A pioneer of Art Residencies in Malaysia, Rimbun Dahan continues to host talented artists in its stunning premises, completing another season of their Multi-faceted residency program with BRICOLAGE: Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2015 .
Bringing together five artists from South East Asia and Asia Pacific, Bricolage showcases the works done by the Residents completed over varying duration up to 15 March 2015. Aptly named Bricolage (French for “tinkering”) – the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process, sculptures, paintings and literary works are presented in the 7 days exhibition – which some would consider is too brief for such an interesting exhibition.
Representing Malaysia, sculptor Anniketyni Madian marries her love for fine art and culture with her skilful execution in attention to detail, in her journey to create designs representing her identity in her carvings and sculptures. Embedded within Anniketyni’s heritage are the Pua Kumbu textiles of native Sarawak, woven by Dayak women and incorporated in many lifecycle rituals and special events including childbirth, coming of age ceremonies, and burials. Weaving these textiles represents a deeply spiritual and socio‐religious undertaking. It’s considered a sacred activity mandatory for all Iban women, establishing womanhood and value in a society that links spirituality into all aspects of daily life.
Hailing from the Pacific, Tasmanian artist Jennifer Tyers optimizes her time in Rimbun Dahan with her trademark plein air landscapes of the environment surrounding her. Over the course of Jennifer’s residency she has been making work all across the grounds, capturing the indigenous South East Asian flora intrinsic to Rimbun Dahan. There are no distractions and the only constraints are the elements – the weather and daylight hours.
Bricolage also features Tran Dan who studied architecture in university with his artistic career built on self-taught painting and sculpture. His primal medium is lacquer, which is widely represented and used in Vietnamese traditional and modern arts. Tran is keen to further develop its form and use in art: lacquer with/as mix‐material paintings/sculptures or (video) installations.
His collaborations with foreign cultural institutions in Vietnam, such as British Council, Embassy of Denmark, L’espace French Cultural Centre, and The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange have resulted in experimental videos and performances about human consciousness, dreams, Vietnamese culture, and food. Tran has also opened an independent art space in Hanoi where he organizes and directs programs for local and international artists. As an artist he is invested in exploring the multi-‐faceted nature of existentialism; he will be presenting two new works for Bricolage.
Yuwatee Jehko – a Thai artist depicts everyday objects which are familiar in shape and design to most viewers, rendered in new and different forms on her canvas.A play on dimension and perspective, the works becomes playful and surreal as if they were drawn to tease the mind with its cheeky accentuations of the less obvious. Yuwatee is a Graduate of Fine Arts and has been part of an artist apprentice-‐training programme at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia in 2011.
Finally –we have Khairani Barokka, a multi-disciplinary artist from Indonesia, who has not only travelled, taught and exhibited extensively internationally, but has even had her solo poetry/art show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.
Oil and enamel on linen: poems is Okka’s second full‐length poetry collection completed and written entirely during her residency at Rimbun Dahan, and inspired by various incarnations of “the art world”. She will be presenting for the first time 10 poems from the book, blurring the lines between art and literature, and what it means to “publish” or “exhibit”.
Alongside visual incarnations, the pieces are also presented in audio form, in line with a commitment to accessibility in the arts. These works probe our inner worlds in relation to the act of creating—the incongruities, emotions, and hidden stories behind one’s un/conscious participation in artistic milieus, and how life and art are enmeshed in untidy questions, complex answers, and endless ways of peeling back the layers of perception.
In line with Rimbun Dahan’s mission, Bricolage showcases a wide range of works from a mish-mash of talent from across the region, the spirit of encouraging visual artists, writers and other creative individuals to explore and develop their artistic work.
Visit BRICOLAGE: Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2015 from the 15th – 22nd March 2015 for an interesting variety of visual and literary arts, and explore the grounds of Rimbun Dahan’s exceptional landscape, architecture and traditional village.
ADDRESS: Km 27 (entrance before Lorong Belimbing), Jalan Kuang 48050 Kuang, Selangor
OPENING HOURS: Weekends 10am – 6pm; Monday to Friday by appointment with Syar, Arts Manager,
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