American artist Polly Apfelbaum transforms the IKON Gallery in Birmingham into a complex landscape that visitors are invited to walk through. Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers) is a mixed-media show of large-scale installations and smaller but no less significant works. Apefelbaum takes the show’s title from two sources: the first part being British singer-songwriter Graham Parker’s 1970s tune Waiting for the UFOs, which depicts eccentric characters awaiting the arrival of extra-terrestrials while drifting across America’s vast landscapes. Surrealist Rene Margritte’s definition of a garden provides the latter half of the title. Playing on these concepts, Apfelbaum strives to create an exhibition that behaves like a landscape to the viewer: as they move through the installation, perspective, light and parallax are constantly changing how they see the work in the space.
- When: 19 September to 18 November
- Where: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, U.K
The Korean Cultural Centre UK in London presents Dawns, Mine, Crystal, the first solo exhibition in the UK from Yunchul Kim. The South Korean artist combines science and visual effects into his fascinating work, making for educational and innovative pieces of art. The central installation is Cascade, a large-scale piece comprising 18-metre-long interconnected, transparent tubes with liquid continuously flowing through them. In this piece, Kim explores the artistic potential of fluid dynamics and the possibility of controlling the propagation of light through suspended photonic crystals. The rest of the show similarly explores the properties of other materials, cleverly blurring the lines between the realms of science and art.
- When: 17 September – 3 November
- Where: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW, U.K
Spirit Of Change
The ILHAM Gallery in Kuala Lumpur has been working closely with the Centre Pompidou in Paris to create a cultural dialogue between the two countries and to showcase Malaysian modernist art to a wider audience abroad. As a result of this collaboration, Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin became the first Southeast Asian artist to have a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou with his seminal Pago Pago (1960-1969) series earlier this year. The exhibition returns to ILHAM Gallery from now until 30 December. During the 1960s, Malaysia, and indeed destinations the world over, were undergoing rapid social and economic transformation and change. Mohidin’s Pago Pago series perfectly captures attitudes and reactions to this revolutionary period in history.
- When: Until 30 December
- Where: ILHAM Gallery, Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No8 Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September is your last chance to catch Teh Tarik with the Flag at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition sees 14 Malaysian artists explore their flag, also known as the Jalur Gemilang, by extending its symbolism and representing it in fresh and innovative ways. Its simple makeup of stars, stripes and colours belies the flag’s symbolic complexity and the feeling of national unity and pride it stirs in the people of Malaysia. Teh tarik is a popular local drink that also brings together many Malaysians daily; in this way, the exhibition strives to strengthen the bonds among the flag, the people and day-to-day life in Malaysia.
- When: Until 17 September
- Where: National Art Gallery, 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Saving Wild Lives
Malaysian artist Christine Das, also known as Ele Girl for her wildlife conservation advocacy and work, especially on elephants, will be one of four artists participating in an exhibition sponsored by WWF in conjunction with World Animal Day. Her creations depict majestic animals in danger of extinction, to elicit strong emotions about their beauty and their right to coexistence. Christine’s unique style blends form, curved lines and colour to create dramatic effects. The animal figures seem to magically appear or float in the horizon, leaving the observer wondering what will happen next.
- When: 1-7 October
- Where: St Jo Heritage Building, Level 3, Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang, Malaysia