Urban Xchange aims to provide a platform for national and international artists who operate outside of traditional systems. The intuition behind this project is to “wear out” the contemporary art practice and, in particular, urban art, as art border, and place it in close contact with the local area in order to stimulate a process of interaction and cross contamination. It is an event that aims to reflect the culture as well as participate in helping define it by using public art as an element of cultural dynamism and growth strategy of socio-economic, cultural and tourism.
URBAN NATION aims to bring together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighbourhoods in every corner of the world and around the globe. It is a unique vision with the goal to support renowned and up-and coming contemporary artists alike as well as cities and their inhabitants. By hosting workshops, events and exhibitions in a non-profit public space, it promotes community, participation and creative exchange.
HIN BUS ART DEPOT is a contemporary art centre that aims to support and nurture the new generation of contemporary artists in Malaysia by providing a channeling of their creativity. We also aim to promote Malaysian artists on an international circle. Artists both local and international are invited to utilize the space as a means to increase the exposure and appreciation of art in the local community.
Director and curator of Urban Nation. Her creative vision is catalyst to the growth and evolvement of the Project M/series. As gallery owner, curator and producer, Young is deeply involved in the international urban arts sphere.
Curator-art director-author. Acquired her anthropology and media degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Curated first public art festival in Malaysia ‘Urban Xchange ’ in 2014, exhibition ‘Art is Rubbish/Rubbish is Art’ by Ernest Zacharevich, etc. Currently is founder/executive curator at Hin Bus Depot Art Centre.
Is a Fine Art graduate from RMIT University, Australia. She has been curating independent shows for four years and has worked with organizations such as George Town Festival. She is currently Hin Bus Depot’s gallery manager.
Tank Petrol (Great Britain) creates work inspired by women’s portraits, mixed with geometric shapes and animals. Using a combination of stencils, fonts and traditional paint, tank is comfortable working across variety of media and projects that include painting, customising, creating large scale murals, interior design and carpentry. No matter what form he works in, Tank’s work always retains a finest quality.
Bibichun (Malaysia). Never one to condone to society’s norm. Bibichun’s works is fresh with honesty and mischief. Besides being a street artist, Bibichun’s practice includes varieties of art form. He uses art as a platform to communicate with other, mainly because is much less motivated to speak, and he is also very keen in exploring the power of an image and how it could influence the society.
Don John (Denmark). ‘The method I primarily use is a combination of stencil graffiti and illustration. My favorite thing to use on the streets are paste ups. For my gallery pieces I use wood panels instead of canvasses. I think the wood gives the painting a more organic feel than the clinically white canvass. I have put up work in Copenhagen, New York, Berlin, Munich, Paris and Tokyo and have exhibited in Denmark, USA, Germany, France, U.K. and Australia.’
Donald Abraham (Malaysia). Donald Abraham is one of Malaysia’s best known young artists for his visually engaging works that are recognizable for their style and influence from graffiti. First appearing on the Malaysian art scene in 2007, he has gained admiration for his funky aesthetic which many of the younger generation can identify with. Experienced in doing murals, his work can be admired at Publika Mall in Kuala Lumpur while he has also done a commissioned mural for Nestle in 2010 to 2011.
Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania). “A quickly rising street art installation artist from Lithuania is keeping his work refreshingly down-to-earth and sincerely engaging with the public. While some artists working on the street can lose sight of how to have fun, Ernest Zacharevic keeps his eye on creating installations that punch through the third dimension and pull passersby into his work, and some times on it.”
Fauzan Faud (Malaysia). ‘A self-taught artist, most of my works are expressions of me living life subjected to my world view. These eyes. These people. These subjects and the experiences. I convey my choices and decisions in life in my work, intent to share the experience with the viewer/participant.’
Karl Addison (Germany). As Karl Addison’s art and vision evolves—from blank slate, to paper, to mural, to installation, to unoccupied public space—our understanding and comprehension of the world around us begins to unfold as well. We may not notice his input, infiltrating our subconscious—our everyday—but it’s there. Addison’s art and commentary on history and culture are everywhere, becoming part of the collective unconscious.
Kenji Chai (Malaysia). Kenji Chai was born and raised in the city of simplicity, Sandakan, Sabah and currently lives in Kuala Lumpur. He was bred on comics, cartoons and storybooks from an early age and spent his days rummaging into these worlds of imagination. His works includes the use of cute and vibrant characters with his main medium being graffiti combining elements of pop culture, fictional censorship, and a positive mental attitude, in all he creates layered scenes of mischief!
RONE (Australia). Famous for his sumptuous paintings of glamorous women, in particular an often recurring image of his so-called Jane Doe, Rone’s work attempts to locate the friction point between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent. A key individual in the Melbourne street art scene then, Rone’s images have not only appeared all over his city itself but have increasingly began to appear all around the world too, his trademark figures, his heroic, alluring, cinematic icons manifesting themselves in ever larger, more elaborate and emotive forms.
Mr. Toll (New York). Mr.Toll has been making work on the streets of New York for years. He is an artist who marches to his own drum – whether it’s an octopus eating a pizza, an overturned ice cream cone, an image of the world melting, or an egg-eyed and bacon lipped face on the wall. Very few people do street sculptures as well as Mr. Toll, and his commitment to creating diverse work makes him a standout in a field filled with artists concerned with gallery representations.
Henrik Haven (Denmark)
Copenhagen based curator and photographer taking pictures for some of the leading international magazines, blogs and social media sites within contemporary art and public art. I contribute regularly to Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Graffiti Art Magazine, VNA Magazine, Brooklyn Street Art, Arrested Motion, Vandalog, StreetArtNews, Fecal Face, I Love Graffiti and Instagrafite.