Fancy an art lottery?

Con­trib­ute to a good cause and stand a chance to own an Ivan Lam paint­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Culture - By ROUWEN LIN life­style@thes­

IVAN Lam, the first and only Malaysian artist se­lected to present a one-man project at Art Basel Hong Kong’s in­au­gu­ral fair in 2013, has taken his art to a place it has never been be­fore - out of the gallery and into an on­line sphere of end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties and good causes.

Now ev­ery­one can stand a chance to own an orig­i­nal Ivan Lam art­work for RM100 through the Ivan Lam Give­away (www. ivan­lam­give­

This is an “art lottery” of sorts, where you pur­chase a ticket for a lucky draw. The win­ner will walk away with Im­mor­tal­ity, an art­work by Lam that is val­ued at RM15,000. The lucky draw date is yet to be an­nounced.

This on­line art pro­gramme was founded upon Lam’s long-stand­ing in­ter­est in democratis­ing art, mar­ry­ing both his con­cep­tual con­cerns and in­ter­est in us­ing art as a col­lec­tive plat­form to help a so­cial cause.

The pro­ceeds made from this give­away will be chan­nelled to sup­port Unicef in pro­mot­ing the rights and well-be­ing of ev­ery child, a cause which he is pas­sion­ate about.

“I be­lieve in this pro­gramme and that we can all give back to the so­ci­ety that has been side-lined and un­der­priv­i­leged. Art can be a plat­form where peo­ple can come to­gether to do some­thing spe­cial and pow­er­ful, col­lec­tively. Through this Give­away, I hope all of us will rally to­gether for this wor­thy cause and get through th­ese times of cri­sis,” says Lam.

Ivan Lam Give­away is cu­rated and or­gan­ised by Wei-ling Gallery, its first cu­rated on­line art pro­gramme.

Lim Wei-ling, gallery di­rec­tor of Wei-ling Gallery and Wei-ling Con­tem­po­rary in Kuala Lumpur, says that hav­ing the priv­i­lege of work­ing with so­cially con­scious artists such as Dadang Chris­tanto and Ah­met Ogut, has made her re­alise the power of art to ef­fect so­cial change.

“This ‘Ivan Lam Give­away’ pro­gramme is a project that Ivan Lam and I have been dis­cussing for some time now, as a way to al­low more peo­ple to have ac­cess to own an orig­i­nal art­work by an es­tab­lished artist, while rais­ing funds to sup­port a cause that is mean­ing­ful to the artist. This is an ex­cit­ing project for us as I be­lieve this is the first time that an ‘art lottery’ of this na­ture has been ini­ti­ated in Malaysia. We are aiming to have th­ese art give­aways oc­cur yearly and hope that it will en­cour­age au­di­ences to par­tic­i­pate, to ap­pre­ci­ate art while at the same time sup­port­ing a wor­thy char­i­ta­ble cause,” says Lim.

Lam was one of four Malaysian artists to rep­re­sent Malaysia at the coun­try’s first ever National Pavil­ion at the 58th In­ter­na­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion - La Bi­en­nale di Venezia in 2019. He was also the only Malaysian artist to have been com­mis­sioned by Louis Vuit­ton for their col­lec­tion in 2014.

Ivam Lam’s Im­mor­tal­ity (graphite pen­cil on semi-gloss Fon­taine pa­per, 2019). — Hand­out

Be­low: The Ivan Lam Give­away was born out of the artist’s long-stand­ing in­ter­est in democratis­ing art and us­ing ar­tasa col­lec­tive plat­form to help a so­cial cause. — SAM THAM/ The Star

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