Jul 29, 2011

Melaka Dreams, by Daniel Brinsmead

We are especially proud to uncover the theme of our new exhibition held at Studio : Melaka Dreams, by Australian artist Daniel Brinsmead. Born in 1970 in Murwillumbah, NSW, Brinsmead is part of this new generation of Australian artists unafraid to tackle personal political issues and interpret their world views through art. Deep, dark and undisciplined are common descriptions of Brinsmead's paintings, which - in the words of David Broker, director of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space - "reflect a world in which the individual has a tenuous grip on the controls. While Daniel never openly reveals specific situations or events, one always feels that he is painfully honest and that this cathartic work might drive us along the dangerous path to understanding the Cimmerian recesses of the human psyche".

Here's how Daniel Brinsmead describes his work : "My work examines human nature in relation to contemporary culture. I like to question the way we think, feel, and behave, and explore how we act and react to our social and physical environments. I am inpsired by the way children approach art. It is direct and honest, an immediate interpretation of life as they know it. My personal search within myself as an artist and how I want to express my creativity has taken me to a kind of simple and direct of being in my art. I am constatntly looking for the way to paint and work where I am energized and excited by what I am doing. I then take this simplicity and combine it with the knowledge and perspective of an adult to explore the question of who I am and the world around me".

We hope to see many of you coming to Studio to experience Brinsmead's paintings with your own eyes. Melaka Dreams is ongoing until August 16th, 2011. For more info, visit our website.

Studio at Straits
86 Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang
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Jul 16, 2011

Kopi Cine is temporarily closed and being relocated

Dear followers,

As you may have already noticed, Kopi Cine is currently closed. This is however only temporary and we will soon announce a new location for our brand-new gourmet outlet. So stay tuned, more news coming soon...

Also, the Stewart Lane residences which were part of the Straits Collection are now under a new management. However, our residences on 89 to 95 Armenian Street are still available and you can proceed with your booking on our Straits Collection website.

In the meantime, we would like to thank all our patrons for their continuing support and look forward to giving you all more details soon of our reopening and expansion plans.

Remember that it is still time for you to enjoy our current exhibition in Studio @ Straits on Armenian Street. THIS IS IT - Black & White is an exhibition that looks into the integration of art and design to make artworks beyond a wall hanging visual artwork.

For more details on the THIS IS IT exhibition, click here.

And don't forget the ongoing Georgetown Festival 2011, a month-long celebration of the inscription of George Town on the UNESCO World Heritage Listing on 7th July, 2008. Scheduled to be an annual event, the Festival is a feast of theatre, music, dance, film, art, opera, food, fashion, photography, and inspirational talks.