The goal of this presentation is to introduce the international audience to three of Malaysia’s most innovative artists, painters Yeoh Choo Kuan and Justin Lim and object maker Joshua Kane Gomes. Each artist brings their own unique style and voice, coming together to offer a glimpse into a possible turning point in Malaysian contemporary art that focuses on personal introspection and mindfulness towards mental states.
Gomes’ series of sculptures explore unhealthy dependencies within relationships, particularly the evolution from distance infatuation to all-consuming delusions of intimacy. The themes are examined from a voyeuristic viewpoint in relation to the mythos of the Wendigo, a cannibalistic spirit doomed to an existence of constant starvation driven by its hunger. While the subject matter is dark, the sculptures downplay their ghoulish inspiration, hiding behind pastel shades and innocuous expressions, melding grim desires with dreamlike delirium.
Lim’s new series of paintings reflect on the time people spent in lockdown during the past two years. This strange time led him to look inward, to become more aware that one is never truly in control of one’s life and that the world is constantly changing. The series continues from his last exhibition, “Sanctuary,” and depicts still life and imaginary interior scenes that are completely collaged.
In his body of work, “Burn The Desert,” Yeoh draws from personal experiences to express his admiration and appreciation for frontline fighters and heroes in his life. This series extends from Yeoh’s iconic “Streaming Mountain” series, specifically from his 2019-2020 period, and highlights his dripping style. The paintings underscore Yeoh’s overall artistic practice, where art serves as a conduit of interaction between himself and his surroundings.
Overall, the presentation serves as a reminder of the complexities of contemporary life as the world navigates uncharted waters. Despite the appearance of playful confidence, there is a desire and struggle for acceptance.
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