From 19 February to five March 2022, G13 Gallery of Kuala Lumpur will probably be presenting Shafiq x Najib — a collaboration between Malaysian artists Shafiq Nordin and Najib Bamadhaj.
Having been energetic within the artwork scene for over 12 years, each artists are revered for his or her creative sensibilities and kinds. Apart from solo exhibitions, the artists’ eye-catching works have additionally appeared in numerous worldwide and native artwork festivals. With a friendship that has lasted for greater than ten years, this collaboration is a fusion of creative kinds of each artists — popular culture and pop surrealism. The exhibition is actually a progressive transfer for the Malaysian artwork scene and a platform for a cultural dialog amongst locals and its western counterpart.
The exhibition will showcase twelve artworks that categorical each artists’ characterised artwork kinds and methods, in addition to the distinctive interplay between the duo. It’s not typically that two artists can paint on the identical canvas, as one would possibly overshadow the opposite or opinions and views would possibly conflict. On this case, nonetheless, it really works brilliantly and loudly.
The items function the identical monochrome girl in numerous vibrant, batik-like conventional put on, which is the place Najib Bamadhaj is available in. In some, she appears to be posing and in others, we see her in her pure state. Surrounding her are Shafiq Nordin’s vibrant illustrations and psychedelic imagery which might be influenced by the kinds of Takashi Murakami and Kaws.
The 2 up to date artists’ artistic signatures are clearly current within the assortment and immediate us to ponder in regards to the interactions that they had whereas creating every bit. Shafiq Nordin and Najib Bamadhaj have actually demolished the gaps between conventional cultural artwork fashion and pop artwork. In flip, the artworks crafted pioneered fusions in artwork. Although their respective kinds are contrasting, which can be the fantastic thing about all of it too, the artworks remind us of what may very well be; the boundless potentialities of artistic collaboration.
To cite American artwork critic Brian Sherwin, “Collaboration in Artwork — mutual respect, mutual work, mutual publicity.” Catch the forthcoming exhibition and witness the ingenuity between Shafiq Nordin and Najib Bamadhaj.
G13 Gallery goals to grasp higher appreciation for Asian artwork and strives to develop synergy between home and worldwide artists. The Malaysia gallery additionally recognises and collaborates with artists that present potential and depth of their craft.
GL13, Floor Ground, Block B, Kelana Sq., Jalan SS7/26 Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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