Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.-- James A. Froude (1818-1894)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CITY OF CATS & DOGS - Art Exhibition At Annexe Gallery, Central Market, KL

The Annexe Gallery and Central Market are proud to present CITY OF CATS & DOGS

A Group Art Exhibition by Jaja Yusof, Donald “Dog” & Rosli bin Mohd Don

Exhibition dates and times: Fri 7 Nov to Sun 16 Nov, 11am to 7pm

Buyers' Preview Date and Time: Thu 6 Nov, 1pm to 7pm

Please contact Pang Khee TeikTel: 03-2070 1137, Email: pang@annexegallery.com

Admission free

Venue: The Annexe Gallery2nd Floor, Central Market Annexe,Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel & Fax: +603-2070 1137

You are cordially invited to the Exhibition Opening of City of Cats & Dogs:

on Fri 7 Nov, 7.30pm

Featuring music performance by Otam
(Joint exhibition opening with “In Sacred Spaces” exhibition)


After a string of events championing human rights, The Annexe Gallery’s latest exhibition turns its scope to the plight of our furry friends.
City of Cats & Dogs is an exuberant celebration of KL city life as seen through the eyes of three young Malaysian artists—Jaja Yusof, Donald "Dog", and Rosli bin Mohd Don—whose main subjects just happen to be cats, dogs and city street scenes. No mere house pets or lifeless empty streets, the trio’s creatures and urbanscapes burst forth from their canvases in a riot of colours, movement, and personality. There is a strong positive spirit that runs through all the works which is refreshing and a joy to look at.

Part of the proceeds of the exhibition will be channeled to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).THE ARTWORKS

Jaja, Donald and Rosli work chiefly with acrylic on canvas, painting in the “naïve art” style of their mentor, the Malaysian naïve art guru Yusof “Gajah”. All three are united by their unabashed love of colour and an idealistic outlook on life. Jaja’s paintings feature chiefly a smiling cat in various settings, being hugged or swimming underwater, unmistakably an ode to instinct and love – as symbolized by her affection and identification with cats. Similarly, Donald’s alter ego, the dog, is his main subject matter. Donald’s dogs are seen in various contexts, often surreal.
The dog’s adventures in the city can be seen as a metaphor for his own adventures as a Sabahan moving to KL to pursue a career as an artist. Rosli brings with him experience as a batik artist to his intricate and childlike scenes of bustling street life in KL. Both celebratory and idealistic, Rosli’s canvases present a dreamy invocation of the city as a positive space for community, contrary to depictions of cities as oppressive environments. All the artworks in the exhibition are for sale.

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