Art exhibitions are slowly making a comeback albeit in innovative ways. We’ve missed them and the much-needed escapism they provide so seeing them slowly spring back after months of nothing is a sight for sore eyes.
With many galleries still closed for viewings and artists having to adapt to the new circumstances, e-exhibitions are becoming a part of the new norm. While nothing quite beats viewing art in person, the benefits of having entire exhibitions online are many – availability at any time of the day and to everyone being up there.
Here in KL we’ve seen a number of well-known galleries launching exhibitions on digital platforms and part of this crew is Valette Gallery and Taksu, two institutions that have been an integral part of KL’s art community for many years.
Tree For Life – Valette Gallery
Embracing modern technology and making its debut in the virtual world, Valette Gallery presents Raed Bawayah’s solo e-exhibition Tree For Life. Hailing from Palestine, Bawayah has used his home village of Quatanna, near Ramallah, as a focus point of social and political commentary and in this exhibition he uses the olive tree as a theme to explore his society from a variety of perspectives.
His artwork offers a glimpse into everyday life of Palestinian people while capturing the olive tree – long a subject of disagreement between Palestinians and Israeli settlers – in new ways. By doing this he shows its interconnectedness with his people’s heritage and their homeland.
The message of unity in this exhibition also falls in line with Valette Gallery’s mission to bring people back together in what have been dark times recently, and that the sharing of culture will help foster this unity.
Head to vallette-gallery.com to view this e-exhibition which starts from 30 May onwards.
Where 14, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Taman Tunku, Kuala Lumpur
Tel 019 301 2569
New Mundane – Taksu
Over at Taksu, another gallery that has stood at the centre of the contemporary art scene in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur-born artist Ho Mei Kei presents her solo exhibition with New Mundane. In it she explores consumerism by looking at the use of everyday objects and how consumer’s behaviour change their meaning.
From rows of toilet papers and masks to other groceries and essential items, this series features repetitive, mundane arrangements in colourful acrylics and oils. These objects begin identically but then have vastly different life cycles as they are purchased and brought home. What are the motives behind consumer behaviour (herd mentality and pressure as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic) and what factors influence it. All factors that come to mind when scrutinising Kei’s artwork.
Don’t miss this fascinating commentary on modern day consumerism especially in the context of the present economic situation.
Head over to taksu.com to view this e-exhibitions which runs 4-27 June.
Where 17 Jalan Pawang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel 03 4251 4396