Askandar Unglehrt

As a Malaysian artist of European origin. I observe the East with one eye and the West with the other. A “third eye” – my creative eye – combine the fragments of my observations into experiences of their own. Most of my works are humorous explorations of modern life.

At the moment, my favourite techniques are collage and (visual) construction. I arrange a wide variety of ready-made pictures and objects to create meaningful relationships. By “meaningful” I do not mean “realistic”. On the contrary, I like to transform “reality” – we all heave already had so much of it – into a kind of meat-reality or hyper-fiction, which can be read as a caricature of paradoxical aspects of life. This I try to achieve by creating unexpected, mysterious or grotesque correspondences among the various visual components of the work.

My favourite hunting ground is the genre of cultural interferences, modern myths and clichés. I look to the melodramatic world of film and TV entertainment. I like to parody the absurd aspects of pompous rituals, hyperbolic statements, shallow love, imported joys and sorrows, culture borrowed for a lazy afternoon…

I do not intend to be offensive. My art is meant to be thought-provoking and liberating through the conciliatory quality of humour which turns sadness and anger into a smile. I am inviting the well-intentioned, but usually over-serious viewer to share my looking-glass and smile with me: These are serious jokes.

1943 Born in Germany
1964-72 Studied in Sorbonne University, Paris
Major in French and German Language, phD in Poetry of Jean Arp.
Self-taught artist.

Honor
1998 Chief Judge – Philip Morris Art Competition, National Level, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Walau Bagaimanapun…
Suma Orientalis, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

2001
In Praise of Hope
The Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

1998
The Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

1998
X Pub and Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

1997
Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1989
USM Off-campus Gallery, Penang Plaza, Penang, Malaysia.

1988
RUPA Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1985
Lehrerseminar Solothurn, Switzerland.

1984
Gallery Wonchenblatt, Ravesburg, Germany.

Group Exhibitions
1986
Open Art Show
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1987
Utara ’87
Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1988
Open Art Exhibition
Balai Seni Lukis, Kota Bahru, Malaysia.

1989
UTARA ’89
Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1990
5th ASEAN International Art Exhibition
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1995
Paint On Print
Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2000
Landscapes in South—East Asian Art
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

2001
In Praise of Hope
The Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

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