It’s a busy month at A+ Works of Art which celebrates its third anniversary this August with a trio of diverse exhibitions. The gallery recently opened up its physical space to the public for the first time since the Movement Control Order was implemented in March, offering up the group exhibition Back To Art.
This has led right into an exciting line-up of projects that see cross-country collaborations, a myriad of mediums and plenty of amazing artwork. So here’s what’s happening on this milestone month!
A+ Online Festival of Video Art (1 Aug-12 Sept)
Having kicked off on 1 August, the Online Festival of Video Art pays tribute to the medium that played a crucial part in keeping us connected during the Covid-19 lockdowns across the world. There has been a surge in video, from conference calls and online classes to virtual exhibitions and beyond.
Thảo Nguyên Phan
And despite online exhibitions having dominated the art world over the last few months, video art – that is, art made purely on video – is still left largely on the side-lines. This festival aims to challenge that paradigm and bring to the fore video in all its glory.
A+ has invited four curators to present their own personal selection of work with no overarching theme. A general selection will be on show until 7 August, with works by Ho Rui An, Orawan Arunrak, Chong Kim Chiew, Tan Zi Hao, Trương Quế Chi, Ray Langenbach and Au Sow Yee.
Then from 8 August onwards, Au Sow Yee presents her selection, with works by Posak Jodian and Wu Chi-Yu. On 16 August, Ray Langenbach showcases his selection with featured artists including Chumpon Apisuk, Lucy Davis, Noor Abed and Pekka Niskanen.
Orawan Arunrak – War Journey 2
On 22 August, Trương Quế Chi takes the stage with a focus on Vietnamese talent including the likes of ỗ Văn Hoàng, Trương Công Tùng, Quỳnh Đông and Phạm Ngọc Lân. And rounding out the festival is Marc Gloede with four works by Kray Chen.
Ready but Postponed or Cancelled (8 Aug-5 Sept)
When Covid-19 hit earlier this year it caused a devastating ripple effect that would go on to impact almost every single industry in varying degrees. The art world was left reeling as exhibitions, art fairs and other events were instantly put on hold, postponed or outright cancelled.
In collaboration with Arario Gallery and The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, this exhibition aims to give those artists affected by the circumstances a physical platform to display works that were meant to be included in shows that were stopped due to the pandemic.
Among the artists exhibiting work are Chong Kim Chiew, Hà Ninh Pham, Noor Mahnun Mohamed, Leslie de Chavez, Pangrok Sulap and Yim Yen Sum, many of whom were meant to have exhibitions through 2020, but which have now been moved to 2021. It is the goal of this group exhibition to piece together fragments of potential exhibitions in support of the artists.
Due to the challenges and circumstances faced by artists during this period, some of the projects and pieces might not be realised as intended or remain in an uncomplete state. Nevertheless, it is important that they receive the airtime they deserve.
A Figure Of Proof (15 Aug-12 Sept)
Information on this exhibition to be updated soon!
A+ WORKS of ART
Where d6-G8, d6 Trade Centre, 801 Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
When 12pm-7pm (Tues-Sun; by appointment only).
Tel 019 915 3399 (Joshua Lim)