Confessions of a Framer of Art

By Ooi Kok Chuen

May 2021 PENANG PALETTE
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Interim hanging of Dr. Jolly Koh's repertoire in between exhibitions. The sculpture on the pedestal is by American sculptor Brian Donnelly, better known as Kaws.
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WOULD YOU BLOW a couple of hundred Ringgit to frame just a small piece of tissue paper?This was one of the curious incidents in the 38 years of arty framing by Winson Loh, 52, better known as PinkGuy. After completing the task, curiosity got the better of him, and he discreetly asked the client why he spent so much money to frame a piece of tissue. It was something sentimental related to the client’s girlfriend, he was told, and Winson...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

art-writer and journalist, is the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.