• Jonathan Shiek

Art Exhibition in George Town Attracts Many Art Buyers Despite CMCO

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 14 — The first art exhibition to be held here immediately after the conditional movement control order (CMCO) was lifted was a resounding success with about 40 percent of the artwork sold over the weekend.

“Boxed In (One Foot At A Time)”, held at the Hin Bus Depot exhibition space, opened on December 12 and attracted visitors from other states.

According to curator Ivan Gabriel, they already sold 17 of the 43 artworks on display.“We also had buyers from Kuala Lumpur who did cash and go,” he said. He added that the brisk sales was a great encouragement to the artists as some had declared their work “not for sale”, thinking that artworks might not sell during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of 27 artists showcased 43 of their artworks, all with one similar theme — their interpretation of thinking outside the box by creating artworks using two 12-inch square wooden boxes. Ivan said some of the artists explored current issues such as being literally “boxed in” due to the movement control order (MCO) earlier this year and also explored mental health issues due to the pandemic and lockdown.

All of the artists, though many are locals, are Penang-based including foreign artists who have made Penang their homes. 

“Boxed In” is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm until December 31.


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