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Art for Nature 2009 -- Tanah Air.

17 May – 31 May 2009

VENUE
Rimbun Dahan
Km 27 Jalan Kuang
Kuang 48050
Selangor

OPENING HOURS
Monday to Friday
by appointment
Saturday & Sunday
10 am – 4 pm

There will be a curator’s talk at Rimbun Dahan Gallery 3 pm, Saturday, 23 May

 

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Curator:

Noor Mahnun Mohamed

Participating Artists:

Abdul Multhalib Musa
Ahmad Shukri Mohamed
Anurendra Jegadeva
Askandar Unglehrt
Aswad Ameir
Azliza Ayob
Bayu Utomo Radjikin
Bibi Chew
Carolina Zanelli
Chang Fee Ming
Chang Yoong Chia
Choy Chun Wei
Dominic Johns
Erna Dyanty
Fadly Sabran
Faiz Sukor
George Fishman
Glenn Romanis
Hamir Soib@Mohamed
Hayati Mokhtar & Dain Iskandar Said
Helen Bodycomb
Ilham Fadhli Shaimy
Jalaini Abu Hassan
Justin Lim
Kow Leong Kiang
Louise Saxton
Lynyrd Paras
Megan Keating
Meme
Monika Behrens
Noor Mahnun Mohamed
Ramlan Abdullah
Rochelle Haley
Roslisham Ismail aka Ise
Saiful Razman
Samsudin Wahab
Sharmiza Abu Hassan
Shia Yih Yiing
Terry Law
Umibaizurah Mahir@ Ismail
Wong Perng Fey
Yau Bee Ling
Yusof Majid

 

“And if a child’s vision of nature can already be loaded with complicating memories, myths, and meanings, how much more elaborately wrought is the frame through which our adult eyes survey the landscape. For although we are accustomed to separate nature and human perception into two realms, they are in fact, indivisible. Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock.”

Simon Schama Landscape and Memory

 

We have inherited a country with one of the greatest biodiversities in the world. To recognise what is unique in our own landscape begins the process of reinforcing our unique sense of place and cultural identity. An understanding of where and who we are, and the place we occupy should inspire the symbols and images that represent us.

Our sense of belonging is reflected in how we recognise where we are. Geography, natural features or trees are the first indicators of location. Kuala Lumpur is named after its muddy confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers - a literal and honest description of its landscape.

Indigenous people have always identified location with the prevailing flora, by naming places after plants. Ipoh is a tree with toxic bark, used to tip hunting arrows. The pinang palm provides the mildly narcotic fruit that has been used for centuries in South East Asia for a multitude of purposes. The feathery melaka tree is believed to have provided the place name for river and town. The name is from Sanskrit, possibly given by visitors from the subcontinent centuries ago. Or according to popular legend, Melaka was the tree that sheltered its founder, Parameswara.

Decorative motifs in traditional crafts such as pucuk rebung, tampuk manggis and bunga tanjung were taken from plants. The leaves of the saga kenering and sesayap, the flowers of the lotus and kerak nasi; vegetation that is part of the forest landscape or commonly planted in the yard has inspired woodcarving and textile patterns. Many more varieties were used in local culinary, beauty and  medicinal ingredients.

Identifying the trees that belong to a particular place confers a precise sense of place and belonging, something our national landscaping policy should certainly address. With relentless pressure to globalize, we surely wish to retain some uniqueness that other places do not have.

Trees and the natural surroundings mark the uniqueness of place and deserve to be noted in our man-made landscapes as they bear witness to our history and who we are. By learning about local plants and recognising them we become more aware of ourselves and our singular identity.

Our diverse landscapes shelter and shape cultures and communities. The pluralism people is akin to the Malaysian landscape; mangroves, mountain ridges, coral reefs, forests, wetlands. When these original landscapes are destroyed, we not only lose natural resources and wildlife, we also threaten cultures and communities whose livelihoods are interwoven with the tapestry of their surroundings.

The tropical rainforest presents an ideal of wild perfection whose luxuriant growth we could to emulate in our gardens. It provides the inspiration for the landscapes of our imagination. The height of towering trees, their natural spacing and the effect of irregular features like rocks and rivers feed the well-spring of illumination for artists and poets trying to recreate something of this natural wonder in their own idiom. Without having seen a forest, how could we understand the potential of the material we work with? Where do we stand when our tanah air ceases to exist?

Angela Hijjas & Noor Mahnun Mohamed

Art Works

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If you are interested in purchasing a work, please contact Sujatha Krishnan at WWF-Malaysia, or call +603 7803 3772.

Abdul Multhalib Musa
Jawinglish
lasercut mild steel with 2K clear coating
120 x 313 x 5cm
RM30,000.00 SOLD

Abdul Multhalib Musa
Pedra Branca
lasercut mild steel with 2K clear coating and enamel paint
128 x 66 x 22cm
RM14 000

Abdul Multhalib Musa & Hamir Soib @ Mohamed
Landlord vs Raja Tanah
lasercut mild steel
120 x 80 x 90cm
RM36,000.00

Ahmad Shukri Mohamed
MyKad
mixed media on canvas
178 x 151.5 x 2 (diptych)
RM60,000.00

Anurendra Jegadeva
Ait Tanah - Tanah Air
oil & acrylic on canvas
90 x 45 x 2 (framed diptych)
RM10,000.00 SOLD

Askandar Unglehrt
Liverty - Equakity -Fratenity
Hand manipulated magazine prints, enlarged on canvas (permanent ink) & mounted on board
77.5 x 57.5cm x 3 (triptych)
RM3,000.00

Aswad Ameir
North or South?
Mixed media on canvas
120 x 120cm
RM4,800.00 SOLD

Azliza Ayob
Adventures of Azliza Ayob: In A Bliss
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 45.7cm
RM3,000.00

Bayu Utomo Radjikin
Infinity
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm
RM60,000.00 SOLD

Bibi Chew
Kelahiran I
shellac on modeliling board
42.8 x 21 cm
RM5,000.00 for set of four SOLD

Bibi Chew
Kelahiran 2
shellac on modeliling board
42.8 x 21 cm
RM5,000.00 for set of four SOLD

Bibi Chew
Kelahiran 3
shellac on modeliling board
42.8 x 21 cm
RM5,000.00 for set of four SOLD

Bibi Chew
Kelahiran 4
shellac on modeliling board
42.8 x 21 cm
RM5,000.00 for set of four SOLD

Carolina Zanelli
Rain Forest
Mosaic
46 x 43 x 6cm
price upon request
SOLD

Chang Fee Ming
Seeds of my memory
Ink & watercolour on stamped envelope
13.8 x 19.7 cm
RM2,800.00 SOLD

Chang Yoong Chia
Self-portrait as a Landscape I
Charcoal on paper
59 x 42cm
RM1,500.00 SOLD

Chang Yoong Chia
Self-portrait as a Landscape II
Charcoal on paper
59 x 42cm
RM1,500.00 SOLD


Chang Yoong Chia
Self-portrait as a Landscape III
Charcoal on paper
42 x 59cm
RM1,500.00 SOLD

Choy Chun Wei
The Manufactured Land
Collage on canvas
213 x 213cm
RM30,000.00 SOLD

Dominic Johns
Cockatoo
Ceramic & glass on composite
30 x 30cm
AUD300 SOLD

Erna Dyanty
The Crown Shyness Effect
Digital print on kodak endura paper
76 x 138cm (Edition 1/5 SOLD and 2/5)
RM2,800.00

Fadly Sabran
Looking for self
mini tv, camera cctv one channel video, sensor electronic device
76 x 42 x 42cm & 26 x 25.5 x 26cm
RM4,000.00

Faiz Shukor
Gunung Pasir
Granite and steel
143 x 43cm
RM3,800.00

George Fishman
Oyster Island
Glass mosaic & oyster shells on cement panel
ca. 38 x 35 x 5 cm
price upon request

Glenn Romanis
Rings of Time
Petrified Wood, ancient & re-salvaged river red gum
ca. 60 x 45cm
AUD2,900

Hamir Soib
Burning #2
Oil, acrylic & bitumen on canvas
222 x 182cm
RM23,000.00

Hayati Mokhtar & Dain Iskandar Said
Travel in Mind
Single channel video with recorded voice over (edition of 3)
20 mins
RM7,000.00

Helen Bodycomb
Tanah Air Constellation (Lucky Stars)
Chicken wishbones, 23-karat red gold, 16-karat lemon gold & copper leaf, white polish, epoxy resin adhesive
Variable dimensions
price upon request

Ilham Fadhli Mohd Shaimy
Stuck In Between What Was and What Might Be
Acrylic and collage on canvas
153 x 182 cm
RM12,000.00 SOLD

Jalaini Abu Hassan
Romen Kebun Getah
Mixed media on canvas
152 x 152cm
RM25,000.00 SOLD

Jalaini Abu Hassan
Celebrating Kamunting - Buka Tanah
Mixed media on canvas
137 x 183cm
RM30,000.00

Justin Lim
Study for 'Anatomy'
Acrylic on canvas
119.5 x 53.5cm
RM3,500.00 SOLD

Khairul Azmir Shoib (Meme)
Untitled a.k.a. Tanah Air
T extile, acrylic & pen on paper
25 x 25 x 2cm
RM1,500.00

Kow Leong Kiang
Sea You
Oil on canvas
89 x 111cm
RM11,100.00 SOLD

Louise Saxton
Thinking of the Hornbill 1, 2, 3
G ouache & watercolour on paper
27 x 18 cm x 3
price upon request SOLD

Lynyrd Paras
I Still Remember the Old Place but Not You
A crylic on canvas
91.5cm x 91.5cm
RM5,000.00 SOLD

Megan Keating
Song Cycle No. 1
Acrylic on linen
36 x 42cm
RM1,400.00 SOLD

Megan Keating
Song Cycle No. 2
Acrylic on linen
36 x 42cm
RM1,400.00 SOLD

Megan Keating
Song Cycle No. 3
Acrylic on linen
36 x 42cm
RM1,400.00 SOLD

Monika Behrens
Gaxtronomic Transformer
Oil on linen
122 x 91cm
RM6,800.00

Monika Behrens
Fabuland
Oil & watercolour on canvas
41 x 41cm
RM1,500.00

Noor Mahnun Mohamed
All that Glitters (from Tanah Air Mata series)
Watercolour on paper
10 x 13.5 cm x 7
RM2,300.00 SOLD

Ramlan Abdullah
Running Forest: Jahingir
Acacia wood, wood stain, wax, acrylic & stainless steel
66 x 96 x 58cm
RM12,800.00

Ramlan Abdullah
Running Forest: Agus & Gang
Acacia wood, wood stain, wax, acrylic & stainless steel
66 x 96 x 58cm
RM4,800.00

Ramlan Abdullah
Running Forest: Agus & Gang
Acacia wood, wood stain, wax, acrylic & stainless steel
66 x 96 x 58cm
RM3,800.00 each

Rochelle Haley
Mt Kinabalu
Incised paper
29 x 39cm
RM1,300.00 SOLD

Roslisham Ismail (Ise)
Mesin Masa
Stamps & wall clock
d. 35 x 3.5cm
RM1,400.00 SOLD

Saiful Razman
Komplot
Mixed media on canvas
183 x 183cm
RM8,000.00 SOLD

Samsudin Wahab
Double Portrait with Death
Acrylic & bitumen on canvas
183 x 153cm
RM4,400.00 SOLD

Sharmiza Abu Hassan
Membayangi Mu Dari Sini
A bacus paper, digital photo print, aluminium sheet & velcro
21 x 30 x 4cm
RM750.00 SOLD

Shia Yih Yiing
Kancil : Kelissa
Oil on canvas
101 x 138cm
RM8,000.00

Shia Yih Yiing
Kancil : Kelissa
Oil on canvas
101 x 138cm
RM8,000.00

Terry Law
Is Our Environment a Limitless Treasure Trove?
Polyurethane, mesh & bag (recycled)
140 x 90cm
RM5,600.00

Umibaizurah Mahir @ Ismail
Self-Portrait
Ceramic, velvet & glass (vitrine) on wooden pedestal
140 x 139 x 37.5cm
RM9,000.00 SOLD

Wong Perng Fey
Shadow of My Dream
Oil on canvas
170 x 220cm
RM22,000.00 SOLD

Yau Bee Ling
Unveil Tanah Air - Face I
Oil on canvas
122 x 107cm
RM11,800.00

Yau Bee Ling
Unveil Tanah Air - Face II
Oil on canvas
153 x 122cm
RM13,800.00

Yusof Majid
Hedge Funds
Oil on canvas
137 x 152cm
RM23,000.00

   

Last updated 17 June 2009.

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