State of Art: 6 Art exhibitions to see in KL this July 2018

Updated on June 27 2018

Here I could even Pluck the Stars by Hand – a solo exhibition by Chan Kok Hooi

5 July to 4 August

Here I could even Pluck the Stars by Hand – a solo exhibition by Chan Kok Hooi - Lifestyle Asia

Taking a line from the poem “Staying Overnight at a Mountain Temple” by celebrated Tang dynasty poet, Li Bai (701-762), as the title of his solo exhibition, Kok Hooi uses recycled and repurposed “pre-loved” jeans as the canvases for his beautifully conceived, intricately mapped, and painstakingly crafted mixed-media explorations of these questions. Featuring a total of thirteen works that weave together surrealistic imagery, Chinese philosophy, Egyptian painting, as well as iconic symbols associated with national scandals and controversial events leading up to Malaysia’s 14th General Elections, Kok Hooi’s artworks express preoccupations that are both universal as well as unabashedly current.

A+ Works of Art
A+ Works of Art, d6-G-8 d6 Trade Centre, Jalan Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vortex - a solo exhibition by Faizal Yunus

26 June to 14 July

Vortex - a solo exhibition by Faizal Yunus - Lifestyle Asia

Constantly seeking to employ printmaking methods beyond the confinements of a traditional printmaking studio, Faizal Yunus goes deeper into the conditions of his main inspiration, Mother Nature. Realising the impact and consequences he had knowingly or unknowingly contributed to, he uses construction net and polyutherane, as symbols for the main polluting agent, to make a statement. This new adaptation allows him to inject more dimension throughout his investigation and exploration of print techniques and on nature. The artworks are a poetic representation of new landscapes considered from new perspectives, imagined and removed from the desolation it carries, bringing awareness to an apparent reality that we are living in. Vortex is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Richard Koh Fine Art
229, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tue-Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

3, a solo exhibition by Sean Lean

11 July to 5 August

3, a solo exhibition by Sean Lean - Lifestyle Asia

3 is Lean’s 3rd solo exhibition at Wei-Ling Contemporary. The exhibition features a series of triptychs, with each series of panels providing a commentary on different issues ranging from the political, social, and religious to the personal and intimate. The triptych -- a pictorial convention within the Christian tradition where a central panel is adjoined by two subsidiary but associated ones -- is the focal form and mode of presentation, which Lean employs to produce an extended narrative that traverses set boundaries and creates intertextual patterns and points of connection. Whether it is navigating familial relationships, providing a critique of religion, commenting on the present political atmosphere, questioning the institutional concept of marriage, or grappling with art and the question of authenticity, Lean’s latest solo exhibition invites the viewer to wonder with him, and in the gaps separating the panels, find a space to meditate on these questions.

Wei-Ling Contemporary
Wei-Ling Gallery 8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields 50470 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tarian Asyik - Music at Ilham

30 June

Tarian Asyik - Music at Ilham - Lifestyle Asia

Tarian Asyik is a Kelantanese court dance that traces its roots to the Sultanate of Pattani during the reign of Ratu Kuning (Yellow Queen) in the 17th century. According to the legend from the Hikayat Patani, the dance was created to entertain the grieving Yellow Queen over the loss of her favourite bird. It is also said to have been the most beloved dance of the legendary Kelantanese princess, Puteri Saadong. Over time, the dance became popular among common people and is now used as folk entertainment during festivals and marriages.

Ilham Gallery
Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tue-Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Harder Than This - The Musical

5 July to 8 July

Harder Than This - The Musical - Lifestyle Asia

Harder Than This - The Musical is a contemporary musical production that aims to break the stigma of mental health. Creative people can become chronically frustrated because their idealism and reflective natures make it impossible for them to accept their own failures or those of society. Others without such a creative inclination may be saddened in the moment. But they'll be far less likely to tie themselves up in knots imagining and re-imagining alternative histories that could have happened but didn't, or should happen but never will. A little unusual; this production covers a broad spectrum of issues including severe depression, anxiety disorder, suicide attempts, drugs abuse, upbringing, relationship failures and peer pressure. These are actual life experiences of our lead casts who finally have the courage to unmask themselves, to share the struggles that they have gone through in life to achieve their dreams; representing all those who have been accused as being the "Attention Seeker" when life is just another episode of a frightful nightmare.
Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad Kuala Lumpur 60000

Refugee Festival

28 June to 1 July

Refugee Festival - Lifestyle Asia

The Black Box gallery at Publika will be hosting a three day festival in celebration of all the contributions made by the refugee communities in Malaysia. Featuring a number of screenings, photo exhibitions, dance performances, forums and many more activities, the Refugee Festival aims to highlight the plight of displaced peoples whist giving them a platform to showcase their culture and traditions. This is the festival's third year running and the theme this year is "Sharing a Global Responsibility." Visit the Facebook page to find out more.

Refugee Festival
Black Box MAP,Publika Solaris Dutamas Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia