SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 28, 2018 Exhibition Opening: September 8, 2018 at 6pm
About the Exhibition An annual group exhibition presented by the core members of RumahStudio, featuring guest artists from TitikMerah and StudioHoward. Showcasing works of their most recent creations, studies, and on-going exploration of both individuals and collaborative practice.
Gallery Operation Hours:_ Mon - Fri (12PM - 8PM) Sat - Sun (11AM - 8PM)
BIBICHUN Bibichun is a painter who concerns himself with issues such as authorship, identity and what construes as a "public site" in the context of George Town (Penang). Over the past few years, he had devised a few clandestine projects, as his interventions towards existing mural works, privately-owned walls, or discarded objects. He then studies the reactions and responses from the public, hoping to help him better understand these issues. Bibichun has participated in group shows and festivals around the world including, Urban Folklore (Kunstraum, Innsburk), Weapon of Mass Change, G40 (Art Whino, Maryland) and Beyond Pressure Contemporary Art Festival (Yangon).
KANGBLABLA Kangblabla uses character design as a means of communicating messages on the beauty of diversity and unity through equality. He believes how a person projects themselves can tell a lot about their personality and he uses that in creating his own characters. He then makes up back stories for these characters to send a message that will unfold in the coming future in the form of street art, paintings, illustrations, comics, sculpture and even poetry.
SATTAMA Sattama's daily observation and illusion play of storytelling processes into quirky art translation: each chosen subject matter taking on a different visual signature. As well as being a musician / sound designer with the ability to transcend instruments and sound. Sattama is also known for his unpredictable so-called performing art.
Sattama, (a combination from Satria and Utama), coincidentally a Sanskrit word, meaning 'transcendent'; which translates to beyond or above the range of normal human experiences.
THE SLIZ Balancing dualities of high and lowbrow visual styles, The Sliz seeks to expose and connect mass society through the lens of illustrative iconography and compulsive public/urban art (otherwise known as vandalism).
With roots in architecture, design, art direction, and graffiti, Sliz employs an attention deficit approach to mediums and canvases, bridging genres from traditional and contemporary disciplines in his work. Since his career began in 2011, his art has taken him from the streets into regional art exhibitions, festivals, and collaborations with clients like Puma, Celcom, Unifi, and Tourism Malaysia, as well as independent local brands Mutha Puaka and Gajah Lama. A founding member of The Secret Hideout collective and Rumah Studio, Sliz now lives and works in George Town, Penang. His latest series of work introduces chaotic elements of street art into the controlled context of the art gallery. This aspect of ‘controlled chaos’ (derived from an architectural school of thought, deconstructivism) utilises a mash-up of retired public street signs as canvas, with subjects characterised by traditional, illustrative and graffiti styles, overlaid by textures emphasizing grimy urban aesthetics bringing the street into the formal sphere of fine art.
AJIM JUXTA Better known in the art scene as Ajim Juxta, Raja Azeem Idzham is a multi-talented visual artist who’s found his true calling in art, despite formally receiving his academic training in architecture. His repertoire of works spans several mediums, including pen and ink, found-object sculptures, and paintings on canvas.
Ajim draws upon ideas of dystopian realities that many have ended up being in whilst in pursuit of personal utopias. In the process of these pursuits, the important aspects of life that should rightly be the focus remain left by the wayside.
CARAOK Currently a first year student of Equator Art Academy Majoring in Graphic Design. Every single one of her drawing reflects on how she proess the world. Stripping off layer by layer to appreciate details that she could resonate. Translating them into dichromatic drawings on paper.
COLE YAP Art is in dirty kitchen sinks, dead rats in styrofoam, 100 year old brick dust and peeling paint, the same way it’s in brushstrokes on canvas, an aerosol splattered gradient, soundscapes through wooden floors, and lifeforms emerging out of glue and scrap wood.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to watch as four great individuals live in the pursuit of art, while (not always) having permission to document some of their way of life in their home and studio.
Here’s to the Lords of Georgetown.
HYUN JU OH Currently a 3rd Grade student doing her Double Major in Interior Design and Art History in Duksung Women's University. She likes to see colors and combination of colors. Drawing line imageries like roads, and colors are detours, obstacles or something. She focus only on the paper, having nothing in her head, finding serenity in the creation process.
IMMJN Falah Naim, who goes by IMMJN (pronounced as ‘imagine’), is a graphic designer. Previously working full time as a Junior Art Director, he now works as a freelancer and tries to participate in more art shows. Originally from Penang, he’s been in KL for the past 10 years. He loves straight lines, geometry and grids and it shows in his artwork. He’s currently obsessed with hexagons and is envious of architects for their understanding of perspective and ability to draw straight lines without a ruler. When he’s not in the studio he helps out at The Mugshot, a cafe in George Town, Penang.
MOJO Mojo works with shapes, lines and colours.
Her art derives inspiration from the environment and surroundings, gathering experimental forms and creating visual impact through movement and flow.
Her early works are hand drawing on paper and fabric, and eventually moving on to wood planks, canvas and wall. She has a hand in crafting with paper and materials from nature.
NYOZ 134 Noyz goes crazy with lines, from paper to wall, holding a unique flair of conceptualizing characters and bringing them to life.
With a diverse range of experiences from storyboard drafts to video and fashion photo production, the process has helped shaped visual views and perspective in his work today.
Over the past years, he has worked on projects with Gap, Expedia and had te chance to paint a wall for King Kawahu Restaurant in Taiwan.
SYDNEY LEE Intrigued by her inability to remember some portions of her life events, Sydney’s own lived experience fuses into her work. Not particularly bothered by the cause of her memory loss, it is the process of life, growing up, learning and eventually forgetting that fascinates her. Working across various media, Sydney’s work gathers the themes of existentialism, cultural identity and the perception of time.
TOMI HERI Tomi Heri, a self-taught visual with a degree in graphic design, stepped away from the world of design to explore the world of fine arts. Combining the philosophy of design with the principles of fine art, Tomi sought to develop new techniques and approaches that would refine the outcome of his ideas, and to bring his message across in an uninterrupted manner.
Tomi explored the value of human life in their environment and surroundings. This concept is the central idea to the artist’s series of works, to understand the reality of situations and to empathise with the different perspectives about social issues and cultural surroundings.
Tomi attempts to capture visuals that was most engrained in his mind, purely by memory – challenging himself to be mindful of what had inspired and which events drew his attention the most. The images were not recorded in any form during the occurrence, but he relied on his memory to tell him what was the most memorable and significant event, object, experience that his mind could capture.
In each of these iconic patterns, he introduces designs which are uniquely created to represent the particular scene. Thus, enhancing and delivering the notion of being engaged in a situation, and experiencing the relationship of human interaction and the surroundings.
HOWARD TAN Howard Tan was born in 1974, a tiger, mainly a photographer, but now spending some of his time experimenting with photo collages and installation art.
Works in, and helps run 2 shops, at 154 Pitt Street and 13 Armenian Street in the old quarter of George Town.
He enjoys very much the nostalgia engendered by rooting about in old towns and their flea markets with their vintage offerings from a time gone by. this feeling is very much reflected in his photographs.