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Evergreen (2018)


Evergreen is an installation of PVC banners hung on the railings in an air well near the store, inserted next to other banners already advertising various shops in Bras Basah Complex. The banner designs echo familiar book spines, but refracted through abstraction and repetition. Yet they retain a recognisability, suggesting that there is a visual system of books of which we are all subconsciously aware, which makes visits to secondhand bookstores in Bras Basah Complex feel so familiar.
Artist: Berny Tan

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10 Books About Time (In No Particular Order) (2018)


Basheer Graphic Books is a 25-year-old bookstore located in Bras Basah Complex that specialises in books about architecture, design, fashion, and art. Through conversations with the owner, Mr Abdul Nasser, learning about the history of the bookstore, its present situation, and its plans for the future, the artist decided to: (1) Ask him to recommend 10 books about time; (2) Purchase the books to create an artwork; (3) Offer to reorganise the books in the bookstore together with him. 
Artist: Lai Yu Tong
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Fort of Leaves (2018)


Intending to mimic the forts we all tried to build as children, this piece was made with yarn, hand-spun with a spindle out of the leaves of familiar calendars recognisable in many Singaporean households (produced by Maha Yu Yi bookstore), which were left to be discarded when unsold once the new year began. The act of tearing the calendar as each day passes is symbolic of time passing, and using this representation of ‘time’ to create the fort in brittle paper yarn makes one feel its fragility, like a passing moment in time.
Artist: Kelly Limerick


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