Artists ex­plore so­cial me­dia and the con­cept of nar­cis­sism in Wei-Ling con­tem­po­rary’s 18@8 ex­hibit.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ART - By RE­VATHI MURUGAPPAN

WHEN an artist is im­posed with re­stric­tions, he feels trapped. It forces him to think out of the box and ex­per­i­ment with el­e­ments he wouldn’t nor­mally work on. The re­sult: in­no­va­tive, rather in­ter­est­ing works.

This is part of Wei-Ling Con­tem­po­rary’s ob­jec­tive for its an­nual 18@8 ex­hi­bi­tion. It’s a much an­tic­i­pated event as the gallery hands out themes for se­lected artists to work on. The se­ries is now into its ninth in­stal­ment af­ter its de­but in 2005.

The se­lec­tion of artists changes ev­ery year and en­com­passes both promis­ing and emerg­ing artists who have made a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment in their ca­reers or are work­ing to­wards a ma­jor project in the com­ing year.

“Our mis­sion to pro­mote and de­velop se­ri­ous artists who are ded­i­cated to their artis­tic jour­neys, to dis­tin­guish be­tween dec­o­ra­tive or com­mer­cial art and real art by artists who have some­thing to say in their works, and are mak­ing art for the right rea­son, con­tin­ues,” says di­rec­tor Wei-Ling, in her gallery mes­sage.

This year’s line-up in­cludes Ivan Lam, Anuren­dra Je­gadeva, Choy Chun Wei, Yau Bee Ling, Wong Chee Meng, Hamid Hadi, Azl­iza Ayob, Il­ham Fad­lym, Zulk­ilfi Yu­soff, Sean Lean, Cheng Yen Pheng and Kim Ng.

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