Art galleries were something that I had wanted to go to. It just so happened there is one such gallery in the Suria KLCC shopping centre, that being the Petronas Gallery
. They hold exhibitions of different themes for several months, so there's always going to be something new there. The first time I went there, the exhibition was "The City. Becoming and Decaying". I thought I'd actually be bored, but for some odd reason, I actually felt compelled to spend hours there, fully appreciating each of the pictures displayed there.
So a few days ago, I went there for the second time. I was surprised to see that we can actually take pictures (albeit via camera phones). Then I realized, why not show some of the paintings that made an impression, as well as my own interpretations (for the hell of it)?
There were two exhibition this time. The "Maestro" exhibition had artworks and paintings from the 19th century, as well as American (post-war), Latin-American and Spanish artists; created by means of etching, xylography, lithography, screen printing and offset printing.
The "Earthworks" were detailed ceramic works from Malaysian artists. Important note: I won't be showing -ALL- the paintings from that gallery. I'm only going to comment/display the pics that prompt my curiousity/reflections. Also, my camera phone is crappy and does not do much of the paintings the justice they deserve. If you're Malaysian, it's way better to go there and see it for yourself.
My first stop was the "Maestro" one. I was greeted by this below artwork. I can tell right from here that I'll be seeing more abstract-ish paintings like this one:
No idea what language it was at the left. The guy here had three legs. Possibly to emphasize that he's running for it?
"The Taste of the Vacuum". Um. Paintings like this make me wonder as to why it really should be showcased in a gallery at all.
But then again, isn't art something that should be understood by those who can? Just because I cannot understand it, doesn't mean it doesn't have its own unique value or interpretation.
Also, it's important to note that despite its appearance, I felt compelled to share it anyway! Makes me wonder if the artist used a vacuum cleaner for this thing?
"Cologne Cathedral" was awesome! This has diamond dust
on it, so it gets sparkly when you look at it in different angles.
Next up is this series of 'circle' themed artworks. This Salvador Victoria really loves the circles. It was still interesting; the simplest of themes with variations of other elements makes for some impressive array of paintings there.
I had to share these two "Paradise" pics side by side. They are very likely from the Genesis chapter of the Christian bible, as it involves the apple, which could likely symbolize the forbidden fruit.
In "Image of Paradise", the whole thing is all blue... except for that ominous red apple. Then in "Paradise Lost", we see a lot more colours involved.
What I think of these two? When things are perfect, unspoiled, everything 'feels' the same... except for that one great temptation of the red apple. Humanity has always been drawn to the one thing that stands out when all other things feel the same. Only when paradise is lost, then we began to see the comparisons that stood out on its own.
Perhaps it may be that in the world of imperfection, we are able to distinguish what's truly beautiful or unique. Hmm.
Another 'simple' theme series of painting. How should I call this, a double 'S'? Or a strange 'W'? Either way, it again shows that with a seemingly simple base, you could go places with it in terms of creativity.
Another artwork in which I wonder why it should be in the art gallery. The description said it was "Oil Painting on corrugated cardboard". It's not obvious from here, but when I took a closer look, it looked as though a piece of cardboard was torn up, with some parts painted on, and then reassembled back.
This one was really strange; it was titled "Praying". I thought that maybe it could have been a silhouette of a person praying, but I really cannot make out of it.
There was a series of "geometric" kind of art by Jose Maria Yturralde. My favourite in the gallery! It looked like something you could easily whip up from Photoshop, but it's not
. Don't let the simplicity fool you. The shapes may appear to be simple, but the placement of the colours makes you question just what is up or down, what is in or out. Deceptively simple, but not easily done.
This was a series of words arranged in a circle. The central theme? Art. The few words I could make out (without having to crane my head) was Cold, Frigid, Crazy, Hot, etc, and then there was the horoscope stars mentioned there. As though all elements originate from Art.
I have a soft spot for this seemingly simple artwork. What really is the colour of this painting? Is it just the black? Or could the white parts be included as part of the painting too, hrmm?
I suppose Joan Miro's artworks was focused in the same theme or method of this one.
When I took a photo of its description, I found out that there was more to the tribute artwork than just the artwork
AAAHHH. Mr. Art Curator, is the giant-ass spider part of the exhibition too?!!! Good thing I don't freak out easily at the sight of spiders, but my gawd, what a huge bugger!
Even though it was with limited colour palette of gray/black/white, I could tell that it revolved around a very lively dancing scene at the outdoors. A time for people to clap according to the beat, with guitars behind them.
Appropriately titled "Loneliness" here. I was attracted to this painting because it made me take a closer look to its shading/texture.
This series of painting made me feel joyful! Lookit those rainbow colours, eee!
Titled as "The Long Walk" series, it's consistent array of rainbow colours, arranged in different curves and lines.
Here's a closer look at my favourite painting in that series;
I really don't know how Julio got those colour lines to be so... symmetrical-ish? So even, so curvy, and so pretty.
Now that I think about it, I guess that's how a Long Walk should be. Long, winding, but there's beauty to be seen around you.
I did a double-take when I saw the description of this painting. "The Girl IN
the cage"? But she's holding the cage!
My mind raced to a possible explanation; the girl's attire could be hinting at an older time. Perhaps it's to show the irony, that despite how the birds are shown in the cage, the girl's lifestyle and the oppressive expectations placed onto her makes her more 'caged up' than the birds?
And then later on, as I googled, it looks like they might have made a typo error, as it is likely to be titled as "The Girl WITH
the cage". So much for my explanation!
Another pair of paintings from the same artist that I felt compelled to show together.
"In the workshop" shows the artist's figure a lot more bigger than the model seated there. In such a setting, the artist is the central subject of the painting, as it is his idea or inspiration that brought them there, working towards the painting that he will complete.
Then there's "The Bathroom". It's obviously the same model from the first pic, with that body type and the hand over the back of her head. There is a shy of a reflection of the girl's expression from the mirror.
According to the unfair notions of society's beauty standards, she may consider herself as 'pretty'. But after modelling for a painting, could it be that she can now look at herself with different eyes, and be able to appreciate the beauty that only she herself possesses?
When I saw this, all I could think of is "ALIEN INVASIONS AND EXPLOSIONS!!!!"
Yet another series of artworks that I don't quite understand. Just not my type, I suppose.
Reminds of the birds that fly in formation during a bird migration.
A series of paintings by Bengt Lindstrom. I know they're supposed to be abstract, but there's just no getting over the fact that there are some angry faces in there.
Looks like the hands from the painting made those finger-dragging effects there. Eery!
Next up, the "Earthworks" exhibition from my fellow Malaysian artist folks.
Did I mention that this featured ceramic works? Take a look at this.
Those are actually crafted from ceramic. Like whoa, what? Looks convincingly leather-stuff!
Good gosh. Lots and lots of bottles, to evoke the nostalgia of the old famous drink back in villages. Oh look, some broken bottle pieces-WAIT. To make those bottles only to smash 'em... AAAH. D8
But wait. That's not just the crazy one. Lookit this;
SHOES. Lots and lots of crafted ceramic school SHOES. Each of them are in the crafted likeness of them. EACH OF THEM.
Oh my gosh, I don't even-?! I don't even dare to think of the time it takes to make 'em all....
A series of 'potraits', crafted into life-like busts.
The first one reminds me of how my late aunts would laugh heartily.
The second one made me think he was saying, " 'Sup, bro?"
The third one had "Percuma" on his forehead, which is Malay for "Free".
The fourth... looks like he got tired of being gawked at by passers-by like me. Moving on!
All about coconuts! If I didn't know it was merely crafted, I would have thought them real.
And last but not least... Seafood.
Crafted ceramic of seafood likeness.
OF SEAFOOD. Holy criiiiiiipes! All of them, made from ceramic! @_@;;;; I don't even-
And that was the last of the artworks and sculptures that was featured from the Petronas Gallery. It has been a fun trip for me, at least!
And really, if you're Malaysian, you really should go to the Petronas Gallery in Suria KLCC shopping mall. My camera just doesn't do them justice. Nothing beats seeing them for yourself, anyhoo!
If you've read the whole post here, you've earned yourself a digital cookie.
Thank ye muchly!
Let's hope they'll allow camera phones in the next exhibition.