The Long and Short of it

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The Arts are cov­ered in this is­sue in typ­i­cal Port­fo­lio fash­ion – from dif­fer­ent points of view. We be­gan with an in­ter­view with ce­ramic artist, Ms. Delia Prvacki, in her stu­dio out in the West. Shortly af­ter­wards, we got an of­fer from the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil to in­ter­view some re­cip­i­ents of the an­nual Pa­tron of the Arts awards, which in­cludes Mr. Cem Azak, Mr. Christo­pher Ho & Ms. Rosy Ho, and Ms. Paige Parker & Mr. Jim Rogers. We thought the is­sue was shap­ing up nicely, so we went a lit­tle fa­ther and ex­plored arts spa­ces of the fu­ture, in­clud­ing the 20,000 square-foot ex­hi­bi­tion space called Color Fac­tory in NYC, whose un­usual fea­tures in­clude built-in selfie ma­chines, and the 200,000-square­foot, eight-level arts space called The Shed, a US$500 mil­lion build­ing cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion where the High Line meets Hud­son Yards also in New York City.

But we felt it wouldn’t be com­plete if we did not reach out to the peo­ple who run and de­ter­mine how art spa­ces are used – an idea that brought us to Mr. Alan Oei, artis­tic di­rec­tor of The Sub­sta­tion, Mr. Khairuddin Hori, cu­ra­to­rial di­rec­tor and part­ner at Chan + Hori Con­tem­po­rary, and Ms. SueShan Quek, founder of Telok Ayer Arts Club. They have dif­fer­ent agen­das (and tem­per­a­ments), but they are all com­mit­ted to look­ing after the phys­i­cal space as much as to de­vel­op­ing strong com­mu­ni­ties of au­di­ences and stake­hold­ers. Even our con­tribut­ing edi­tors gamely shaped their ar­ti­cles around the arts. Mr. Keef Wong se­lects thee time­pieces with ex­quis­ite di­als that em­ploy art-like crafts, and Ms. Wendy Long writes about pre­sent­ing one­self as a form of art. Ars longa, vita bre­vis. Make sure one il­lu­mi­nates the other.

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