Art as it is ordinarily lived
[Video by the National Arts Council, Singapore]
Visual artist Justin Lee lives a couple of blocks down from the Neighbourgoods studio in Toa Payoh. While we usually encounter his work in galleries and museums, he has also been working with seniors in neighbourhoods like ours to make art."Usually there is a hostile reaction to a conception of art that connects it with the activities of a live creature in its environment. The hostility to association of fine art with normal processes of living is pathetic, even a tragic, commentary on life as it is ordinarily lived." (John Dewey, Art as Experience)
Neighbourgoods celebrate Justin's work, because the impulse to inscribe, make patterns, reflect, play and create from one's experience is part of us all.