Core Design Gallery hosts their third Grande exhibition, bringing together a multidisciplinary show of contemporary art. The show, running from the 21st of May to the 1st of July, features artists such as Faizal Suhif, Husin Hourmain, Masnoor Ramli Mahmud, Anniketyni Madian and Ali Nurazmal Yusoff. The artistic landscape of the exhibition is set to explore the vistas of identity, with the works of Husni Osman, Anniketyni Madian and Ali Nurazmal Yusoff prominently drawing attention to faces and characters. With the collector in mind, the exhibition is meant to excite the viewer while appealing to their intellect.

Contemporary artist Ali Nurazmal Yusoff, known for his technical skill and appearance on the international art stage, talks to PILLARS about his artwork and the importance of contemporary art.


Why is societal commentary such an important part of contemporary art?

Social commentary does not pose as the key element in contemporary art. It poses as an element within contemporary art, albeit a vital one, an element that in more cases than not is present in contemporary artworks. This is attributable largely because contemporary art addresses the current happenings and contemporary matters of current times, as it aims to engage in an interactive relationship with its audience. Through ‘Autopilot’, the work seems to indicate the self of the artist but however, it is more of the artist putting himself in the contemporary situation and represents his analysis of his surroundings and happenings. It represents his concerns of the progression of the Malaysian contemporary art scene.


How do you keep coming up with fresh ideas?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping abreast with the happenings around me.


Where do you think Malaysian contemporary art will be in ten or even five years?

Akin to the rapid development and advancement of each society, contemporary art works on the same scale; it too is of rapid development and ever changing. The potentials of Malaysian contemporary art is present and clear. Skills, talents and concepts of our artists are inherently present. Hopefully the ecosystem of our Malaysian contemporary art scene may mature further to go beyond the borders. It is an inherent responsibility in all of us to do our part for the development and recognition of Malaysian contemporary art in the years to come.


What do artists hope to achieve by pushing their boundaries through art?

It lies as a driving factor to constantly innovate and create new developments and excitement within the industry. In my constant experimentation and development to better my practice, it is my wish to bring forth Malaysian art beyond borders, where our contemporary art may be appreciated by the world at large and of course, become much sought after.



Published by: PILLARS, Malaysia SME

Publication Issue: May 28th – June 10th 2016


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