Exhibition duration : 27 March – 26 April 2014
Venue: Galeri Chandan, Publika
Opening reception : 4th April
Time: 8pm @ Galeri Chandan, Publika
Officiator: Ambassador Dato’ Mohd Yusuf Ahmad
The humanity has progressed astonishingly. In this time and age, reality is defined by science and technology, and the abstract and the ambiguous carry very little standing. Today’s world is so modern and what were previously arduous can now be accomplished by a mere push of buttons and keys. To a certain extent, the life we lead today is an effortless one.
Human beings that we are, we let this effortlessness take over our lives. We forget that life in itself is a game of inches. We become lazy, and we take things at face value. We don’t wait; nor have the patience for delayed gratifications. We want answers immediately, and that’s why Google has a Market Cap of over USD 400 billion. We stop asking the hard questions, and stop assessing what success really means to us personally. We fail to differentiate that our scurry of activities isn’t necessarily productive. No wonder we get repeatedly disappointed, and yet we start the vicious cycle all over again. We then ask, “Is this it?” And when Google cannot provide the answer, we shrug it off relenting life to be what will be. We survive but we stop to thrive. We get by: aloof, unfeeling, and uninspired.
Thankfully, reality in art isn’t as cold and colourless. Without fail, art opens the doors of perception boldly and takes the audience along for an experience. A beautiful art piece isn’t restrictive to its visual image alone. In fact, its true aesthetics lies in every inspired moments experienced by the artist during his personal journey and creation of his piece. In art, the canvas narrates the story without its creator ever needing to utter a single word, thus a captivating canvas is one that successfully surfaces all the beauty and darkness from within.
For artist Rafiee Ghani, living an inspired life is to see the world; to travel the path of his idols and capture glimpses into the lives, and the inspirations they gathered. This time, his travel to Morocco and Tunisia gave birth to Desert Rose; the subsequent installation of his travel log and chapter from his pictorial autobiography. True to his trademark style of abstract contemporary, Desert Rose is an invitation to experience the cities through the spontaneous strokes of Rafiee Ghani; the result of which no City Guide can rival.
While we can generally agree that traveling broadens our minds and awakens our senses, few have proven able to recollect those memories, and share the experience with such generosity and unblemished authenticity. Desert Rose is Rafiee Ghani’s third solo at Galeri Chandan after Perfumed Gardens (2012) and Rainbow Warriors (2009), and his commentary continues to be passionate and vibrant.
*At the time of writing, flight MH370 is still missing. Our doa and prayers are with the 239 people on board, as well as their families and loved ones. The shocking disappearance is our worst nightmare, the uncertainty prolongs the anguish, and hope remains as the only lifeline.