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“Year of the Horse” series 2014-2015

In the year 2014- according to the Chinese Lunar calendar was the year of the horse. It’s considered a strong and challenging year based on the characters and elements of the horse. Among the elements and characters that can be seen through history in the country during the last years of the horse are as follows: –

YEAR TRAGEDY ELEMENT
1882 Wan Ahmad as the first Sultan (Sultan Ahmad Al-Muazam Shah) in the state of Pahang. Loyalty
1894  War in Jeram Ampai, Pahang caused many death among nationalists who against the British Fight
1906 State of Kedah Has abolished forced labor practices and land tax payments on the people. Fair
1918 The opening of the railway plant in Padang Besar has linked the railway track in Thailand. Open policy
1930 The Friendship Agreement between the state of Perlis and the British was made to clarify the position of the Perlis state and separate with the state of Kedah. Indepandent
1942 Federation of Malaya was taken by the Japanese. Challenge/ difficulties
1954 Mersing, Johor declared as a white area, free from the threat of communism and the free community of doing business, agriculture and so on. Freedom
1966 Diplomatic relations with neighboring countries such as Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Friendship
1978 Development of transportation and economic systems. Development
1990 Promoting the arts and culture of the nation Creative
2002 Expand and maintain the country’s economy, politics and social. Leadership
2014 Missing of flight MH370 Challenge/ difficulties

Therefore, every year the horse has a real horse element. We as Malaysians should have a high spirit, do what is best for ourselves and others even though the challenges will arise unexpected. Let us Malaysians unite for achievement and progress!

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7. GOLD SHAFT SERIES (2013-present)

After concentration in a series of La Root is more synonymous with the mining of tin, I’ve started a new series of Raub which widely known in gold mining activities. Raub is a district and town in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. Gold mining started in 1889 by William Bibby under the Raub Australian Gold Mine (RAGM). Malay word “raub” means “scoop” which according to J.A. Richardson in his book, The Geology and Mineral Resourses of the Neighbourhood of Raub, Pahang, page 36, “People found that for every “dulang” (tray) of sand there was a handful (raub) of gold”. As a result, Raub became very famous in early of 20th century for its mining resource (gold). In the piece “Gold Shaft I,II,III,IV and V” show the abstraction form of gold mining techniques in Raub “shaft mining”. In the other side, the bamboo that I used itself were growth originally in Raub. Gold Shaft I and II exhibited at the “Art Monaco’14”, Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Gold Shaft III exhibited in conjunction of Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival. Meanwhile, Gold Shaft IV in Awarded “Collective” by Biancoscuro Art Magazine which will be held September 7, 2014 at the exhibition space BIANCOSCURO in Pavia, Italy,  while Gold Shaft V exhibiting at Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur for the “Pulpa Exhibition”.

Gold Shaft I

Gold Shaft II

Gold Shaft III

Gold Shaft IV

Gold Shaft V

Gold Shaft's Series

 

Gold Shaft Series I, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series II, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series III, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5 cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series IV, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5 cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series V, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5 cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series VI, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5 cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series VII, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5 cm, 2014

Gold Shaft Series VIII, Acrylic on canvas, 76.5 X 76.5cm, 2014

Gold Shaft (Installation)

6. La(Root) Series (2012-2013)

This series further explores and highlights the contributions made by Kapitan Chung as well as Ngah Ibrahim and prominent figures from the Indian community of Taiping, resulting in many landmarks achieved since 1860s. The idea of many races living together harmoniously, especially after the Pangkor Treaty in 1874, has similarity to the 1 Malaysia aspects. The achievement in Larut is trying to relate to the nowadays which  is the continuity that started in Larut. The La(Root) solo exhibition was held in G13 Gallery in December 2012. Some of the works were exhibited in “MOYA Annuale- Young Art Global 2013” in MOYA- Museum of Young Art, Vienna, Austria and became their collection.

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5. PRIDE OF THE PORTRAIT SERIES (2010-2012)

Chinese Kapitan family portrait is the discovery of the heirs and historian of the Taiping. Various visual literacy can be seen through the portraits. There are three main issues of education could only be given by the elite, traditional clothing adapted to the local culture and technology to record the events of the camera. Everything has changed in the present age in which education is equal, very rare traditional clothing worn by the Chinese and the camera affordable to all people.

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4. KAPITAN SERIES (2010-2011)

Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee is the founder of the Taiping modernization. He was a millionaire and he constantly renewing the way to mine tin in Larut, Perak. He is also involved in agriculture, pawning and logging. He is well-known and influential among the Chinese and European, especially British. He is also the head of the Chinese secret society Hai San and in the other han, Chin Ah Yam was the head of Ghee Hin society . According to Perak’s history that has happened three times in a fight between the two societies. The first fighting took place in 1861 which is water source problem during mining activities. The second fight was from gambling in 1865 and the third was in 1872 due to scandal attorney by the name of the Ghee Hin Lee Ah Kun with his wife of Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee. Of historical facts, we should realize that we live in a family. The value of understanding, cooperation and solidarity should be practiced by the community to be developed and peaceful country.

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3. FORTUNE SERIES (2009-2011)

Fortune is the series which inspired by the idea of television program “Wheel of Fortune” and “Money Wheel” in which the main message to be delivered in connection with the monopoly and competition for land in Larut (Taiping now) by two secret societies:- Ghee Hin and Hai San. Only a very lucrative rewards given to winners only. So all sides either quarrel or fight each other to get the first prize. At the same time, this work is also related to gambling has existed since the 18th century in Malaya until now still active as the latest technological developments in the short messaging system (SMS). This series had obtained several awards such as Insentive Award by the “Galeri Shah Alam Open Show” in 2009 for “The Fortune I” piece and later became the permanent collection of National Visual Arts Gallery NVAG, Malaysia. “The Fortune II” were awarded Consolation Prize for the “Johor Visual Art Competition” in the same year. Meanwhile, “The Fortune IV” were selected in “Excellent Young Artist- Malaysia 2010” in Penang State Art Gallery.

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1. EVERLASTING PEACE SERIES (2007-2009)

Everlasting Peace is the name of a district of Taiping in Perak after happened three times of war between two secret societies (Ghee Hin and Hai San) in 1861, 1865 and 1871. According to history, the Taiping are very rich in tin. Many immigrants from China were brought in to undertake the activity of mining between 1860-1870. Everlasting Peace series is to see a comparison of the factors that can occur upheaval of society in the colonial British and the present. Moral values ​​should be adopted by each society and community to progress and world peace.

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