Here I could even Pluck the Stars by Hand – a solo exhibition by Chan Kok Hooi
5 July to 4 August
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.
Vortex - a solo exhibition by Faizal Yunus
26 June to 14 July
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.
3, a solo exhibition by Sean Lean
11 July to 5 August
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.
Tarian Asyik - Music at Ilham
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.
Harder Than This - The Musical
5 July to 8 July
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.
28 June to 1 July
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.