Nature has played a central role in the work of artist Faizal Suhif, who had his first solo exhibition in Vallette Gallery in 2016. This month he returns to the same gallery with Microscopia, a virtual exhibition that takes the minute and blows it up.
Examine something through a microscope and it reveals new angles, shapes and perspectives that were all but imperceptible before. For all intents and purposes, it’s like looking at a new object entirely. In this new body of work, Faizal uses the power of magnification as a tool to shed light on objects and organisms including seeds, bees, crops, mushrooms, roots, and spiders.
In Hidup Merumpun, for example, a mushroom originally the size of a finger suddenly morphs into a 2-meter high canvas. The monoprint and stencil is covered in Suhif’s signature style and scheme that employs earth-tone colours to balance the heaviness of the black ink.
Based in Ulu Langat, Suhif was raised on a farm and thus carries a deep appreciation for the land and its bounty. He has always endeavoured to take his printmaking in innovative directions, using a variety of styles and elements to create engaging images. With Microscopia he takes his lifelong experiment to another plane, allowing the audience to take in a landscape of a different nature.
Where Vallette Gallery, 14, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Taman Tunku, Kuala Lumpur
When 20 Aug-20 Sept
Tel 019 301 2569