Everyone is impatiently awaiting the arrival and installment of RTFO by Malaysian artist Suhaimi Fadzir. We’ve just been informed that his artwork has made it to this side of the globe, and should be in our possession within the next two weeks. What’s more exciting, Fadzir will be working in the Marsh Gallery on his typical large-scale mixed media pieces. We will keep you posted on the dates and times he will be working, so please stop by and see our artist in residence!
Until then, here is more information on Suhaimi Fadzir:
The Schmidt Art Center welcomes RTFO, Recycled Toys and Found Objects, an exhibit by Suhaimi Fadzir. In his life and in art, Fadzir integrates contrasting, even contradictory, elements to create joyful mixed-media works that balance chaos and order. For Fadzir, the contrasting elements include home and cultural traditions, professional ways of working, and materials used in his art.
The subject matter and inspiration for his work include folk tales, wise sayings, and written language from Malaysia where he was born and maintains a studio. The style of Fadzir’s expressive paintings reflect his training in Western modern art history that he studied while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Bridging the two cultures in his work and in his life is a current concern for Fadzir as he lives and works a part of each year at a St. Louis-area studio.
After working as an architect, a conceptual effort designing buildings that meet the client’s practical needs, he now works full time as an artist who uses his hand and mind in creating personal, visually satisfying work. His artwork is an amalgam of the two professions; consequently, he coined the term “archipainting” to describe his work as “a painting with an underlying structure.”
The third area of Fadzir’s creative connections is the cast-off materials he joins on the traditional artist’s canvas. Artists have been incorporating found objects into their work for some time (for example, Robert Rauschenberg’s 1959 painting Monogram with a stuffed goat). Fadzir takes it further by juxtaposing the cute and commercial object with the stuff that suggests a natural or human disaster. He combines children’s toys, objects associated with innocence, with a chaotic array of paint and building materials that might be found in the aftermath of a tornado, tsunami, or terrorist attack. His alchemy is in structured paintings conveying the hopeful possibility that, even in crisis, we humans can make something new and joyful that helps to make sense of the rapidly changing world.
-Libby Reuter, Executive Director
The opening reception of Suhaimi Fadzir’s RTFO, along with Ansel Adams and our education exhibits, will be held Thursday, November 18th, from 6 – 8 p.m.