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Lot 01

b. Kelantan, 1972


Signed and dated ‘Ise 2008' (lower right)
Kodak endura E paper, ed. 6 of 8
41cm x 28.5cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE  RM 2,500 - 3,000

Ise graduated from UiTM, Shah Alam with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1997. His conceptual works centre around his personal experiences and the culture of urban communities. Ise produces interactive events that encourages dialogue through working with comic narratives and material that reflects popular culture.

Ise has had 4 solo exhibitions In Japan, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia between 2006 and 2008, along with numerous group shows. His solo exhibitions include ‘Super Fiction’ at the Japan Foundation (2008), ‘Time Capsule’ at Kedai Kebun Forum in Indonesia (2007) and ‘Keluar 90 Hari’ at Gallery 4A in Sydney, Australia (2006). A few of his significant group exhibitions consist of the ‘Philip Morris Art Awards’ at the National Art Gallery, ‘Dual Games’ an Asian residency project in South Korea (2008), ‘Streaming Festival 3rd Edition ‘Super Fiction’ at the Hague in the Netherlands (2008), as well as ‘A Starting Point: Intrude 366 - Dynamic of Change and Growth’ at Zendai Moma in Shanghai, China (2009). Ise was awarded artist fellowship awards allowing him travel grants to Tokyo (2007) and Sydney (2006) along with honourable mentions in the Philip Morris awards in Malaysia.

Ise has shown at the Singapore Art Biennale and Asia Triennale in Manchester, U.K. in 2011 and previously at the Jakarta Biennale in 2009 as well as the Istanbul Biennale with Indonesia Collaborative Ruangrupa in 2005. He is a co-founder of Sentap art publication in Malaysia and runs the alternative Space Parking project in KL.

This work was presented at Ise’s Super Fiction solo exhibition in Japan at JFKL Gallery (2008) and is inspired by the artist’s visit to Japan. Ise created an illusive and fictional image of the cityscape using photographs he took of the city. Skyscrapers, fighter jets and superheroes or monsters are all elements in the piece that brings to mind imagery usually seen in Japanese superhero movies from the 80s - a place that holds a particular fascination for the artist since watching Ultraman as a youngster. Super Fiction 8 expresses Ise’s interest and love for the “Japanese urban condition” as well as the energy of the “super” modern city.

Ise considers himself an observer and is interested in different people, cultures and backgrounds as well as the life, conditions and particular energy that is found in modern urban environments. Super Fiction 8 shows a fractured sense of the city, a place of many distractions and sights - at one moment a number of incidents occur simultaneously, capturing the energy that attracts Ise to cities. The looming “monster” in the background hovers over the general population as a seemingly destructive force while people appear to carry on without a care in the world. The imagery gives the impression that perhaps one of Ise’s observations is that in our modern world where people are bombarded with images and information incessantly, life goes on and daily occurrences will continue as normal, unaffected.

‘Super Fiction’, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2008