and LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
- AN ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
Thursday, 30th November 2017
2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
58-60 Jalan Rotan
50460 Kuala Lumpur
(Principal of Pentago Landscape Sdn Bhd)
(Rimbun Dahan Co-Foundar)
Abdul Multhalib Musa
ILAM Member only : RM 20 (Administrative)
Limited to: 20 pax
Talk 1: “Integration of Art and Sculpture in Landscape Design”
by Wendy Khaw
Talk 2: “Supporting visual artists through residencies and Promoting the application of arts in building and landscape, with reference to the Rimbun Dahan artists residency programme”
by Angela Hijjas
Talk 3: “The challenges and current Art scene in Malaysia”
by Abdul Multhalib
OPEN TABLE DISCUSSION
LAr Nik Malik (Principal Malik Lip Associates)
Drew Harris (International Renowned Artist)
Nizam Abdullah (Local Renowned Sculptor )
LAr. Noriah Mat , (CA,CPSI, Council Member, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)
Council Member, Malaysian Park, Amenity And Recreation Society (My Parks)
Closing & Tea Break
Sculpture has long been a medium of expression in the art world, yet in Malaysia this medium of art has evolved with a negative perception, and has been a taboo topic especially among the local population. Based on certain religions and cultures, sculpture is considered an element of worship and certain religions oppose them creating a negative impact on the visual arts industry and the international image of Malaysia. The current situation is that culture has become the unwritten guideline to local sculptors for their inspiration in creating a form of art. Human figures and animal sculptures have long been taboo among the local population and authorities, leading to a more abstract approach in expressing this subject matter. In this case, local artists and sculptors rely on nature and cultural symbolism in expressing their works of art.
The question remains, at what level of acceptance does the public and local authorities have in approving sculptural works of art. How does policy and guidelines help or discourage the artist's creativity in expressing their sculptural masterpieces? And finally, what we can do as professionals, academics and local authorities to educate the public on importance of sculptural art as a Malaysian identity rather than a source of controversy.
Sculpture and landscape design can collaborate with each other to create interesting spaces for all to enjoy. Sculpture and artwork should be one with the surrounding landscape thus enhancing the value of the space. With this in mind, artists and landscape architects should work in collaboration to integrate each other’s design creating a harmonious relationship between art and the outdoors.
By having this open table discussion and knowledge sharing among artists, professionals, educators and authorities it is hoped that the outcome may be able to paint a clearer picture on the level of acceptance of sculptural artwork and how we can work together as professionals in Malaysia. The outcome of the discourse is to encourage debate to obtain a clearer guideline that can benefit the artists in continuing to express their creativity and the image of Malaysia as a new movement of art within the region and create a more creative collaboration between art and landscape design.