Taking adventures during lunch time would be one of our favorite things to do on a weekday . This time we popped by Temporium for the "Google Translating Tokyoto" exhibition, presented by Holycrap.sg. Now, this collective is an interesting one – Holycrap is made up of creative director Pann Lim, his wife Claire and two children Renn and Aira.
When we first stepped into the exhibition space we were told that the exhibits on the wall were placed at a height for kids to view and therefore, the adults have to bend a little in order to view the artworks at a closer range. No one seemed to mind, and we proceeded to explore the exhibition space in wide-eyed wonder. The afternoon sun decided to join in the fun, lifting everyone's mood and illuminating the exhibition space giving it a warm and cheerful vibe while the children's chatters can be heard echoing through the high ceiling.
The most enjoyable part of the exhibition was seeing things through Renn and Aira's artworks – for the same reason to why I enjoy working with children, their perspectives are typically unaltered and full of imagination. Plus these kids have an incredible sense of texture and colors! I also really liked Aira's collection of headless snapshots while on-the-go in Japan. ☺
We were really fortunate to get some time to speak with Pann as he took time to tell us the stories behind Renn and Aira's artworks, how some of the works were inspired by his collection of vinyls and he also shared with us their process of making artworks together as a family. When I asked about Renn's natural flair in picking colors, I was surprised that Pann was equally fascinated by it. It is amazing how everything feels so organic. What all these works actually translate into would be the parents' love for craft and their children. ☺
I feel really happy (and admittedly envious) that both Pann and Claire are so supportive of their children's art and that they take great care in nurturing them and teaching them about life through the process of art-making. I personally feel that it is something very valuable but sadly lacking in Singapore's education system when the emphasis is all about success and academic excellence. I hope that this exhibition would inspire parents and parents-to-be. It is not about beating the system, but making life with what you have and what you want it to be. ☺
I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition, so much so that I went back the second time which was well-worth. So if you have some time today you definitely don't want to miss this beautiful project ! It's the last day of Holycrap exhibition and they will be opened till 8 pm. ☺