It’s Not Even the End of the Day, 2021only losers left alive
The three works included in Paradise Now’s installation constitute a deconstructed campsite, manifesting a mood of nonchalance in the face of an apocalypse. The objects here are informed by the artists’ personal repository of memories, seeking a sense of the lyrical in a nervous predicament. Mirroring the space of the artists’ studio as a home away from home, the campsite represents a sanctuary of instinctual pursuits.
It’s Not Even the End of the Day, 2021
Acrylic paint, PVC banner, deck chair, ceramic tiles, wood, metal box and beer cans, 120 x 120 x 95 cm
Conceptualized as an installative assemblage, It’s Not Even the End of the Day was influenced by the Arte Povera movement and the visuality of the Californian squatter community, Slab City - embodying attitudes of nonchalance, indifference and defiance. The work consists of a deck chair and box of beer cans on a tiled platform. An image of a wooded area is reproduced on the canvas of the chair, and a slice of graffiti intersects the platform. In the spirit of summer vibes, this assemblage represents a staged utopia, holding out the promise of a camping experience at the end of the world, with a potted plant added to the work to maintain some semblance of life in an apocalyptic atmosphere.
Welcome to Paradise, 2021
Metal lightbox with sticker, card and acrylic sheets, 50 x 32 x 17 cm
Welcome to Paradise is reminiscent of the repurposed salvage that comprises California’s Slab City, as well as pawn shop signage, once a common part of Singapore’s urban fabric. The lightbox features, on one side, the personal phone numbers of the Paradise Now artists, and the collective’s logo. On the other are the lyrics to the song, “The End of the World”, first made popular by Skeeter Davis in 1962, printed on the surface of a BSoD (blue screen of death), the error screen displayed by the Windows computer operating system following a crash. The artists remark: “We like the visual element of lit signage, and the humorous aspect of self-advertisement without any specified service. There is nothing to figure out except to enjoy the words to Skeeter’s song.” Here, the lightbox is utilized as the decorative identity marker of a reconstructed dwelling.
Light Year Projection Sheet, 2021
Silkscreen and mixed media on watercolour paper, 45 x 59 cm each
A campsite is a safe harbour, and perhaps even home to some. To personalise their deconstructed campsite, the two artists of Paradise Now have included aniconic self-portraits in the form of zeroing target sheets. Such sheets are used to calibrate and zero firing arms, before hunting, by collecting data through bullet hole statistics. Using prints of a modified zeroing sheet as a base for their drawings, “the imagery here”, the artists observe, “is emblematic of our being.”
Paradise Now (founded on 2020) is a Multimedia Artist Collective whose artworks assimilate a diversity of daily influences drawn from perception through observation. With a penchant for amalgamating incompatible elements, Paradise Now grows as a natural synergy of conflicting histories and personal experiences - they seek to explore the notion of space/mental space, memories, emotions, symbolism and metaphors through multidisciplinary approaches. Paradise Now is a repository for their thoughts and memories that would otherwise fade away with the business of daily living.