French artists roll out Mickey Mouse-inspired pop art show in KL


  • Arts
  • Monday, 01 Apr 2019

Kikayou's 'One Kiss' (mixed media on canvas, 2019). Photos: W Kuala Lumpur/Gallery des Artistes

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90, a timeless icon loved by children and adults alike all over the world.

Since his on-screen debut in Steamboat Willie in Nov 1928, he has found its way into homes and hearts, and went on to become quite the household name. And what better way to celebrate his anniversary with food for the stomach as well as for the soul.

Drop in at Woobar at the W Kuala Lumpur, and immerse yourself in Mickey-inspired art on the walls while enjoying a special Mickey-inspired high tea set. Mickey crostini, scones, berry and mascarpone sable, salmon mousse and elderberry cheese gateaux, anyone? And yes, many of these treats come in Mickey shapes, so it is a feast for the eyes too.

Both the exhibition and this themed high tea (3pm-5pm daily) is on till April 14.

On the art front, The Famous Mouse exhibition features the works of two French artists, represented by Gallery des Artistes in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, who have taken the beloved mouse, wrapped him in love and bright colours, and given him a fresh street art spin.

French contemporary artist Kikayou, a former light designer, puts Mickey in spotlight in all his works here, although the irrepressible Minnie does join in some of the fun!

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Vaissiere's Mickey Superstar (lenticular, 2019).

Against a backdrop of light washes comprising multiple thin layers of collage, spray paint, watercolour and pastels, this is Mickey as cheerful as can be. Kikayou’s work is street art cool and pop art rolled into one, and this series pays homage to the little mouse with a big heart.

“Mickey is a universal symbol of fun, optimism, dreams and magic. He brings families together and he transcends nations, cultures and religions. Mickey has been a consistent icon for decades and his power endures. I think that Mickey is truly a world connector,” says Edith Ho, founder of Gallery des Artistes.

The second artist in The Famous Mouse is Alain Vaissiere, an aeronautical engineer graduate from Stanford, turned full-time artist.

He combines his love for science, precision and the arts. Just check out his lenticular art works.

Remember those 3D postcards from your childhood where you can make the image “change” just by moving the card?

Well, Vaissiere has deftly combined 100 images to coax Mickey to seemingly shift positions.

“I use photography, drawing and digital tech for artistic creation and industrial processes in my paintings and sculptures. I am always looking for new materials and techniques to incorporate into my work. My goal is to convey my energy and enthusiasm in presenting a cocktail full of colour, poetry and imagination,” says Vaissiere.

 


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