Thursday, July 24, 2014

刻舟求剑 - Pulau Melayu - Lost and Found

Introduction 展览简介 :

刻舟求剑 - Pulau Melayu - Lost and Found features recent art works by 4 cross disciplinary Malaysian artists: Chong Kim Chiew, Liew Kwai Fei, Low Yi Chin and Minstrel Kuik Ching Chieh, whose work include painting, printmaking, photography, installation, video and writing.

It is less exciting to define the meaning of contemporary art in Malaysia than to make it happen. By doing so, the four artists took the initiative to group and work together, guiding by their admiration and respect for individual artistic practice. Despite doubts, delays and distractions in between times, the clarity and inspiration of making art have finally come to rendezvous. The group exhibition aims to connect with its audience through a rich, emotive and layered perspective developed by each artist along the years, in co-related topics engendered by local contexts existing in the Malaysian society.

Due to the quota system implanted by the ethnic policy in Malaysia, the four Malaysian artists who were born in the 70’s of the last century were either trained in local private colleges or/and overseas during their tertiary education. Their diverse educational background and hybrid experiences are later transformed into a personal and unique visual language in their artistic expression in order to resist nation building and to participate actively in the transformation of the society.

The group exhibition “刻舟求剑 - Pulau Melayu - Lost and Found” is self-curated and will be showing at Lostgens’, an independent art space which has been fighting for free expression, coexistence of ethnicity, social and cultural values in Malaysia. By doing so, the artists wish to create more in-depth dialogue that is vital to nurture the pluralism, not simply in the local art scene, but also in our country.

Exhibition : 2014/8/2 - 2014/8/30
Opening : 2014/8/2. 8pm
Location : Lostgens' contemporary art space (8c, Jalan panggong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Opening hour : 1pm - 6 pm(Monday Closed)

今年8月,Lostgens’艺术家自主空间将展出【刻舟求剑 - Pulau Melayu - Lost and Found】,分别由四位本地艺术家张锦超、廖贵辉、刘宜振与郭静洁自主策展的多元形式創作,其中包括绘画、版画、攝影、影像、装置、文字等,呈现当代艺术多元敘述和跨界的可能性。作品内容凝视现下社会的错綜复杂,彼此重叠与交互纠纏的面向,借此建立作品与观者之间多维度的连接。

展览名称选择以三种语言呈现,分别为“刻舟求剑” 、“Pulau Melayu”与“Lost and Found”,不同的字义和语言,涵盖展览主题的不同面向与思考脉络。


展览由四位艺术家自主策划,经过不断交流和沟通,有別於商业画廊的运作模式,脱开策展人策展的论述,让艺术家重新掌握话语权。【刻舟求剑 - Pulau Melayu - Lost and Found】在 Lostgens’艺术家自主空间展出,艺术家回应对该空间历来所提倡透过艺术做跨界,跨族的平等交流的支持,同时也展现了体制外,异质的生命力。

展期 : 2014/8/2 - 2014/8/30
地点 : Lostgens' contemporary art space (8c, Jalan panggong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
开幕 : 2014/8/2. 8pm
开放时间 : 1pm - 6 pm(星期一休息) - pulau-melayu-lost-and-found-sebuah-pameran-seni-di-ruang-lostgens 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lostgens' July artist residency Arson Ong Chun Wen

Arson Ong Chun Wen
Born in 1990 and graduated from Dasein Academy of Art , He passionate in cross disciplinary art including drawing, painting, installation and performance. He have been taking part in exhibitions and performance art regularly. Besides,  Arson also run an art space with artist friends to educate children in art making.  


Artist statement

My vulnerable health condition since young prodded me to think about the meaning of bodily existence. Thus, I fondly observe human’s body language in daily live and in dance that consciously and subconsciously connected with social and political issues. In my studio practice, I am interest in the relationship between our bodies, objects and their surrounding environment.

The process of my work caught up with the changes and possibilities available in drawing, painting and performances. It captures the language of drawing and performance and connects them together. It is through the multifaceted body and emotions that I could continue to tell my story.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lostgens' July residency artist Chong Yi Lin

Chong Yi Lin  (b.1992, Kuala Lumpur) 
Live and work in Kuala Lumpur. 
Graduated in Diploma in Fine Art from Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur in 2013. 
She is using her life events as inspiration on works and her works are to explore personal states and ideas of self-representation between figuration and abstraction currently.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lostgens' July residency artist Carlos Llavata Gascon ( spain )

Carlos Llavata Gascon (1964)
Lives and work in Valencia, Spain

Plastic artist, In 1983 started art education at the ceramics school of Manises, after he moves to San Francisco and could`nt attend to SFAI (no money), he backs to Spain, and he finished Fine Arts university in Valencia, and later on he graduates at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Amsterdam at 2001. He has been in many colectives shows events (mostly action art)  6 solo shows under Carlos Llavata´s name.       
He is cooperating with some galleries  and projects around the world, Mirta Demare (ARCO 2010) Rotterdam, Art Amsterdam 2011 (Artkitchen Gallery), "Splattered" Golden Threat Gallery Belfast, Sign in Groningen, Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, La Pieza, Madrid, Artpotheek Brussels, Lost Generation Space, Kuala Lumpur, MY, Pensart Madrid, ES 

Carlos Llavata
by Nelo Vilar

Engraver-expeditious-of-action, pop icon.
I seriously  asked myself why Carlos Llavata causes explosions, why the firecrackers, why the unpleasant guns. I began to investigate in his materials, starting in the beginning, the monotypes and the ceramics, and then I understood everything to it: Carlos is,"simply", a engraver(recorder), well that an Recorder-expeditious one. To the model of engrave of unique unit that represents the monotype to only adds "a small" element: the chance. They are the shots, the explosions,those that burden (record or engrave) his silhouette on a fabric or a wall. Or those that leave their printing on a clay tower, or on a perfectly modeled vase made a live. The forms that remains are amazing, but it is the process which seems to interest before anything. In this case, CarlosLlavata would be an Recorder-expeditious-of-action, as Jackson Pollock or Georges Mathieu, they were painters-of-action.
     For a long time I have been dividing to the artists between whom they produce useful work for an impossible infantile program of television and those that don't. It is not about childish, of triviality or simpleness, but of the "world" that there is back the work of a determined author, the naturalness, the talent and humor as opposed to the solemnity and the religious bigotry of others. I talk about, of course, to a chimerical infantile program, not necessarily tolerated to minors, in whom outside possible the political, erotic work, etc. Robert Fillliou, for example, is  brilliant applied to the children. Beuys not as much. Nor possibly Tàpies. Brossa yes. And Bartholome Ferrando. And good part of the Fluxus, some surrealistas... Dadá, of course, and the first futurism... In this hypothetical ideal program that would changethe life of children and adults, I see like a in habitual section to Carlos Llavata. Imagine a fellow, a personage who goes that way exploding everything, that it has piano that instead of  musical notes it activates fireworks (and that in the end explodes), that bursts things that fly, that runs, daily things (since the Valencian children in the insuffrable Fallas  of València); that one stains, that is singed like Mortadelo. That pop icon, I think, would have astonished to the surrealistas, would have made lose the composure to the solemn ones, would have made run to the hieratic ones in front of a Napolitan cracker. I vote by the humorous, ingenious, surprising Llavata, a little naíf, that sends us the wonderful thing, to the fantastic thing, to the absurd...

© Nelo Vilar 2007,  Excerpt from:
Catalogue, Marte et Arte, Exhibition at espacio grupo forja, 2007, Valencia, Spain.