A Wild Amalgam at Art Biennial for the Young

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Chairs (ceramic) by Rahmi Bujang.
FINALLY, painting is dead, at least in the hugely prestigious Bakat Muda Sezaman (BMS, Young Contemporary Artists) 2021/2022 competition for young artists, some three decades after its demise was anticipated but unfulfilled. Out of the 81 entries screened from 161 proposals, few works constituted paintings while the rest were constructions, deconstructions (or reconstructions?), installations, site-specific art with conceptual basis, in multimedia forms like VR/AR and a few that were performatory. This time around in its 26th edition and for the first time since...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and 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.