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Planet Shangri-La
Justin Lim
Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) is pleased to announce Malaysian artist Justin Lim’s (b.1983) highly anticipated solo exhibition in Malaysia. Planet Shangri-La is scheduled to run from 11 – 26 October 2019 at Richard KohFine Art, 229, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar 59000, Kuala Lumpur. The artist will present 12 new acrylic paintings on canvas.

In Planet Shangri-La, Lim continues his research into the various depictions of Utopiathroughout history and art. In his previous exhibition, Honey Trap Arcadia (2017), Lim referred to great western depictions, and as an extension of this, the artist has widened his research into Eastern interpretations of paradise, particularly through oriental mythology paintings and traditional blue and white porcelain. Hence, the series is identified by adistinctive Dutch blue.

A hallmark of Lim’s practice is his keen sensitivity of colour and understanding of its politicswithin human psyche and social history. In this exhibition, Lim examines the notion of the ‘artobject’ via the juxtaposition of specific colour markers, closely associated with precious commodity prized by both Western and Eastern royals. Laced in his familiar tongue-in-cheek commentary, the series is somewhat conceptually ironic; venerated as a ‘precious’ object, yet simultaneously, it is a testament to human’s neglect of the natural environment and the artistlonging for a utopia. As explained by Lim, “In a way, I am documenting my outlook and sentimenton the state of the world and trying to find beauty in between the bleakness and discomfort of thehuman condition.” There is a strong sense of melancholy within its narrative and Lim expressesthis via his depiction of underwater landscapes with coral and flowers, void of humanintervention, providing hints that a non-human infested world is probably what Shangri-La, an earthly paradise looks like.


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