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.
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.
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.
The Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 Exploration Journey continues. This time, with a group of sculptors from various parts of the world.
Tonight fifteen sculptors from Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Japan and the Philippines gathered at Breakfast Bar, Langkawi Island. They discussed plans for the sculptural projects they will be making for for the upcoming celebration of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.
They will be sourcing materials from Langkawi Island. Some of the materials to be used are marble, stone, wood and materials from scraps.
It was a night of discovery, getting to know one another and planning together for the sculptural projects that will be showcased in the Langkawi International Convention Center during the Langkawi Art Biennale celebration from November 16 to 23.
” As artists, we should not be confined to a place or the materials we are going to use in the sculptural pieces we are making. We are here to explore and express our creativity and resourcefulness as artists, not to be limited with materials or space”, Jik Villanueva of the Philippines shares his point of view in the discussion.
Afterwards, Charles Lesquelin performed some of his songs for the sculptors and the public.
The excitement rises as we look forward to seeing more of the artists’ performances in the coming days and seeing their outputs, both from the painters’ group and the sculptors’ group.
Daily, we get exciting doses of more explorations and discoveries as we get nearer to the opening of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.
Tonight (Nov4) at dinner time, Mr. Azizi surprised our team. He told us that YM Raja Omar Ikram B. Raja, Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 came to see us, inviting us to dinner.
What a privilege and honor to meet our Patron and his wife, Madam Anne Jay!
It’s not everyday, one gets to meet royalties. We are aware they are very busy people but their taking time to meet with us, dine with us and just talk, was so gracious!”
The following day (Nov5), we met with our Patron again; for a sketching session with our “Exploration” Team artists.
The next day, they joined us after breakfast for a sketching/Painting session with our “Exploration” Team of artists.