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A – Z, Pastel


Acrylic on canvas
30 x 21 cm (each), 27 panels

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A TO Z – For Children Of All Ages is a fun and quirky way to look at art, learn the English alphabet and discover the iconography of PHUNK. This series of artworks by PHUNK explores the “inner child” who inhabits the heart of our modern social being. How do we understand our world through the heart of a child? How do we share our dreams with the young? It is also a journey back to their origins as young graphic designers exploring the rules and craft of typography. Each beautifully illustrated letter represents words that relate to themes and stories from the collective’s imaginary universe.

Accompanying A TO Z, is a special mobile app developed by a 17-year-old young man, Tay Cole Lin to create public interactions with PHUNK’s artwork. It presents a fun way to learn art vocabulary with A TO Z, through a word-scramble game. Observe the visuals of each letter and the combined beauty of the word. The idea behind this is that the A TO Z word-scramble is an art game developed by the young, for the young and the young at heart – to entertain and to educate using PHUNK’s iconic letters.

About the Artist

PHUNK is an internationally acclaimed, Singapore based art collective, founded in 1994 by Alvin Tan (1974), Melvin Chee (1974), Jackson Tan (1974) and William Chan (1973). PHUNK have developed a novel approach to collective art-making based on the collaborative aesthetic of a rock-and-roll band, and informed by a shared interest in urban subcultures. They have propagated a visual signature that seamlessly blends and reinterprets their diverse influences such as traditional Chinese craft, philosophy and folklore, Hong Kong wuxia pulp fiction, Japanese manga and otaku subculture, Western popular culture, art and design movements into a singular creative thought that reflects their multi-cultural identity, background and environment.

Labelled "Creators of modern urban mythological tales" (Chinese Contemporary Art News, Taiwan), PHUNK has created a visual universe densely populated by ancient gods and modern creatures, to depict universal tales social satire, humanity morality, rock n' roll ethos, contemporary culture and PHUNK's unique witty sense of humour.

PHUNK will be presenting their works at Art Seasons.