Vinyl Records, Acrylic Ink, Wing Nuts, Bolts
"He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?"
The lyrics of The Beatles's "Nowhere Man" left an immediate impression on us. We thought at first about folks we knew who seemed like they really were "in a nowhere land, making nowhere plans for nobody", often labelled by society as losers. But surely we all have felt lost before. And even though we are always aiming to get "somewhere" in our careers and in life, in the end, is that "somewhere" really that important and valuable? What do these trophies and achievements mean? I recalled that when an album sold a certain number of copies, the artist will be awarded a platinum or gold record to be hung on a wall. So for this work, we assembled all these possible "trophy vinyls" to form a canvas. A nowhere man goes round and round, from one vinyl to the next, from boy to man. But when his songs in life end, where will he be going to next? We hope this work reminds us that the treasures on earth will one day all be meaningless.
About The Artist
ampulets 安普樂 is a creative studio founded in Singapore by James Teo in 2006. We provide art direction and design for identities, books and publications, as well as event and corporate collateral. Our studio takes pride in work that is considered, serves function, and in the process, invites and rewards curiosity and the desire for meaning. We trust that good work satisfies both the client and designer. Besides client-commissioned work, ampulets also makes independent art and design projects, including our product label Neighbourgoods.
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