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Why is everything a metaphor?

Published on 12 May, 2010 by | 16 | Filed under: Essays | Tags: , ,

Why in Art, does everything have to be a metaphor for something else? Why do we seek alternative, more worthy validation for images?

A Case of Art Writing

Published on 17 August, 2009 by | 7 | Filed under: Essays | Tags: , , ,

by Simon Soon

Art writing in Malaysia gets its fair share of flak from informed audience all the time. Here’s one reason: Writers think readers are too stupid to understand so called ‘difficult art’.

Contempt For Rare fART

Published on 20 May, 2009 by | 6 | Filed under: Essays | Tags: , ,

by Rahmat Haron

Aku peduli apa. Inilah jalannya Art of desperation! Inilah titik masuk ‘entry point’ yang akan membawa berbagai kehadiran, beragam kemungkinan dan berencam kebarangkalian ke ruang pemerintahan (dominion) SENI atau keakraban masyarakat SENI atau ekonomi SENI atau politik SENI atau sebab musabab SENI atau asas kewarasan SENI atau agama SENI atau kegilaan SENI – bagaimana dan apapun yang ingin difahami.

Squinted Speculations: A Response to the Discussion Thread of ‘Back and Forth’

Published on 19 May, 2009 by | 47 | Filed under: Essays, Highlights | Tags: , ,

by Wong Hoy Cheong

A little background: I was rather excited by the polemics and arguments that emerged from Simon Soon’s review of Marion D’Cruz’s performance lecture. While I might not agree with many of the things said, they nevertheless were invigorating and challenging, especially when polemics in the discussion on art and culture are rare and few.

Decoding Serdang 02: Confession of the SMKSK Fighters

Published on 15 May, 2009 by | 3 | Filed under: Gallery | Tags: , , ,

by S.M.K. Seri Kembangan Fighters

Finally, our fight caught the media’s attention, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong has come to see us, our actions can be viewed in YouTube. Cool. We are the SMKSK rockstars. The ‘victim’ is a science stream student, we are the filthy-faulty-frantic delinquents from the art stream.

Missing critical mass

Published on 3 April, 2009 by | 16 | Filed under: Essays | Tags: , , ,

by Sharon Chin

I trickled in late, but still managed to catch the better part of Beverly Yong’s introductory talk on contemporary art in Malaysia at Galeri Petronas on Tuesday. The turn out was pretty good. I mean, all the seats were filled. This was 6.30pm on a weekday so… kudos to you fellow die-hards.

Singapore Versus The Art Star

Published on 30 March, 2009 by | 1 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Tanya Soong

It is possibly one of the art world’s big little ironies that one of the hardest hit country in Southeast Asia by the current economic crisis is playing host to 80s ‘neo-expressionist’ extraordinaire, Julian Schnabel, who led the charge in painting’s postmodern renaissance and whose seemingly soaring fame and ego was neutered by the financial meltdown of ’87.

Talk is cheap, but all too rare

Published on 8 March, 2009 by | 12 | Filed under: Essays | Tags: , ,


Over drinks last night, a fellow wurator (writer/curator) asked me, in the context of the local art scene: “Whose work do you like?”

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