EYES WIDE SHUT
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