Opening Reception:
Friday, 8 March 2013, 8pm
Followed by Artistic Minds, 8.30pm
Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika

Duration: 21 Feb – 21 March 2013

Muhammad Faiz Ghazali. 'TERANCAM, HAPUS dan PUPUS'. Screen print on paper. 109.4cm x 84cm. 2013

Muhammad Faiz Ghazali. 'TERANCAM, HAPUS dan PUPUS'. Screen print on paper. 109.4cm x 84cm. 2013

Nor Amirah Kamaruddin. Just Fly. Ceramic porcelain. 14cm x 12cm x 6cm (each). 2012

Nor Amirah Kamaruddin. Just Fly. Ceramic porcelain. 14cm x 12cm x 6cm (each). 2012

Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping I. Ceramic. Variable dimension. 2013

Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping I. Ceramic. Variable dimension. 2013

Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping II. Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Ceramic. 30cm x 25cm (each). 2013

Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping II. Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Ceramic. 30cm x 25cm (each). 2013

Norhaizan Bais. 3 Bingkai Berangkai. Mixed media. 82cm x 102cm. 2013

Norhaizan Bais. 3 Bingkai Berangkai. Mixed media. 82cm x 102cm. 2013

Nurfarahin Zanel. Hasrat Sang Kupu-Kupu. Dyed fabric installation. Variable dimension. 2013

Nurfarahin Zanel. Hasrat Sang Kupu-Kupu. Dyed fabric installation. Variable dimension. 2013

Raja Azeem Idzham. Siri Raksasa-Pegun Si Rasuk, Serpih Cahaya. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2013

Raja Azeem Idzham. Siri Raksasa-Pegun Si Rasuk, Serpih Cahaya. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2013

Sofia Haron. Infinite Line of Human. Oil on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Sofia Haron. Infinite Line of Human. Oil on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Adli Nazrin. Paradigm Rebellion. Mixed media on canvas. 182cm x 122cm. 2012

Adli Nazrin. Paradigm Rebellion. Mixed media on canvas. 182cm x 122cm. 2012

Ainurfatin Majid. Alone. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 122cm. 2013

Ainurfatin Majid. Alone. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 122cm. 2013

Ainurfatin Majid. Disturbia. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 106.5cm. 2013

Ainurfatin Majid. Disturbia. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 106.5cm. 2013

Ainurfatin Majid. The Nightmare. Mixed media on canvas. 61cm x 61cm. 2013

Ainurfatin Majid. The Nightmare. Mixed media on canvas. 61cm x 61cm. 2013

Alif Che Berahim. Perahu Boggo-Boggo. Metal. 85cm x 37cm x 24.5cm. 2013

Alif Che Berahim. Perahu Boggo-Boggo. Metal. 85cm x 37cm x 24.5cm. 2013

Arikwibowo Amril. God Save The Queen. Oil on canvas. 66cm x 54cm. 2013

Arikwibowo Amril. God Save The Queen. Oil on canvas. 66cm x 54cm. 2013

Azzuan Osman. Victim. Mixed media on wood. 79cm x 79cm x 18cm. 2013

Azzuan Osman. Victim. Mixed media on wood. 79cm x 79cm x 18cm. 2013

Farihan Mawardi. Mata. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 91.5cm. 2013

Farihan Mawardi. Mata. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 91.5cm. 2013

Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Malayan Railway Administration Building. Etching. 63.4cm x 48.7cm. 2013

Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Malayan Railway Administration Building. Etching. 63.4cm x 48.7cm. 2013

Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Moorish. Etching. 45.9cm x 77.2cm. 2013

Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Moorish. Etching. 45.9cm x 77.2cm. 2013

Haimiza Johan. Hayat Hidup. Mixed media assemblage on canvas. 61cm x 182.8cm. 2013

Haimiza Johan. Hayat Hidup. Mixed media assemblage on canvas. 61cm x 182.8cm. 2013

Husin Othman. Sepakan Terakhir. Mixed media on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Husin Othman. Sepakan Terakhir. Mixed media on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Juliady Rifandy Junaidi. The Rhino. Woodblock, screw & wire. 140cm x 59cm x 50cm. 2012

Juliady Rifandy Junaidi. The Rhino. Woodblock, screw & wire. 140cm x 59cm x 50cm. 2012

Mohamad Nor Hakim. Hue in Integration I, II, III & IV. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 61cm (each). 2012

Mohamad Nor Hakim. Hue in Integration I, II, III & IV. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 61cm (each). 2012

Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. I Have A Dream. Screen & lino print. 63cm x 84cm. 2013

Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. I Have A Dream. Screen & lino print. 63cm x 84cm. 2013

Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. My Home. Screen & lino print. 84cm x 63cm. 2013

Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. My Home. Screen & lino print. 84cm x 63cm. 2013

Mohd Aliff Ahmad. Beware. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 91.5cm. 2012

Mohd Aliff Ahmad. Beware. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 91.5cm. 2012

Mohd Azami Ismail. Antara Dua. Acrylic on canvas. 122cm x 243.5cm. 2013

Mohd Azami Ismail. Antara Dua. Acrylic on canvas. 122cm x 243.5cm. 2013

Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. Imagination of Happiness. Acrylic on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. Imagination of Happiness. Acrylic on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012

Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. The Philosophers (After Samsudin Wahab). Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2012

Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. The Philosophers (After Samsudin Wahab). Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2012

Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement I. Mixed media. 90cm x 110cm. 2012

Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement I. Mixed media. 90cm x 110cm. 2012

Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement III. Mixed media. 45.7cm x 30.5cm. 2012

Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement III. Mixed media. 45.7cm x 30.5cm. 2012

Muhammad Faiz Ghazali. 'TERANCAM, HAPUS dan PUPUS'. Screen print on paper. 109.4cm x 84cm. 2013Nor Amirah Kamaruddin. Just Fly. Ceramic porcelain. 14cm x 12cm x 6cm (each). 2012Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping I. Ceramic. Variable dimension. 2013Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Wrapping II. Nor Hidayaah Shahrun. Ceramic. 30cm x 25cm (each). 2013Norhaizan Bais. 3 Bingkai Berangkai. Mixed media. 82cm x 102cm. 2013Nurfarahin Zanel. Hasrat Sang Kupu-Kupu. Dyed fabric installation. Variable dimension. 2013Raja Azeem Idzham. Siri Raksasa-Pegun Si Rasuk, Serpih Cahaya. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2013Sofia Haron. Infinite Line of Human. Oil on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012Adli Nazrin. Paradigm Rebellion. Mixed media on canvas. 182cm x 122cm. 2012Ainurfatin Majid. Alone. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 122cm. 2013Ainurfatin Majid. Disturbia. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 106.5cm. 2013Ainurfatin Majid. The Nightmare. Mixed media on canvas. 61cm x 61cm. 2013Alif Che Berahim. Perahu Boggo-Boggo. Metal. 85cm x 37cm x 24.5cm. 2013Arikwibowo Amril. God Save The Queen. Oil on canvas. 66cm x 54cm. 2013Azzuan Osman. Victim. Mixed media on wood. 79cm x 79cm x 18cm. 2013Farihan Mawardi. Mata. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 91.5cm. 2013Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Malayan Railway Administration Building. Etching. 63.4cm x 48.7cm. 2013Fateen Ilani Kamarudin. Moorish. Etching. 45.9cm x 77.2cm. 2013Haimiza Johan. Hayat Hidup. Mixed media assemblage on canvas. 61cm x 182.8cm. 2013Husin Othman. Sepakan Terakhir. Mixed media on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012Juliady Rifandy Junaidi. The Rhino. Woodblock, screw & wire. 140cm x 59cm x 50cm. 2012Mohamad Nor Hakim. Hue in Integration I, II, III & IV. Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 61cm (each). 2012Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. I Have A Dream. Screen & lino print. 63cm x 84cm. 2013Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi. My Home. Screen & lino print. 84cm x 63cm. 2013Mohd Aliff Ahmad. Beware. Mixed media on canvas. 91.5cm x 91.5cm. 2012Mohd Azami Ismail. Antara Dua. Acrylic on canvas. 122cm x 243.5cm. 2013Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. Imagination of Happiness. Acrylic on canvas. 152cm x 122cm. 2012Mohd Rushdi Ahmad. The Philosophers (After Samsudin Wahab). Mixed media on canvas. 122cm x 122cm. 2012Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement I. Mixed media. 90cm x 110cm. 2012Muhamad Nizar Sulaiman. Consequential Atonement III. Mixed media. 45.7cm x 30.5cm. 2012

About the show

Introduction
Whatever changes we go through in life, sharing remains an innate defining characteristic of humans. A cognitive psychologist at Yale, Laurie Santos, suggests that this is the very enabling characteristic of mankind to create culture. Storytelling with one another took place long before we could write. We drew pictures and symbols at cave walls before papers were invented. Fast forward to today, we continue to share our stories, experiences and opinions through more advanced channels of radio, television and social media networks. These days, through the likes of Twitter and Instagram, you don’t even have to personally know each other to spread ideas and images.

However, the “human mind meld” is an unfiltered process. Our brains would also automatically process the knowledge and stories of others, and we do this unknowingly. As communication channels get more sophisticated in our world today, lacking proper filters and unawareness of how easily we can be influenced by others start to pose problems.

This concept is also very applicable to art. Art possess the ability to evoke strong reactions from its viewers, as connection is often visceral rather than factual.

Like a good story, art gives us the chance to see, feel and explore through the eyes of an observant artist, who peels through the literal and aptly paints the unspoken and the abstract of the surrounding world.

At times, we may not be able to fully articulate our response but we are able to understand the artist, his artwork and his story. Where speech may fail, a picture could indeed be worth a thousand words.

The great ability of artists to communicate visually comes padded with the responsibility to stir conversations; generate ideas; share insights. In other words, it is to surround the minds of viewers with important messages that they would then meld with others within their circles. As such, for all the power it carries, art has the responsibility to capture the fundamentals and progress of society. But the sharing must be thoughtful, truthful, reflective, as well as appropriately provocative – if there is even such a thing!

And it is for this very reason that art, for the longest times, has shaped culture and drove changes in societies. It was writings contributed by hundreds of intellectuals during The Age of Enlightenment that drove a reform in which we today know as the French Revolution. Platform is an exposure for Adli Nazrin, Ainurfatin Majid, Alif Che Berahim, Arikwibowo Amril, Azzuan Osman, Farihan Mawardi, Fateen Ilani Kamaruddin, Haimiza Johan, Husin Othman, Juliady Rifandy, Mohamad Nor Hakim, Mohamad Ridzwan Mohd Fuzi, Mohd Aliff Ahmad, Mohd Azami Ismail, Mohd Rushdi Ahmad, Muhammad Faiz Ghazali, Nizar Sulaiman, Nor Amirah Kamaruddin, Nor Hidayaah Shahrun, Norhaizan Bais, Nurfarahin Zanel, Raja Azeem Idzham and Sofia Haron to share their works. This is also an invitation for viewers to study the environment, the life of, and the surrounding culture that serve as vital clues in understanding the artists and the works on display.

Flip this understanding to the other side of the coin: are you, as I, beginning to realize how influential we actually are on one another? So how do we ensure this mind meld works to our advantage and to those around us? Ms. Santos said we should “surround our minds with the smartest people.” In fact, it is not an overstatement to say that it is our responsibility to do so for our own good and for the betterment of our society. And the irony is that in our quest of a better us, our imperfections tend to appear just as glaring. Whilst we don’t always like to learn them, there is no other way to grow. What other choice is there but to welcome them in an embrace together with the rest that is beautiful within us?