Friday, April 27, 2012

The Postcard - Reframing the watercolor painting into memorabilia


Permanence and the Importance of a great custodian

Turning watercolor painting of Singapore River into memorabilia

I had made many of the paintings into photo postcard for collection. As the exhibition set out to experiment with some ways to produce memorabilia from paintings. Here is my interpretation.

As the exhibition set out to experiment with some ways to produce memorabilia from paintings.  The paintings were re-shot and treated to digital treatment, leaving trails of digital imprints, signaling a copy becoming the original and its inability to duplicate the original. In so doing fail to accomplish the trial of permanence of the analogue medium, which it is destined to deteriorate. Only the derivative original could retain, in its entirety the original, however, which is also prone to perish if the digital storage is not readable, as such, each technology switch means the need to convert and transfer from one form to another. Effort and resources are the determinants of its permanence. And eventually the works need a custodian, otherwise, it is bound to be trashed and forgotten.

AThe custodian has the sole responsibility to preserve and promote the works, giving importance and life to the work. I shall elect one such custodian. In fact, I already did. Now it is to inculcate such responsibility and skill in the custodian.

ll photo postcards are derivative works from the watercolor paintings.