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To comprehend Haslin Ismail’s second solo is to look back at last year’s Rimbun Dahan artist residency exhibition in Kuang, where his larger-than-life paintings that delved into the realms of make-believe were the subject of critical acclaim. The Universiti Teknologi MARA graduate’s fascination with sci-fi and fantasy continues in ‘Transfiguration’, which showcases a grand total of 28 watercolour-on-paper efforts and ink drawings.
The psychedelic eponymous piece sees a massive tree coming to life and sprouting limbs in dramatic fashion, which reinforces Haslin’s utilisation of nature and the human anatomy in his artworks. The Terminator-like man-versus-machine paradigm also plays an integral part in ‘Dorsiventrality’, which portrays bones of a human rib cage deftly morphing into cogwheels and bolts. The local talent’s dalliance with a mechanised world may have begun as a homage to Japanese anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’, but his imposing body of work explores themes of love, family, death and existentialism as well. Wong Boon Ken
G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya.
Tel: 03 7880 0991
From: Jun 8, 2013 To: Jun 30, 2013
Time: Daily, 11am-5pm
Advance booking: No