Orange peel cutting as art

I was watching the news on Channel News Asia yesterday and there was a report of a Japanese young man who used a paper cutter to cut orange skins into the shape of animals, just the outline. What came out were simple shapes of animals, something akin to paper cuttings. And Channel News Asia was there to broadcast it as news to the world. And this guy has about 70 or so cuttings. I have hundreds of images from my Art of RAR collection. And every image is painstakingly created as pieces of art. I think if I were a Japanese or an European or an American, the people in these countries will drool over my creations. These people from mature societies are more generous and receptive to creative ideas and arts, and are more ready to appreciate new art forms and creativity without the need for some authority or authoritative figure to say so. In this island, creativity is only art if other foreign talents say so. Anything coming out from our natives is unworthy of a second look. Not many really appreciate talents, creativity or art forms. I think it is more a case of lack of confidence, to dare to claim something as art for fear of losing credibility if others do not agree. In the case of reporters or art critics, what if the boss doesn’t agree? But when some foreigners did something and got reported, everyone will stand up with their mouths wide open and say, Wow, great art!. Even a naked man sitting on a chair is art! I call it stupidity, base and primitive instinct. Totally lack of ideas. It is utter nonsense, an insult to the audience and their intelligence. Then again, the audience need to be insulted if they accepted nonsense as art without protest, just because they were reported or being given a place in a grand art exhibition. If Damien Hirst were to walk across a zebra crossing, naked, it will be instantly hailed as an art form. I will wait to see who will make the first move to recognise my Art of RAR as an art form. I want to assure them that some of my pieces are in the style of some great artists, like Picasso and Wu Guan Zhong. But mine are photographic images, created by the hands of nature. I just help to give a little finishing touch to them. They came out in such forms were all nature’s doing. Not something that I have preconceived or planned. Anyone out there tempted to want to take a peep at my collection? I guarantee them that my collection will be more than kindergarten stuff. What I have created is perhaps the best thing to have happened in the local art scene: ) I need to brag a little to attract some attention.


Wally Buffet said...

Hi Guys!

Happy CHINESE New Year with the hoppy rabbit bringing more babies to this island.

Mr. Bean,

Maybe you want to give the Kois a rest and quit mucking around with the computers again.

Art or beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so if you want your "Art" to be recognized, it will take some time and of course if someone like the MM were to chance upon your "Art" and give an unequivocal endorsement, your road to fame would be much smoother.

In the meantime, oldies like ourselves are living on borrowed time. Quit dabbling in shares for "mosquito" clients, stop "discovering" a new art form, travel the world with your better half, spend more time with your grandchildren and off and on, have a fling on the wild side.

That's how our twilight years should be spent.

Wally Buffet said...

"What I have created is perhaps the best thing to have happened in the local art scene: )"

Wow! if you put it so confidently, I am sold already!

How to buy to display in my living room?

Hehe. :o)

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi Wally, you are back and hopping around merrily.

My art pieces not for sale at the moment. Time is not right yet: )

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Oh, just click on the 3 images and see them in a bigger frame for more details.

Matilah_Singapura said...


Exhibit lah. Get a hip space --perhaps in Chinatown, Beach Road, Little India, put on catering and a bar, announce it on the web and in the media, and voila... you've "come out" as an artist.

Sooner or later every "creator" needs to punt on his talent and skill and solicit "feedback" from his audience -- or in the case of new forms to get an audience in the first place.

You can belly ache about Damien Hirst or foreign talents, and make all sorts of claims about how "good" your stuff is... but until you exhibit, perhaps get published and/ or establish some "notoriety" in the art scene, all your claims and bombast are just hot air.

One thing about photography is that it is one art form where generating revenue is a whole lot easier than say, dance or music, poetry, theatre...the performance and literary arts.

A photograph can be replicated and used as a pattern or image to be featured on clothing (T-Shirts and caps), utensils (coffee mugs, dinner ware, containers) or in commercials, advertising and film.

Photographs that capture the attention, evoke emotion and then continue to hold the attention are unrealized "revenue generators", if the artist is quick to seize the opportunity and potential.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Working on it Matilah. Several options available.

Anonymous said...

Me suggests that You send this your article to the Straits Times minus the comments.


Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I am sure they are reading. If they are interested they will know how to reach me.

I am working on a few alternatives at the moment. Either I go the Hirst way or connect with some galleries were some of my options.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Any publicity is good publicity. ST is not bad, better yet the Business Times and AWSJ, Singapore Tatler -- the top end stuff. Exhibit in galleries based in Tanglin area. Or hang in exclusive clubs, bank foyers. Like I said, art which pays = top end clients ...forget the broke-assed "masses" until you can get your art on merchandise they can afford.

Artists have always needed rich patrons to fund them -- so if I were you (which I'm not) I would focus on the folks who would pay you (because they can afford it) say $20k per photo, instead of trying to please some cheapskate who'd rip off your work (the type of scum bag who buys fake Prada and Armani items) from the internet and get a cheap glossy print at Sim Lim for 5 bucks.

Last tip: get yourself a good intellectual property lawyer. You'll find a good bunch in Battery Road, in that well-known building. I'm not mentioning names here :-)

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

One step at a time. And I think that well known building is gone and a new one has taken over.

Matilah_Singapura said...

No. still there. I was just there last Wed.

The well-known building known as one of the ugliest buildings in S'pore until recent refurbishment.

I think we got mixed up here: you thought I was referring to the building which used to have those stupid lions guarding it. That's gone, as you've said.

Anyway the famous lawyers have the upper floors ;-)