CONFIGURATION: PARALLEL UNIVERSE

A Group Exhibition

5 - 19 August 2017

G13 Gallery proudly present its thematic exhibition entitled ‘Configuration: Parallel Universe’, a fifth edition adding to the series. The exhibition will run from 5 to 19 August 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday, 5 August, from 8.00 p.m. onward. Configuration: Parallel Universe featuring new works from 11 selected artists of the region – Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, each with their distinctive style and approach. The list of participant artist in the exhibition, namely Umibaizurah Mahir, Gan Chin Lee, Cheong Tuck Wai, Fadilah Karim, Hisyamuddin Abdullah, Gan Sze Hooi, (Malaysia) Valerie Chua ( Philippine ), Lampu Kansanoh, Palut Marod, Jamon Nimnark ( Thailand ) and Valdo Manullang (Indonesia), is a leading talent of their generation.

As the title, ‘Configuration’, literally translated as ‘an arrangement of parts or elements in a particular form, figure, or combination’, the exhibition intended to yield a range of attitudes tackling on figurative art. Unlike the previous Configuration series, the theme and direction for this upcoming exhibition revolves around the idea of a ‘parallel universe’, by which can be emphasized through a surrealistic approach, dystopian-esque, and dreamscape or simply put, ‘out of the world’.

‘Surreal’ often used loosely to informed ‘dreamlike’ and ‘strange’ attribute, it is not to be associated with ‘surrealist’ which related to the philosophy and manifestations of surrealist movement. Contemporary attitude towards surreal often retrospectively envisioning self either in mythological past or imagined future. In the face of cultural hegemony, unbounded excessive communication, and constant screening of images, boundary between the real and fiction are blurred, often mixed up both imagined and reality. Irrational becoming rational, and life becoming surreal. Configuration: Parallel Universe touching on a different view, either personal or collective. The artworks include in this series yield various entry point such as mythology to popular culture. The selection of artist in this exhibition further examine a common denominator in which describing a pattern of behavior while approaching ‘surreal’ subject in the region.

G13 Gallery continue its effort to promote and presenting local and regional artist by hosting series of exhibitions. ‘Configuration’ purposely to elevate quality of Malaysian art while being a platform to support local and regional art scene.

City Tales I 驚⼸弓之⿃鳥

City Tales I 驚⼸弓之⿃鳥

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2015

City Tales I 驚⼸弓之⿃鳥

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2015


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Artist Statement

(Metaphorical) A bird startled by a mere twang of a bowstring.
(Literal) Having once suffered a bad fright, to startle at something small

Public social issues that are currently happening in Malaysia today inform the narrative of the series
City Tales. The main inspiration to develop this body of work comes after viewing the Chronicles of Crime (2006) series by Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong, but I attempt to focus on the everyday public concerns such as the bothersome traffic jam issue, the recurring haze problem and public protests such as the Bersih rally.
I am constantly trying to enrich my social realist painting practice and there is no exception when I
was developing these works. I have studied and absorbed the formality of Chinese wood engraving and Japanese ukiyo-­‐e and applied them when constructing the formal structure of these paintings. I have always admired how those Eastern traditional painters and print-­‐makers used humor to not only record social observations, but simultaneously made sarcastic comments through the visuals of the depictions of the everyday. In this body of work, I attempt to combine formal and visual elements of Chinese wood engraving and ukiyo-­‐e together with western influenced genre of art that I have been accustomed to.
I believe this combination would accentuate the uniqueness of the visuals and allude to the hybridity
of my identity as I have been actively absorbing multiple cultural sources growing up. Furthermore, have titled pieces in this series with Chinese idioms, Malay peribahasa and English phrases, to echo our complex daily experience living in a multilingual nation.

City Tales II 百無聊賴

City Tales II 百無聊賴

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2016

City Tales II 百無聊賴

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2016


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Artist Statement

(Metaphorical) To be without spiritual sustenance.
(Literal) Bored to death.

Public social issues that are currently happening in Malaysia today inform the narrative of the series
City Tales. The main inspiration to develop this body of work comes after viewing the Chronicles of Crime (2006) series by Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong, but I attempt to focus on the everyday public concerns such as the bothersome traffic jam issue, the recurring haze problem and public protests such as the Bersih rally.
I am constantly trying to enrich my social realist painting practice and there is no exception when I
was developing these works. I have studied and absorbed the formality of Chinese wood engraving and Japanese ukiyo-­‐e and applied them when constructing the formal structure of these paintings. I have always admired how those Eastern traditional painters and print-­‐makers used humor to not only record social observations, but simultaneously made sarcastic comments through the visuals of the depictions of the everyday. In this body of work, I attempt to combine formal and visual elements of Chinese wood engraving and ukiyo-­‐e together with western influenced genre of art that I have been accustomed to.
I believe this combination would accentuate the uniqueness of the visuals and allude to the hybridity
of my identity as I have been actively absorbing multiple cultural sources growing up. Furthermore, have titled pieces in this series with Chinese idioms, Malay peribahasa and English phrases, to echo our complex daily experience living in a multilingual nation.

City Tales III ⼼心驚⾁肉跳

City Tales III ⼼心驚⾁肉跳

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2016

City Tales III ⼼心驚⾁肉跳

Gan Chin Lee
122 x 86.4cm
Oil on Linen
2016


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Artist Statement

(Metaphorical) One’s heart trembles and one’s flesh quakes
(Literal) Extremely frightened and upset.

Public social issues that are currently happening in Malaysia today inform the narrative of the series
City Tales. The main inspiration to develop this body of work comes after viewing the Chronicles of Crime (2006) series by Malaysian artist Wong Hoy Cheong, but I attempt to focus on the everyday public concerns such as the bothersome traffic jam issue, the recurring haze problem and public protests such as the Bersih rally.
I am constantly trying to enrich my social realist painting practice and there is no exception when I
was developing these works. I have studied and absorbed the formality of Chinese wood engraving and Japanese ukiyo-­‐e and applied them when constructing the formal structure of these paintings. I have always admired how those Eastern traditional painters and print-­‐makers used humor to not only record social observations, but simultaneously made sarcastic comments through the visuals of the depictions of the everyday. In this body of work, I attempt to combine formal and visual elements of Chinese wood engraving and ukiyo-­‐e together with western influenced genre of art that I have been accustomed to.
I believe this combination would accentuate the uniqueness of the visuals and allude to the hybridity
of my identity as I have been actively absorbing multiple cultural sources growing up. Furthermore, have titled pieces in this series with Chinese idioms, Malay peribahasa and English phrases, to echo our complex daily experience living in a multilingual nation.

Stylist Daddies

Stylist Daddies

Lampu Kansanoh
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Stylist Daddies

Lampu Kansanoh
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Artist Statement

“Love is universal. No matter what your gender or sexual orientation is, we all need love from someone and that same love should be returned to others too. Even if we fall in love with someone of the same gender, the truth is that love has nothing to do with gender. “Love is for everyone.”

Walking Home With Mommies

Walking Home With Mommies

Lampu Kansanoh
120x120cm
Oil on linen
2017

Walking Home With Mommies

Lampu Kansanoh
120x120cm
Oil on linen
2017


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Artist Statement

“Love is universal. No matter what your gender or sexual orientation is, we all need love from someone and that same love should be returned to others too. Even if we fall in love with someone of the same gender, the truth is that love has nothing to do with gender. “Love is for everyone.”

Dark Angle 1

Dark Angle 1

Palut Marod
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Dark Angle 1

Palut Marod
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Artist Statement

In this series of work, I look at the world from a different dimension. I compare humanity and nature by using symbolism such as flowers to refer to the complexity in the layers of our society. The advancement in technology and materials continue to offer convenience to mankind, but in reverse, we are deteriorating spiritually. We tend to lose the equilibrium which can be easily clouded with fear and loneliness. In some way, people are lost and in much need for a new hope to gain back their inner balance. Yet, we don’t know what that ‘hope’ is.

Dark Angle 2

Dark Angle 2

Palut Marod
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Dark Angle 2

Palut Marod
120x120cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Artist Statement

In this series of work, I look at the world from a different dimension. I compare humanity and nature by using symbolism such as flowers to refer to the complexity in the layers of our society. The advancement in technology and materials continue to offer convenience to mankind, but in reverse, we are deteriorating spiritually. We tend to lose the equilibrium which can be easily clouded with fear and loneliness. In some way, people are lost and in much need for a new hope to gain back their inner balance. Yet, we don’t know what that ‘hope’ is.

Flipping House I

Flipping House I

Gan Sze Hooi
91.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017

Flipping House I

Gan Sze Hooi
91.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017


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Artist Statement

“Hugh Everrett III proposed a controversial interpretation of quantum mechanics in which every possible forking of every possible path is realized in its own separate universe. Today it’s known as the many worlds interpretation. The multiverse theory inspired me that a house in my imagination is flipping like a coin. I am trying to reveal both sides of consciousness. One portrays a proper healthy body and the other reflects a poor death skeleton.”

Flipping House II

Flipping House II

Gan Sze Hooi
91.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017

Flipping House II

Gan Sze Hooi
91.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017


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Artist Statement

“Hugh Everrett III proposed a controversial interpretation of quantum mechanics in which every possible forking of every possible path is realized in its own separate universe. Today it’s known as the many worlds interpretation. The multiverse theory inspired me that a house in my imagination is flipping like a coin. I am trying to reveal both sides of consciousness. One portrays a proper healthy body and the other reflects a poor death skeleton.”

Magic 1

Magic 1

Jamon Nimnark
80x80cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Magic 1

Jamon Nimnark
80x80cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Artist Statement

The human soul is like pure crystal that is not only beautiful but also fragile; yet such beauty can sometime be mistaken for fake illusion and it is difficult to tell which is real and which is not.

Magic 2

Magic 2

Jamon Nimnark
80x80cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Magic 2

Jamon Nimnark
80x80cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Artist Statement

The human soul is like pure crystal that is not only beautiful but also fragile; yet such beauty can sometime be mistaken for fake illusion and it is difficult to tell which is real and which is not.

My Father Weight ( After Bernin )

My Father Weight ( After Bernin )

Valerie Chua
101 x 76cm
Oil on Canvas
2017

My Father Weight ( After Bernin )

Valerie Chua
101 x 76cm
Oil on Canvas
2017


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Artist Statement

“Bridging my background in history and decorative illustration, I replicate the process of gathering information from pre-existing historical archive while simultaneously retaining my practice of romanticizing assigned images. I attempt to visually articulate humanity’s inclination to embellish, romanticize or falsify missing information. I also attempt to question human nature’s ironic tendency to find beauty in circumstances of war, tragedy and destruction.”

My Second Labor

My Second Labor

Valerie Chua
101x76cm
Oil on Canvas
2017
RM6,300

reserved

My Second Labor

Valerie Chua
101x76cm
Oil on Canvas
2017
RM6,300


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Artist Statement

“Bridging my background in history and decorative illustration, I replicate the process of gathering information from pre-existing historical archive while simultaneously retaining my practice of romanticizing assigned images. I attempt to visually articulate humanity’s inclination to embellish, romanticize or falsify missing information. I also attempt to question human nature’s ironic tendency to find beauty in circumstances of war, tragedy and destruction.”

Run, run, run, run away from the deserted island

Run, run, run, run away from the deserted island

Cheong Tuck Wai
100x150cm
Image transfer, burnt effect, acrylic on no-woven fabric and canvas, latex & rabbit glue, gloss gel finishing
2017

Run, run, run, run away from the deserted island

Cheong Tuck Wai
100x150cm
Image transfer, burnt effect, acrylic on no-woven fabric and canvas, latex & rabbit glue, gloss gel finishing
2017


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Artist Statement

“I intend to express a brief private moment and memorable memories through my work by creating a close connection between abstract and concrete narrative notes and pure views of the past and present, shaping the silence of time and space. More often than not, there is a gap between memory and reality, which we may fill with our fantasy. We might miss certain part of our memories, and begin filling these missing areas imaginatively”

This is your ride Welcome to my playground

This is your ride Welcome to my playground

Cheong Tuck Wai
113x150cm
Image transfer, burnt effect, acrylic on no-woven fabric and canvas, latex & rabbit glue, gloss gel finishing
2017

This is your ride Welcome to my playground

Cheong Tuck Wai
113x150cm
Image transfer, burnt effect, acrylic on no-woven fabric and canvas, latex & rabbit glue, gloss gel finishing
2017


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Artist Statement

“I intend to express a brief private moment and memorable memories through my work by creating a close connection between abstract and concrete narrative notes and pure views of the past and present, shaping the silence of time and space. More often than not, there is a gap between memory and reality, which we may fill with our fantasy. We might miss certain part of our memories, and begin filling these missing areas imaginatively”

Scales u to Hell

Scales u to Hell

Valdo Manullang
180 x 140cm
Charcoal on canvas
2016

Scales u to Hell

Valdo Manullang
180 x 140cm
Charcoal on canvas
2016


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Artist Statement

When we observe numerous artworks with the theme of holy person or saints (like St. Michael and St. George), somehow we are always presented with figures that are not only virtuous, but also vigorous and dashing. Many believe that God himself gives mandate to the saint of his choice to fight evil, thus bolstering the striking imagery of his envoy.
I believe that every age has their own problems that demands presence of figures sent by the Lord as a response; the ones who devotedly give hopes and spread kindness to others. However, often we forget that these figures do not always possess that valorous and hero-like appearance. Sometimes, God send us a female figure that is gentle and affectionate to do extraordinary things. Based on the prior explanation, in this themed works of saints I intend to recreate their appearance. Taken from various scenes by renowned artists of their time, now the saints are being brought back in the figure of women today.

Shake u to Hell

Shake u to Hell

Valdo Manullang
180x140cm
Charcoal on canvas
2016

Shake u to Hell

Valdo Manullang
180x140cm
Charcoal on canvas
2016


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Artist Statement

When we observe numerous artworks with the theme of holy person or saints (like St. Michael and St. George), somehow we are always presented with figures that are not only virtuous, but also vigorous and dashing. Many believe that God himself gives mandate to the saint of his choice to fight evil, thus bolstering the striking imagery of his envoy.
I believe that every age has their own problems that demands presence of figures sent by the Lord as a response; the ones who devotedly give hopes and spread kindness to others. However, often we forget that these figures do not always possess that valorous and hero-like appearance. Sometimes, God send us a female figure that is gentle and affectionate to do extraordinary things. Based on the prior explanation, in this themed works of saints I intend to recreate their appearance. Taken from various scenes by renowned artists of their time, now the saints are being brought back in the figure of women today.

"Young Boy" turun padang I

Hisyamuddin Abdullah
152.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017

"Young Boy" turun padang I

Hisyamuddin Abdullah
152.5x122cm
Oil on Canvas
2017


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Artist Statement

“The catchphrase ‘YB turun padang’ is synonymous especially when party campaign kicks in right before the Election Day whereby most politicians are often seen in public, shaking hands, seemingly interested with everything while spreading their sugarcoated manifestos, promising a better change for the people. ‘Young Boy Turun Padang’ is my satirical view responding to the local political scenario.” –Hisyamuddin Abdullah

"Young Boy" turun padang II

Hisyamuddin Abdullah
152.5 x 122 cm
Oil on Canvas
2017

"Young Boy" turun padang II

Hisyamuddin Abdullah
152.5 x 122 cm
Oil on Canvas
2017


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Artist Statement

“The catchphrase ‘YB turun padang’ is synonymous especially when party campaign kicks in right before the Election Day whereby most politicians are often seen in public, shaking hands, seemingly interested with everything while spreading their sugarcoated manifestos, promising a better change for the people. ‘Young Boy Turun Padang’ is my satirical view responding to the local political scenario.” –Hisyamuddin Abdullah

Vertical limit

Vertical limit

Fadilah Karim
149x100cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Vertical limit

Fadilah Karim
149x100cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Fadilah Karim
150x150cm
Oil on Linen
2017

Leap of Faith

Fadilah Karim
150x150cm
Oil on Linen
2017


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The Perch 'Love' # 1

The Perch 'Love' # 1

Umibaizurah Mahir
20cm ( W ) x 27cm ( D ) x 53.5cm ( H )
Ceramic & Mixed Media
2014 - 17

The Perch 'Love' # 1

Umibaizurah Mahir
20cm ( W ) x 27cm ( D ) x 53.5cm ( H )
Ceramic & Mixed Media
2014 - 17


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Artist Statement

“The Perch “Love” highlights the dynamic of human-nature relationship. As we all know, we, (human being) inhabit the nature, we are constantly surrounded by nature and we interact with them. Earth is home to millions of species and we cannot simply neglect or dismiss nature. If we do lose sight of it, we might lose it all. In an ecosystem, each organism has its role and purpose. As human being, we are not just consumers but we are also able to transform it. To disturb the balance of an ecosystem can be disastrous for all of the living things which are relying on it. The Perch questions the issue. Love it or lose it?”

The Perch 'Love' # 2

The Perch 'Love' # 2

Umibaizurah Mahir
14.5cm ( W ) x 26cm ( D ) x 55cm ( H )
Ceramic & Mixed Media
2014 - 17

The Perch 'Love' # 2

Umibaizurah Mahir
14.5cm ( W ) x 26cm ( D ) x 55cm ( H )
Ceramic & Mixed Media
2014 - 17


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Artist Statement

“The Perch “Love” highlights the dynamic of human-nature relationship. As we all know, we, (human being) inhabit the nature, we are constantly surrounded by nature and we interact with them. Earth is home to millions of species and we cannot simply neglect or dismiss nature. If we do lose sight of it, we might lose it all. In an ecosystem, each organism has its role and purpose. As human being, we are not just consumers but we are also able to transform it. To disturb the balance of an ecosystem can be disastrous for all of the living things which are relying on it. The Perch questions the issue. Love it or lose it?”

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