GREAT Malaysia Contemporary ART
art expo Sept ’13
For the past 10 years, Malaysia Contemporary Art has been receiving tremendous awareness and response from art enthusiasts, collectors and public alike. However, due to the lack of proper representation from art dealers, galleries or even agents, the top notch Malaysia Contemporary Art has never been displayed in a major scale event like this to the mass public. It has always been the privileged few who have access to contemporary art galleries and get to collect and amass many pieces of seminal works of art. Due to the lack of the infrastructure in the Malaysia art market, many can only head to the fairly accessible art auctions to select and pick, mostly on the Malaysia Modernist works of art. As for those without access to the information will seek to buy from international art market without knowing that Malaysia does have truly international artists that can match or even superceed the Masriadi of Indonesia or Zhang XiaGang of China, be it in value or quality of work.
What is the concept of GMCA?
For the first time in the Malaysia art history, Core Design Gallery brings together the selected Malaysian Contemporary Artists whose works have the critical value and museum quality through a project known as the Great Malaysia Contemporary Art (GMCA). GMCA will consist of top contemporary artists whose works are critically acclaimed and sought afer. GMCA is a curated exhibition that will showcase the true quality of transforming months of painstaking effort into a seminal artwork.
Which Malaysia Contemporary Artists are involved?
All the Malaysian Contemporary Artists has been specifically selected for being the top in their specific genre from painting to sculpture to installation works.. We have Ahmad Fuad Osman, AnuarRashid, Eng Hwee Chu, Fadhli Yusoff, Hamir Soib, Haslin bin Ismail, Husin Hourmain, Mohd NoorMahmud, Muthalib Musa, Shooshie Sulaiman, fan Chin Kuan and Zulkifi Yusoff.
How will GMCA take the Malaysia Contemporary Art to another level?
Te first GMCA show will take place during Malaysia Art Expo from September 19th to September 22nd at Matrade, Kuala Lumpur. Core Design Gallery will make this its continuous trademark project that seek not only to bring all the top notch Malaysia Contemporary Artists to important art fairs like Malaysia Art Expo but also to international art fairs as a next step. It is time to bring the well-deserved international Malaysia Contemporary Artists to the international arena.
<< Anuar Rashid
has always been a maverick. At a tender age of 20 years old, through his Birth of Inderaputera (1978) #31, Syed Ahmad Jamal, the then director of National Art Gallery declared him as “the new sensation of the Malaysian Art scene, perhaps its brightest star yet”. After a thriving solo exhibition “Wind, Water & Fire (1983) in Kuala Lumpur, he left for Europe on several grants and fellowships. Upon his return to Malaysia in 1986, he completed a mural for Central Market titled Farewell..Home Sweet Home North Star Constellation of Galaxies is the pinnacle of his Mih(raj) series. Here, the golden peacock and his winged horse (artist’s version of Al-Buraq) ascends towards an opening glow of the heavens. Anuar Rashid often claims himself as a story teller combining both myth and mysticism. His skillful use of oil clearly demonstrates that he was able to layer and glaze the bluish hue as if he used watercolor to enthrall the viewers in.
> >Eng Hwee Chu
is a younger generation female artist who emerged during the 90’s and has succeeded to establish a reputation for her highly feminist orientation. Hwee Chu’s use of her well known icons- the black shadow and red figure- are the viewer’s first clue that she has once again created an autobiographical work. Hwee Chu’s inner self, is a dark looming figure in a frightened or heavy stance. Here in Searching-Facing to the New Age, Hwee Chu has chosen to represent her inner self in an energetic position, flying freely across the top of the canvas, reflecting the confidence she has at this stage of her life. Representing Hwee Chu’s true self is the red figure that is central to the painting.
A sense of curiosity radiates from her new red figure; she seems to be appreciating the difference in the value of her new life. Hwee Chu’s identity strongly encompasses her cultural identity as a Chinese Malaysian woman.
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Senikini (Balai Seni Visual Negara) | Issue #20 | Page 26-27