URBAN XCHANGE 2015

Month: October, 2015

SHOWCASE WORK BY 15 LOCAL & FOREIGN ARTISTS

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This year’s Urban Xchange Festival will see more than six murals and sculptures located
around George Town and Butterworth.

The two-week streets art festival kicks off on October 31 and will showcase
work by nine Malaysian and six foreign artists.

Other works, especially the Artisan Project, will be displayed in the Hin Bus Depot.

“This year, we have more local artists participating as compared to last year’s UX,”
said festival curator Gabija Grusaite.

See more at:
http://m.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/urban-xchange-to-showcase-work-by-15-local-and-foreign-artists#sthash.RVXAV4w8.dpuf

STAR-SHAPED INSTALLATION TO HIGHLIGHT UX2015

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A four-storey high art installation in the shape of a 12-sided star will be
launched as part of this year’s Urban Xchange (UX) Festival.

The international public art festival is back for the second year to bring more murals to the state along with other works including the UX: Artisan Project and this large scale art installation by young Malaysian artist Ong Jun Hao.

Touted to be the biggest art installation in Malaysia, the star-shaped installation will be
placed within the concrete superstructure of a building along
Jalan Raja Uda in Seberang Perai.

Ong, who goes by Jun Ong, created the site-specific installation as the main highlight
for this year’s UX.

The 27-year-old architect will be making the one-of-its-kind installation with close to 500 metres of steel cables and LED strips, producing an abstract light installation of steel simply called “The Star.”

See more at:
http://m.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/large-star-shaped-installation-to-highlight-urban-xchange-2015#sthash.VxS3GQix.dpuf

NAFIR

Nafir is a street artist based in Iran and interestingly creates mostly stencils on a number of Tehran walls.
Witty, motivating and direct – his style just speaks out for its self! 

The eloquent street artist admits to having a double life — one as a common Iranian with a normal day job and another, at night, as an illegal street artist who goes around showcasing his artistic masterpieces in public spaces.

Barely a day goes by without him spray-painting a piece of art and these are not graffitti but pieces that express his feelings about certain incidents in Tehran. Even though his works are usually erased by the Iranian authorities within a 24-hour period, Nafir continues on with what he calls his fight against oppression.

The artist now has a huge online following so he is extremely careful about keeping his identity secret, he has never granted any interviews with any media nearer to home and his self portrait is a stencil man with a large X on the face.

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