20 August 2013

Repeat Pattern @ Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

Characteristics of Chris Pole's paintings are obvious to see: devoid of living beings, hyper-realist depictions of natural elements, stencilled word, and an oddly familiar perspective. But it is the flattened surface of man-made structures, that render his works modernity, and a "children toy block" effect. As a 6-week tourist and resident artist in Malaysia, 'Translation' and 'Navigation' captures the spirit of the exhibition title, where iterations of colour and shape illustrate beautifully the architecture of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and the National Mosque. An unintentional satire emerges in 'Submerge', a painting of Lake Titiwangsa with the Istana Budaya and National Art Gallery in its background, imbuing a double meaning of sinking culture to the local viewer.

Submerge (2013)

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