The Millennials

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Exhibition catalog for "The Millennials" a group exhibition of fourteen young Malaysian artists, held at Artemis Art from 22 August to 16 September 2019

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Contents

Foreword 3

Participating Artists 4

Artist and Artworks 6

Acknowledgment & Credits 62

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Foreword

One of Artemis Art’s key focus areas is in the promotion of young artists, something we

have been doing since the gallery began back in 2011.

The Millennials brings together fourteen artists belonging to what’s generally known

as Generation Y, or simply Gen Y - those born between the early 80s to mid/late 90s.

With National Day and Malaysia Day just around the corner, the timing to have

this exhibition staged could not have been more opportune. The exhibition was

conceptualized and curated by Harni Jonet, a familiar name in the Malaysian visual art

scene, and someone whom has been closely following the development of visual arts

in the country. Harni helped identify the artists for the exhibition. Artemis Art takes this

opportunity to express our heartfelt and deepest thanks for all the work she has put in

ensuring the exhibition got realized.

Are the concerns among Malaysia’s millennial artists vastly different from their older

peers? It might come as a surprise but at a glance, these young artists share many of

the same concerns as any other Malaysian, artist or otherwise. Concerns about where

the nation is headed, as well as observations about our day to day lives encompassing

areas economic, political and societal, are commonalities that all Malaysians share.

The difference, perhaps, is in how these concerns are articulated, and how they are

approached.

As we welcome the 62nd anniversary of Malaya’s independence, and 56 years of

Malaysia, it’s time we open our eyes, and hearts, to what these young talents have

to tell us. Their concerns, their hopes, and their fears, all point to one important

commonality: that we as a nation need to work towards creating a better Malaysia for

generations to come, a place that all of us inevitably call home.

Selamat Hari Kebangsaan, and Selamat Hari Malaysia... from The Millennials, and

from all of us here at Artemis Art.

UC Loh

Director, Artemis Art

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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

annisa tajul

diauddin isa

fareez fauzi

hafizuddin lukman

isa ishak

kimberley boudville

loqman haqim

mark tan

megat zaim zhafir

mohamad faisa

muhammad nur syafiq

sarah radzi

syukur rani

tang tze lye


Annisa Tajul

Full name: Annisa binti Tajul Urus

b. 1994 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Lendu, Melaka, Malaysia

When I was a child, I loved outdoor activities, playing and exploring the insects,

plants and animals. These two artworks are inspired from my childhood memories.

The plants and animals that caught my attention has been my subject matter; Bunga

Raya (Hibiscus) known as our national flower (5 petals which portrays 5 National

Principles) and Harimau (Tiger) symbolizes bravery and strength to Malaysians.

It is to reflect my hope that our country will preserve our natural resources. Most

importantly is the Malayan Tiger, our national symbol whose habitat continues to

be threatened by development. It is believed that the tiger population in the wild

currently stands at less than 300, the important symbolic animal becoming close to

extinction.

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Bunga Beraya (2019), Acrylic on Canvas, 91.5 x 76 cm

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Senang Harimau (2019), Acrylic on Canvas, 61 x 76 cm

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Awards

2018 Anugerah Utama Seni MIDF

2017 Top 100 Jury’s Pick, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

Consolation Prize, Tanjong Heritage Art Competition

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 “Post Card Exhibition“ Surakarta - Shah Alam (Ruang Kubikal)

THE SHOW@ UMAG, Galeri Seni Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Unknown, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2018 Publika Art Show: Rebirth, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Individuality (Degree Show), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

Anugerah Seni MIDF 2018

2017 Konteks 05, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

Pameran Eksplorasi Resedensi IV, Saung Banon Arts Studio, Yogyakarta

Memayu Hayung Bawono, Griya Sekar Wangi Art Gallery, Yogyakarta

Art & Style 03 - An Exploration, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

2015 Melaka International Intelectual Exposition (MIEX), Dewan Taming Sari,

UiTM Lendu, Melaka

Tunas Ilham, Galeri UiTM Lendu, Melaka

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Diauddin Isa

Full name: Muhammad Diauddin bin Mohd Isa

b. 1994 in Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia

Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia

The universe is a gift from God to mankind. I believe all of us are seeking for

happiness and peace. As a Malaysian, I always dream that we can unite and create

a peaceful environment without talking about racist issues. That’s the importance of

the spirit of patriotism in each of us to sustain our love amongst each other. Despite

coming from a rural place, the Kampung Boy portrayed the true spirit of happiness,

peace and harmony without being jeopardized by other issues that can ruin our

future.

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The Kampung Boy and his Hope (2019)

Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 91.5 x 76 cm

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Awards

2016 Consolation Prize, Art Painting category in Vision Petron National Student Art

Competition

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2018 Young Me, A Testimony of Young Emerging Artist, Galeri Seni Universiti

Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Mini Miniature Art Exhibition, Serambi Karya, Kuala Lumpur

Catharsis, Galeri Seni Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Imago Mundi 3 Nations, Hulo Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

2017 ArtBeats, Collaborative Exhibition, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Charity Art Show, Celebration of 100 years Rumah Amal Cheshire, HSBC

Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Col-Laborate 16, Group Show, Galeri Seni Universiti Malaya

Rantour Art Showcase, Rantai Art Festival, 1M4U Sentral

Rantour Art Showcase, Rantai Art, Dataran 1malaysia, Klebang

FASA (Degree Show), UiTM Shah Alam

Rantour Art Show 03, Rantai Art, Bazar Tok Guru, Kota Bharu

Inception, Galeri Alam Impian, Selangor

Rantour Art Show, Rantai Art, Mytown, Kuala Lumpur

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2016 Pameran Galeri Cheritara, Dataran underground, Kuala Lumpur

Vision Petron: National Student Art Competition, Ikano Power Center,

Selangor

JIWA, Balai Seni Negeri Kedah, Alor Setar, Kedah

2015 Open Show Urban Art III, Pelita Hati Gallery of Art, Kuala Lumpur

2014 Prologue (Diploma Show), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Seri Iskandar, Perak

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Fareez Fauzi

Full name: Muhammad Fareez bin Mohd Fauzi

b. 1995 in Johor, Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Millennials are born at a time where technology, particularly in the area of computing,

has already been well-established. But rather than use software-based tools to

create an art, I prefer to use my artistic skills and allow my freedom to express my

true-self. I believe the ability to express oneself, be it in art or any other endeavour,

is what I aspires to.

The used of a pop iconography, and symbols that are very recognizable, my work

depicts that while there are inherent dangers in the virtual world, communication

technology is something that has become commonplace and even necessary in this

day and age.

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Samar-Samar (2019), Acrylic, Paint Marker and Spray Paint on Canvas, 91.5 x 76 cm

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Awards

2017 Top 100 Jury’s Pick, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

Finalist, Petron Art Competition

Anugerah Utama Seni MIDF

2016 Finalist, Nando’s Art Initiative

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2018 Imago Mundi 3 Nations, Hulo Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

U12 Group Exhibition, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

2017 Inception, Alam Impian Gallery, Selangor

Rantai Art Tour Exhibition

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2016 Pameran Galeri Cheritara, Dataran Underground, Kuala Lumpur

2015 Orchid Art Competition, Shah Alam

1 x 1, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

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Hafizuddin Lukman

Full name: Hafizuddin bin Lukman

b. 1995 in Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

This is my new series of work. The idea sparked when I was developing this new

body of artwork. I remember something important when I met Assoc. Prof. Hasnul

Jamal Saidon in the final year assessment, he said that “Karya yang jujur datang

dari diri kita sendiri” (an honest work comes from ourselves). I used to create images

from game symbols in my previous artworks, I admitted I was a gamer since my

childhood, and this is something that I want to develop in my future series because

it’s already part of me. Therefore, in this artwork I used player symbols to represent

the Human Figure Player (myself).

Malaysia Independence Day is just around the corner, I was thinking about the

previous election. The painting is about me doubting the previous election. That

was my first time as a Malaysian to vote for the next government. It is an important

election since it was the first time that new government took over Malaysia after a

six decades. I am wondering if our new government can do a better job from the

previous. I use landscape as a background to show the depth of the subject and

to relate with the content. I also use a building with the Malaysian flag to represent

Malaysia’s tuff. For example, what will happen to this country? I use images to create

random wonderings about what will happen next.

As Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said in the Prime Minister official website, give them

time to recover this country from previous government’s mistakes. Therefore, I

wonder if I made a right decision. No matter which government rules this country, I

hope we can keeps standing and moving forward.

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Doubt (2019), Mixed Media on Canvas, 91.5 x 91.5 cm

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Awards

2019 First Class Award

2018 Finalist, Waste Art Competition

2015 - 2018 Dean’s List (awarded for four semesters)

Activities & Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Petronas Mural (Phase 2), Wakaf Baru & Rantau, Terengganu

School Mural, SMK Lembah Subang, Damansara

2018 Festival Laman Seni 7, Shah Alam, Selangor

Publika Art Show, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2017 KAREX Art Against AIDS, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2016 Program Mini Karnival Amal Kreatif, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor

2015 School Level VIsual Art Camp (Facilitator)

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Residencies

2017 Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Isa Ishak

Full name: Mohamad Isa bin Mohammad Ishaki

b. 1995 in Selangor, Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art & Technology), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang, Kelantan

Social media in this day and age has become part and parcel of our lives, and this

is true for a large portion of the population, regardless of whether they fall into the

millennial demographic or not. One phenomenon that has become apparent is how

quick we have become in judging other people based solely on what we know of

them through social media.

The idea of my work is about what we choose to reveal through our social media

personality becomes the entirety of how we are viewed by others. Whether or not

our demeanor on social media completely represents who we are as individuals

becomes irrelevant; the reality of today is that we are what we post...

We spend hours each day on social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

without realizing that in a way, it affects our lives. It is a reality of what we are now,

as we have witnessed many examples of how postings on social media can (and

do) get misinterpreted, leading to something, which was perhaps in reality quite

inconsequential, being blown out of proportion and ends up becoming an “issue”

worthy of national debate. This is a self-reminder, what we see through social media

doesn’t always represent the whole.

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Desire (2019), Oil on Canvas, 137 x 137 cm

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Awards

2019 Finalist, Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA)

2018 Jury’s Pick, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

2017 Finalist, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

Finalist, Petron Art Competition

Anugerah Utama Seni MIDF

2016 Finalist, UOB Painting of the Year award

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Spice Select, Nadiine Fine Art, Petaling Jaya

Unknown, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

U12 Revival, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

MEAA Finalist Showcase, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2018 KLIMEX (Miniprint Exhibition), Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Morphosis, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Show, Nadiine Fine Art, Petaling Jaya

Harapan, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Publika Art Show, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

KAREX Art Against AIDS, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2017 Konteks, Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

NICE, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur

Art and Style 03: An Exploration, Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi

MARA, Shah Alam

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2016 Pameran Galeri Cheritara, Dataran Underground, Kuala Lumpur

Shah Alam Open, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor

Soft Toys Exhibition, Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA,

Machang, Kelantan

Diploma Show, Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang,

Kelantan

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Kimberley Boudville

b. 1999 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, The One Academy, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

The core of my ink works is the character of a little girl whom I identify as myself,

and most often she appears in a forest terrain. These terrains represent my alternate

reality which provides comfort for when I’m in distress. The laws of nature in the real

world often do not always make sense in my surrealist world, but they give a more

symbolic meaning that is often taken from parts of my life.

Recently I’ve been wanting to introduce more elements that represent my home; my

country. Using the flora and fauna I try to place them into my surreal world which

brings a sense of security and serenity to the girl, as they are symbols from her real

and surreal worlds.

The wanting to introduce new elements come from the realisation that no matter

where life will take me, this country will always be home to me and for it to be part of

my surreal world means that it will always be in my heart.

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This Is My Home (2019), Ink on Paper, 25.5 x 25.5 cm

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Awards

2018 Best of Fine Arts, The One Academy Hall of Fame

2018 Finalist, UOB Painting of the Year award

Shortlisted, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

Finalist, Petron Art Competition

Anugerah Utama Seni MIDF

2017 Finalist, UOB Painting of the Year award

Finalist, Nando’s Art Initiative

2015 Encouragement Prize, Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artist

Top 10, Raffles Design Competition

Top 20, Digital Art and Animation Competition (DAAC)

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Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Unknown, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2018 Pendulum (Graduation Group Show), The One Academy, Petaling Jaya,

Malaysia

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Loqman Haqim

Full name: Loqman Nur Hakim bin Zainal

b. 1995 in Malaysia

Curently pursuing his Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam,

Malaysia

The millennials have grown up with technology and have been exposed to negative

and bad influences. In this artwork, I symbolize the forest as a youngster; a metaphor

which portrays a similar situation of the forest that is endangered. This phenomenon

is similar with teenagers nowadays. While thriving and work hard, like the forest,

being silent even when faced with all the threats. As an artist, I think it is a need to

protect ourselves from various fears that we must encounter in our future.

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Save Them (2019), Acrylic on Canvas, 75 x 60 cm

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Awards

2017 Jury Award, Anugerah Seni MIDF

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 U12 Revival, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

Spice Select, Nadiine Fine Art, Petaling Jaya

The Show at Universiti Malaya Art Gallery, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

2018 Anugerah Seni MIDF 2018, Menara MIDF Kuala Lumpur

KLIMEX (Miniprint Exhibition), Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Show, Nadiine Fine Art, Petaling Jaya

Morphosis, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

Publika Art Show, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

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2017 Anugerah Seni MIDF 2017, Menara MIDF, Kuala Lumpur

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Mark Tan

b. 1991 in Malaysia

Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Applied Arts (First Class Honours), University of the West of

England, Bristol, UK

‘Pinnacle’ is made up of 4 paintings stacked in a vertical manner. The formation of

the canvases (from bottom - top) represents the idea of progression and success. It

reflects the transformation of Malaysia; from its hardships and challenges the country

has endured to its continuous advancement toward a better future.

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Pinnacle (2019)

Mixed Media on Canvas

Dimensions Variable (206 x 54 cm stacked)

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Solo Exhibition

2017 Arrangements, OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Rethinking Editions, OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur

2018 Xcidentally X’mas, OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur

Heartbreak Hotel, OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur

2016 Bi-Lateral Bonds, TAKSU Gallery, Singapore

Bi-Lateral Bonds, TAKSU Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Locals Only!, TAKSU Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2015 TP II by Cetak Kolektif, HOM Arts Trans, Kuala Lumpur

17th Biennale Internationale De La Gravure De Sarcelles, Sarcelles, France

Presence, The Gallery @ Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

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2014 Synecdoche, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, UK

The Creative Industries Show, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

2013 By Natural Causes, The Parlour Showroom, Bristol, UK

Unearthed, The Corinium Museum, Cirencester, UK

2012 Form, F Block Gallery, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

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Megat Zaim Zhafir

Full name: Megat Zaim Zhafir bin Megat Nawawi

b. 1994 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Seri Iskandar, Perak

(with plans to further his education in the future)

The work of Maruah Bangsa Merdeka (Honor the Nation of Independence) depicts

five high school students standing upright, with both hands placed sideways and

straight down, watching the raising of the Jalur Gemilang. I was trying to capture a

precious moment of an assembly where Negaraku song was sung.

The Negaraku song is the Malaysia’s national anthem. It was selected as the

national anthem when the Malaya gained an independence from the British in

1957. As a national anthem, Negaraku song symbolizes the identity and dignity of

an independent nation. And the flag is a symbol of the sovereignty of a nation that

is closely linked to the patriotic spirit in defending the dignity, race, religion and

nationality. The flag is also a symbol of leadership, honor, dignity and citizenship for

a nation. Therefore, the use of the flag and its honor are a symbol of nationalism.

However, in recent times, the spirit of love for the nation has faded as the

independence culture is less practiced and lack of nationalism. The last time I

remembered, my passion and love for my nation was when I was in high school and

it’s disappeared after pursuing my study in university and started working.

It is a hope that I can regain my love for the nation as I will be the next generation in

continuing the legacy.

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Maruah Bangsa Merdeka (2019)

Watercolour on Paper, Glass Paint and Collage

75 x 60 cm

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Awards

2019 Finalist, Malaysia Emerging Artists Award (MEAA)

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 MEAA: Malaysian Emerging Artist Award, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2017 (Im) Possibilities, Galeri Chandan, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Platform 3: ‘Thrownness’ (Geworfenheit), Galeri Chandan, Publika, Kuala

Lumpur

2016 31, 16 Lorong Kekabu, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur

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2014 Urban Show, Galeri Pelita Hati, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Prologue (Diploma Show), Gallery Al-Biruni, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Seri

Iskandar, Perak

2013 Open Show, Gallery Shah Alam, Selangor

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Mohamad Faisa

Full name: Mohamad Faisa bin Mohd Saari

b. 1993 in Bachok, Kelantan, Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

The artwork is inspired by microscopic bacteriophage; a type of virus that infects

and replicates within bacteria. Bacteriophages are composed of proteins that

encapsulate a DNA or RNA genome and may have structures either simple or

elaborate and their genomes may encode as few as four genes or more. From

the structures of bacteriophages, I create the form of the sculpture combining of

DNA double helix form and protein. We understand that DNA in human contain

instructions for life and survival, including genes trait.

New genetic discoveries provide insights on how life works, helping to prevent and

cure diseases. I use circuit boards, polycarbonate and other found objects as a

material to create the sculpture, fundamentally from recycled items. The form that I

create is a visualization of a unit through knowledge that I gain from technology and

combination of science fiction. This structure will hopefully create interests of people

towards technology and the sciences, as an impact of the imagination and scientific

technology upon society or individuals.

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Genome (2019)

Circuit Board, Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Plastic, Machine Parts, Stainless Steel, Bolt and Nuts

76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm

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Awards

2018 Third Prize, Waste To Art Competition (organized by SWCorp)

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2018 Art Homedec Exhibition, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Movement, Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang, George Town, Penang

Open Show, Gallery Shah Alam, Selangor

Waste To Art Competition, SWCorp., Cyberjaya

B.O.F.A Degree Show, UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor,

4.0 Erti, Universiti Malaya Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2017 14 TH OITA Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Japan

KAREX Art Against AIDS, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Tanjong Heritage Art Competition

Inception, Alam Impian Art Gallery, Selangor

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2014 Pertandingan Melukis Spontan Warisan Kelantan, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Dari Tampak ke Mujarad (Diploma Show), Universiti Teknologi MARA,

Machang, Kelantan

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Muhammad Nur Syafiq

Full name: Muhammad Nur Syafiq bin Nizam Shah

b. 1995 in Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Bachelor of Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

Preservation of nature is one of my main concerns. My artworks portray the

beauty of two different species of Malaysian butterflies that are today rarely seen,

particularly in urban areas, the Red Malay Lacewing and the Rajah Brooke Birdwing.

As the nation developed over the last several decades, preservation of our natural

beauty and resource has been neglected, more importance given towards physical

development, without much regard for the environment and nature.

The artworks highlight both the beauty and the importance of nature, and a reminder

of the beauty that could be lost if we don’t begin to be more caring towards the

environment and our natural surroundings. And as we have seen, nature has a way

of fighting back, often in ways quite disastrous to humans, evidenced by floods and

landslides that we hear occur from time to time.

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The Delicate of Forest I (Malay Lacewing) (2019)

Acrylic and Spray Paint on Primed Canvas

61 x 61 cm

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The Delicate of Forest II (Rajahbrooke Birdwing) (2019)

Acrylic, Gold and Spray Paint on Primed Canvas

91.5 x 60 cm

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Awards

2018 Top 100 Jury’s Pick, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

2017 First Place, KAREX Art Against AIDS competition

2016 Second Prize, The Art of Paintergrity, The Malaysian Institute of Intergrity

(INTEGRITI)

2015 Second Prize, ASEAN Spirit Art Competition

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Unknown, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Young & New VIII, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur

2018 KAREX Art Against AIDS, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Publika Art Show, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

KLIMEX (Miniprint Exhibition), Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur

2017 Catharsis, University of Malaya Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

KAREX Art Against AIDS, Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

KONTEKS, Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

2016 Snap & Draw Competition and Exhibition, Kejohanan Kuda Lasak Piala

YAB Menteri Besar Terengganu

Art and Style: An Exploration, Fine Art Auditorium, Universiti Teknologi

MARA, Shah Alam

2015 Fine Art Diploma Show, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang, Kelantan

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Sarah Radzi

Full name: Sarah Syahirah binti Mohd Radzi

b. 1995 in Selangor, Malaysia

Bachelor (Hons.) of Fine Art (Painting), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Diploma in Fine Art, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

Whatever the future may hold, it’s best for us to keep going and be hopeful. It could

be a lonely road or a festive one, but it is the people who made what Malaysia is

now, good or bad.

In this series of work, I explore the idea of togetherness. A support that isn’t exactly

there but it still a support. The things that we do and the choices that we’ve made,

will shape what it would become in future and unity will hold us together. I explore by

using ambiguous figures and recognizable objects as a reflection and to illustrate the

commitment and trust between the two subjects.

There will be an obstacle to get through and more things to explore, it’s best to go

through it cooperatively. As the old clichéd adage goes, united we stand, divided we

fall.

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I’ve Got Your Back (2019), Acrylic & Oil Pastel on Canvas, 46 x 30.5 cm

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We’ll Be Fine (2019), Acrylic & Oil Pastel on Canvas, 46 x 30.5 cm

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Awards

2019 Vice Chancellor’s Award, UiTM Shah Alam

2018 Finalist, Aungerah Seni MIDF

2017 Third Place (Video Category), Vision Petron

Jury’s Pick, KAREX Art Against AIDS

2016 Consolation Prize, Pertandingan Melukis Al-Hadharah, Terengganu

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 Unknown, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2018 SAY Ignite Youth Fest, Galeri Shah Alam

Publika Art Show, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Individuality (Degree Show), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

KLIMEX (Miniprint Exhibition), Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Konteks 05, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

2017 Vision Petron (Video Category), 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Kuala Lumpur

KAREX Art Against AIDS, Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Art & Style 03: An Exploration, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

2016 MARI (Diploma Show), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Machang, Kelantan

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Syukur Rani

Full name: Sarah Syahirah binti Mohd Radzi

b. 1994 in Perak, Malaysia

Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Culture, subculture, and counterculture... these are the focal points that pivot my

two artworks. As many Malaysians, there is a concern about the abandonment

of our various local and traditional cultures, instead opting to adopt and live by

cultures that are seen as imported. Another aspect is the assumptions made about

certain subcultures within society, simply based on the outward appearance of the

individuals belonging to such groups. And oftentimes these assumptions turn out to

be less than accurate.

As Malaysia moves ahead, the question of culture - and its various constituents -

continues to be debated and discussed. But the question that frequently arises: is

culture static, or does it evolve?

In Babi Buta (Blind Pig), I portray the cruciality of nowadays lifestyle, where we prefer

to follow outsiders’ culture and our culture has being disowned and neglected. As

of now, no one knows and understands what’s the movement is all about. They just

follow unreasoned move.

The work of Pencinta Keamanan (Our Peace Lovers) is inspired by the sub-cultures

in Malaysia that often associate with these people and consider them as a criminal

group and vandalism. But after my research, not all of them are criminals, it just the

expression in rejecting the corrupted politics. The difference between them and the

artist is they interpreted their feeling and expression through music and clothing.

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Babi Buta (2019), Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 90 x 90 cm

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Kami Pencinta Keamanan (2019), Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 90 x 90 cm

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Awards

2017 Jury’s Selection, Aungerah Seni MIDF

Third Place, Doodle Competition, Mission of Art, Brainspot Space, Setia Alam

2016 Finalist, Redbull #EhWauBulan Art Competition

Consolation Prize, Orchid Painting Competition, Galeri Shah Alam

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2018 Charity Show: Young Help Young, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

2017 BINTANG 5: Vol 1, Segaris Art Centre, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Altruism, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

Twelve, Galeri Alam Impian, Shah Alam

Inception, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur

Sensation, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Faith: A Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition, Galeri Prima, Kuala Lumpur

Canvas: Empowering Communities Through The Art, ArtCub, Kuala

Lumpur

Demenseni: Mission Of Art Exhibition, Brainspot Space, Setia Alam

XS, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Mosaic Art Project, ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang

C.O.M.A. (Degree Show), Univerisiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam

2016 HOM Mosaic Art Project and Art Expo 2016, MATRADE Exhibition and

Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur

Journey, Port Commune, Petaling Jaya

#EhWauBulan Exhibition, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Versus Animal #1, ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang

ANDES Project (Eco Art Exhibition), Galeri Alam Impian, Shah Alam

Youngster, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur

1 x 1, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Young & New IV, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur

2016 Open Show, Gallery Shah Alam

Energy, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur

Urban Art, Galeri Pelita Hati, Kuala lumpur

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Tang Tze Lye

b. 1989 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bachelor of Fine Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India

Diploma in Fine Art, Sunway University College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Shelah is a 20th century Malaysian drag queen who has been a great performer

and an eloquent personality. This portrait is inspired from her debut performance

photographs (Instagram). The form of portrait is portrayed in oppressed manner as it

reflects the oppression we suffer from societal environment and the patriarchal state

of ‘being’ in our present generation. Gender is a taboo topic to be honest and wish

to break the notional boundaries between discursive conversations and genderbiased

opinions. I felt the honor and courage to allow myself to be comfortable with

my gender identity because of Shelah, this character has opened my mind about

being not afraid of who I am. The minimal space is to rethink the notion of forms

and the space of the subject is being represented. That is what the flat pink in the

background all about. I highlighted this because we are the millennial generation

often think about.

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Shelah (2019)

Fabric Dye Color and Gouache on Wtercolor Paper

84.5 x 59.5 cm

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Awards

2019 Finalist, Malaysia Emerging Artists Award (MEAA)

2018 Finalist, Penang Art District

2016 Finalist, Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Contemporaries)

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Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2019 100 Art Show Down, ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang

2018 Art Salon 2019, Artesque, Kuala Lumpur

Spotlight Exhibition, Ecoworld Art Gallery, Penang

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This eCatalog is published in conjunction with The Millennials, an exhibition of fourteen young

Malaysian artist. Artemis Art takes this opportunity to thank the participating artists, and to

Harni Jonet, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible.

Project Manager

U.C. Loh

Curator

Harni Jonet

Text & Editing

Harni Jonet & Artemis Art

Photography

Participating Artists & Artemis Art

Cover Design

Harni Jonet

Catalog Design & Layout

6is9DESIGNWERKZ

© 2019 Artemis Corporation Sdn Bhd

All Rights Reserved

No part of this publication may be reproduced, except for the purpose of research, criticism, and review, without first seeking

written prior permission from the participating artists and publisher.

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