OVERFLOW by Noor Zahran

In Collaborating with MEA Management and G13 Gallery, we proudly present Zahran, recipient of the Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2022, in a captivating solo exhibition. Based in Selangor, Zahran seamlessly blends realism and surrealism through ink, focusing on figurative and still life subjects. His diverse skill set spans drawing, painting, photography, 3D compositing, and cinematography.

Zahran unveils “Overflow,” his latest series delving into the profound impact of the digital age on our perception of reality. Through surrealistic exploration, he sheds light on the relentless influx of digital data and imagery shaping our lives. “Overflow” prompts reflection on our evolving relationship with the digital realm, inviting audiences to contemplate its profound influence on our understanding of the world.

The solo exhibition runs from 2 to 16 March 2024 at G13 Gallery @ G13 PROJECT ROOM.

For enquiry, please contact us at : –

+6013 – 234 2126 (Wendy) or via WhatsApp www.wasap.my/60132342126

+6019 – 211 4697 ( Kenny ) or via WhatsApp http://www.wasap.my/60192114697

Deceptive Flood

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

"The notion of 'deceptive food' serves as a narrative to highlight the overwhelming influx of misleading information pervasive in contemporary media. It reflects a broader concern about how media channels, including online platforms, may present distorted or inaccurate portrayals of food products, contributing to a growing skepticism about the reliability of information in the digital age."

Deceptive Flood

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

"The notion of 'deceptive food' serves as a narrative to highlight the overwhelming influx of misleading information pervasive in contemporary media. It reflects a broader concern about how media channels, including online platforms, may present distorted or inaccurate portrayals of food products, contributing to a growing skepticism about the reliability of information in the digital age."

Domino Effect

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

Domino Effect

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

Final Stage

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

"The artwork explores the intricate relationship between time, mortality, and the digital age. Depicting Pacman devouring clocks instead of power cookies, the piece symbolizes society's consumption by the relentless passage of time. The three clocks, set at 01:00, 00:00, and 03:00, allude to the Quran's 103rd chapter, Surah Al-Asr, emphasizing the profound message about the significance of time. The blue ghost embodies death, haunting Pacman's path. The title, 'Final Stage,' underscores the inevitability of mortality. Pacman represents how some people spend too much time on screens in the digital world, engaging in activities that don't benefit them. The artwork encourages us to be mindful of how we use our time and suggests that spending it wisely is crucial, as highlighted in both the drawing and the wisdom found in Surah Al-Asr."

Final Stage

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

"The artwork explores the intricate relationship between time, mortality, and the digital age. Depicting Pacman devouring clocks instead of power cookies, the piece symbolizes society's consumption by the relentless passage of time. The three clocks, set at 01:00, 00:00, and 03:00, allude to the Quran's 103rd chapter, Surah Al-Asr, emphasizing the profound message about the significance of time. The blue ghost embodies death, haunting Pacman's path. The title, 'Final Stage,' underscores the inevitability of mortality. Pacman represents how some people spend too much time on screens in the digital world, engaging in activities that don't benefit them. The artwork encourages us to be mindful of how we use our time and suggests that spending it wisely is crucial, as highlighted in both the drawing and the wisdom found in Surah Al-Asr."

Free to Play

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"Free to Play" depicts a Gameboy as a social media platform, reflecting on the negative impact of excessive screen time and urging mindful technology usage. It prompts viewers to consider the consequences of early exposure to social media and advocates for a balanced approach to digital consumption.

Free to Play

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"Free to Play" depicts a Gameboy as a social media platform, reflecting on the negative impact of excessive screen time and urging mindful technology usage. It prompts viewers to consider the consequences of early exposure to social media and advocates for a balanced approach to digital consumption.

Metric Obsession

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

Metric Obsession

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

Not For Sale

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023 Noor Zahran
RM6,500 w.frame - RESERVED

"Not for Sale" is a captivating artwork that challenges our obsession with social media validation. It portrays a fallen shopping cart strewn with blue hearts, symbolizing the fleeting nature of online approval. The abandoned cart represents the discarded pursuit of validation through superficial measures, leaving viewers to question the underlying meaning behind seeking "Likes" on social media. As the hearts lay scattered, the message becomes apparent: the value of “Likes” is ultimately hollow and purposeless. This artwork urges viewers to contemplate the authenticity of their digital interactions.

Not For Sale

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023 Noor Zahran
RM6,500 w.frame - RESERVED

"Not for Sale" is a captivating artwork that challenges our obsession with social media validation. It portrays a fallen shopping cart strewn with blue hearts, symbolizing the fleeting nature of online approval. The abandoned cart represents the discarded pursuit of validation through superficial measures, leaving viewers to question the underlying meaning behind seeking "Likes" on social media. As the hearts lay scattered, the message becomes apparent: the value of “Likes” is ultimately hollow and purposeless. This artwork urges viewers to contemplate the authenticity of their digital interactions.

Prison of the Mind

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"PRISON OF THE MIND vividly illustrates the ethical concerns arising from immature online operators disseminating misleading information to the general public. In an era where information is easily accessible, the urgent need to address these ethical issues becomes paramount. The potential long-term damage wrought by unchecked misinformation underscores the critical importance of promoting responsible and truthful information dissemination in the digital landscape."

Prison of the Mind

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"PRISON OF THE MIND vividly illustrates the ethical concerns arising from immature online operators disseminating misleading information to the general public. In an era where information is easily accessible, the urgent need to address these ethical issues becomes paramount. The potential long-term damage wrought by unchecked misinformation underscores the critical importance of promoting responsible and truthful information dissemination in the digital landscape."

Peaceful Rebellion

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"Peaceful Rebellion" portrays Lego stormtroopers marching, each holding a gun except for one who carries a banner spray-painted with a peace symbol, symbolizing a call to end the internet-driven conflict. The artwork underscores the overwhelming prevalence of cyberbullying and online warfare, urging viewers to seek solutions to halt these digital conflicts. Through this depiction, "Peaceful Rebellion" prompts reflection on the need for concerted efforts to combat the spread of hostility and aggression online, advocating for a more peaceful and harmonious digital environment.

Peaceful Rebellion

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.frame

"Peaceful Rebellion" portrays Lego stormtroopers marching, each holding a gun except for one who carries a banner spray-painted with a peace symbol, symbolizing a call to end the internet-driven conflict. The artwork underscores the overwhelming prevalence of cyberbullying and online warfare, urging viewers to seek solutions to halt these digital conflicts. Through this depiction, "Peaceful Rebellion" prompts reflection on the need for concerted efforts to combat the spread of hostility and aggression online, advocating for a more peaceful and harmonious digital environment.

Shout It Out Loud

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

In "Shout It Out Loud," the artist ingeniously merges the form of a grenade with that of a microphone, encapsulating the formidable force inherent in people's voices. This artwork symbolizes the incredible power individuals possess to uplift and strengthen one another through vocal expression. Each voice is likened to a unique explosion, capable of sparking positive change and fostering empowerment. The piece serves as a poignant reminder of the lasting impact our words can have, resonating loudly like the explosive energy of a grenade. By celebrating the potency of communication, "Shout It Out Loud" urges all to recognize and embrace their ability to make a difference through the strength of their voices, transcending barriers of background or language proficiency.

Shout It Out Loud

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM6,500 w.frame

In "Shout It Out Loud," the artist ingeniously merges the form of a grenade with that of a microphone, encapsulating the formidable force inherent in people's voices. This artwork symbolizes the incredible power individuals possess to uplift and strengthen one another through vocal expression. Each voice is likened to a unique explosion, capable of sparking positive change and fostering empowerment. The piece serves as a poignant reminder of the lasting impact our words can have, resonating loudly like the explosive energy of a grenade. By celebrating the potency of communication, "Shout It Out Loud" urges all to recognize and embrace their ability to make a difference through the strength of their voices, transcending barriers of background or language proficiency.

Waiting for Perfection

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.Frame - SOLD

The artwork captures the juxtaposition of life and death, symbolized by the flower and skeletal form, serving as a metaphor for the deceptive allure of online personas. This evocative artwork invites contemplation on the societal phenomenon of ceaseless waiting for an elusive ideal, be it in friendships, romantic connections, or other facets of virtual interaction. By illustrating the futility of such pursuits, the piece underscores the dissonance between perceived perfection online and the harsh reality of authenticity. "Waiting for Perfection" beckons viewers to reflect on the preciousness of time and the genuine connections overlooked in the pursuit of an illusory and unattainable digital utopia.

Waiting for Perfection

Noor Zahran
82 x 132cm
Ink on Paper
2024
RM6,500 w.Frame - SOLD

The artwork captures the juxtaposition of life and death, symbolized by the flower and skeletal form, serving as a metaphor for the deceptive allure of online personas. This evocative artwork invites contemplation on the societal phenomenon of ceaseless waiting for an elusive ideal, be it in friendships, romantic connections, or other facets of virtual interaction. By illustrating the futility of such pursuits, the piece underscores the dissonance between perceived perfection online and the harsh reality of authenticity. "Waiting for Perfection" beckons viewers to reflect on the preciousness of time and the genuine connections overlooked in the pursuit of an illusory and unattainable digital utopia.

Behind The Algorithm

Noor Zahran
78 x 113cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM6,500

The title "Behind the Algorithm" suggests a deeper exploration of the intricate processes that power personalized advertising. In the provided text, we observe how algorithms play a pivotal role in analyzing extensive data sets, empowering platforms to deliver tailored content to users based on various factors like demographics and behaviors, all while safeguarding personal identities. Through the artwork, viewers are encouraged to contemplate the unseen mechanisms at play—namely, the algorithms—driving the targeted advertising they encounter online. It serves as a poignant reminder of the sophisticated systems utilized by corporations to collect and leverage personal data for marketing purposes, sparking consideration of the broader implications of data-driven advertising practices.

Behind The Algorithm

Noor Zahran
78 x 113cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM6,500

The title "Behind the Algorithm" suggests a deeper exploration of the intricate processes that power personalized advertising. In the provided text, we observe how algorithms play a pivotal role in analyzing extensive data sets, empowering platforms to deliver tailored content to users based on various factors like demographics and behaviors, all while safeguarding personal identities. Through the artwork, viewers are encouraged to contemplate the unseen mechanisms at play—namely, the algorithms—driving the targeted advertising they encounter online. It serves as a poignant reminder of the sophisticated systems utilized by corporations to collect and leverage personal data for marketing purposes, sparking consideration of the broader implications of data-driven advertising practices.

Idiot

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2021
RM4,500

The term "idiot" encapsulates the futility of engaging in debates or disputes with individuals who demonstrate a lack of receptiveness to reason, logic, or alternative perspectives. Attempting to argue or reason with such individuals often leads to frustration, wasted energy, and a depletion of valuable time. It suggests that redirecting efforts towards discussions with those who are open to rational discourse may be more productive and worthwhile.

Idiot

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2021
RM4,500

The term "idiot" encapsulates the futility of engaging in debates or disputes with individuals who demonstrate a lack of receptiveness to reason, logic, or alternative perspectives. Attempting to argue or reason with such individuals often leads to frustration, wasted energy, and a depletion of valuable time. It suggests that redirecting efforts towards discussions with those who are open to rational discourse may be more productive and worthwhile.

Lick it up

Noor Zahran
56 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM4,500

"Lick it Up" serves as a metaphor for life's bitter moments, reminding us that existence isn't always sugary sweet. This depiction encourages acceptance of challenges as inherent to our journey. The frowning face on the lollipop symbolizes resilience in tough times, emphasizing the ability to find sweetness amidst adversity. It advocates for embracing life's complexities and finding joy in both its bitter and sweet experiences, composing the rich tapestry of our existence.

Lick it up

Noor Zahran
56 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM4,500

"Lick it Up" serves as a metaphor for life's bitter moments, reminding us that existence isn't always sugary sweet. This depiction encourages acceptance of challenges as inherent to our journey. The frowning face on the lollipop symbolizes resilience in tough times, emphasizing the ability to find sweetness amidst adversity. It advocates for embracing life's complexities and finding joy in both its bitter and sweet experiences, composing the rich tapestry of our existence.

Mind the Step

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM4,500

GPS technology offers a multitude of benefits, it also raises significant concerns regarding personal data and privacy. GPS devices and apps gather and analyze precise location data, which can unveil extensive personal information such as daily habits, travel routes, and sensitive locations. Mishandling or exploitation of this data could potentially jeopardize individuals' privacy and security.

Mind the Step

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2023
RM4,500

GPS technology offers a multitude of benefits, it also raises significant concerns regarding personal data and privacy. GPS devices and apps gather and analyze precise location data, which can unveil extensive personal information such as daily habits, travel routes, and sensitive locations. Mishandling or exploitation of this data could potentially jeopardize individuals' privacy and security.

Out of Liberty

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM4,500

The increase in unemployment has left many graduates burdened with student debt, forcing them to seek jobs outside their field. Despite expectations, finding employment post-graduation is challenging due to automation's dominance in the workforce. Concerns about job security have intensified as machines do not require benefits or rest. Adapting to this changing landscape, individuals must upgrade their skills to remain competitive. The film "Out of Liberty" depicts graduates protesting automation's impact on employment, with QR codes on signs directing viewers to a website assessing job automation likelihood. This underscores the importance of preparing for the evolving job market.

Out of Liberty

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM4,500

The increase in unemployment has left many graduates burdened with student debt, forcing them to seek jobs outside their field. Despite expectations, finding employment post-graduation is challenging due to automation's dominance in the workforce. Concerns about job security have intensified as machines do not require benefits or rest. Adapting to this changing landscape, individuals must upgrade their skills to remain competitive. The film "Out of Liberty" depicts graduates protesting automation's impact on employment, with QR codes on signs directing viewers to a website assessing job automation likelihood. This underscores the importance of preparing for the evolving job market.

Searching for Networks

Noor Zahran
78 x 113cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM6,500

Searching for Networks

Noor Zahran
78 x 113cm
Ink on Paper
2022
RM6,500

Wake up

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2021
RM4,500

The quote "Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real" encapsulates the idea that aspirations and ambitions remain abstract and unrealized until we take tangible steps to manifest them. It underscores the significance of not merely fantasizing about our goals, but actively pursuing them to fruition. While dreams can inspire and motivate, they alone are insufficient for meaningful change. Taking deliberate action, devising plans, and persistently working towards our goals are crucial for transforming dreams into tangible achievements. By acknowledging the reality of our aspirations and committing to action, we empower ourselves to surmount obstacles and make progress towards realizing our dreams.

Wake up

Noor Zahran
59 x 84cm
Ink on Paper
2021
RM4,500

The quote "Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real" encapsulates the idea that aspirations and ambitions remain abstract and unrealized until we take tangible steps to manifest them. It underscores the significance of not merely fantasizing about our goals, but actively pursuing them to fruition. While dreams can inspire and motivate, they alone are insufficient for meaningful change. Taking deliberate action, devising plans, and persistently working towards our goals are crucial for transforming dreams into tangible achievements. By acknowledging the reality of our aspirations and committing to action, we empower ourselves to surmount obstacles and make progress towards realizing our dreams.

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