10 Nov 2016 Ferado

LAB2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Continues

November 9

Today, as I explored with these sculptors, I discovered that sculpting is not an easy job. Through makeshift shelter, heat of the sun( with the occasional rain), the deafening, roaring sound of the sculpting instruments, the marble dust blowing everywhere, the need for greater muscle strength as one wrestles with the marble slab and the instrument, and the creativity to make masterpieces,I can say these sculptors are doing a great job. I salute and give honor to these dedicated Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 sculptors..

Laxman and Raju seeking the right tools for their projects
Laxman and Raju seeking the right tools for their marble projects

Today, a group of sculptors went to the forest to continue with their marble projects.

On our way to the forest.  The green trees are so refreshing.
On our way to the forest. The green trees are so refreshing.
Our venue for the sculptors' production. We call it "The Marble Place".
Our venue for the sculptors’ production. We call it “The Marble Place”.

GEARING UP FOR WORK

Maxine comes fully geared, "battle-ready" for the task.
Maxine comes fully geared, “battle-ready” for the task.
And fully equipped with the tools, too, like a doctor ready for a major surgery operation.
And fully equipped with the tools, too, like a doctor ready for a major surgery operation.
Laxman securing the marble base of his project.
Laxman securing the marble base of his project.
Laxman and Raju waiting for their marbles to be cut through this machine.
Laxman and Raju waiting for their marbles to be cut through this machine.
Lewis; cutting and hewing gives off that marble dust that was blown by the wind all over the place.
Lewis’ cutting and hewing gives off that marble dust that was blown by the wind all over the place. Take note of his whitened arms! the marble dust gave all of us free powder.
Baliram did her share of the job.
Baliram did her share of the job.
Maxine, still looking good with her half-finished piece.
Maxine, still looking good with her half-finished piece.
Anup working on the details of this piece.
Anup working on the details of this piece.
Laxman concentrating on his "quill" project.
Laxman concentrating on his “quill” project.
Raju fully focused on his "mountain" project.
Raju fully focused on his “mountain” project.
The sculptors' makeshift shelter.  The heat of the sun did not stop them. At some point though, it rained and they have to rest for awhile.
The sculptors’ makeshift shelter. The heat of the sun did not stop them. At some point though, it rained and they have to rest for awhile.

Celso Pepito has posted Jiks Villanueva’s output in FB with these words: “Jik is more at ease with using bronze, copper and wood in his creativity as sculptor. Allowing himself to go with the LAB2016 theme, he gladly embraced EXPLORATION to hopefully discover other medium that might add to his creative transformation. For this artwork, he challenges himself using marble.”

Jiks Villanueva's work
Jiks Villanueva’s art piece, photo courtesy of Celso Pepito
photo courtesy of Maxine Xie Xian Xin
photo courtesy of Maxine Xie Xian Xin
Time together for lunch break.
Time together for lunch break.

POSTNOTE:

My discovery for the day: this egg container when lighted, gives off smoke that drives mosquitos away,

Now we’re beginning to see the formerly shapeless marble slabs are now slowly taking shape.

And everybody is happy, specially when two more sculptors from Nepal arrived today.

9 Nov 2016 Ferado

Organising committee

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Yang Teramat Mulia Dr Tunku Monsor Ibni Almarhom Tunku Kassim
(Founder of Yayasan Tunku Kassim)

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Yang Mulia Raja Omar Ikram Bin Raja Abdullah Omar
(Patron of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016)

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Yang Teramat Mulia KDR (B) Abdul Hamid Ibni Almarhom Tunku Kassim
(Organising Chairman)

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An evening with the organising committee
From left :
Liew Kian Yap
YM Raja Omar Ikram
YTM Dr. Tunku Monsor
YTM Tunku Hamid
Azizi

9 Nov 2016 Ferado

A very timely reminder

November 8

Today, Facebook reminded me of an article I wrote for Philippine Star (a local newspaper in our country) way back in 2009. It’s a very timely reminder related to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

That was the first time I got connected to ArtMalaysia founder, Mr. Liew Kian Yap and other international artists. Even then, I witnessed Mr. Liew’s passion for the arts and his commitment to encourage other artists toward this shared goal of using art for global social transformation: art that is highly responsive to current issues affecting mankind.

Thanks to Mr. Liew’s efforts to keep ArtMalaysia going. We appreciate his efforts in initiating art events like Art Biennales in Malaysia and connecting international artists from all over the world.

I thank God for allowing me to be part of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 and am looking forward to more of these.

http://www.philstar.com/good-news/521050/art-exhibit-commemorates-50th-philippine-malaysia-ties

8 Nov 2016 Ferado

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Part 4

November 7

SCULPTORS EXPLORING ZUL IDRIS’ PLACE

Raju Pithakote(Nepal) adding one bottle to this statue.

Jik Villanueva (Philippines) “exploring” this piece of wood.

I love the interplay of circles and lines in this photo.
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More discussions…

Group photo.

And while the sculptors are at it, the painters continue with their sketches.


Charley Lesquelin’s “Only a Leaf” sketch.


Another sketch from Celso Pepito.

8 Nov 2016 Ferado

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Part 3

November 7

MORE “EXPLORATION” FUN AT THE SCRAP YARD

The sculptors exploration extended to finding potential materials from this junkyard. Searching treasures among the piles of seemingly “trash” materials proved to be a playful adventure for most of these sculptors. At one point, a few of them even lay on top of a pile of used soda cans!

The “playful, child” part of the sculptors were awakened in some ways.

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For the love of art: Helen Crawford's dirty hands and feet show the beginning of her "labor of love" art piece.
For the love of art: Helen Crawford’s dirty hands and feet show the beginning of her “labor of love” art piece.
8 Nov 2016 Ferado

LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Day Part1

November 7

In line with this year’s Langkawi Art Biennale’ theme: EXPLORATION, the sculptors’ team agreed to go on an island exploration expedition. They will do this to see the venue where their works will be displayed and to source materials they will use for their sculptural masterpieces.

FIRST DESTINATION: LICC
Today’s first destination is Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC). Getting to see the venue where the sculptors’ works will be exhibited would help them make decisions as they create their sculptural pieces.

Mr. Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin, LAB2016 Coordinator welcomes the 2016 LAB sculptors to the Langkawi International Convention Center.
Mr. Hairul Azizi Amat Tokimin, LAB2016 Coordinator welcomes the sculptors to the Langkawi International Convention Centre.
Impressive design and structure of the LICC greet the 2016 LAB Sculptors' Team.
Impressive design and structure of the LICC greet the 2016 LAB Sculptors’ Team.
LICC is known to be the  most complete and the first international convention centre in Langkawi Island.
LICC is known to be the most complete and the first international convention centre in Langkawi Island.

LAB 2016 Sculptors' Team explored the inside halls of LICC,
LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Team explored the inside halls of LICC,

Mr. Liew Kian Yap,  Langkawi Art Biennale Founder discusses how the LICC would accommodate the art pieces and would be the centre for all activities related to the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.
Mr. Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale Founder discusses how the LICC would accommodate the art pieces and would be the centre for all activities related to the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

The LAB 2016 Sculptors' Exploration Team
The LAB 2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Team
8 Nov 2016

Sculptors… the work begins

First, a meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris

Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris - discussion and planning
Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris – discussion and planning

Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen


Then the next day, it’s off to EXPLORE the island to source for materials …

The sculptors and installation artist, Fumihiko Sano jumped into 2 vans and drove around the island. Happily, they went EXPLORING!

1st stop was Kisap area… to look for pieces of wood and discarded marble, off-cuts of stone with interesting shapes, texture and colour.

Jean Lewis Dick and his students  from Mauritius
Jean Lewis Dick and his students from Mauritius

Sculptor and teacher, Jean Lewis Dick came to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 with his students from Mauritius as part of a sculptor student exchange programme. This will give them invaluable exposure and experience – mixing, EXPLORING and learning from sculptors from various countries, using various materials and tools.

JIK : Hmm,... you look promising!
JIK : Hmm,… you look promising!

Maxine : See what I found!
Maxine : See what I found!

They even got to see the gigantic circular saw that is used to cut through these boulders.
See how huge is the saw!
See how huge is the saw!

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2nd stop was a scrap metal collection centre at Tanjung Mali. You will definitely NOT get to see this on a normal tourist package tour.

Aide : What can i do with this ??
Aide : What can i do with this ??
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape

Camarderie among sculptors and artists was high as they put their ideas together on how they can use all resources from this island to create sculptures that relate to the theme “EXPLORATION”

Then the last stop was Zul Idris’s workshop… to start working on their pieces.

They carried all their ‘precious’ finds into the workshop. There was a shortage of equipment but they made do with what was available. It was nice to see sculptors from several nations putting their heart and mind into their task, working and sharing the tools and equipment, making it happen for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 – Sculptors section.

The weather was rainy and cool in the morning. But come afternoon, everyone felt the heat. It was tiring,…but it was a good and productive day.

Today all the sculptors started work!

8 Nov 2016 Ferado

Listed on The Island Drum website

TERIMA KASIH !! Thank you to Vanessa Workman of The Island Drum for listing LAB2016 in their Langkawi – Future events page.

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The Island Drum website is based in Langkawi and is THE site to go to, to get to know Langkawi better. I just love the segment THIS WEEK IN LANGKAWI- WEEKLY UPDATES.
Here, you will know about locations of both fine dining restaurants and night markets with its glorious food (complete with mouth-watering pictures) and listed day-by-day, so one does not miss out on any happenings!

The website helps tourists (and locals) to explore Langkawi further. Kudos to her hard work keeping track of all the events and sharing updates. Now she has also expanded to explore other parts of Malaysia.