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Sometimes the past is the future

by Suraya Warden

Exhibition Review: Within eleven works of art, in a small space, under fluorescent lighting can be held vision, talent and active potential. Al Cruz at Richard Koh Fine Art.

The world Is Here To Be Shared

by Suraya Warden

Exhibition Review: With Chin Kon Yee: Reality in Wonderland, Wei-Ling Gallery continues its current winning streak of solo shows.

Bangkok: Healing @ SOL Gallery

Published on 7 June, 2009 by | 2 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , ,

by Tunyaporn Hongtong

They say the boundary between art and psychosis is a very thin line. Sometimes, the line is so thin that it starts to blur and enables both artists and psychopaths to traffic unhindered.

Gadoh! – Sepak, pukul lalu berlakon sampai muhibbah

Published on 5 June, 2009 by | 12 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , ,

oleh Yin Shao Loong

Kebelakangan ini, kita telah menyaksikan pergadohan hangat di laman ini. Tapi untuk mereka yang kurang minat bergadoh ‘seni’, bolehlah anda rilek dengan menonton filem baru Nam Ron dan Brenda Danker – Gadoh. Filem ini tidak dapat ditonton di pawagam awam, cuma di teater HELP sahaja, kerana topiknya menyentuh pergadohan perkauman di sekolah kebangsaan Malaysia.

The Rainbow Warrior

Published on 3 June, 2009 by | 8 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Yusuf Martin

Since Rafiee Abdul Ghani’s early works – Ingatan dari Gunung (Memory of Mountains -1985) and Green Park 4 (1993), an insightful care and concern for nature’s milieu has been self evident within the artist’s works.

A contradiction in terms

Published on 30 May, 2009 by | 6 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Bilqis Hijjas

This is a musical of how Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha — a figure whose contribution to humankind, according to the musical, was to teach them to turn away from transient and material happiness, towards more eternal themes. But when his tale of modesty is told with all the pomp and circumstance that can possibly be mustered, doesn’t the term “Buddhist musical” seem an oxymoron?

How Clean Is Your Toilet!

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

by Bilqis Hijjas

On the way to see director Loh Kok Man’s new version of his work now entitled Toilet, I was expecting lots of grit and grime, blood and guts all over the walls, grotesquerie and grimness. What I found was altogether different: light polished vignettes, all scrubbed and disinfected. And while I enjoyed the production in the end, I couldn’t help feeling that something was missing.

World’s Ends: Jovian Lim’s Voyage

Published on 8 May, 2009 by | 2 | Filed under: Essays, Reviews | Tags: , , ,

by Simon Soon

The Voyage To The Ends Of The World is an internalisation of the mythical heroic journey (think Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth), using the photographic medium to convey the emotional weight associated with an abstract passage towards self discovery.

A Boy, A Guitar, A Comic

Published on 9 April, 2009 by | 2 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Yusuf Martin

There is an image refusing to leave my head. It’s of a youth, guitar in hand, kampung serenading. This iconic image, for me, represents all that is Malaysian, the serenity of idyll, the incumbent artistic muse and preponderance to nostalgia.

A Trace of Violence

Published on 1 April, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Simon Soon

On view now in Cemeti Art House, Jogjakarta, is Eko Nugroho’s spell-binding foray into the world of wayang (shadow puppetry), exploring a centuries-old performance medium that functions both as popular entertainment and as a form of culturally sacrosanct art in his ever expanding body of experimentation with different representational formats.

Monkey lovin’: IN-SIGHT by Lisa Roet@Annexe Gallery

Published on 25 March, 2009 by | Comments closed | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , ,

by Zedeck Siew

Behind Australian ape-lover Lisa Roet’s recent In-Sight exhibition are worthy sentiments: generally, that the environment is in bad shape; more specifically, that our simian kin are almost all endangered because of human activity. If you see Roet’s ten orangutan portraits – each sketching a different individual ape that she worked with in the 15 years of her enthusiasm – and are then persuaded to donate to the WWF, that’s cool. Perhaps the works have served their purpose.

Who’s your daddy? Chuah Thean Teng@BSLN

Published on 14 March, 2009 by | 5 | Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , ,


Chuah Thean Teng passed away on 25 November 2008, just months before the opening of his retrospective at Balai. This makes the viewing of his works especially poignant, above and beyond the sense of nostalgia that runs throughout the show. I felt I was looking at a Malaysia I had never known: I can’t recognize myself in his scenes of pastoral kampung life, and the people he lovingly depicted at work, rest or play are strangers to me.

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