EYES WIDE SHUT

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Talking Points -

What makes a por­trait ar­rest­ing is eye con­tact, no doubt. In fact, most would agree that it is the only way for a sub­ject to com­mu­ni­cate with the au­di­ence one never gets to meet – so much can be con­veyed in a sin­gle gaze. But an artist will also tell you that there is beauty in im­per­fec­tion, and that there is un­spo­ken re­ward in flout­ing con­ven­tion by cap­tur­ing hu­man na­ture sans eye con­tact and the “per­fect com­mu­ni­ca­tion” cus­tom­ary in com­mer­cial shots.

One of BAZAAR’s favourite lens­man, Chuan Looi, widely known for his ver­sa­til­ity and highly en­er­getic style breaks the wall this month. In a solo ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Lid & Let Live’, he aims to re­veal the maze of the sub­con­scious mind through the sheer in­ten­sity of deeply emo­tive, hy­per­stylised black-and-white portraits. In full sup­port are some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try. Look out for fa­mil­iar BAZAAR faces such as Bront Palarae, Amy Search, Car­men Soo, and Am­ber Chia. Catch ‘Lid & Let Live’ on Jan­uary 18 and 19 at Level 1, Av­enue K. www.av­enuek.com.my

Am­ber Chia

Chuan Looi

Jojo Goh

Saiful Raz­man

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