C K Kum is currently practising architecture with Atelier Oasis/10 17'N .ARC but also hold a diverse portfolio of design and artwork that spans various media and scales. A visual and environmental artist, he has participated in many international and local shows since graduation from the National University of Singapore in 1990 and has won numerous awards, including National Winner at the Winsor & Newton Worldwide Millennium Painting Competition, UK (1999), First Runner-up at the Daler-Rowney Worldwide Art Club Challenge Palette, UK (2000), Juror's Choice at Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore /ASEAN Art Awards (2002) and Top Prize for the Abstract Category in the UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Singapore (2002). In 2000, his painting entry was selected for The United Nations Millennium Art Exhibition – Our World in the Year 2000 at the World Trade Centre, Stockholm, United Nations, NY and Mall Galleries, London. Most recently, he represented the Modern Art Society, Singapore at the First International Environmental Art Expo Korea – Save the Earth at COEX Centre, Seoul and his architectural installations were featured in the inaugural Singapore Architects Art Exhibition – Lost City.

Source: MASS 2006



You are cordially invited to the opening and reception of
Lost City
intersections of art and
architecture in the city

A group exhibition of new work by
ceramics . drawings . installation . paintings . photography

Thursday 16th December 2004 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605 E-mail: utterlyart and followed by @pacific.net.sg
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs till Sunday 2nd Jan 2005.
We will be closed on 24, 25 and 31 Dec 2004 and 1 Jan 2005.

The German philosopher, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), argued that the sublime relationship between how one lived (architecture) and what one thought (art) was slowly being eroded. For him, “To dwell authentically, [was] to dwell poetically, since poetry is a manifestation of truth restored to its artistic dimension.” Heidegger argued that the alienation of contemporary existence was based on the separation of thought from ‘Being’, a condition epitomised by the privileging of technology and calculative thinking in the modern world. This Heideggerian view of art and space is perhaps what ties the artists of Lost City together.

That all the artists choose to make poignant references to the urban environment that surrounds them is significant not only because it affirms the duality of art and space, but more importantly, it contributes to the discourse on rapid urbanisation in the globalised world. In this light, Lost City is about understanding our urban environment by looking at the city through the eyes of the artist. Through them, it may be possible to recognise and engage certain ‘truths’ about our urban environment that in the haste towards attaining the goals of globalisation, perhaps most have ignored.

Source: Arthur Sim, Curator