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Exhibition: Dreams ‘Known x Unknown’

What happens when you put two amazingly dreamy, dreamily amazing artists imagination together in one exhibition? You get the world of Known x Unknown.

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The first piece, “Known Unknown” by ERYN, alludes to the mysteries of unknown creatures hidden within objects that are familiar to us. “Unknown Known” on the other hand, is an existential compilation by Ajim Juxta.

You’ll definitely spend a considerable amount of time gazing and admiring the 37 outstanding works on display at this exhibition hosted by the Sembilan Art Residency Program at Aku Cafe & Gallery.

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It was a feast for the eyes served up by ERYN’s fantastical imagination. The painter contrasts her whimsical, modern portrayals of nature in an unusual setting, displayed in such a way that emphasizes her eccentric views; against the even more abstract 2D nightmares of Ajim Juxta with his visions of a supernaturalistic, cyberpunk utopia/dystopia.

The two different styles of artistry compliment each other in the little space of a comfortable cafe in the heart of the busy city. Both creative realms merge in the collaborative pieces depicting both artists’ messages and their mutual influences. Shining through is a selfless, symbiotic teamwork which reveals shared tastes and a fine internal dialogue between the joint exhibitors.

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The underlying theme of both artists here play heavily on the deconstruction of our hedonist adaptations of a materialistic life. It forces us to re-examine the social norms and the inevitable incisions of time, all the while exploring the aberrant imaginary worlds.

With individual collections such as “Rasuk Implantasi”, “Garden Head Series”, “Penghuni Distopia Series” and the “Bonsai Series”, there is plenty of alluring depiction of these two visualists’ unique perspectives to take in and dissect in your own time.

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Known x Unknown is now opened for public perusal on the 1st floor of the Aku Cafe & Gallery on Jalan Panggong in town till June 7.

Let yourself into these small windows opened by these individually-interesting collaborators to their surreal worlds, through ERYN’s top drawer works like “Tell Me About Yourself”, to Ajim Juxta’s blood paintings (yes, he used blood to paint); both translucently connected as if by robust string – the tension between these two approaches near-communion.

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