Art installation piece reflects the human condition

EMBODYING secrecy, ambiguity and enigma, two artists shed light into the mysteries that can be found in dark and light.

Entitled BANTAI Art Showcase: Light, Darkness and Construction, the artists piqued the curiosity of visitors with a dark room and a glow-in-dark art piece, which they completed in a mere 24 hours.

WM Habil, known as Sliz and Raja Azeem Idzham, or Ajim, used UV lights, glow-in-dark paint, plastic and steel bars to put together the piece.

“We were supposed to be selling art works today but we decided to spend our money to do something experimental.

“We have been wanting to do an art installation together that was easy to assemble and dismantle since it is only a one day event,” said Ajim at Stellar Anniversary Party at Red Bungalow at Jalan Ampang.

Sliz said Ajim had told him of his concept previously, which was to use light to project shadows.

“So I thought why not do a yin and yang concept and I would use darkness to project light,” said Sliz, 27.

“Light does not exist without the existence of darkness and darkness only exists in the absence of light,” he said.

When asked how this piece relates to life, Ajim said sometimes humans need failures and bad experiences to realise their potential to do the right thing.

“We need both good and bad experiences in life and it is about how we react to them,” he said.

Ajim, 31, who did the light part of the installation, said his paintings on the cube related to nature due to his love for trees.

For Sliz, since his paintings can only be seen in the dark, he painted “secrets” or things people pretended not to know in areas such as services taxes, politics and crisis.

“Paintings such as the rabbit going into to the hole makes people curious on where the rabbit is going.

“We want people to interpret our installation however they want,” he said.

There to help them set up were fellow artists Satria Utama, who is known as “Sattama”, 28, and Fuad Shahminan, 25.

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