Cut off by strict rules of social distancing, galleries are forced to renegotiate relationships with art and their audience. Despite the pandemic’s tenacious grip, curators and art arbiters are still rolling out shows to keep the local community culturally engaged.
This year, property developer Masteron Group, which owns Four Points by Sheraton, Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, has collaborated with L2 Gallery to create a moving art gallery comprising of a series of installations of mosaic sculptures. The latter will be showcased in various locations within the hotel premises throughout the year.
Naturally, Four Points’ strategic address — smack dab in the heart of KL’s founding roots — makes it the perfect location to showcase the culture and heritage of Malaysian Chinese. For those who have passed by the hotel’s entrance recently, you would have seen its first installation, Return of the Mythical Red Auroch, which depicts a life-sized red mosaic ox to ring in the Lunar New Year.
Artist and owner of L2 Gallery Alice Chang wanted to showcase the ox’s strength and fighting spirit, which will hopefully ward off any negative vibes lingering from the Year of the Rat.
Visitors will be graced with another installation come May when the Legacy series makes its debut, featuring a collection of dainty gift boxes made up of mosaics of Chinese porcelain.
“Navigating through the wave of emotions during this pandemic has brought our community closer together and tested our resilience in more ways than one. My idea was to present gifts to everybody, ” says Chang.
To read more about the installation, see here.