Artful faces

Vibrant artists under one roof


TREASURES come in all forms and are usually hidden in the most unexpected places.

Nestled in the heart of Subang Jaya, one particular house stands out with its unique facade but first you have to figure our where the entrance is.

Core Design Gallery is, in fact, two double-storey terrace houses converted into an art space.

The open space plan functions to showcase art pieces that can take up residence on its walls while large wood sculptures displayed have breathing space for visitors to appreciate.

Gallery curator and owner Scarlette Lee was on hand to introduce its latest exhibition.

“We’ve been having this Grande shows for the past three years, and that’s why this installation is called Grande 3.”

She said after the gallery was expanded, and done up, it inspired her to have her first show in 2014, titled GrAnDe – which stood for “great art and design”.

“Grande has become a show where the artists enjoy having their work up on display. It has become a friendly competition among them. They make sure that the level of execution goes up with every instalment. ”

There were also framed up tablets used to display artwork.

“We are using tablets in frames for this exhibition. This new media art is by Maznoor Ramli Mahmud, where he used a picture of Tunku Abdul Rahman looking out into a very hazy background. This represents the economic environment then, which was hazy in the early 1990s.”

The tablet beside it held a picture of US President Barack Obama with a thick moustache, supposedly in post-British era.

Another art piece made with an interesting technique was from young contemporary artist Haafiz Shahimi. The 1.53m by 3.05m piece titled Ular Yang Menyusur Akar Tidak Akan Hilang Bisanya is of a deadly looking snake primed to attack a panther whose eyes were filled with fury.

Meanwhile, Haslin Ismail’s artwork was the first thing one would stumble upon on the second floor of the gallery. Titled Out of the Silent Planet, he had put together a collage of book pages, boards and papers.

“My artwork is about my reaction to climate change. I am passionate about environmental issues and I love anything to do with trees. Even though I’ve cut up these books and its pages, I believe I’m preserving their beauty. I’ve transformed these books into something beautiful,” he said.

The books he used to stick on his plywood board base were not chosen at random as they had some relevance to nature.

Kuching-born sculptor Anniketyni Madian was the proud creator of two large panels of hard wood cared with faces of renowned painter Salvador Dali, as a tribute to her late friend and fellow artist, Syam Asmawi.

She said, “This is my first portrait. It’s one big figurative piece, but it had to be cut in two to transport into this gallery. It is a tribute to my best friend who passed away two years ago as Dali was his icon.”

Her artwork, titled Remembrance, featured a mirror image of the most iconic face of Dali.

The gallery aims to create awareness on the significance of Malaysian contemporary art. With these young talented individuals, some art graduates and the rest self-taught artists, Lee hoped to get their talent recognised in the country today, and hopefully around the world in due time.

The exhibition featuring the masterpieces of 10 Malaysian artists – Ali Nurazmal Yusoff, Anniketyni Madian, Faizal Suhif, Haafiz Shahimi, Haslin Ismail, Husin Hourmain, Husin Othman, Husni Osman, Masnoor Ramli Mahmud and Suhaimi Fadzir – will be on display until July 1 at the gallery at 87, Jalan SS15/2A, Subang Jaya.



Written by: Sachina Dominic

Published by: Life, Malay Mail

Date of Publication: 14th June 2016


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