Two sides to a story

New­comer artist dis­cusses the frac­tious re­la­tion­ship be­tween log­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Art - By TER­ENCE TOH star2@thes­tar.com.my

AS most peo­ple know, the hu­man brain is di­vided into two sides. The left side is con­nected with tasks to do with logic and ra­tio­nale, while the right side is as­so­ci­ated with cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween both sides, and how they chal­lenge each other, form the sub­ject of Con­struc­tion Of Cre­ativ­ity, a show­case by Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan-born artist Hi­dayat Ar­shad on dis­play at G13 Gallery in Pe­tal­ing Jaya. His works, there­fore, fea­ture an odd, but strik­ing fu­sion of or­dered shapes and lines, with free-form shapes and fluid images.

“It’s a com­bi­na­tion of the geo­met­ric and the or­ganic. I chal­lenged my­self to com­bine these two el­e­ments, to put el­e­ments con­nected with both sides of the brain into one work. It’s a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how my mind works,” says Hi­dayat, 26, dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view.

Hi­dayat, who has a Bach­e­lor (Hons) of Fine Art from Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, is a tal­ented and busy artist, and he is no stranger to group ex­hi­bi­tions, hav­ing had his works dis­played in var­i­ous shows, in­clud­ing Taksu Gallery’s Bi Lat­eral Bonds (2016) and G13 Gallery’s 7th An­niver­sary show ear­lier this year.

Con­struc­tion Of Cre­ativ­ity is Hi­dayat’s first solo show­case, and it fea­tures seven semi-ab­stract paint­ings from his Imag­i­nary se­ries. It is the fourth in­stal­ment of G13 Gallery’s Project Room se­ries, a new plat­form ini­ti­ated by the gallery to pro­mote new artis­tic tal­ents.

“For artists, get­ting a solo show is usu­ally a huge project. So this is like an in­tro for them, be­fore they en­ter a big­ger plat­form. We only re­quire a small amount of art­work, like six to eight pieces from an artist. So it’s some­thing for them to start with, for them to showacse their new­est work or new ideas. It’s been very well-re­ceived so far,” says Kenny Teng, G13 Gallery di­rec­tor.

You would think that be­ing an artist, Hi­dayat would be more a right brain sort of per­son. How­ever, he isn’t on that page. In­stead, he thinks of him­self as more fa­mil­iar with his left brain. Work­ing out the right side of his brain, there­fore, comes as quite a chal­lenge to him.

“Be­fore this, I was in­ter­ested in works that were very bal­anced, with a lot of sharp, clean lines. So it wasn’t easy to do these (new works),” says Hi­dayat, whose style is in­flu­enced by lo­cal master artist Rafiee Ghani.

He re­veals that get­ting the con­cept for this se­ries, there­fore, was some­what dif­fi­cult in the be­gin­ning. But he per­sisted. He adds that mak­ing his first work Imag­i­nary One was the hard­est. How­ever, once that work was com­pleted, the rest mostly fell in place.

“I’m very much a per­fec­tion­ist, very or­derly. But as an artist I have to keep try­ing new things to get bet­ter,” says Hi­dayat.

“Or­gan­ised chaos” would def­i­nitely be a good way to de­scribe his works, which con­trast mono­chrome rows of dots and lines with free-float­ing shapes of leaves and flow­ers, rep­re­sent­ing the growth and spon­tani­ety of the nat­u­ral world. The artist wants view­ers to leave their wor­ries at the door when they visit the Con­struc­tion Of Cre­ativ­ity show.

“I want peo­ple to de­rive a sense of tran­quil­ity from this du­al­ity.”

He main­tains it is part of the order of the world, with op­po­site forces com­ple­ment­ing rather than de­stroy­ing each other.

“In ev­ery­thing there must be a bal­ance. There is both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive, good and bad. You can­not have one without the other,” he says.

G13 Project Room: Con­struc­tion Of Cre­ativ­ity is on at the G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Ke­lana Square, Jalan SS7/26, Ke­lana Jaya in Se­lan­gor till June 23. The gallery is open from 11am-5pm ev­ery day ex­cept Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days. For more info, call 03-7880 0991. Visit: www.g13­gallery.com or www.face­book.com/G13­gallery.

— Pho­tos: G13 Gallery

Imag­i­nary 7 (mixed me­dia on can­vas, 2017).

Imag­i­nary 6 (mixed me­dia on can­vas, 2017).

‘The show is a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how my mind works,’ says Hi­dayat. — ART CHEN / The Star

Imag­i­nary 3 (mixed me­dia on can­vas, 2017).

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