Sunday, May 28, 2017

Being in the moment at NVAG

25 May - 31 July 2017 .  National Visual Arts Gallery aka Balai Seni Visual Negara . Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia

An interactive installation art 'Being in the moment' by Lisa Foo @ Di Mana (Where are) Young: 101 contemporary women artists exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 May - 31 July 2017. Curated by Koon Tan.


Installation of an interactive giant marionette, measuring approximately 15ft in height, made out of jute ropes crocheted to imitate organic life it takes form. The marionette is installed with a cranking mechanism to encourage participation and interaction from the audience, allowing them to control and manipulate the movement of the puppet. The artist intends to create an organic puppet so that the audience will be able to witness the fragility of life through art and the impermanence of being.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Encore at The Print Room

15 April - 21 May 2017 . The Print Room . Petaling Jaya . Malaysia

Razak Mansion has been around for 50 years as an affordable public housing in the city of Kuala Lumpur and homes to many families in the period of nation-building. These are the final moments captured on film photography before the demolition.

In memory of Razak Mansion by Lisa Foo with installation is exhibited at
'Encore' film photography exhibition at The Print Room,
Opening on Saturday 15 April 2017 and  is on every Saturday and Sunday, till 6 & 7 May 2017 at 2-6pm, 49, Lorong 16/9E, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

This group exhibition has been extended till this Saturday and Sunday, 20 & 21 May 2017, 2-6pm.

In memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017.
B&W film photography installation by Lisa Foo.
Medium: Liquid light on cement fibre board.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Moved by Padi: Highlights

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

Moved By Padi team have been preparing the videos, together with LUMA.  We now could share with you the video of our performance highlights and Beyond The Seeds documentary of the Making of Moved By Padi.

Performance highlights of Moved by Padi, 2016. Click video.

Crew and team of Moved by Padi before the performance. Photo credits to Joie Koo.

We would like to thank once again to all our sponsors and supporters for making Moved By Padi production and documentation possible. 

For more information and updates, please like facebook page at Moved by Padi.



Moved by Padi: Behind the Seeds and Beyond.

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

Behind the Seeds and Beyond is a video documentary on the making of Moved By Padi, 2016. Click video.


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 was 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 George Town, Penang.

For more information and updates, please like facebook page at Moved by Padi.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

In memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017

30-31 March 2017 . Razak Mansion . Kuala Lumpur

Razak Mansion—Inside Out was an open studio WIP exhibition of paintings by Leon Leong and photography by Lisa Foo.

It was held on 30-31 March 2017 and later extended to April 1 and 3. The open studio was an invitation for all walks of life to come visit Razak Mansion for the last time before the demolition. The residents are now moving out and by May 15, Razak Mansion will be vacant and silent.

Razak Mansion is the last of the remaining iconic Kuala Lumpur government housing projects from the late ’50s to ’60s. The other two, Suleiman Courts and Pekeliling Flats, have already been levelled to make way for new developments and soon, this fate will also befall Razak Mansion. By March 31, 2017, the apartments where families have lived for decades will empty for good. While residents have been assuaged with the promise of new and bigger replacement apartments, what they stand to lose, in non-tangible terms, is presently unfathomable.

In Memory of Razak Mansion, 1967-2017. Film photography with installation by Lisa Foo.

Colour of Time. Paintings by Leon Leong.

B&W film photography hand printed and installation by Lisa Foo.

Colour of Time. Oil paintings on pegboards by Leon Leong.

Leong painting live of residents at Razak Mansion.

Majestic trees at the open garden between blocks.

Shadow play of Razak Mansion's vent-blocks screen.

For more information and updates, please like facebook page at Razak Mansion Inside Out.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Precious at Artemis Art, We are 5

13-19 February 2017 . Artemis Art . WhiteBox MAP@Publika . Kuala Lumpur

From group exhibition catalogue 'We are 5' by Artemis Art:

One of the certainly more unique visual artists we have had the opportunity to work with is Lisa Foo. Formally trained as an architect, Lisa’s professional life deals with designing things that are permanent. But her installation art pieces on the other hand run counter to the demands of architecture, something of a conscious choice. Impermanence is a key idea in Lisa’s installation works.

The first time we exhibited her installation was during FACETS, the all-women group show we staged in 2015, and our first large scale art exhibition. Utilizing primarily found organic objects – leaves and twigs among her current favourite materials – the installations Lisa creates are simple, yet mesmerizing at the same time.

Precious” is an installation that Lisa created specifically for this exhibition, and is a reminder that within the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer lies a fragility that is incumbent upon us all to protect.

Precious is an interactive installation for audience to manipulate the movements of the rustling leaves.

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.