Go­ing black and white

Raw Art Space in KL rolls out a monochro­matic spread for its in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Art - By DARYL GOH star2@thes­tar.com.my A work from Roz Az­za­ree’s Un­ti­tled (Wud­be­lok) (acrylic on cal­lig­ra­phy pa­per, wood­stamp, 2017) se­ries. — ROZ AZ­ZA­REE

GALLERY founder and artist Tey Beng Tze isn’t wor­ried about leav­ing out colours at KL’s Raw Art Space’s in­au­gu­ral show called Think Ink 01. The group ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing six artists, is a full-blown black and white “inkscape” ex­pe­ri­ence.

Think Ink 01 might be a small show, but through its 30 works, gallery vis­i­tors can look for­ward to a di­verse range, in­clud­ing monochro­matic ink washes, wood­block print­ing, DIY comic book art, Chi­nese ink on pa­per and ab­stract, freestyle cal­lig­ra­phy.

“Think Ink 01 is the first in a se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions, fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent artis­tic ap­proaches us­ing ink as the sole medium,” says Tey, 34, who is part of the show with his ink-splashed acrylic on can­vas works.

“Not ev­ery­thing has to in­volve (US film­maker) Wes An­der­son’s colour pal­ettes. Black and white isn’t al­ways stark and moody. You can make the works very lively, there is just so much you can achieve with black and white,” he adds.

Think Ink 01’s line-up also in­cludes KS Yuen, Nigo Chong, Roz Az­za­ree, Will

Win Yang and Stephanie Yong.

Tey, who or­gan­ised the show, picked the artists from rec­om­men­da­tions and his own dis­cov­er­ies (through In­sta­gram).

“Nigo and Roz are self-taught (artists), but the lack of for­mal train­ing doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. There is a lot of free­dom and ad­ven­ture in their works. On the other hand, KS Yuen, a per­son trained in ty­pog­ra­phy, also has an ex­per­i­men­tal edge and he is will­ing to push things,” says Tey.

Comic book artist Yong, who has a back­ground in dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion, isn’t some­body you might find in an art ex­hi­bi­tion, but Tey reck­ons it is im­por­tant that Raw Art Space (for­merly Fin­dars) keeps its shows open-minded.

“Yong’s Codex Satura will be ex­hib­ited as an art­work se­ries, and also made avail­able as a comic book,” says Tey.

De­spite work­ing on tight bud­gets, Tey is hop­ing that Raw Art Space will be a hub for multi-dis­ci­plinary art ex­plo­ration.

“This ex­per­i­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tion is our start. Raw Art Space isn’t about big gallery pre­ten­sions. We want to work with peo­ple who want some­thing dif­fer­ent when it comes to art, it’s not that com­pli­cated,” con­cludes Tey.

Think Ink 01 is on at Raw Art Space, 8, 4th floor, Jalan Pang­gung in KL till June 29. Gallery is open Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, noon to 7pm. Face­book: Raw Art Space. Call: 017-698 7618. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be launched tonight at 7pm, with a dee­jay set by DJ Od­djob. Free ad­mis­sion.

Tey’s Static (acrylic on can­vas, 2016). It is part of the ‘Think Ink 01’ show at Raw Art Space in KL. — TEY BENG TZE

A panel box from Yong’s comic book Codex Satura (ink on A4 pa­per, 2017). — STEPHANIE YONG

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