Took a breather with Rully at 5pm to Ace House where Rudy 'Atjeh' was doing his shift of running the gallery space which had been transformed into Ace Mart. Rudy has been working in the studio with me since the commencement of Print Parade #2's schedule to work.
The exhibition, Ace Mart, turned the gallery into a grocery store that entwines the sale of artworks together with common household items you would get at a convenience store.
The exhibition aims to bring art closer to the consumer and from conversing with Rudy, he mentioned that it was nice to see the public enter Ace Mart, not knowing that it was an art space, to find art being sold amongst toothpaste, instant noodles and soap.
Ace Mart also offered an outdoor al fresco dining area, modelled from a warung. This is where artists turn cooks. It was too early for food when we were there.
I was really impressed with the quirky, yet meaningful concept, as well as the effort put into the decor which played a huge role in transforming an artspace to look convincing as a convenience store. The Ace House Collective even took pains to design plastic bags, caps, shirts, mugs and lighters with the Ace Mart brand.
I left Rudy and Ace Mart with 3 lighters which had indicated 'Ace Mart', 'Artist Manager' and 'Collector' printed on them. They are possibly the only souvenirs I would buy from this trip.
We hopped over to Kedai Kebun Forum to catch Restu's solo show, Tantrum, before it ends.
I met Restu today for a short while in the studio. She is also a participant of Print Parade #2 and came by with Tape to start working on her plate.
Coincidentally, Sari introduced me to her work over breakfast yesterday and it was great to meet her in person. I love what goes on in her mind!
So after the break, it was back to the studio to continue with etching.
(It actually sounds really nice to be able to say ' I'm going back to the studio to continue with etching'. )
Well it's really late now and this was where I left off for tonight.