27 July until 12 August 2012
Galeri Chandan @ Bukit Damansara
About the Show
Days travel fast of late. In some parts, it was as if yesterday we at Galeri Chandan hosted the exhibition Kalimah. Yet, some days felt long since; not so much in physical-hour term but more on defeated emotions and from high-strung living.
In our daily hurry and scurry, sometimes we forget that breaks are just as important as focus. As we jump from one milestone onto the next, it pays to have a breather every now and then. Just as sports training without resting would increase injury possibilities, a continuous resolute motion could lead to more than mere bodily aches.
And sometimes we need to take a few steps back before we can progress further. We need to be reminded of our roots before we can fly higher. If we were to float without a deep root set in the ground, we are bound to succumb to changes in the winds.
With this in mind, Galeri Chandan celebrates the fifth Ramadhan of our existence by showcasing the works of traditional calligraphy. This serves as a “breather” from contemporary art shows, while at the same time is hoped to elevate public awareness that khat is an art in its own right.
The works by khattat Abdul Baki Abu Bakar, Mohd Fadil Sulaiman, Mohd Zulfikri Mohd Sobri, Mohammad Firdaus Mahadi, Muhammad Ekhsan Md Haniff and Mohd Zahamri Nizar deserve no different recognition from those extended to contemporary fine visual arts in the local art scene. After all, as are obviously displayed, their compositions, artistic arrangements and meticulous techniques are reflections of the creators’ creativity and tenacity.
For Islamic art is always finer in its approach, and elegant in its appearance. While most modern art aim to shock, Islamic art exudes calmness. Where others inject surrealist elements to appear different, Islamic art – and khat particularly – pushes the limits of creative boundaries: how else could the letters and Quranic verses be displayed time and again, yet still found to ever be pleasing.
However way we see it, there is no such thing as endings. There are only new beginnings.
Abdul Baki Abu Bakar
Mohd Fadil Sulaiman
Mohd Zulfikri Mohd Sobri
Mohammad Firdaus Mahadi
Muhammad Ekhsan Md Haniff
Mohd Zahamri Nizar