Ivan Lam: Twenty
This survey exhibition aims to document 20 years in the career and artistic journey of Malaysian contemporary artist Ivan Lam. It brings together about 45 works that span 20 years, highlighting how he has evolved into the man and the artist that he is today. From his early work featuring light boxes and silk-screens to his present paintings, this is the first time all his works are presented together in museum-quality scale all in one space.
Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01, 6th floor, The Gardens Mall, KL. Until March 1. Opening hours: 10am to 9pm (daily). Call (03) 2260 1106 for more information.
A provocative exhibition that features the work of six Malaysian ceramic artists who challenge the limits of this medium by incorporating traditional techniques into their contemporary work. Earthworks challenges the creation of beauty and the arts with the concept of mimesis to critique our everyday lives. Ceramics at this exhibition are transformed into meaningful contemporary objects in unexpected and uncommon applications, such as briefcases, shoes, sea shells and vegetables.
Galeri Petronas, Level 3 Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, KL. Until March 22. Opening hours: 10am to 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Call (03) 2051 7770.
Retrospective Choong Kam Kow: Cross Culture, Trans Era
This retrospective follows the career of Dr Choong Kam Kow from the late 1950s to the present day by presenting the development of his artistic pursuits. As an artist who prefers to work by series, his signature style is a fusion of East and West, expanding his visual vocabulary and expressing his own range of aesthetic messages through his art. Choong incorporates elements of culture, philosophy, nature and social environment into his work and adopts an innovative approach in works such as his Kinta to Kungfu series.
Balai Seni Lukis Negara, 2 Jalan Temerloh, off Jalan Tun Razak, KL. Until March 31. Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (daily). Visit artgallery.gov.my for more information.
This article first appeared in The Edge haven, on Issue #71 February 2015 + March 2015.