ZHAN Art | Space is thrilled to present a duo exhibition by Isa Ishak and Nazreen Nor entitled ALAM which is inspired by the beautiful and vivid Malaysian village (kampung) scenes. Their love for the kampung life is translated into still-life artworks with Isa providing a more contemporary take, whereas Nazreen takes on a more realism approach. The exhibition aims to let the viewers appreciate the simple things and value the miracles offered by Mother Nature. The exhibition comprised of 33 unique artworks showcasing varieties of animals, items and objects found readily in a kampung.
The exhibition was first conceptualised as an idea to present the hasil from the kampung, or the fruits of the village, due to Isa’s growing passion for gardening. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Isa took up gardening to pass time and distracted himself from the uncertainty and uneasiness of the lockdowns. The hardship involved in growing crops made him realise the challenges farmers go through every day, and it inspired him to present a collection of artworks that pay homage to the food that we eat. As for Nazreen, growing up at his father’s farm gave him first hand on how to capture the kampung experience at its purest and most honest form. The curated collection presents a contrast of still-life artworks between two artists not just on technique but also on perspective.
“Nazreen Nor and myself is extremely proud and grateful that ZHAN Art | Space supported our idea on showcasing the fruits of the villag. We wanted to remind the audience to appreciate our surrounding particularly on the smallest thing. A garlic for example seems rather small, but its usage whether in the kitchen or for its medicinal usage is extremely large, a feat not many can beat” shares Isa Ishak.
“In conjunction with this year’s Chinese New Year celebration, we wanted to curate an exhibition that portrays the atmosphere of balik kampung, bringing it to life. Isa and Nazreen were a perfect match to showcase a series of still life artworks along with a kampung backyard installation. We hope that the curated selection brings good memories to the audience and sets as a reminder to appreciate the simple things in life” said Desmond Tong, founder and curator of ZHAN Art | Space.
ALAM is scheduled from now until 25 February 2023, with prices ranging from RM 850 to RM5,200.