8 – 29 July 2011
About the show
Signs are often defined as an indication of works or things that are going to happen in a certain place or time. It can also be known as an object, quality or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurance of something else. For example, signs can be seen in the Egyptian and Chinese characters that represents spirituality and prosperity.
Symbolism is often described as a use of symbols to express the abstract or mystical ideas and the essence of things by suggestion. Just like signs, symbols stands for something. However, symbols tend to be richer in meaning as it is usually an image or a physical object that represents something intangible or difficult to define. In this exhibition, symbols are portrayed in the form of figures and cityscapes.
Icons on the other hand, represent an image or symbol that has a sacred significance as particularly represented, important or loved by a group of individuals, place or a period in history. For instance, until today the depiction of Marilyn Monroe and Mona Lisa has always been regarded by people all over the world as someone significant during their era.
As a whole, this theme epitomizes a great communication power to humans. It inculcates beliefs and form characters that underpin social structures.Signs, Symbols & Icons showcases works by Anisa Abdullah, Hirzaq Haris and Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj. This exhibition sees how they explore their true potential and how they take on different types of art making of collage, drawing and using mixed media to undertake these topics.
Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj