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Art What!: Funan’s “Creative Intersections” springs to life with interplay and collaborations this Year of the Rabbit

Funan’s third edition of its popular mall-wide art activation, titled Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Rabbit, continues its marriage of artists with brands to engage, inspire, provide access and treat both seasoned art lovers and mall goers alike.

Working with artist Howie Kim, Lenskart presents a large-scale installation that reimagines a surreal, curious and colourful world of the Water Rabbit.

From 6 January to 5 February 2023, experience the duality when art meets retail, reality meets creativity, and art manifests itself in everyday objects and spaces. The mall-wide activation returns to feature the works of 12 local artists born out of the imaginative and social nature of the rabbit, including six eclectic artist-and-brand collaborations. Read into text-based art in a poem and installation art piece made of embroidered fabric; glimpse into a surreal, curious and colourful world of the Water Rabbit in a walk-in installation designed in collaboration with an eyewear retailer; be guided on how to turn recycled art materials into useful everyday objects by one of the few female Singaporean marble sculptors; and check out re-modelled rabbit figurines by famed Japanese outfit MIMILA.

BERNINA collaborates with playwright Nabilah Said to create text-based art with a form of poetry known as ‘twin cinema’.

On top of these diverse collaborations and more, on display are six vibrant Funan Passion Rabbit sculptures customised by six artists in response to the mall’s colours and passion themes of Play, Chic, Taste, Fit, Tech and Craft. The play on dualities, of artists and brands, retail and art, all mirror the life of rabbits who, just like us, are social creatures that do not thrive in solitude. In yet another inspired pairing, Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Rabbit is presented by Funan and curated by collaborator, curatorial consultancy and agency Chan + Hori Contemporary.

BLAXK by ActionCity works with toy customiser Rex Lee in a re-modelling of rabbit figurines by famed Japanese outfit MIMILA.

Mr Adrian Lai, Centre Manager, Funan, said: “After a successful partnership for Creative Intersections last year, we are pleased to collaborate with Chan + Hori Contemporary again to come up with unique ‘shoppable’ experiences that enliven the bustling art scene at Funan. As a paradigm for live, work and play, we look forward to offering a creative environment in our spaces for local artists, retailers and our shoppers alike this Year of the Rabbit!”

Terrarium specialist The Green Capsule partners with former lawyer turned artist Yen Phang on a series of artworks and workshops titled “Does the Rabbit Dream of the Artist?”.

Mr Khai Hori, Director and Partner, Chan + Hori Contemporary, said: “Chan + Hori Contemporary is delighted to be engaged once again by Funan for Creative Intersections 2023. As a patron of the arts, everything creative and energetic, Funan’s continued endeavour to partner with curators, artists and retail brands in Singapore, bridging art with a wide stream of audiences, can only get better. This year, the Singapore visual arts landscape looks ripe for renewal and rebirth and we are happy to seize the moment with this fun and meaningful project with Funan.”

Creative Intersections In The Year of the Rabbit runs from 6th January to 5th February 2023 at Funan Mall. More information available here

SAW 2023 runs from 6th to 15th January 2023. For more information on SAW 2023 programmes, visit artweek.sg, or follow @sgartweek on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram

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