Collective Individuals

By far, this was one of the coolest exhibitions I have ever been to.

The term “collective individuals” is rather apt in this millennial oriented showcase. Never before has a generation shown such extreme demonstrations of this concept. Looking at a “Millennial Wave” poll finding, it was interesting to note that certain gender differences occur with males leaning towards individualism whereas females are more likely to be collectivist in their behaviour.

Observing the pieces in this manner, it is interesting to see the difference in expression between the genders. For example, Caryn Koh’s Uniformity II shows us the blue school pinafores worn by young Malaysian girls hanging from the ceiling. It offers a slightly ominous feeling of how we raise young girls to look and act the same like a standardized product. As we descend the stairs, SLiZ provides the rebellious individuality with his anti-establishment, road sign paintings.

Collective Individualist behaviour is often identified as that contradiciton which characterises today’s ‘Generation Y’ demographic; while they are intensely individual, almost determinedly so – in the way they obtain and use information, make choices and reach opinions, they are simultaneously the most collective generation we’ve seen, sharing everything from activities to opinions and constantly seeking affirmation for the same.

Featuring the work eight visual arts collectives, with a total of around forty artists give or take, this was an ambitious and fun exhibition to attend, full of variety and flare yet calling out in one unified voice, proclaiming the attitude of a generation.

The collectives featured are:

FOURSOME

HUAGUOSHAN

MAKE IT HAPPEN

MEKAR STUDIO

RUMAH STUDIO

RUN AMOK

TITIKMERAH

SECRET HIDEOUT

There is such an array of talented artists working in Kuala Lumpur. As a newbie to the scene, I’ll let the Daily Seni handle a more in depth review!

It’s a great rush to be meeting the young, underground art scene here in Malaysia. So far, I’d been meeting the odd artists in strands from various galleries and art socials around the city. I am mainly familiar with the Publika based gallery, TITIKMERAH, meaning Red Dot. The name alludes to the the little, red, circular sticker that gets placed beneath a sold piece of artwork.

Tomi Heri of Titikmerah really stood out in the exhibition, with his unique pop-graphic style. Maybe I’m just bias because I totally crush on him. When I first met him, he was designing his laid-back skater crocodile sculpture that I was seeing in front of me. A solid month’s work paid off.

The exhibition is part of the Urbanscapes 2017 Festival, falling from the 5-28th of May.

I also got photographed by a chick for my sweet threads! haha love it.

Secret Hideout tag; can’t wait around for white rabbits to take you there every time!

 

 

 

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