lasalle College of the Arts Scholarship Award , Lasalle College of the Arts
2011 Lasalle College of the Arts Scholarship Award , Lasalle College of the Arts
2010 Ministry of Education Grant , Ministry of Education, Singapore
Specialties

Installation Art, Land Art, Conceptual Art, Site-specific Installations, Hybrid Art

Skills

Installation, Sculpture, Darkroom Photography, Photography, Silkscreen, Salt Prints, Silver Nitrate Prints