Taksu KL celebrates 30 years with special group exhibit

  • Arts
  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

Jamie Tan's Airtime In Eden (oil on linen, 2019). Photo: Taksu Gallery

Taksu Gallery, a longstanding champion of contemporary art in this region, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.

The Taksu 30th Anniversary Exhibition, a collaborative show series between the two Taksu galleries based in KL and Singapore, opens on June 22 at APW Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur.

The opening reception takes place on June 21 between 5pm and 8pm.

The show features 50 artworks by artists from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Brazil and Canada.

Taksu Gallery Kuala Lumpur and Singapore were both established in 1989.

The upcoming exhibition, which took almost three months to put together by the Taksu Gallery team, is done in collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2019, which is also happening at the same venue.

The KLAF, an annual flagship event organised by the Malaysian Institute Of Architects, is a platform to showcase creativity in architecture and design.

The KLAF 2019, with the theme "Tomorrow",Â

is divided into four sections, namely Shelter and Future Food, DATUM: KL and Archidex and Architecture + Art, which features the Taksu exhibition.

Pete Jimenez's steel sculptures (2018-2019). Photo: Taksu Gallery

The participating artists at the Taksu exhibit include Fauzulyusri, Fazrin Abd Rahman, Fendy Zakri, Najib Bamadhaj, Zulkifli Lee, Jamie Tan, Keith Teo, Nicholas Ong, Agnes Lau, Gino Bueza, Michelle Perez, Pete Jimenez, Van Tuico, Chris Cook, Tony Twigg, Joe Fleming, Rhys Farrell and Rudolf Burda.

“Most of the artworks have architectural elements in them. This can be seen in the medium and materials used by the artists," says Farhanah Khalit, 33, Taksu KL’s spokesperson.

The exhibition focuses on what happens when art and architecture marry and how it creates a balance of interior and exterior design.

Zulkifli Lee's Dakap (wood and steel, 2019). Photo: Taksu Gallery

The show's range spans wall sculptures, contemporary, minimalist and abstract artworks.

Najib, Zulkifli, Fauzulyusri and Fazrin produced new works for this 30th anniversary show.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Zulkifli’s floor sculpture called Dakap. Using wood and steel, the 202cm long sculpture represents the idea of unity.

Singaporean artist Jamie Tan’s oil paintings, exploring colour as an aspect of interaction derived from abstract works, are also not to be missed.

Most of the artists involved are part of Taksu’s roster, including familiar faces such as Fauzulyusri, Fleming and Najib, while Lau, Cook, Tan, Teo and Ong are the newcomer names to investigate.

The Taksu 30th Anniversary Exhibition is on at APW Bangsar, 29 Jalan Riong in Kuala Lumpur from June 22-28. Opening hours: 10am-10pm. Free admission. FB: Taksu Galleries. More info: www.taksu.com. 

Jamie Tan's Airtime In Eden (oil on linen, 2019). Photo: Taksu Gallery
Jamie Tan's Airtime In Eden (oil on linen, 2019). Photo: Taksu Gallery

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