TRANSIT 1X1

 


The Service of Archives to the Past, Present, and Future
By Elizabeth Low

What is the significance behind history? From a young age, we are taught the importance of developing an understanding of how past societies, ideologies, cultures, and governments, among other things, were built. We observed how they were established, what they accomplished, and their shortcomings. As human beings, we thrive on knowledge; there is merit in being able to look back to a time before we existed to study what has grown, changed, or remained constant through the ages. The concept of learning from and about the past has the potential to encourage critical thinking and a sense of awareness in tackling current issues, while also cultivating appreciation towards all that has been achieved. 

Archives are essentially time capsules that safeguard elements of the past and fragments of human identity living within a collective of memorabilia. They are understood to be an assemblage of historical documents or records kept for the purpose of research and historical preservation. There was a time where the impression of archives was of dusty, dark rooms, swimming with old parchments or dry academia. However, with the revival of archives within the cultural world, modern archives are filled not only with official documents, but with other forms of unique and original artifacts such as, images, videos, sketchbooks, catalogues, letters, and more. Essentially, the journey and history of a work of art can be found in the trails and traces left behind by art exhibitions, sales documents, photographs, and articles. 

Yet, the role of art archives extends beyond the purposes of provenance research and catalogue raisonn√©s; archives can provide documentation of the decisions and activities of organisations, art practitioners, collectives. The wealth of information within the data has the ability to provide further perspective and context regarding anything ranging from completed works of art, to art movements, or pioneering efforts within the industry. Insight to the story behind artworks and the lives of artists can be found anywhere within correspondence between artists, diaries, records of business contacts, and more. With access to an abundance of data like these, we have the opportunity to dive into processes and behind-the-scenes narrative accounts of significant artworks and events in the art world. This in return enriches our existing knowledge, initiates critical discourse, and provide alternative insights. 

Evidently, archives have the power to educate, nurture, and inspire; the importance of their role reaches beyond just historians and researchers, but also to artists and art professionals alike. In the case of the Malaysian Art Archive & Research Support (MARS), the historical value of this public art archive lies in the ability to observe the development of the visual art scene in Malaysia, and its potential to inspire and nurture innovative initiatives in the visual arts. Through exhibition catalogues, academic literature, videos of performance art, and the series of other articles of information, there is room for great discoveries.  Access to spaces like MARS are necessary in creating and uncovering the different narratives and experiences that have shaped the industry in various ways. Thus, the work of preserving and celebrating a space that makes available an environment for constant growth and learning in our community lives on through this annual exhibition.

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Portrait 2021#1

Kow Leong Kiang
Oil on Canvas
30.5 X 30.5 cm
2021
RM 4,000 / Sold

Why Rose?

Dr. Sharmiza Abu Hassan
Glass , Plastic & Metal
28cm (h) x 16 cm diameter 
2021
RM 1,000


26 Sept 2020 to 26 May 2021

Masnoor Ramli
Graphite on 250 gm paper
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 2,000


Miss Nature V

Shia Yih Ying
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 4,000


Crying Superboy: Tribute to Palestine

Aznan Omar
Aluminium cast dan plate Aluminium
30 x 20 cm
2021
RM 4,000


Bias # Tumbuh

Hamdan Shaarani
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,000 / Sold

Apathetic

Edroger Rosili
Paperclay, Artificial grass, acrylic resin, wood 
30 x 30 x 10 cm
2021
RM 2,021 


Structure

Kim Ng
Fired clay powder, acrylic and varnish on patinated galvanized zinc.
30.5 x 30.5cm
2021
RM 1,800


Enlighten Me, Then

Haslin Ismail
Indian ink and white acrylic ink on raw canvas
30.5 X 30.5 cm
2021
RM 1,000 / Sold


Bisikan Bayangan

Samsuddin Wahab
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,400 / Sold


Batas batas....

Faizal Suhif
Oil, monoprint on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,200 / Sold



All Access Accessory

Ruzzeki Haris
Oil on canvas
34 x 34 cm
2021
RM 1,500 / Sold


Special Caste

Meor Saifullah
Mixed Media and Collage on Found Board.
30.48cm x 30.48cm (with frame)
2021
RM 400


Tiada Masalah

Sukor Romat
Mixed media on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,500


Stripped and Striped

Chan Kok Hooi
Acrylic on wooden stretcher, wooden frame
2021
RM 3,000 / Reserved


Jalan Abadi

Anisa Abdullah
Collage paper on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,200 / Sold



When Land tortoise meet Sea turtle

Cheng Yen Pheng
Mixed media
Diameter 12"
2021
RM 1,200


Unpredictable Mission 

Cheong Tuck Wai
Water colour paper, clear glue, oil and acrylic on non-woven fabric, latex & rabbit    
glue, gloss gel finishing 
30.5 x 30.5cm 
2021 
RM 1,200 / Sold


Philodendron

Chong Ai Lei
Oil on Canvas
30.5 x 30.5cm
2021
RM 1,200 / Sold


Donald Duck Symptom

Amy Nazira
Oil on canvas
30 cm x 30 cm
2021
RM 400 / Sold


Belum Bebas

Husin Othman
Acrylic, Galvanized on canvas 
30.48 cm x 30.48 cm
2021
RM 1,200 / Sold


Melihat

Nik Mohd Shahfiz
Oil on canvas 
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 900


The Blue Garden

Nik Shazmie
Acrylics on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 2,600

Last Kiss

Sabihis Pandi
Woodcut print on canvas and woodblock
30 x 30 cm (Diptych)
2021
RM 2,000 / Sold


Santun

Ajim Juxta
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 450 


Meditation

Shafiq Nordin
Acrylic on jute
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,200 / Sold


Pupus

Jamil Zakaria
Chicken wire, plastic (PVC)
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,600


Mother’s Orchid

Trixie Tan Lu Man
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 800 / Sold


Flowers

Fazrin Abd Rahman
Spray paint on aluminium strips
30.48 x 30.48 cm 
2021
RM 800 / Sold


FREE SPEECH

Aiman Aisamuddin
Oil on Canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 400 / Sold


Unconcious

Isa Ishak
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 200 / Sold


Luaran

Amirul Roslan
Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
2021
RM 350 / Sold


The Government Of Chrysalis

Ehlid Luli
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 1,250

Rebirth

Nazreen Nor
Oil on canvas 
31 x 31 cm 
2021
RM 400 / Sold


Ocean Sunset

Nazrin Haziq
Oil on canvas 
31 x 31 cm 
2021  
RM 400 / Sold

HUJAN SEMALAM

Loqman Hakim
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 350 / Sold


I’m Arrive !! (New Varian’s)

Hafizuddin Mat Yassim
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021 
RM 350 / Sold


The Dylesia

Syazwan Rahim
Mixed media & collage on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 300 / Sold


Pop Landscape I 

Syukur Rani 
Acrylic on canvas 
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 400 / Sold


Soul in the Shell 

Fong Jia Lok
Oil and charcoal on canvas 
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 900


Unity 

Syafiqah Sanusi
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021 
RM 500 / Sold


Don’t Break My Walls

Aina Arif
PVC clear hose tube, fabric discards and acrylic on canvas
34.2 cm x 34.3 cm 
2021
RM 1,500


In Between of Reality

Izwa Ahmad
Acrylic in canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 200 / Sold


Composition of Pucuk Baru

Shahnaz Azlin
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 400 / Sold


Holi Series : Haven

Sharini Yogi
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 650


The Still Life of “AI-M-I”

Aimi Atikah
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 500 / Sold


Bukan Zaman Atom

Wan Ahmad Idham Zulfi
Ballpoint pen and coloured pencil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 350


The Bird Catcher 

Mary Ann Thomas 
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm 
2021
RM 1,000 / Sold

Immunity

Putri Amrizal
Fabric collage, coated with clear acrylic finishing on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2021
RM 250 / Sold


Animal Farm 3.0 

Firdauz Baharuddin 
Mixed media - Clay, Found items.
42 x 60 cm
2021
RM 2,500

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