Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) will present works by 9 artists at Art Central, Booth C1, Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong. Artworks by artists from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the US will come together as a feature of mixed media works on canvas, paper and assemblage to investigate the human identity and ideas shaped by the surrounding landscape. The Vernissage will take place on 26 March and will open to public from 27 March to 1 April 2018.
Anne Samat’s sees her assemblage Every Man for Himself (Prejudice) as a portal into the soul. Known for her antropomorphic woven assemblages of everyday items, the latest work by the artist is a nod towards her Alpha and Omega series. Dhavinder Singh will present works inspired by Yves Klein’s quote on his fire paintings, Dhavinder records his response through mixed media and collage on paper. Also working on paper, Nadiah Bamadhaj will feature her a collage which records the decay of Cungkup, an architectural structure that cover gravestones which the artist had encountered during her travels in Java. Pessimism is Optimistic records a tug-or-war that has been developing in Indonesia and around the country as observed by Nadiah. Vietnamese artist Trong Gia Nguyen records fragments of displacement through Leavers, he combines oil pastel on canvas with his photography works to depict the current and previous homes that his family had lived in while in Vietnam and in the United States.
Inspired and borrowing from Giotto, Baltimore based Mequitta Ahuja uses architecture to frame her narrative, through the use of symbolism and metaphors her canvases depict space as a stage set on which actors perform. These self-portraits embrace various roles that artists “perform” through the course of time. Justin Lim expands on botanicals and their symbolism through his Faux Paradise paintings. Contrasting the beautiful and tropical palette against the detached coolness of steel razor blades, Justin illustrates the eminent danger of being embroiled in the search for utopia. Fascinated by the aesthetic elegance and language of lines, Thai artist Kedsuda Loogthong’s Mother is a progress from the symbolic use of ribbons toward the exploration of lines. The artworks are composed of overlapping lines woven to resemble blood cells, the complex meanderings through capillaries represent the dynamic flow of life.
Expanding on their ideas through landscape paintings, Thai artist Natee Utarit presents a small series of abstract landscapes based on Fort Canning in Singapore in a new style. While Yeoh Choo Kuan, having recently moved into a new studio, records observations of his new surroundings through his mark-making gestures, carving his visual experience on multi panelled canvases similar to window grids through his landscape works.