Duration: 3-6 September 2015
Venue: Booth A34, Hall 1 & 2, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, South Korea
Since its establishment in 2008, Galeri Chandan has always anchored its undertakings to transform Malaysian art into a cultural asset. Apart from commercial exhibitions, Galeri Chandan has also participated in numerous community art projects as part of its effort to nurture a conducive ecosystem within the local arts scene, and at the same time pushing it forward to a global scale, by broadening an international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual arts from Malaysia.
When we first received the invitation from Mr Chu Teh-I, the Exhibition Commissioner to partake in the 6th Gwangju International Art Fair in early May 2015, Galeri Chandan has already established its involvement towards our second START Art Fair 2015 exhibition in London, programmed to be held just a week after Art Gwangju 15.
Laying it out on the table, we found too many things unfavorable to our needs. Apart from the high currency exchange, we figured that communication and language barrier will become a setback; as we are unassociated with the art market and players in South Korea. Nonetheless, as this offer is parallel with our mission and ambition, we leave our fears and losses at bay and thus began our new venture in the land of the morning calm.
The original team for London is now riven into two; London and Gwangju. While START Art Fair 2015 features recognizable figures in the Malaysian art scene, Art Gwangju 15 is set to become a niche for the youngsters, as we seek to offer as much exposure and publicity for our local talents; from the established to the emerging artists alike.
Figurative painting has long become a favorite and long-lasting genre in the Malaysian arts parameter. It is a universal imagery that everyone can engage readily, despite the diversified cultures and beliefs. Therefore, it is natural for Galeri Chandan to gather strong advocates of figurative art among the pool of young and emerging artists as its maiden theme. The intent is to enlighten the international audience with a spectrum of style and trend which is currently a fashioning phenomenon in Malaysia’s contemporary visual arts.
From serene to sublime portraits to quirky and surprising life studies, each artist offer for your discovery their own unique style in capturing the human body and expression, using metaphorical imagery in defining figurative underlying statement, and at the same time offering glimpses of Malaysia’s art practice and narrative.
Human figure is synonymous with Chong Ai Lei, Fadilah Karim, Gan Tee Sheng and Hisyamuddin Abdullah’s art-making. Though the others are not figurative artists by practice; Hirzaq Harris, Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj and Sabihis Md Pandi too share a common finesse – the knack to epitomize the human anatomy impeccably – which unites all of them for this exhibition.
All seven artists are quite a new wanderer in the international art scene, with the exclusion of Chong Ai Lei who already made her debut in Christie’s Hong Kong auction following her success as a winner of the Malaysia Emerging Artist (MEA) Award in 2011 and her first solo exhibition which was held at Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Each and every one of them is highly regarded in their chosen fields and a regular feature in the local exhibition circuit. All that is lacking now is an opportunity to pave their way into the international market.
This is where Galeri Chandan comes in. We strive to transcend the importance of our business and hoped that this new venture will unlock many doors and set a new beginning to something even greater if not better for the future of Malaysian arts.
After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.