Japanese artist Kentaro Hiroki’s interests in the Southeast Asia include looking into the complexities of its varied cultures, as well as people and their complicated affiliations to their nation and history. His research process often sees him rifling through archives on multiple levels, from Malaysia’s National Archive to basement-level flea markets. While searching for materials surrounding our anthem, ‘Negaraku,’ Hiroki encountered Tan Sri Mohamed Suffian’s book, ‘Malaysian Citizenship’, detailing the laws that define a Malaysian citizen. Through the process itself, Hiroki subsequently developed a connection between himself, his findings and the people of the Malaysia. The exhibition features a reproduction of ‘malaysian citizenship,’ isolated on a single wall, each double page framed and displayed as pieces of art. The true to size, hand-copied text that Hiroki spent nine months meticulously copying, forces the viewer to come close and inspect for flaws and the presence of the artist’s hand.
The Gallery at Star Hill is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with an incredible group exhibition featuring renowned artists including Eston Tan, Lim Ah Cheng, Lui Cheng Thak, Ng Kok long, Soon Lai Wai, Ting Cho Cheng.
In collaboration with National Gallery Singapore and Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, the exhibition traces a formative period in the artist’s practice during the 1960s as he journeyed across Europe and Southeast Asia. “Pago Pago,” was coined by the artist to evoke the consciousness that emerged through these travels. A way of thinking and working that sought to challenge the dominance of Western modernism at the time, Pago Pago led Latiff Mohidin to explore a syncretic approach to form in his art and enter dialogues with other avant-garde thinkers in Southeast Asia. Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960–1969) features over 70 paintings, drawings and prints, supplemented with archival documents, and situates him in dialogue with his European peers.
Visual artists Tan Chee Hon and Tey Beng Tze collaborate for the first time together to showcase their long term ongoing Abstract Art painting in Raw Art Space. During the exhibition they will also be showing their experimental new techniques such as using vivid yet arbitrary colours, reconstructing shapes and rejecting realistic three-dimensional perspectives, to paint on different sizes of art material with mixed media colours.
Elysian Fields is an upcoming exhibition by British Balinese artist Sinta Tantra and Malaysian artist Haffendi Anuar and will present a series of paintings and sculptures by both artists. Sinta will present a series of minimalist and color paintings made with tempera while Haffendi will showcase a series of sculptures from his latest works. Sinta responds and records space through color and geometry, her minimalist paintings capture Buckminster Fuller’s utopian instructive diagrams, stripped down to emphasise on the immense potential and imaginative possibilities that a simple line could offer. Haffendi produces object-based sculptures that repurpose found everyday objects and materials. Haffendi is inspired by the colour, exoticism and splendour of tropical plants found in Malaysia.
Donald Abraham was born in the era of Hip Hop music when breakdancing was all the rage. Being raised in a coastal village in Sabah, he became a city boy embracing every aspect city life could offer — rap music, baggy jeans, skateboarding and spraycan painting. Unbeknownst to him, street art would become the soul with which he lived when he decided to pursue art full time. In this series of works spanning six years in the making, Donald lends his signature style to the canvas. His storyline varies, at times funny, at times dark and at times wishful. A sparkle of spontaneity and a serving of “Chop Suey” (Chinese style mixed vegetable dish) drive him to paint the way he paints, culminating every thought he has inside his mind into a cauldron of instances and sorts. The title to his paintings serves to delve the observer into his inner world and when one cannot find his signature, “Yak” is his graffiti tag which appears repeatedly on his canvasses.