Jawi script in abstract

Exhibition to showcase Husin Hourmain’s past works

By NOEL FOO
noelfoo@thestar.com.my
Photo by LOW BOON TAT

THE usual practice is for artists to showcase their newest works in exhibitions but local abstract expressionist Husin Hourmain is not one to follow the crowd.

For the month of June, Core Design Gallery is showcasing Husin’s past works in an exhibition aptly titled “Trail to the Past”.

The main purpose of this current exhibition of past works is to establish his profile and style of art with collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

Husin has had three successful solo exhibitions so far and “Trail to the Past” will also feature a few experimental pie-ces.

Most of the works featured at Core Design Gallery are from his second series, “Zero to Something, Zero to Nothing”.

In line with the title of the series, the works in “Zero to Something, Zero to Nothing” are given numbers as names.

This series in particular draws influence from the works of renowned American artist Jackson Pollock, who made the ‘drip painting’ technique popular after 1940.

“This series is all about man’s interaction with the world around him throughout his life. It is an abstract narrative on a person’s spiritual interaction with life itself,” Husin explained.

For example, the piece titled “Six” is about the internal obstacles that a person encounters when moving through stages of life, as shown by the intricate abstract symbolism in the motifs of the painting.

The exhibition also features pieces from Husin’s more recent series, “Awal Hurouf, Asal Hurouf”.

This is a one-of-a-kind series that features Jawi calligraphy in modern abstract styles.

The series comprises 30 paintings that feature a single large Jawi character with smaller intricate characters overlapping.

Husin is believed to be the first Malaysian artist to pursue a contemporary interpretation of Jawi calligraphy in his works.

“There was a time in Malaysia when Jawi was used as a major writing medium. I believe we can consider it a national heritage,” said Husin.

Core Design Gallery is also showcasing some of Husin’s experimental pieces, in which he studies different painting techniques, the use of different materials, as well as the aesthetic values of different themes and motifs.

Eleven of Husin’s pieces are currently on display at Core Design Gallery, Subang Jaya until June 29.

For more info, please contact :

Syikin – +603 56121168

Email -syikin@coredesigngallery.com

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10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri)
10am – 6pm (Sat & Sun) -Based on Appointment


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