In year 2000, Aznan Omar won the top prize in the Public Sculpture Competition organized by the National Visual Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He then furthered his studies and obtained an MA in Art as Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 2008. Upon returning back to Malaysia he has been actively involved in presenting his artworks in numerous national and international shows.
His sculptural and installation works often utilized different materials such as steel and wood. In his art-making practice, he emphasizes tremendously on the materials of artwork in relation to the space and the creating of an interaction with the public. He is currently pursuing his PhD research in Sculpture (Fine Art) at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Perak, Malaysia.
Choo Kok Choon
Born in 1980, Johor Bahru, Choo obtained his Diploma in Fine Arts with a Major in Oil Painting from the Central Academy of Art (Johor Bahru Campus) in 2001 and a Bachelor Degree of Fine Art in Painting from University of Tasmania, UTAS in Hobart, Australia in 2004.
In his art practice, the comical hideous characters and his vivid use of colors are influenced by German Expressionists and Japanese pop culture. Choo is also a member of National Visual Art Gallery Malaysia, Malaysian Artists Society (PPM) and Persatuan Seni Lukis Reka Cipta Negeri Johor (SERUPA).
Sukor Romat graduated with MA in Fine Art (Painting) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Malaysia in 2012. He is currently lecturing at the School of Media Art Design (SOMAD) at the Linton University College in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan. Sukor has been nominated as one of the finalists in the Young Contemporary Art Award by the National Visual Arts Gallery in 2013 and he won a Gold Award in Invention, Innovation and Design Competition in Terengganu in 2012. He has been actively exhibiting his artworks in both national and international art scenes since 2008. He also explores the different potentials in his artwork within the 2D and 3D realm. He recently starts researching on material study and new media in electronic art.
Andi Ramdani was born in 1979 in Tasikmalaya, West Jawa. He studied at the Modern School of Design and the Indonesian Institute of Art in Yogyakarta. Andi’s artworks can be seen in various public venues in Indonesia, and the artist’s first solo exhibition titled BAMBOO is ME was held at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta in 2010. The following year, the same exhibition travelled and was featured at the SEVEN CONTINENTS in Toronto, Canada.
He participated in the Biennale Jogja IX ‘Neo Nations 2007, the Biennale Jogja XI ‘Jogja Jamming 2011, and the 14th Jakarta Biennale. In addition, Andi also took part in many international shows such as the Future Sound Asia at Sepang Circuit Malaysia (2012), MAP Publika Malaysia and Geumgang Nature Art Biennale in Gwongju South Korea (2014).
Andrew Pok Chong Boon
Pok has been actively involved in art and design since 1983. Having completed his practice-led fine art PhD research in London in 2011, he returned to Kuala Lumpur and took on the role as the Head of the Research and Development Department cum lecturer for Dasein Academy of Art.
As a contemporary fine artist, art researcher and writer, Pok specializes in cross disciplinary art practice including sculpture, installation and audience interactive performance art. He has exhibited locally and internationally including the UK, Italy, USA and China. His PhD thesis explored the relationship between art and Zen Buddhism, where he made comparative studies on “The Mind of the Everyday in Contemporary Fine Art and Zen Buddhist Practice”.
Pok is one of the founders of a local art collective called Artsemble and has contributed his writings to several publications including Huang Yao: the Remarkable Guest of Malaya (Balai, 2014), Choong Kam Kow: Cross Culture/Trans Era (Balai, 2015) and Catalysis (HOM & Dasein, 2015).
ArchiBlur Lab (Taiwan)
ArchiBlur Lab was founded in October 2015. Via actual artistic practices, the studio explores relationships between architects, “empathy” of body and landscape. Through the repetitive intervention and formation of physicality, it considers a possibility of differentiation, forming another way of watching and putting a body via another interface, the conversion of material, the errors in connective points, and also the location of the body.
In such a way, these factors can be embodied “empathy” of forming material texture, forming forces and common movements. Major projects of ArchiBlur Lab include: Urban Archipelagos Project, Suspended Mountains, Landscape Designs for Xincen Community of Chiayi, Light Ponds, Floating Field, Collectivism—2016 Taipei Biennial and a group exhibition of Post-Ecolonialism Project—Crossed Fertilizations: Taiwanese Landscapes.
Chong Kim Chiew
Chong Kim Chiew enjoys the openness of art language; and defining one’s artistic style solely by medium, method and paradigm is a passé, but should be considered when appropriate to the artist’s thoughts. He believes “attitude” is a more critical factor in contemporary art making.
Chong’s paintings work through the idea of ‘trace’, including the notion of tracing, usage of tracing-paper, copying and the one who traces – to seek, trail and explore the roots or deeper meaning of things. These are expressions of the power structure of geography, the flow of history and overlapping of identities.
His installation artwork is closely connected to the social and political environment of the exhibition site, as with the relation of space and architecture. The condition of cultural environment is his basic materials. The artist sees the meanings of material often vary due to environmental factors. They are not static, but fluctuating, Polysemous, often misread, and continuously expanding outwards.
James has been in the advertising field for over 20 years. He is now the Associate Creative Director in Leo Burnett, one of the biggest creative ad agencies in the world.
He conceptualizes 2D imagination into the 3D environment. Exploring illustrations through ceramics, he often pushes the limit of the craft and bringing ideas into a different level of expression. It’s not just about creating beauty and detailing, but the message and interaction of the work brings to the public is equally important, be it serious or whimsical.
He learned the art of ceramics through informal training with local potter, Yeow Seng Cheah and Australian potters, Margaret Fenn, Neil Boughton and Rowley Drysdale.
He was invited for artist-in-residency at Fuping (China) where he gave talks, demonstration and exhibition at Washington (USA) as well as Medalta in Canada. His works are collected by museums and art enthusiasts.
Na Wei Sang &
Huang Chung Wei
Na Wei Sang was born in 1994, Johor Bahru. He works as a freelance artist in Johor after graduating from the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 with a Diploma in Illustration Design. He is also a self-taught graffiti/mural artist and illustrator, working primarily with sprays, acrylics, mixed media etc. Earlier this year, he exhibited at the AWAS!: A Week of Animated Shorts which opened with the POOP Volume 1 Book Launch and Exhibition at Findars Arts Space in Kuala Lumpur.
Huang Chung Wei was born in 1979, Taipei (Taiwan). Huang has worked in the art scene for more than 20 years. He is now working in Malaysia and Singapore. He insisted to break the border of mural painting and acknowledged that painting can also be merged in life to public.
Tetawowe Atelier started as a dual design partnership back in 2009.
The company has since conceived numerous design works, mainly in retail, residential, community, and office sectors. The design practice and the artistic direction are set towards the creative expression of materials and association with nature and landscape.
Tetawowe has a passion in creating design narratives; what is thought to be raw materials taken from the site’s existing trees, the geometrical shape of a site that is reminiscent of Miro’s artwork, the way the owners would spend their lazy afternoon, birds on the wire, dialogues between the river and passersby, a Beatle’s song, a banal job site depicted in a Kafkaesque dreamlike space – has been the source of inspiration for our design.
In recent years Tetawowe has decided to engage more in public space related and community-based projects.
UCSI School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE)
UCSI School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE) was founded in 2005, at the suburban area of Cheras, Malaysia. Taking pride in architecture and interior architecture education and with such passion, the school has decided to take on a challenging path by embracing the Joint Productive Activity as effective pedagogy.
UCSI SABE’s commitment to continuous improving architectural education is to prepare the future generation of the architecture profession to the global community, making alignment between the profession and the academy, creating that sweet spot. It is a choice that the school of architecture and built environment now have, to re-energize professional education.
“Mentoring” and “Learning in Action” is characteristic of UCSI’s SABE learning environment, where the pedagogy married the formal “schooled” or “scientific” ideas with real world experience to achieve the highest level of academic achievement.
Learning by doing, hands on programs, cooperative education and the like may be difficult, but its value cannot be denied. The best way to acquire the necessary understanding of how buildings are made is by practicing the art and science rather than just studying it.