General Hanging is off the wall


  • Arts
  • Saturday, 05 Oct 2013

Sick of staring at a stark, empty wall? Check out Project Room’s General Hanging.

A GENERAL hanging usually refers to a casual collection of art pieces, something of a cool down between more elaborate exhibitions.

But in Project Room Fine Art gallery’s ongoing showing, the gallery decided to make a theme of General Hanging, going as far as creating a site specific installation and art work in response to the theme.

Gallery director Azad Daniel Haris says he approached artist Roslisham Ismail (aka Ise) to start the ball rolling on a interim collection after the Kuala Lumpur-based gallery’s last exhibition, Faded Imagination: Visual Arts And Too Many Dinner Parties in July.

Discussing with Roslisham, the idea quickly expanded into a exhibition of its own, with the artist reaching out to his fellow creatives to execute the plan.

Roslisham’s 16 portraits in fake gold frames represent the artist’s new material, while Hasanul Isyraf Idris, a mixed media practitioner, “reimagines” a stack of vinyl records.

Visiting his friend who was then based in London, Roslisham chanced upon why Hasanul collected vinyl: to create pieces that ran riot with the already kitschy record covers.

“I don’t specifically go for a certain artiste or genre, but older covers tend to be funnier. Everything from the fonts used to the musician’s fashion, song titles and hairstyles,” reveals Hasanul.

He grew his habit, and collection, of vinyls when he moved to London to be with his wife Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi who was studying there.

Pieces from Roslisham Ismail’s Portrait collection, a series of collages in fake gold frames, make up one of the four collections on display as part of General Hanging exhibit at the Project Room art gallery.

Hasanul calls these re-imaginings “interventions”, where he would intervene the original meaning of an album cover by introducing new elements.

The artist’s equally talented wife Tetriana also has a collection in General Hanging exhibition, a pair of pictures of her sculptures Beautiful Skeleton and Illegal Skeleton.

While Tetriana used photos to preserve the setting of her sculpture, fellow exhibitor Yap Sau Bin’s installation A Closer Look At The Illusion Of The Whole Phantom was made to fit to the Project Room gallery’s space.

Yap explains that he started with the idea of re-using old works in the context of a new space, but had no idea how it would look like or even the scope of the installation, until he visited the gallery in person.

Explaining the work, Yap expounded “How much of the work is the canvas, what about the frame; is the space of the work part of it?”

The General Hanging exhibit is showing at Project Room Fine Art, Lot 7, Level 4, Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur till Oct 13. The gallery opens 11am-9pm daily. Visit www.projectroom.com.my for more details, or contact info@projectroom.com.my or 03-4257 4007.



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