M13 by Haffendi Anuar – About a City

 Embedded in M13 is  a poet’s calling – Charles Baudelaire, credited with coining the term “modernity” (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience has, advocated artists to flock to the city, the concentration of modernity and be inspired by contemporary life rather than delving in reproducing the past.

 Artists are (until we are proven wrong) consciously and subconsciously in tune with their environment, absorbing everything around while being absorbed into it at the same time. M13 is a portrayal of one such mind – Haffendi Anuar, a sculptor who has so subtly recreated the city he lives in.

Window 18  oil, acrylic, enamel paint on MDF board with powder coated steel frames  2014/15
Window 18
oil, acrylic, enamel paint on MDF board with powder coated steel frames
2014/15

M13 is a portrayal of the standardization of our lives, be it in buildings, shapes, forms and perception. With pre-fabricated materials in this body of work, observations of standardized objects that surround us in everyday life are connected to the uniform ‘architectural objects’ that house the majority of the population today. 64 sculptures have been created – grills, support pillars , blocks and window, all representing Haffendi’s interpretation of the city are constructed from store-bought and found melamine bowls to the geometric paneled.

PLT 8 Melamine tableware, Puttyfilla, sand, cement and enamel paint 108 x 20 (diameter) cm 2014
PLT 8
Melamine tableware, Puttyfilla, sand, cement and enamel paint
108 x 20 (diameter) cm
2014

For example, each Piloti pillar is made up of bowls, mugs and saucers connected by a rod and held together by puttyfilla and sand. Enamel paint is applied 50-100 times, sanded between layers to create an aged effect.

Haffendi Anuar BLCK A1 2015 Oil, acrylic and enamel paint on canvas (4 parts) 102 x 31 cm
Haffendi Anuar
BLCK A1
2015
Oil, acrylic and enamel paint on canvas (4 parts)
102 x 31 cm

Be greeted to a miniature city when visiting M13, imagine walking through the blocks, metal frames, grilled windows and colourful pillars. Enjoy the details of the interpretation and creation of these everyday sceneries. Finally, when you step out to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, see if the environment may seem different now.

M13 By Haffendi Anuar

15 – 3 0 April 2015

RK Fine Art

2 F-3, Level 2 Bangsar Village II

Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia

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