The TitikMerah Collective – based by visible artists Raja Azeem Idzham (higher often called Ajim Juxta), Adeputra Mastri and Latif Maulan in 2014 – is synonymous with exhibitions that encourage younger and rising artists to discover their concepts freely.
This “grassroots-level gallery” operates within the spirit of collaboration, engagement and neighborhood constructing, and presents new artists a much-needed platform free from the compulsory parameters of business galleries, in accordance with Ajim.
The collective’s latest group present Kisah, which options 25 new and younger artists under the age of 30 at its new house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, is a testomony to that goal.
For starters, lots of the artists are latest graduates from artwork establishments like UiTM, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Aswara, to call a number of. Some have been former interns on the gallery. And some hail from different states like Johor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan.
A fast survey of the 50 works, all no larger than 0.6m by 0.6m, exhibits and thrilling mixture of strategies, topic issues and medium.
Anticipate to see artworks impressed by the artwork scene in Jogja, Indonesia, mini toys, portraits drawn on plastic baggage and even fossil-like work.
“Kisah is about tales. Tales or narratives are very important as a result of they find yourself influencing artists, whichever background they arrive from, of their alternative of medium and subject material.
“As an artist myself, after I have a look at different artworks, I like to seek out out what tales impressed them. So for Kisah, as an alternative of specializing in strategies, we wished to have works with nice tales behind them, tales that matter,” says Ajim, the primary Malaysian to win the Younger Artwork Award on the Younger Artwork Taipei 2016 Artwork Truthful.
The exhibition will not be actually about making an attempt to focus on tales as a theme in itself however really making a platform to create and trade tales between the artists,” provides the UiTM structure graduate.
“And we wished that, for these new artists to get to know one another and share their tales in artwork making”
Kisah, which solely took a month to place collectively, options Ahmad Rais, Aleff Ahmad, Amey Azizan, Amirul Md Noor, Ammar Idris, Arifin Amin, Baba Wong, Black Challenge, Dhia Afiq, Farid Suhaimi, Fish Hoe, Fuji Anggara, Hanim Hussein, Hazul Bakar, I M, Ika, Kangblabla, KB Aziz, Kide Baharudin, Madhurie Dhuz, S.M.Raja, Succa Lee, Thetacoguy, Vomit Thunder and Zahran.
As an alternative of the customary open name, the taking part artists have been invited by the gallery.
Ajim shares that some artists shocked him and his crew with their works by steering away from their common fashion and medium.
As an example, Johor-born artist Hazul Bakar, who is thought for his quirky portraits and printmaking submitted two peculiar works as a part of a sequence known as Sayang!!! Aku Kau Dah Lupa! the place he painted portraits on plastic baggage.
“We didn’t anticipate him to try this!” Ajim enthuses.
One other work is by Arifin Amin, 24, who normally makes artwork toys. However for Kisah, he selected to do a four-panel sketch as an alternative.
“Because the theme is Kisah, I can’t inform a narrative by way of toys and sculptures. Individuals would possibly misunderstand the which means of my work.
“So I made a decision to make use of a comic-strip fashion, since I cherished studying comedian books as a child, to inform about this unusual recurring dream I used to have after I was youthful, ” Arifin explains, referring to his Dream? art work that exhibits a personality falling down by way of house and discovering large floating concrete slabs within the sky.
Kisah is the second exhibition to be held at TitikMerah’s new location.
Previously, the gallery house was in Publika and the collective moved to this new house in August, with the Tun M Customized Present in October, a gaggle exhibition that includes 40 artists, as a curtain raiser.
That is undoubtedly a well-earned facelift for the collective, transferring from the 42sq m studio in Publika to the brand new, spacious and sunlit 93sq m gallery house.
However the cheeky and playful appeal of the previous gallery continues to be retained. Look forward to finding toys, collectible figurines and sketch books lining the partitions at a nook.
The collective has expanded from the three founders to incorporate eight new members equivalent to road artwork common Tomi Heri, KL-based Russian artist Elena Kravchenko and Blankmalaysia to call a number of. It has held over 30 exhibitions and occasions.
“With this new house, we are attempting to push it as a platform for artwork that’s not being highlighted by most galleries. We wish to make the Malaysian artwork scene extra vibrant by searching for newer methods to showcase works and that’s why grassroots galleries like ours are vital.
“These new and rising artists can have a presence and a few would possibly get picked by larger galleries and collectors or find yourself as masters in years to come back. It is a good beginning floor for them, ” says Ajim.
Solo and group exhibitions have already been rostered till July 2020.
“We name this the one-year run. That’s what we did at Publika. We give ourselves one 12 months to check our new mannequin and due to that, we don’t have the strain to run this house like a business gallery, ” Ajim concludes.
“Kisah” runs until Nov 17 at TitikMerah Collective, 30-1 Jalan Wan Kadir 4, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Opens: Tue-Sat (12nn-6pm), Sundays by appointment, closed on Mondays.
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