‘Tenggara’ – Contemporary Paintings from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.
EXTENDED until 21 January 2009
A group of 33 amazing artists from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines have been brought together to form a unique contemporary painting exhibition, showcasing a collection of high quality contemporary fine arts. The event will include a series of talks and dialogue with the artists and curators.
Malaysian painting at the moment, so much varied in styles and forms as demonstrated partially by the group in this show, to a certain degree is driving the national contemporary art to a heightened level. The popularity of handmade, autographic art
integrating harmonious equilibrium of form and content, balancing between signifier and signified, hopefully not to the extent of eliminating other art forms including hi-tech ones and without succumbing to market forces, would certainly chart a promising course of Malaysian art without obliterating whatever discourses imperative for its future survival.
Nur Hanim Khairuddin
In this exhibition it is possible to observe how these young Jogjakarta artists see themselves among their environs. It is interesting that some of them perceive their Asian identities through certain markers or characters. There is awareness that they exist and belong in this other, wider, territory, greater than the town they live in. They utilise the greater expanse of pan-Asian spirit as media in which to formulate attitudes towards their contemporary existence.
Translated and edited by
Kadek Krishna Adidharma
And so today, while we continue to argue about who actually constitutes vanguard and avante-guard given all the constant realignments and porous roles, the artists themselves are talking with visible savvy (political and financial), about taking themselves to auction, organizing their own exchanges and residencies, this even as a sorry, whining few still pine for state support. In the end perhaps what this coming together merely underlines is that there is literally much more to Philippine painting than meets the eye here. For beneath these juxtaposed layers of overcast surfaces, an even denser stratum of complexity awaits to be unsettled, fathomed, and encrusted by cumulative critical mediations of other enterprisingly visual sojourns within and without imagined borders.