scoot | Issue 49 • June 2019

18 SCOOT AS TOLD TO MELISSA LORRAINE CHUA PHOTOGRAPHY NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE MEETTHE MUSEUM EXPERT Seng Yu Jin is a Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. He has curated and co-curated exhibitions for over 13 years and is a PhD candidate from the University of Melbourne, with a focus on the history of exhibitions and artist collectives in Southeast Asia. TIP 1: STARTBYLOOKING ATTHEARTWORK FROMAFAR Artworks can be site-specific, meaning that they are made specifically for a particular space. Look at it as a whole and identify the type of art you are looking at. For example, is it two-dimensional or three- dimensional? Is it a painting or a sculpture? Observe how the artwork uses the space around and within it. TIP 2: OBSERVETHEARTWORK UPCLOSE Go closer – or at least, as close as you’re allowed to – and observe the artwork’s details. Explore it from top to bottom, front to back, and notice its foreground and background. Take note of what you recognise in the artwork, how they are presented, and the mood of the overall piece. Consider the different visual elements as well. For example, think about the lines, shapes, colours, forms, and medium. Art curator Seng Yu Jin shares five tips to making the most of your time at an art gallery or museum art gallery DAY AT THE MUSEUM