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PHUNK /   Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan, and William Chan

Singapore 1994


Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan, and William Chan
July 24, 2016

Working as an art and design collective, PHUNK is a team of four artists who equally contribute to their creativity making the distinctive blend of traditional Chinese mythology, craft, philosophy, and folklore, Hong Kong wuxia, Japanese manga and otaku subculture, Western popular culture, and design movements. Striving to find the new approached to visual expression, their projects reflect their personal diversity united with the same aims. Their projects include a wide range of fields, from design, via publishing, fashion, music, and film to interactive media.

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PHUNK – New Dreams Of An Old World, Installation view, 2014

From Music Band to Design Studio

Born in 1994 in Singapore, PHUNK studio is collective of Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan, and William Chan who studied together at LASALLE college of Arts. Everything began with an idea of starting a band, but they soon realized that their music sucked and decided to focus their creativity on something else. During the years, their enthusiasm attracted several big-brand names, such as Nike, Nokia, MTV, Daimler Chrysler, Levis, Comme des Garcon, Tiger Beer and Salem. A proud carriers of the label “Creators of modern urban mythological tales” that Chinese Contemporary Art News, Taiwan gave them, PHUNK fully justifies this description creating the works crowded by ancient gods and modern creatures through their characteristic sense of humor. Constantly experimenting with the new approaches, they challenge the conventional definition of an artist and design studio, trying to erase boundaries between that two.

PHUNK is collective of four artists

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PHUNK – Daydreamer II, 2012

More than a Common Design Studio

Considered as one of the leading design studios in Singapore and even whole Asia, these guy’s success is confirmed in 2007 when they have been awarded Designer of the Year. Still, PHUNK is more than a common studio: walking through the realms of art, film, publishing, fashion and design, they represent the mixture of creativity and commerce. Their work has also been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, in galleries, museums and art fairs worldwide. Conjoining the messages and visions of each of three artists, PHUNK promises that will continue to challenge the boundaries of design and artistic creativity.

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YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Art Central Hong KongGroup
2014Modern Love: LASALLE thirtieth anniversary exhibition Institute of Contemporary Art, SingaporeGroup
2014Fukuoka Art Triennale 2014 Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, JapanGroup
2014Daydreams + NightmaresThe Substation, SingaporeGroup
2014New Icon: Pop in Asia Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2014Singapore Pop-Up Show Art Seasons, SingaporeGroup
2013Empire of Dreams II Art Seasons, SingaporeSolo
2013Welcome to the Jungle Yokohama Museum of Art, JapanGroup
2013Welcome to the Jungle Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, JapanGroup
2013HBO Game of Thrones Art Exhibition The Luxe Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2013OH Open House 2013 Marina Bay, SingaporeGroup
2012Empire of Dreams I Gallery J. Chen, TaipeiSolo
2012Singapore Show: Future Proof 2012 Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2012Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2012Future Pass – From Asia to the World National Taiwan Museum of Fine ArtGroup
2012The Book Show Sculpture Square, SingaporeGroup
2011Daydream Nation Project Stage, ART STAGE, SingaporeSolo
2011A Little Light Magic Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2011New Pop New World Element Art Space, SingaporeGroup
2011Future Pass – From Asia to the World 54th Venice Biennale 2011, ItalyGroup
2010Welcome to Electricity Diesel Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2010Design Possible Kaohsiung Design Festival, TaiwanGroup
2010Campaign City Evil Empire, SingaporeGroup
2010Very Fun Park 2010 Taipei Public Art Festival, TaiwanGroup
2009Around The World - Across The Universe Vallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2009New World Art Seasons, SingaporeSolo
2009P.S. I Silk YouHermes, SingaporeGroup
2009ARTSingapore SingaporeGroup
2009Self-Portraits CircleCulture Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Beyond Comfort, Art Seasons Lakeside Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2009ArtHK Fair Hong KongGroup
2008New World Art Seasons, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2008KIAF Korea International Art Fair 2008 Seoul, KoreaSolo
2008Levi’s Art Session 3 Levi’s Flagship store, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Universe II Gallery J Chen, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2008ACAF NY 2008 New York, USAGroup
2008No Comply 2008 Skateboard Art Exhibition No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2008Panos 2013 Lyon, FranceGroup
2008ARTSingapore SingaporeGroup
2008SHcontemporary Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007Universe I Art Seasons, SingaporeSolo
2007Universality Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2007Art Cologne Cologne, GermanyGroup
2007Animamix Biennale: From Modernity to Eternity MoCA Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007Todays Art Festival 2007 The Hague, NetherlandsGroup
2007Very Fun Park II Taipei Public Art Festival, TaiwanGroup
2007Celebrating 50 years of Helvetica Design Museum, London, U.KGroup
2007Young Talents, Art Cologne Cologne, GermanyGroup
2005Decade of Decadence Singapore History Museum, SingaporeSolo
2005Gwangju Design BiennaleGwangju, KoreaGroup
2005Get it Louder Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2004The Synthetics “Live” Comme des Garçon Guerrilla Store +65, SingaporeSolo
2004Control Chaos IV OFFF, ValenciaSolo
2004Control Chaos III Our Spot Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2004Street Life Agnes b, SingaporeGroup
2004Place Museu Valencia de la Il.Ilustracio i La Modernitat, ValenciaGroup
2004Pictoplasma “Characters at War” Zentralbuero, BerlinGroup
2003Control Chaos II :b Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2003Control Chaos The Reed Space, New YorkSolo
2002Fascination Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2002Made In Singapore Art Seasons, SingaporeGroup
2002We Love Utopia Magma Gallery, LondonGroup