Gerald Leow, Artcore Punks, Shaiful Zerox and Stephen Black joined forces to create the installation, community art project/temporary gallery known as Foreign Love Club. The image is from one of the works presented.
The formula: Gerald Leow, band logos as starting points.
ArtCore Punks, the independent independents.
Stephen Black "“I learnt a number of things from my dad."
Foreign Love Club
Foreign Love Club are a group of artists who work in a variety of media. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’,Foreign Love Club uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.
Their artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. They challenge the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, they present everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.
Foreign Love Club create situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, their works reference post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
Their works bear strong political references. The possibility, or the dream, of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. Foreign Love Club currently lives and works in Singapore.
Gerald very kindly asked me to participate in The PassionArts Village project at the Bedok reservoir. One morning as we were walking to the Happy Crab, I mentioned that I was interested in continuing work on the Foreigner image I'd worked on for the SPOKEN exhibition with Eugene Soh and other artists and writers. The Singaporean friend we were walking with mentioned that at the end of dances--tea dances, I think, they used to play I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner's most popular song. I cringed, but Gerald started laughing.
Full disclosure: the first rock concert I paid to see was a triple bill of Walter Egan, Foreigner and Heart at the Toledo Sports Arena. The second time I saw them was in Tokyo, where they played with Loudness, Richie Blackmore's Rainbow and Sting,whose band included Wynton Marsalis. The first Foreigner experience was the start of a journey, the second was something like a job.