Kota Marudu sculptor expresses “hope” through art

Art is inherently beautiful. And art made by local artist contains invaluable intimations and perceptions of occasions, circumstances, and societies, writes Vesta Vanessa Jsol.

Visitors who visit the on-going ‘The 300 Exhibition – Chapter II’ at Sabah Art Gallery will definitely be amazed by hundreds of wonderful artwork, especially those ten tiny boat sculptures made from iron.

Neatly arranged around the exhibition hall on the first floor, the dark-silvered coloured sculptures seem like they are telling something – an untold story.

Curious to know what is behind those ‘boats,’ this New Sabah Times reporter decided to find and interview its sculptor, Rayner Goluhing.

“Hope,” the 29-year-old artist answered when asked about the theme of his creation.

Rayner who hails from Kota Marudu, said that those boats represent hope in people’s daily life.

“Every single day, each one of us might face different difficulties in our life. As an artist, I see that we (people) are swimming in the vast ocean, tired against the waves, longing for shelter and that boat will be our last hope to survive.

“I purposely create it in ten units with different sizes and shapes, symbolizing people’s hopes huge or small, strong or fragile.”

He took about a month to finish the ‘boats’ series. “It’s not that hard to produce, but it does take time to finish.” Currently, he is working with Sabah Handicraft Centre (Keningau).

His love of iron sculpture started since his childhood but only took it seriously in 2009 after he received an offer to further his studies in Bachelor of Creative Arts at a local university.

“These few years of my life were surrounded by pieces of iron, sprockets, barbed wire and fences that I turned into art. Some of the artworks were used as decorations in office lobbies, some hung here at the art exhibition hall and some ended up as house decorations.

“Sculpting is fun, especially with pieces which have been tossed out and deemed no longer of value. I found beauty in discarded pieces of metal.

“I thanked God for giving me a wife who loves art too,” he quipped.

Rayner and his two colleagues, Roslan Yusof, 42, and Alfred Paladius, 30, represented Sabah Handicraft Centre (Keningau) to exhibit their creations.

Roslan showcased batik painting themed ‘Sabah Nature’, while Alfred presented a series of drawings entitled ‘Valley.’

However, their artworks are just parts of the exhibition. There are more attractions that can be found by visiting the hall in person.

In the exhibition opening ceremony held recently, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said that locals need to support home-grown artists in order to ensure the continuity of the local art scene.

He said that the lack of support for local artists may hinder their motivation to create fine masterpieces.

“If we do not support our local talents, they will feel demotivated and our local art scene may face the risk of dying out. Give them encouragement so they can do better in the future and continue making art.”

Masidi added that locals should not only attend art exhibitions, but purchase the works of local artists as they are valuable in the long run.

“Many works produced by our local artists are of high quality. It is never a loss to invest in high quality artworks because its value only increases with time.”

He also reminded artists not to be easily demotivated by the lack of support, as it is all part of their journey in the field.

“We have a lot of talented artists, but we always underestimate their talents. We are more willing to spend thousands on foreign artworks when the quality of those artists may not be on par with our local talents.

“I urge local artists to always keep your heads high whenever people doubted you for they are road bumps that you have to face in reaching your full potential.”

Following the success of its first installation in 2015, The 300 Exhibition – Chapter II features 300 artworks of 30 local artists from around Sabah.

Themed ‘Bawah Bayu,’ featured artworks will be exhibited for three months at the gallery.

Sabah Art Gallery curator Jennifer Linggi said the theme was intended to promote Sabahan culture and heritage, which would inadvertently boost tourism in the state.

She also expressed hope that the exhibition will encourage more local artists to take part in Sabah’s art programmes to increase credibility in management and implementation.

“This programme also mirrors the determination of local artists in organising academic art-related events,” she added.

Artworks featured at The 300 Exhibition – Chapter II are for sale at RM300 a piece.


Source: New Sabah Times

Beautiful Sabah 3.0 contest attracts int’l participants

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism Board’s Beautiful Sabah 3.0 online photography and video contest, ended on October 8 and attracted participation from eleven countries through social media.

The countries were Australia, China, France, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Philippines, UK and Malaysia.

This is the third edition of the contest and has the most submissions from overseas.

A total of 800 photographs and 15 videos were submitted during the two-month online contest.

“The participation from most (of the) international countries is through the power of social media. Through social media, every post shared can lead to a site visit and eventually a conversion,” said Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, chairman of Sabah Tourism Board at the prize presentation ceremony, yesterday.

Winners of the competition were presented with their prizes yesterday at Sabah Tourism Board by Joniston, who urged the participants to use their talents and skills to keep promoting Sabah through their lenses and video making skills.

Also present at the event were general manager of Sabah Tourism Board Gordon Yapp, deputy general manager (support services) Noredah Othman and communications manager Hana S. Harun

The top five winners of the photography competition were Tsen Lip Kai, Rustam Razali, Clement Liew, Tirado Jupirin and Mohd Erwin Mohd Ussdek, and the top five winners of the video competition were Sharif Putra Sharif Ubong, Leon Kuan, Danny Daniel Nguai, Sharif Putra Sharif Ubong and Ivan Ong Jian Hau.

The Beautiful Sabah 3.0 sponsorship, worth about RM15,000 were from the private sector, namely the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort,  Sutera Harbour Resort, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Grandis Hotel and Resorts, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, Techfix, Canon Marketing (Malaysia), Syarikat Percetakan Suria, Toppoint Company Sdn Bhd, Ebiz Design & Communications, and Videographics Productions Sdn Bhd.


Source: Borneo Post

Sabah annual art exhibition set to inspire, gets 614 entries

KOTA KINABALU: The 32nd Sabah Annual Art Exhibition this year received 614 entries, the most participation since its inception in 1985.

A major annual art exhibition starting next month until January next year, the event will showcase 90 selected pieces by secondary school students and professional artists.

Organiser Sabah Art Gallery (SAG) said the winners will be announced during the presentation ceremony on Oct 20, which will be officiated by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

“As usual, we have two school categories (lower and upper secondary) and and open category for artists.

“But what is interesting this year is we got 614 entries, the highest in 32 years because on average we have received 350 entries; so this year it nearly doubles.

“The reason was due to participation from the six zones (for schools in Sabah) which have increased drastically.

“Sandakan for example sent in 164 entries compared to the usual below 20 entries. This was achieved due to collaboration with the Education Department,” said SAG curator Jennifer Linggi when contacted.

She added that while the theme remained the same which is ‘Sabah in My Point of View’ where pieces involved any subjects or topics related to the State, it was evident that the standard of artworks have improved.

“There were improvement in terms of of techniques as well as signs of deeper understanding and interpretation of current situation and social matters.

“For example, a rhinoceros-related piece using doodle technique following the death of Puntung in the middle of this year, showed environmental awareness and at the same time utilises current contemporary style (of art).

“We also received a lot more Khat calligraphy entries this year.” she added.

Source : New Straits Times

Plenty on offer at Borneo Eco Film Fest

Kota Kinabalu: Visitors will be able to enjoy a three-day festival featuring art, exhibitions, workshops and free talks at the 2017 Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF).

The film festival promises a fun, informative and interactive weekend for all at Suria Sabah’s fifth and sixth floor from Sept 22-24.

Programme Director Melissa Leong said this year’s programme includes the first ever BEFF Eco Art Carnival, wax-straw making workshop, green storytelling for children and panel sessions.

“The Eco Art Carnival features the collaborative work of artists who will be showcasing eco-themed art installations which is a great opportunity to check out and purchase the art and craftwork of local craftmakers and artisans,” she said.

Three main art groups will be participating, namely Persatuan Seni Visual Sabah (PSVS), Decorative Art and Craft Club and the collective from University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF).

One of the artistic highlights in BEFF this year is an Orang Utan Art Installation, called “Love Me, Love My Home” featuring painted portraits of Sabah’s iconic primate.

These portraits, which are also for sale will be hung on tree branches along the corridor leading to the venue, symbolically replicating the degraded habitat of the Orang Utan and visitors are invited to write and hang their eco-friendly pledge on these branches.

PSVS spokesperson and local artist Christianne Goonting, explained that this installation will serve as a reminder that humans must learn to sustainably co-exist with our natural surroundings.

“We must acknowledge the fact that our world supports a huge variety of life and we need to respect this.

We need to share and live together and not rob the animal kingdom of their natural habitat,” she said.

Meanwhile, children aged seven and above are invited to join a free wax straw-making workshop on Sunday, Sept 24.

Conducted by Carolyn Lau, founder of the citizen-led initiative ‘Tak Nak Straw!’ the workshop aims to encourage people to explore alternatives to plastic straws.

“It seems like such a small thing but single-use plastic straws are really bad for the environment.

It takes hundreds of years to break down. They fill up landfills and end up in waterways and the ocean, which then endangers our marine life,” explained Melissa.

“This year, we are screening a film called ‘Straws’ which shows why we need to rethink the habit of using plastic straws.

‘Straws’ will be screened followed by the wax straw-making workshop on Sunday, 12.30pm, Sept 24.

Additionally, there will be free talks and panel sessions where members of the public can interact with experts and engage in discussion on the various environmental and social issues featured in this year’s film line-up.

This year, there will be a special talk on Mount Kinabalu by The Sabah Society, a panel on access to education for underprivileged children and a light-hearted session on the pursuit of happiness and living a positive life by Dr. Sivakumar Kumaresan.

The three-day festival is an annual non-profit event celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through showcasing environmental films and nurturing local community filmmaking.

Source: Daily Express

Sabah has talented artists among multiracial community

KOTA KINABALU: The multiracial Sabah community with diverse backgrounds has the potential to unearth talented artists.

Deputy Chairman of the Sabah Cultural Board Datuk Jaimin Samitah said the Sabah Art Gallery (BSLS) is one of the main platforms for communities around the South West Coast and Sabah in general to showcase their talents. He pointed out that how a simple sketch could be turned into a wonderful art piece.

“Paintings and sculptures, and handicrafts among others started off with sketches. And if they are great works, we will share with the public through exhibitions,” he said.

He believed there are people who could translate an idea into beautiful arts.

It can be said that art covers every aspects of human life. In this modern era, artworks are seen as increasingly important as lovers demand for different dimensions of art forms, he said.

“Many think this art is trivial but it is actually one of the earliest areas in which creators produce works for the betterment of society,” Jaimin said officiating the 32nd Annual Choice of Works in South West Coast at the Sabah Art Gallery here, yesterday.

“The number of participation is increasing year to year, especially target groups from school students. “This year’s participation has doubled up compared to last year,” Jaimin said.

“I understand that the division level has been completed last week and on August 24, the state-level assessment will be carried out by our local artists,” he added.

Jaimin also urged BSLS to encourage participants to produce more quality and creative works. “I congratulate those who have been selected to win the prizes and not forgetting to the less successful, do not give up on your goal and continue to work on it.”

Jaimin also presented prizes to more than 15 winners including individuals from the open category. Among the winning students were from SM Stella Maris, SMK Shan Tao and SM All Saints.

Winners of categories A and B took home RM300 and certificates while for open category is RM1,500 cash and certificate.

Also present was the manager and curator of Sabah Art Gallery, Jennifer Linggi

Source: New Sabah Times