Seeing art in passing time and peopled space

By Ooi Kok Chuen

April 2015 PENANG PALETTE
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One of the three blocks of the People's Court.
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One basic function of art today must be to heighten the aesthetic significance of normal life. What better way to do this than to re-engage with entrenched architecture?Lee: Engaging pioneering communities.Art today can involve the most ordinary of people doing the most ordinary of things, fulfilling the Beuysian dictum of “Everyone (Being) An Artist.”No more the elitist, inspirational thunderbolt from the sky thingy, it may not even be a commoditised aesthetic object of astronomical value and something awfully technically accomplished....

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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.