Curated GMCA 2013 art exhibition
In its annual affair of Art Expo Malaysia 2014 come end September 2014, the Great Malaysia Contemporary Art II now returns for its second year. Following from its success in its debut show in Art Expo 2013, The Great Malaysia Contemporary Art show or GMCA as it is affectionately known, was the first ever curated art exhibition held in Art Expo and drew much attention from its art patrons alike with its showcase of top quality Malaysian contemporary artworks.
The brainchild of Core Design Gallery, GMCA was envisioned in line with the gallery’s mission to create awareness on Malaysia contemporary art and in developing our artists for international recognition. Specially crafted for the return of GMCA in 2014, Core Design Gallery returns in collaboration with Artcube Gallery to present GMCA II with a super sized booth intricately designed and curated for the ultimate art appreciation experience.
This year, GMCA II boasts a variety of contemporary artworks from paintings to sculptures to installations from 24 Malaysian contemporary artists, many of which have been critically acclaimed. Amongst them are Susyilawati Sulaiman who has recently been invited to exhibit at Art Basel Unlimited – a true honour for Malaysia. Not forgetting one of our foremost installation artists, Zulkifli Yusoff, who carries much credit to his name having exhibited in key international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale 1997 and Fukuoka Asian Art Exhibition in Japan amongst others.
Following his undeniable success in GMCA 2013, Hamir Soib presents us with another epic painting, Hot Seat that imposes his viewers with his insights on the current Malaysian political scene. As in any true contemporary art, Hot Seat truly is thought provoking and raises questions in this issue close to the heart of every Malaysian. Another fellow member of the Matahati group, Masnoor Ramli also adds to the political tone but more on a global scale, with his realist depiction of the global superpowers of America and China in studious conversation through his latest painting, Moulding the Grey: The Eye that Blink our Mind.
Hamir Soib, Hot Seat, Acrylic and Bitumen on canvas, 202cm x 342cm, 2014
In true Malaysian fashion, GMCA II not only transcends the regular local exhibits beyond aesthetic and curatorial aspects but draws our attention to an aspect closer to heart; our cultural and traditional heritage.
Hailed as the Malaysian contemporary anime artist, Raja Lope Rasydi deftly weaves his airbrushing skills to tell the fantastical story of Ramayana in his latest artwork, Sita and Rama. Captivatingly, Mohd Noor Mahmud expresses his Islamic calligraphy artwork, Alhamdulillah, with a vast array of bright colours duly capturing the attention of his viewers to the underlying intricate batik designs.
Joining this ensemble of artists is Haafiz Shahimi with his innovative pyrographic printmaking artwork, Catfish. Pioneering in this new form of art, Haafiz infuses Malay folklore of Harimau Kejadian into his latest artwork where the blues of the eyes inevitably draw one for a closer look.
With the wide range of mediums and in true contemporary art sense, GMCA II showcases top quality artwork that is easily appreciated by the Malaysian public beyond race and age boundaries.
Haafiz Shahimi, CatFish Pyrography Print, Charcoal, Spray Paint and oil on jute finished with 2K matte paint, 154cm x 183cm, 2014
Last but not least, renowned Fauzin Mustafa, being the heritage documenter that he is, imposes underlying batik motives and Malay iconography in his latest artwork, Cerita-Ceriti I – Whose artist is this?. With inferences to our local art industry, one cannot help but be curious of its commentary.
Catch a preview of GMCA II is now showing at Artcube Gallery, 3.10 & 3.13 Level 3, Intermark Mall, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur. For more information, please check out Core Design Gallery’s website: malaysiacontemporaryart.coredesigngallery.com.