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Nostalgia in a sneaker store


Leftfoot and SCYA is currently having a joint art exhibition, titled “Express Yourself Freely” at Leftfoot, The Cathay.

Curated by Jacklyn Soo, the exhibition features artworks around the theme of Nostalgia. Knowing that Leftfoot is a strong advocator of art, Jacklyn approached the famously edgy sneaker store for a possible collaboration.

“I was interested to see if we could work out something local and flavorful.”

Her embarkation proved successful as she managed to gather 5 artists handling different issues, ranging from installations to paintings.

To just give a quick preview of the artists and their works, Safaruddin paints his favourite things, Tay Kai Yee illustrates the cartoon world he grew up with, TR853-1 higlights the embarrassing but highly nostalgic Hello Kitty craze in Singapore, Malvina Tan encapsulates her memories in IV bags, and Eman Clogtwo mocks the idea of war and violence.

When asked why Nostalgia, and why she approached a shoe store, Jacklyn remarks:

“I decided to work on Nostalgia as to me, it was a personal interest and love for old school vintage shoes that I already own; Puma, Adidas, Converse and Vans. The design and making of sneakers are much like the process of art-making where aesthetics, functionality and meaning are similarly conveyed. By wearing a particular sneaker, you are conversing with the world your taste, knowledge, cultural interest and social issue regarding consumerism, environmentalism and individualism which are also the concerns of contemporary art.

I have then selected 5 artists that dealt with these issues either on a very upfront or personal level through their subject matter/material exploration in painting, digital print and installation, bridging the past, present and future view of the world.”

During the launch, over 50 invited guests and members of the public turned up at Leftfoot.

Express Yourself Freely will be running from 26 November to 19 December at Leftfoot, The Cathay. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re there, before the store resumes back to its usual setting.

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This entry was posted on December 1, 2010 by in Exhibitions.

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