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Across the world, the current pandemic is profoundly attuning our fashion towards everyday routines. The way we work, communicate, dealing with relationships, and also having time with ourselves are experienced differently compared to before. Everyone is confined to re-adjusting certain ways of living in order to fight this pandemic. Apart from it, these re-adjustments make us more connected as we are to follow a certain flow of the new livelihood within our social circle.
We also witness some changes that are taking place in the local art scene. More and more galleries are taking alternative steps to virtualize exhibitions resulted from the temporary inaccessibility of the physical space. While this may be a provisional movement given the current circumstances, it is an exciting step in expanding further the public appreciation towards the local art or art in general.
G13 has also taken similar steps in promoting the arts. We have held an exhibition previously titled Mending Fence: Tales from an Isolation that can be viewed online on our website and we are having our next exhibition through this platform too. Having said this, G13 Gallery is proud to presents to you, Unseen Conn3Xion, an exhibition showcasing three artists, namely, Fadilah Karim (Malaysia), Shafiq Nordin (Malaysia), and Winner Jumalon (Philippines).
Focuses on these three artists who are actually friends, this exhibition revolves around the altering environment of these artists and how they translate these junctures into artworks. Though they are from a different background respectively, there is a commonality between the three of them, which is their keenness of expressing themselves in their artworks.
Fadilah Karim (b.1987) is well known for her gloomy yet serene paintings made by her muddy color palette and painterly brushstrokes. Her works mostly depict the enigmatic expression transpired from the portraits of people around her; mostly her family or friends, as well as her own self-portraits. As for Shafiq Nordin (b.1989), his approach has always been more towards social criticism and this issue is reflected in his work which is akin to the styles of pop-surrealism. Winner Jumalon (b.1983), on the other hand, makes art based on his precious memories and is a person with a keen observation towards his surroundings, which have always been his trajectories in art-making.
I believe that Fadilah, Shafiq and Winner together, have made a great affiliation that has created soulful resonance works to be appreciated by others. It is this shared experience, circumstances, and ways of looking at things that have made them in common, despite their different backgrounds or identity. In many dimensions, this exhibition returns us to the heart of edifying a connection of alliance that ultimately brings us together and breaks our unseen barrier. Congratulations to all three artists!