Bary Cha Cha

Singapore

STILL LIFE ‘ORGANICA’ is an ongoing body of photographic work by multi-faceted Singapore artist Bary Cha Cha, which in his own words “depicts photographic moments created in collaboration with nature, as opposed to just being captured, and presented with organic wit and an alchemic twist.”

Central to the theme of STILL LIFE ‘ORGANICA’ are surreal visualisations that have been conjured up to engage the viewer into a discourse on the authenticity of image. Here, in a visual antithesis of yin and yang, simple aspects of nature have been veiled beautifully with synthetic elements and purposefully appropriated and incorporated into the frame of what is essentially an organic base of work.

Curiously ethereal and fantasy-like, all the subjects have been shot under available natural light on film in a further artistic collaboration with nature.

As an artist Bary Cha Cha’s life reflects layered touches on different aspects of art, from the world of dance where he was a dancer, costume designer, choreographer, to corporate advertising and eventually event styling and design. His artistic work is a reflection of his ability to communicate fluidly and creatively across different dimensional planes of ceramic sculpturing, art installations and photography.

 

Speckled Canopy ed 15
2010
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“purposefully appropriated”

Vividly stark yet infinitely delicate, Speckled Canopy with its lace-like web of interwoven branches parallels the essence of life that courses through our pulsating veins, evoking a gentle reminder of our fragility and interdependence on nature.

Perched Ed 5
2014
digital print on archival paper
164 x 112 cm w

At once organic yet surreal, one’s eye is drawn to a nest precariously perched and into an alternate space immersed in almost unreal hues of aqua green
Bewinged ed 15
2014
digital print on archival paper
79 x 55 cm w

Upon milky shades, the apple does not quiet appear to be resting on solid ground
Leaf Unfurling  ed 15
2011
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“organic yet alchemic”

In a striking play of natural light, Leaf Unfurling puts a twist into the depiction of a leaf in isolation by infusing an organic yet alchemic effect on the traditional black and white study of nature. The result is a mesmerising portrayal of luminously rich golden hues on black, with a subtle, yet startling tinge of blue.

Pathway ed 15
2010
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“a stylistic approach”

In a dramatic still life rendition of a solitary tree standing tall against a windblown barren setting, Pathway evokes a surreal experience of daydreaming, where the movement of grass in the open path has been brought to life visually, through the textured use of real fur.

Pink Torso ed 15
2009
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“of layered dimensions”

In its rich layering of textures, Pink Torso brings together the rigid hardness of a natural tree branch with the soft, seductive, richness of pink material, in a striking contrast that draws viewers into a deep sense of visual empathy.

Laying on Red ed 15
2009
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“bejewelled colour accents”
Baby Dragon ed 15
2009
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“alchemic twist”
Godzilla ed 15
2011
79 x 55 cm w
digital print on archival paper

“signature organic wit”