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Lot 041

b. Perak, 1980


Acrylic and bitumen on canvas
122cm x 183cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Saiful Razman Pelan Pelan dan Bilik Gerakan, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2008; illustrated on catalogue.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 8,000
Here, fifty cell-like panels in different colour gradations of off-white, sepia, earth stains and dark brown, all framed in a grid. While the format allows the multidisciplinary artist-musician Saiful Razman to show how he manipulated and arranged the panels as if in a homogeneous brick-wall display, the vibes exuded in each panel are unique. The different panels also serve as a bar code. Made up of layer upon layer of heavy, decisive strokes of bitumen and pigment using paint rollers, Terancang investigates the disadvantages of living in the city - disorder on one hand, air stagnation on the other. The series also highlights urban fatigue and the psychological stress one experiences in the city. Saiful interprets this message using lines, shapes, textures and principles of repetition to convey the blurring of boundaries, degradation of atmosphere as well as political and social structures in a minimalist approach.

Saiful Razman hit the market circuit immediately after graduating with a BFA from UiTM in 2003. In 2004, he was featured in Valentine Willie Fine Art’s 3 Young Contemporaries. He was also selected for the 2004-2005 Rimbun Dahan artist residency. In June 2008, he held his first solo Pelan-Pelan & Bilik Gerakan at the Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and in March 2012, he staged the provocative Ereksi Jeneral at Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. He was a committee member of the Notthatbalai Festival organised by the Lost Generation Space in 2004. Saiful is also a bassist and lyricist in his punk rock band, Gasoline Grenade.