Oriental Express Solo Exhibtion
G13 Gallery proudly announces ‘Oriental Express‘, Khairudin Zainudin’s fourth solo exhibition. The exhibition will run during September, with an opening reception on Saturday (3rd September) from 8.00pm onwards. In this new installment, Khairudin presents his latest artistic endeavor culminating from his travel experiences in various places such as Taipei, Kaohsiung, Singapore and Taichung. The exhibition will display a range of new works- from painting to mixed media- adding to his already outstanding repertoire.
Contemporary art often arises from a need to communicate across thresholds of differences that may be experiential, psychological, or grounded in social and political hierarchies. An artist’s practice is not simply to show to the world; they are attempts at communicating, exchanging information, translating experiences or even trading places.
‘Oriental Express’ was inspired by the mystical and exotic impression of East Asia. Now regarded as old-fashioned and politically incorrect, the term ‘oriental’ in this exhibition refers to the vague generalization of the region towards its people, language and culture, while ‘express’ denotes the journey taken by Khairudin, trading on cultural and social observations in encounters with the complexities of human life. Enfolded in both familiarity and peculiarity, the exhibition presents Khairudin’s journey of self-discovery and the engaging of a new environment.
A transition from his usual artistic approach, the new artworks intend to project a moment of transformation, both as an artist and as a person. Learning a new culture may be challenging; Khairudin reflects a personal outtake on the struggle of self and other, of isolation and of “lost in translation”, in an unfamiliar environment. In this sense, art is seen as a universal language capable of translating the ambiguity of the artist’s experience. ‘Oriental Express‘ serves as an extension of the artist’s personal indexes, turning individual ambiguity into a composed image. These experiences further turn into a fragment of memories, translated into a psychological mapping of the artist.
G13 Gallery continues its effort to promote and present local artists by hosting a series of exhibitions. ‘Oriental Express’ seeks to elevate the qualities of Malaysian art while providing a platform to support the local art scene. Details are listed below:
Exhibition Period : 3rd – 17th September 2016
Venue : G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan
SS7/26, 47301 Kelana Jaya, Selangor (behind Paradigm Mall)
Exhibition Hour : Open daily from 11am to 5pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
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