Initiaited by Dr. Volker Wolf of The Goethe Institute Kuala Lumpur, this exhibition promises to bring together works by 3 German artists residing and working in Malaysia. Having assimilated a new lifestyle and adapted to a new cultural environment, it is exciting to see the different exploration, direction and themes of all three artists.
Germany has long been a pivotal source in the story of art, rich in music, theatre and the visual arts. German artists have continuously traveled the world for a search to understand and in the process have re-defined a contemporary language of arts over the years.
Dr, Askandar Unglehrt, a lecturer at University Science Malaysia, Penang has been involved in the local art scene for over 40 years now where he has taken part in numerous exhibitions, curated exhibitions locally and abroad as well as written much about our local art.
Dr. Askandar Unglehrt’s work takes on a surrealist approach, using a painting and collage technique to give an assemblage appearance.
Ilse Noor is one of Malaysia’s most prominent printmaker. Her early works in the 1970s documenting rural landscapes and heritage buildings won her a commission from Shell Malaysia and has since participated in many traveling exhibitions representing Malaysia around the world.
Her current series of works are influenced by the mythical and mystical world of the East. Delving deep into the hikayats and traditional folklore, Ilse Noors etchings are whimsical and detailed analogies of local beliefs and life.
Katrin Förster, a new talent with already two solo exhibitions under her belt, is garnering a strong following. Using floral and foliage as inspiration she imbues emotions of sensuality and fragility in her treatment of flowers during different stages of bloom. Her flowers are indigenous to Malaysia and hence appealing to the various colours and forms found here.
These three notable artists are indeed a testament to a fresh new take on our cultural roots and traditions.