Weekend for the arts: Juhari Said's 'Riak-Riak' show, Kabut family fun at KLPac


Juhari Said's artwork titled 'Dragon' (mixed media, 2022) from his 'Riak-riak: Ripples And Shadows' exhibition at G13 Gallery. Photo: Handout

JUHARI SAID: RIAK-RIAK: RIPPLES AND SHADOWS

Venue: G13 Gallery, Petaling Jaya

Date: Oct 1-15

In Petaling Jaya, G13 Gallery is set to grab this weekend's art headlines with its Riak-Riak: Ripples And Shadows, a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Juhari Said.

He is also one of Malaysia’s most prominent printmakers, a medium that found a new audience during the pandemic.

A rather dark theme permeates this Juhari show, which features nearly 30 new works reflecting on the climate change crisis.

Riak-Riak (in Bahasa Malaysia) is a movement and a flow that can be gentle. In a more menacing manner, that same "flow" can build momentum and create destruction in its path.

In this exhibition, Juhari has put different mediums and dimensions together – negative woodcuts and positive prints – as one body of work as he reflects on nature's beauty and how humankind can lose it all if climate action is not taken seriously.

More info here.

Norma Abbas' 'Woman In Baju With Numbers' (acrylic/collage, 2019). Photo: Wei-Ling Gallery Norma Abbas' 'Woman In Baju With Numbers' (acrylic/collage, 2019). Photo: Wei-Ling Gallery

NORMA ABBAS: CODED DIARIES

Venue: Wei-Ling Gallery, Brickfields, KL

Date: ends Oct 22

Wei-Ling Gallery's latest exhibition Coded Diaries by prominent Malaysian artist Norma Abbas is her first collaboration with the KL-based gallery.

Norma, who hasn't exhibited a solo since 2016, offers a body of new works, which reveal magical spaces and a "hidden" genesis. Coded Diaries also demonstrate an incredible arc of creativity to articulate the meaning of her existence.

These deeply-reflective paintings, "marrying" semi-abstraction and figuration are also a homage to her feline companions, and a spiritual awakening in its most profound sense.

Outside the bold and colourful works, the influx of themes close to Norma's heart serves as a metaphor of the human condition, of someone who survived and thrived despite impossible situations.

More info here.

Kabut In The Park returns to KLPac on Oct 1. Photo: Filepic Kabut In The Park returns to KLPac on Oct 1. Photo: Filepic

KABUT IN THE PARK

Venue: KLPac, Sentul Park, KL

Date: Oct 1

The Kabut In The Park outdoor flea market series has turned into an unofficial "open day" event for KLPac.

It serves as a perfect introduction for newcomers who want to wander around the performing arts centre's vast grounds and also learn more about KLPac's activities.

This Saturday's Kabut In The Park - which runs from 9am to 2pm - is set to keep visitors around for a few hours with more than 40 vendors in the line-up. What's on sale? Think old books to clothes, toys to vintage items, and much more.

There will be a special collaboration with Khon Thai Events, which will be serving up a wide range of Thai food.

Families can also roll open a picnic mat, soak up some sunshine and enjoy KLPac's lush greenery. There will be a felt cartoon bag-making workshop for children too.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own eco bags, re-usable containers and cutlery. Free admission.

More info here.

PEOPLE LIBRARY: ART IN NATURE

Venue: Taman Tugu Nursery, Kuala Lumpur

Date: Oct 2

Ever wanted to listen to artists talking art and nature in an outdoor setting and not in an art gallery, which can be rather intimidating for some people new to the art scene.

Friends Of Taman Tugu community's upcoming "People Library: Art In Nature" this Sunday - 9am to noon - is right up your street. It will feature a line-up of award-winning, established and emerging artists: Shih Yih Yiing, Kimberley Boudville, Ajim Juxta, Emy Thiran and Nadia Nizamudin. The conversations are bound to be casual yet insightful.

These artists will share about their journey and craft, in finding and developing their own style and identity in art, charting their career path in art and how they draw inspiration from nature and environment, people & culture. Free admission.

More info here.

One of the calligraphy works that will be exhibited by Jameson Yap at his exhibition 'From Theart' at the Art Gallery, Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books. Photo: JY Calligraphy  One of the calligraphy works that will be exhibited by Jameson Yap at his exhibition 'From Theart' at the Art Gallery, Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books. Photo: JY Calligraphy

EXHIBITION: FROM THEART

Venue: Art Gallery, Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books

Date: Oct 3-30

If you're headed to Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books next month, you can check out a new exhibition by Malaysian calligrapher Jameson Yap (also known as JY) titled From Theart, which will open at the Japanese bookstore's Art Gallery area.

The Chinese calligraphy showcase, which will open next Monday, features Yap's latest Resurrection series and also his earlier works Boundaries and River Stroke, which will give visitors a glimpse of his artistic practise.

Yap's artworks reflect a distinctive style in calligraphy art, with his prominent use of the "river-stroke". The artist, who was trained by his grandfather, continues to find new creative paths by bridging traditional calligraphy and modern abstract art.

Last year, Yap published his first book, titled The River-Stroke, which will also be available at this upcoming exhibition in Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books. It showcases 23 of his most poignant works and outlines his artistic philosophy.

More info here.

KALEIDOSCOPE 6 – HANDS PERCUSSION INTERNATIONAL DRUMMING FESTIVAL

Venue: Panggung Sari, Istana Budaya KL

Date: Oct 6-9

The Kaleidoscope Series, a drumming festival organised by Hands Percussion, opens at Istana Budaya on Oct 6.

To make the fest extra loud and diverse, Hands Percussion has invited percussionists and drummers from countries such as Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Norway, Netherlands, United States, Indonesia and Vietnam to be a part of the live programming.

Notable percussionist Ziya Tabassian is also flying in all the way from Canada to join the Thunder concert on the first day.

Malaysian groups on stage include Orang Orang Drum Theatre, Tyffin Box, Souls Impact, Gangsapura Gamelan Group, Baizam Generation and Dhol Ambassadors.

Hands Percussion has also planned a series of workshops and an online symposium that will be conducted throughout the festival.

The festival shows run on Oct 6-8 at 8.30pm while Oct 9 sees a 3pm matinee slot.

More info here.

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