Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Graffiti at the Movies

They’s James Bond at GSC Nu Sentral, KL. Image credit: http://www.star2.com/culture/arts/2017/01/09/graffiti-at-the-movies-yes/

The art doesn’t need to end when the credits roll.

The next time you leave the cinema hall after a movie at Golden Screen Cinemas in Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur and even elsewhere – you might just find yourself walking alongside characters from movies such as Deadpool, Fast And Furious, Spiderman and Star Wars.

GSC and graffiti artist They (Mahathir Masri) are working together in an art collaboration. The 34-year-old artist, armed with some six dozen different spray paint cans is  presently working daily from midnight till dawn, to create art along the corridors that links the darkened cinema halls to the bright lights of the shopping mall.

“This series of work features characters from upcoming movies this year, which also happen to be all my favourites. GSC has given me quite a lot of freedom to explore ideas, which I really appreciate as an artist”, says They.

“It makes me really happy that this project captures the spirit of graffiti; it’s in the ‘back alley’ of the mall, it’s authentic and cool, and it’s art done directly on the wall”.

Not just them. There are others too.

Kenji Chai has brought other well-loved characters from titles such as Guardians of The Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to life as well.

Pursuing his love of art, Kenji started out as a graphic designer, but soon came to the realization that the computer felt too much like “a barrier between art and himself”.

Thus, he turned to graffiti art as a more direct artistic expression – and he has not looked back since.

Kenji Chai’s spray painted version of Planet Of The Apes at GSC IOI City Mall in Putrajaya. Image credit: http://www.star2.com/culture/arts/2017/01/09/graffiti-at-the-movies-yes/

Arif Rafhan’s Star Wars work at GSC East Coast Mall in Kuantan, Pahang. Photos: Golden Screen Cinema

Arif’s Thor at GSC East Coast Mall in Kuantan. Image credit: http://www.star2.com/culture/arts/2017/01/09/graffiti-at-the-movies-yes/

Eki’s Minions at GSC Aeon Bandaraya Melaka, Malacca. Image credit: http://www.star2.com/culture/arts/2017/01/09/graffiti-at-the-movies-yes/

On Monday, I was at the Tropicana Golf & Country Resort in Petaling Jaya to attend the Crystal Toastmasters meeting. I was there as the General Evaluator.

A well-attended meeting and with great speeches and evaluations. Great hospitality too.

In my book, the No. 1 Toastmasters Club in District 102. No doubt about it.

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