Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA – SG) is pleased to announce Haffendi Anuar first solo exhibition in Singapore, Midday Stanza, scheduled to run from 23 Jan – 16 Feb 2019 at Richard Koh Fine Art (Singapore) Blk 47 Malan Road, 01-26 Gillman Barrack, Singapore 109444. The artist will be showing an installation, consisting a diverse language of objects and materials, from wall sculptures to floor pieces that resemble architectural fragments. This show is an extension of Anuar’s 3-month residency programme at Acme Studios, London, in 2018. The residency is a programme under Khazanah Residency programme (KAAR), and initiative by Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
In Anuar’s latest body of work, the artist creates a surrogate landscape within the gallery space. A landscape that is in a way a reflection of the artist’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, with its distinctive urban fabric, vernacular architecture and seductive “shiny image” within localized popular culture. In this exhibition, Anuar looks at the city in a different perspective, viewing at how the structures and monuments around the city centre suggest a sense of position and prestige, as well as reflecting on the political paradigm shift of late.
Midday Stanza acts as a metaphorical cityscape which is a composite of bits and pieces of the city, from its shimmering exteriors to interiors. Its aesthetics could be reinterpreted into a sculptural language of power and seduction. The installation consists of a diverse language of objects and materials, from sculptures that cling to walls and inspired by the human vertebrae, to floor pieces that resemble architectural fragments. Anuar invites the audience to explore and understand the work experientially, by navigating their body in the gallery space in relation to the objects, similar to a tourist discovering a novel setting. Within this exploration, the audience is confronted with an image and a tactile quality simultaneously, and the combination of both creates unique ways of reading. In addition, traditional support structures such as frames and pedestals are activated as dynamic components of the installation, alluding to the luxury apartments found in upscale districts and architectural profiles.
Anuar’s practice is renowned for its fluidity as it is constantly responding to the times and context of locality. As Malaysia experiences sweeping changes – politically and socially – Anuar reacts to the new value system and freedom of expression that has arisen. The artist states, “What I hope is that this work would represent this moment of uncertainty and hope in Malaysia and with Kuala Lumpur being the centre of the country, it is in a way, serves as her ‘heart’, and in this shifting times, the heart should be the most sensitive to changing sentiments.”
Haffendi Anuar (b. 1985, Malaysia) is an artist based in Kuala Lumpur. He produces sculptures, paintings, installations and drawings. He initially studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and completed his BA Honors at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Haffendi’s multidisciplinary practice mines history of art, digital technology, nature and local contexts to create object-based works that recycle found images, objects and artistic styles from digital and physical sources.
Haffendi is the joint winner for the first outdoor sculpture commission for the Battersea power station development in partnership with the Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2017. His recent institutional exhibitions include Personal Structures (2017) by the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, The Unreal Deal, Six Decades of Malaysian Abstract Art (2017), Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Haffendi Anuar was one of two Malaysian artists who were part of the second cohort of the Khazanah Nasional Associate Artist Residency Programme (KAAR) at Acme Studios, London, in 2018. A programme under the Khazanah Residency Programme, the KAAR is an initiative by Khazanah Nasional Berhad aimed at developing and nurturing young Malaysian artists, and to prepare them for the next level of their professional career. Throughout the 3-month residency, the artists were mentored on projects of their choice, in addition to being exposed to the international arts scene via various networking sessions, studio visits and exhibitions.
Midday Stanza is part of Singapore Art Week (19 – 27 January 2019). A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. The nine-day celebration of the visual arts offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. www.artweek.sg
Haffendi Anuar – Midday Stanza
23 January - 16 February 2019
Richard Koh Fine Art,
Blk 47 Malan Road,
#01-26 Gillman Barracks,
Tues-Sat, 10am - 7pm