09 Oct Art Expo Malaysia 2019
Artemis Art’s art fair programming for the year continues with a return to Art Expo Malaysia, and this year we will be featuring seven visual artists from Indonesia and Malaysia. Included in our line-up for this year are Ajim Juxta, Caryn Koh, Dedy Sufriadi, Hazri Shairozi, Indra Dodi, M. Fadhlil Abdi, and Syahbandi Samat. Also featured is Choo Ai Xin, whose installation work Hug has been included as one of the art fair’s Southeast Asia “Artists Wall” project pieces.
This year, Art Expo Malaysia begins with the Private View (2:30 – 6:00 pm) and VIP Night (6:00 – 10:00 pm) on Thursday, 10th October, following a format similar to last year’s iteration of Malaysia’s premier art fair, after which it continues with three public days from Friday, 11th October until Sunday, 13th October 2019.
As per previous editions, Art Expo Malaysia 2019 takes place at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) here in Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours for the public days are 11:30 am – 9:00 pm on 11th and 12th October, and 11:30 am – 7:30 pm on 13th October. For ticketing and other information, visit the Art Expo Malaysia 2019 website.
MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)
As with previous editions of Art Expo Malaysia, this year’s event takes place at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Center is located on Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (link opens in Google Maps). The location map on the right provides an easy reference to find the convention centre.
An architect-turned-artist, Ajim Juxta continues with his series of imagined future landscapes and structural skylines, framed within his Arcology universe. 2019 has been a busy year for Ajim, with several international art fair participations, domestic group exhibitions, and starting up the new ‘home’ for the Titikmerah collective that he is one of the core members of.
Two new works have been selected to be exhibited in this year’s Art Expo Malaysia, one each from his Monomania and Tugu groupings of his Arcology series.
Best known for her Sekolah series, young artist Caryn Koh gave up a career in medicine (after qualifying to be a medical doctor) to pursue her passion in art. Currently residing in the UK, Artemis Art hosted Caryn’s debut solo exhibition last year, as well as proposing her as one of the participating artists in the inaugural Publika Art Show.
Two pieces have been selected to be exhibited, comprising a graphite drawing and an oil painting, both of which are continued introspections closely related to her School Uniform series of artworks.
The natural fauna and flora abundantly found in Malaysia have become central to visual elements employed by young artist Haris Rashid. It is a reflection of the artist’s fascination for nature, as well as his deep affinity with it.
In the collection of works selected for Art Taichung this year, Haris utilizes visuals clearly inspired by Mother Earth’s bounty to highlight an important environmental concern – plastic pollution, a timely issue demonstrated by the appearance of plastic waste in the most unexpected of places the world over. So severe is the situation, both wildlife and vegetation – primarily sea based – are feeling the brunt of improper and reckless waste management by humankind, particularly in dealing with plastic waste, known to be something that will linger for a long time post-disposal.
After a very long absence from exhibiting with us, we once again feature the artworks by Malaysian visual artist Hazri Shairozi – newly adopted artist name for Nik Mohd Hazri Nik Shairozi, the eldest of the three young Nik painter-brothers. The last time Hazri showed with Artemis Art at Art Expo Malaysia was way back in 2013, while still in university completing his baccalaureate.
Among the artworks selected for this artfair is a large scale painting inspired by Christina’s World, the very recognizable pastoral classic painting by Andrew Wyeth. The two structures in Wyeth’s painting reminiscent of the two homes important in Hazri’s childhood years, his own family home and that of his grandfather.
The colorful naïve-style works of emerging Indonesian visual artist Indra Dodi have arrived to where they are today having gone through a gradual style metamorphosis over several years. He was well known early in his career as an abstract painter, and for his use of soft colors. Indra is, however, a storyteller by nature, distinct and recognizable form outlines already apparent in his early abstract artworks. His visual language has developed to include figurative elements and objects, distorted but distinct in their meaning and intent, skilfully composed to tell the many anecdotes, dreams, and stories the artist has to convey.
Indra Dodi’s works have captured the attention of art enthusiasts regionally, and the artist has frequently exhibited outside his home country of Indonesia in the past few years, around Asia and in Europe.
M. Fadhlil Abdi
M. Fadhlil Abdi, the photorealist artist who makes a very strong impression wherever his art is exhibited, joins our line up of young and emerging artists for this year’s edition of Art Expo Malaysia, the first time we are showing him in a Malaysian art fair.
In his recent works, Fadhlil’s focus is on the hyperreal paintings of children, which to the artist are symbolic of innocence and purity. He views children as having the potential of teaching us what it is to be pure again, purity being something that has gotten lost along the way as we grow into adulthood, tainted by the many experiences we have gone through in the process.
Although hyperrealism is not a skill that is by any measure unique among artists, Fadhlil is certainly the youngest we have come across in person, currently in his early 30s.
Completing our lineup for the booth exhibit is Syahbandi Samat, whose ballpoint pen based works have earned him accolades in Malaysia, and much praise abroad where his works have been exhibited. The works selected to be exhibited in this art fair continues his introspective views of the artist’s own life, as father and husband, a provider and protector of his family.
Syahbandi is currently preparing for his first solo exhibition abroad. The artworks selected for this year’s Art Expo Malaysia are a sneak peek of the new series this young artist is working on, which will be unveiled during the upcoming solo exhibition, scheduled for early 2020.
Choo Ai Xin
Young artist Choo Ai Xin makes her art fair debut at Art Expo Malaysia 2019 as one of the featured artists for the Southeast Asia Artists Wall, supported by Artemis Art. Her artworks focus on textures, as a metaphor for people and things we take for granted around us. Her installation, entitled Hug, invites visitors to touch and feel the various textures on the suspended pillows.
In essence, Ai Xin is asking us to slow down and appreciate our surroundings, by paying more attention to the objects and people around us. Due to our constant rush in today’s modern life, we often take many things around us for granted.