Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Moved by Padi

20-28 August 2016 . George Town Festival 2016 . Macallum . Penang

Rice is central to the way of life of East and Southeast Asia. It embodies nature and culture. It strengthens human/kinship relations at the table. It is a powerful and evocative symbol of the collective self of a people.

Celebrating the centrality of rice to our existence, Moved By Padi is a multi-arts collaborative project led by Aida Redza (choreographer /performer) with Lisa Foo (installation artist /scenographer), Ng Chor Guan (composer /musician), Sarah Ameera (visual artist) and Mao Arata from Japan (choreographer /performer). The project will be produced by GTF 2016, managed by Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio with Production Manager, Tan Hock Kheng (ZXC Theater).

The production initiates a collaborative performance process involving four Malaysian artists – Aida Redza, Ng Chor Guan, Sarah Ameera and Lisa Foo – working together with Mao Arata from Japan. Moved By Padi is a mixed media production that is best described as a creative act. It encompasses visuals, installations and music in an experiential site dance performance to be held at Macallum site.

Moved by Padi transplanted a paddy field into the city of Georgetown, Penang.




Coming Soon!
Registration for passes opens today at GTF office.

Contact GTF Box Office.
George Town Festival Office
86 Lebuh Armenian, 10200 Penang.
Tel: 04-2616308

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fragility of Life

17 - 23 August 2015 . Artemis Art . Whitebox MAP@Publika . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia
The pieces that I have created are about being consciously aware of the idea "living in the moment", as with our buzzing lifestyles in the world of constant immediacy, most or sometimes we forget to pause and appreciate what the beauty of a moment could provide sustenance to our being.
By Lisa Foo

Walking Around

The art installation titled WONDERING is at FACETS: a group exhibition by Cerebral Vagina at White Box Publika KL, 17-23 August 2015. Curatorial direction by Artemis Art.






WONDERING inside you will find in sequence Walking Around, Discovering the Significance, Connecting the Line, Seeking Out & Looking Forward.

 




This is an excerpt of Lisa Foo's profile from the FACETS catalogue, written by S. Jamal Al-Idrus:-

In addition to site-specificity, Lisa’s installation art is also about impermanence. The art itself being impermanent is a reflection of the reality our lives are lived in a sequence of specific moments. The impermanent nature of her art invites us to savor each moment, because that moment exists once, and only once.

Life, Lisa believes, is about experiences and memories, and the impermanent nature of her installation art is a reflection of this belief.


Connecting the Line
 
The art that Lisa creates is also how she deals with her concerns for the environment. She believes that in today’s modern world we produce too much, and once what has been produced outlive their intended purpose, they are simply discarded, posing a threat to the environment. The large collection of plastic mineral water bottles she amassed is one obvious example.

Similarly with natural materials, such as leaves and twigs, materials most people consider mundane. The art Lisa creates by reusing and re-purposing unwanted materials is her attempt at answering the questions “How can we re-use?” and “What can we create with the things we re-use?”


 Things created for a specific albeit impermanent purpose need not necessarily become useless once the end of their intended purpose is reached. Lisa is constantly finding new materials to re-purpose into objects of beauty, through her installation art. Like someone who embarks on a new venture after retirement, the post-intent life of materials can continue, only with a different purpose and in different forms.


Discovering the Significance

Discovering the Significance (close-up)

Connecting the Line (close up)
 
Seeking Out
 

Looking forward
 

Cloudescape

Oct-Dec 2015 . Photography . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia
Cloudescape: As human beings, we should aspire to sustain the wonder of nature and life!

For almost 2 months in the last quarter of the year 2015, Kuala Lumpur was blanketed in haze from agricultural fires in Indonesia - the longest haze period. It was sort of an annual affair without fail caused by open burning in Sumatra - land clearing for the planting season, illegal mostly. The smoke is blown over by the south-westerly wind over the Straits of Malacca to the west coast of peninsula Malaysia.

With dense pollutants in the air and over the sky, the days were like dooms day - gloomy and grey, smell of burnt ashes of the forest. We lost the greens of the forest and the blue skies at the same moment for convenience and greed.

Sometimes we forget to look up to the sky and appreciate the beauty we have been bestowed by nature on this Blue Planet that we are inhabiting.

A reminder for us all to being human.
Photography by Lisa Foo

Dreamy Mood Cloud

Elephant Cloud

Moon on the Blue

Floating Cotton Cloud on blue

Slithering Cloud

Golden Sky Land Sea

Monday, September 14, 2015

The making of Impermanence

17 - 23 August 2015 . Artemis Art . Whitebox MAP@Publika . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia
While prepping for the installations to be at FACETS exhibition this year, Lisa Foo's work-in-progress of impermanence created visual dialogues through collection of leaves and twigs from the streets and neighbourhood we live in.

 Twigs Cycle by Lisa Foo
 
 Circle of Leaves by Lisa Foo

Circles of Leaves by Lisa Foo
 
Wind Dancers by Lisa Foo
 
 Leaves Leaves Leaves by Lisa Foo
 
Passage of Life by Lisa Foo
 
 Lost and Found by Lisa Foo

Installations at FACETS

17 - 23 August 2015 . Artemis Art . Whitebox MAP@Publika . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia

Video of these installations Wondering, Cycle of LIfe, Circle of Life & Grooving with the Wind by Lisa Foo at FACETS: a group exhibition by Cerebral Vagina at the White Box Publika KL, 17-23 August 2015. Curatorial direction by Artemis Art.

Video credits to S. Jamal Al-Idrus of Artemis Art.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wind Dancers

6 June - 5 July 2015 . Mall of Medini . Nusajaya . Johor . Malaysia
Medini Live! Music, Film, Arts Festival

The Wind Dancers by Lisa Foo: Sculptural installation made out of leaves, twigs and branches of two 15 feet interactive giant marionettes installed with a cranking mechanism to encourage participation and interaction from the public audience at the festival.
 
Wind Dancers made out of leaves, twigs and branches
Takes 2 sets of cranks to move the 2 giant marionettes
Dancing crowd in front of the Wind Dancers 
At the cranks, one of the many puppeteers of Wind Dancers


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Marionette wins KL Mayor Sculpture Award

Excerpt from The Edge Galerie

Artist Lisa Foo’s gigantic marionette created from leaves, branches and twigs took home the trophy of the inaugural KL Mayor Sculpture Prize Award last night.

Awarded by KL mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib at the closing ceremony of the Art in the Park (ATP) festival held at the Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, the winning sculpture was described by one of the three judges as an idea that was most engaging to the public.
 
 
The judging panel comprised top contemporary artist Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Singaporean architect T.K. Quek and Metropolitan Museum of Manila former director Cora Alvina.
 
“The use of leaves and branches as found objects from the park makes it ephemeral and botanical, and it deserves to be acknowledged in this inaugural award for its ambitious idea and execution,” said Alvina, in her citation of the sculpture.

Entitled, ”Walk in the Park”, Foo’s interactive sculpture was suspended beneath the expansive roof of the Perdana Canopy pavilion.
 
The marionette could be moved by visitors via a crank-and-pulley system. The artist explained that her intention was to transform the unexpected into art and beyond the norm of sculptural installations. The work actually focused on the fragility of life, reflected in the materials used.
 
See more at The Edge Galerie

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walk in the Park

16 October - 2 November 2014 . Art in the Park . Kuala Lumpur
@ Perdana Botanical Gardens aka Lake Gardens

The first public art event in KL's oldest park. 



Walk in the Park by Lisa Foo

Approximately 15 feet high, this gigantic, organic and interactive moving marionette is made of leaves, twigs and branches collected in the Perdana Botanical Garden. It represents the fragility of life as the marionette naturally withers away during the festival.


Giving the organic leaves, twigs and branches a second life, the public have the opportunity to interact and manipulate the movement of this puppet to their delight. An awareness to appreciate nature and life through art.






More on Art in the Park facebook page.

Friday, January 24, 2014

YMA II travels to Penang

17 January - 31 March 2014 . Penang State Museum & Art Gallery . Penang . Malaysia

Seacreature 13 by Lisa Foo @ YMA: New Object(ion) II travelling to Penang State Museum & Art Gallery at Macalister Road in 2014

Medium: PET bottles, cable ties, LED lights, chalk

Young Malaysian Artists II is an exhibition initiated by Galeri PETRONAS to celebrate young artists. New Objection is a collective effort to create artwork that are free from any form of restrictions, regulations or barriers. It aims to explore new creative abilities in the hope of discovering new art idioms or vocabulary. Using the combination of modern techniques, these artists manage to skillfully maneuver the traditional aesthetic concepts while highlighting the meaning of their artworks.
Curator: Badrolhisham Mohamad Tahir.

Artist Statement

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Making of Intertwined

6-8 December 2013 . Black Box . PUBLIKA . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia
Paper origami set design by Lisa Foo in a contemporary dance performance titled "Intertwined". Produced by Toccata Studio

 
Paper origami set design by Lisa Foo
 
My thoughts about this,
we weaved into each other
sharing in the light.

Through thoughts and actions
from each our disciplines
bring meaning to such...

Changing, adapting,
constant tweaking to better
making sense of this...

Single space, the stage
through time, light, sound and movements,
interlace as whole.

Live Origami!
Idea of flat sheet paper
Narratives be told...

Through paper crumpling,
Captures movements of dancers
Sculptures in moments!

Imagine in life,
still moments in each of us;
Intertwined within!
 

 
Paper origami set design by Lisa Foo

Sunday, December 8, 2013

INTERTWINED: Set Design by Lisa Foo

6-8 December 2013 . Black Box . PUBLIKA . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia

Paper origami set by Lisa Foo
 
A contemporary dance performance challenging the idea of collaboration between different disciplines. Choreographer Steve Goh, music composer Ng Chor Guan and installation artist Lisa Foo created a performing art installation interpreting the word "Intertwined". Produced by Toccata Studio.

Mind, Heart and Soul united by twist of fate in harmony and mayhem!
 
 Paper origami set by Lisa Foo

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Young Malaysian Artists: New Object(ion) II

01 October - 30 November 2013 . Galeri PETRONAS . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia

SeaCreature 13 by Lisa Foo exhibiting at
Young Malaysian Artists: New Object(ion) II
Venue: GALERI PETRONAS, KLCC Suria

Artist Statement: Lisa Foo

As I am concern with the speed of materials being formed and sometimes neglected or wasted,  I create installation sculptures with materials from everyday mundane objects like plastic drinking bottles, paper, latex gloves, LED lights, that we often given amiss of their quality;  its banality and its throw-away nature. In my creative experimentation with found objects, I am seeking for that transformation of the unexpected into art and beyond.



Medium: PET bottles, cable ties, LED lights


YMA II is an exhibition initiated by GALERI PETRONAS to celebrate young artists. New Objection is a collective effort to create artwork that are free from any form of restrictions, regulations or barriers. It aims to explore new creative abilities in the hope of discovering new art idioms or vocabulary. Using the combination of modern techniques, these artists manage to skillfully maneuver the traditional aesthetic concepts while highlighting the meaning of their artworks.
Curator : Badrolhisham Mohamad Tahir 



Monday, September 16, 2013

M50: Selamat Hari Malaysia

27 August-17 September 2013 . The Boulevard, PUBLIKA . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia


"I Love Malaysia" by Lisa Foo
Medium: Latex Glove and Spray Paint
Size: D300 x W500 x H600 cm
Image from M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia catalogue 

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Hari Malaysia, M50 celebrates the ‘Malaysian Spirit’. Balai Seni Visual Negara (BSVN), as an agency of Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan, is taking the lead in this nationwide art festival from 26 August to 17 September that will see the participation of 40 art galleries across 13 states including Sabah and Sarawak.

BSVN is hosting an exclusive exhibition at MAP KL and Publika, showcasing 50 artists. The exhibition attempts to encapsulate the aspirations of
contemporary Malaysia and articulate the new spirit, 50 years after its birth as a nation state.
Curator     : Nani Kahar. 
Co-curator: Intan Rafiza

 "I Love Malaysia" by Lisa Foo
Medium: Latex Glove and Spray Paint
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Art Residency at CHHS

4 - 17 June 2012 . Muar Johor . Malaysia





















Reflecting the beauty of nature on land that we have given amiss with the artificial seacreature to remind us all to appreciate what we have on this planet. Start taking care of her before it's too late. UP-cycled plastic bottles into seacreatures series of light sculpture installations on trees. The sculptural trees were chosen as part of the installation to have people wonder on our beautiful surroundings that we owned. Further to exhibit to show and to remind us that the useless material of plastic bottles that was only used once or even not used because of it being defective during the manufacturing that it could be turned into something delightful in our environment.


 




Lisa Foo was invited to be artist in residence for Chung Hwa High School Muar Art Festival, celebrating 100th years anniversary with an art festival 2012.