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And Your Bird Can Sing
by Yee Chang Kang
Medium
Mixed Media on Wood
Size
59.4 cm x 42 cm
$240
sold
2
Artwork Description
As a filmmaker/musician myself, I have always been intrigued by songs from the Power-Pop genre. I find great strength and inspiration discovering such gems and listening to them. Songs from The Beatles, The Who, Big Star, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann & Wilco - they all fall within this Power-Pop genre. Exuberant music, coupled with honest and insightful songwriting - of finding hope in a hopeless world. For my contribution to Singled Out, I have kind of gone with my gut-feeling. I thought about The Beatles' discography. I wanted a quirky song title that would inspire me, and straightaway, "And Your Bird Can Sing" came to mind. On a casual level, what we first hear in this song are the bright and chiming guitars. But on a closer listen, John Lennon is actually having a good dig at phoney, superficial people. And I really love that juxtaposition. In my artwork, I have layered many pieces of saw-up vinyl records and spray-painted them. They represent our ups and downs - our different life stories/soundtracks (sometimes hidden underneath), and the journeys we have taken so far. Then, on the surface of my artwork, I try to express that exuberance from the song through my Jackson Pollock-inspired splashing. Of how we have kept on going - by holding onto our hopes and dreams, by colouring (splashing) our lives excitingly. *That faded pink record sleeve is a real artifact from our Ministry Of Culture back in the late 1960s. Probably when The Beatles' Revolver album, where "And Your Bird Can Sing" comes from, was considered a subversive “drug” album, and therefore still banned in Singapore. Take a closer look, and you will discover many smaller, incidental details too.
Song Title
And Your Bird Can Sing  
Artiste
The Beatles
About The Artist
By profession, Yee Chang Kang is an award-winning film director with Shooting Gallery Asia and has helmed TV commercials for an illustrious list of clients like Discovery Channel, Tiger Beer, Scoot, KFC, M1 and MDA. And as an independent filmmaker, Yee has also been actively writing, producing and directing short films since graduating top of his class from Temasek Polytechnic‘s School Of Design in 1996. Yee is all about heart. His astute knack of empathising with the vast complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing between understated heroic romanticism and fragile vulnerability, results in work that has always erred on the side of passion and beauty. Through his keen observations, Yee is a filmmaker and musician who always remembers to tell the truth and wear his heart on his sleeves unapologetically. Working on the story arc titled The Loners’ Trilogy, Yee has a consistent film output with Good Time (2004), Dai Bao (2005) and Peter Ho (2006). These quirky and honest films have travelled to film festivals in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia, with Good Time and Dai Bao coming in as Finalists at the Singapore International Film Festival. That consistent theme of heart continues with his music. An advocate of the local music scene since his youth, Yee has used original music from Singapore extensively and exclusively in his films, and was a contributing photographer for the iconic magazine, BigO. In 1987, he started his first band, The Ordinary People who released two albums, It’s A Weird Existence (1993) and When Stars Collide (2000). A year later, Yee formed acclaimed indie-rock band TypeWriter and released a double-album titled Indian Head Massage (2010). As an active performing singer-songwriter, Yee is also a certified member of COMPASS, with songs published by Warner/Chappell Singapore. He is currently working on his feature film debut, Sunlight Takes Over, as well as TypeWriter’s next album release. If the power of love and heartbreak are to be found in a film or a song, you will definitely not miss them, the hallmarks in Yee’s signature style. On that, you can bet your heart.

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