two-man show by Justin Lim (Malaysia) and Samsudin Wahab (Malaysia)
TAKSU Singapore, 13 – 31 October 2011

culture vulture
noun Slang.
1. a person with an excessive or pretentious interest in the arts.
2. someone who steals traits, language and/or fashion from another ethnic or social group in order to create their own identity.

TAKSU Singapore is proud to present Culture Vulture: an exhibition of works by Justin Lim and Samsudin Wahab. Featuring paintings, drawings, and prints by Samsudin Wahab and Justin Lim.

“There is a lot of raw meat in ‘Culture Vulture’, a two-man show by Malaysian artists, Justin Lim and Samsudin Wahab at TAKSU Singapore. As peers, in their late-twenties, both have established themselves as front-runners of their generation locally with artworks that are sought after by collectors, regionally and abroad, through their genuine interest and active involvement in the world of creativity, artistically (and musically). Having just returned from a residency in Vermont followed by a tour of the States; Justin Lim is brimming with stories of encounters with cultural icons/heroes and the travelling experience, visiting arts institutions and museums. In ‘Culture Vulture’ his artworks were done prior to and during the sojourn overseas. Samsudin Wahab recently moved to a larger space atop a restaurant and in close proximity to a morning (wet) market, located on the other side of town from the previous one. The pieces exhibited by him are the latest series of work executed in the new studio…” continue reading ‘Framing Culture Vulture’ by Noor Mahnun Mohamed.

SAMSUDIN WAHAB (b. 1984, Malaysia) Samsudin Wahab graduated from UiTM Seri Iskandar Perak in 2005, and from UiTM Shah Alam in 2007 with BA (Hons) in Fine Arts, Majoring in Printmaking. His paintings intuitively bridge the local / global dialogue, picking up on a collective awareness informed by the internet, profusion of international magazines, comic sub-culture and its fusion with indie industries, desktop graphics and graffiti. Samsudin has exhibited extensively in various spaces in Malaysia and Singapore, and was awarded Malaysian Emerging Artist Art Award in 2009. Among several Artist Residency programs that Samsudin participated in are: Rimbun Dahan Malaysia (2009), TARP KL Malaysia (2009), and Mumbai, India (2010). Samsudin Wahab lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

JUSTIN LIM (b. 1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) completed his postgraduate studies in 2006 with the Master of Art (Fine Art) programme by The Open University UK conducted at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore after obtaining a BA(Hons) Fine Art majoring in paintin in 2005. In his practice, Justin Lim examines the connection between existence, religion, politics and its relation in our contemporary social context. Using painting as a medium, he continuously represents and questions the human capability to distort the truth. He has exhibited widely in Malaysia and Singapore in various solo and group exhibitions. In 2007, he was the Artist-In-Residence at TAKSU, Kuala Lumpur and was awarded the 2008 Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. He has also exhibited at the 2009 Asian Art Biennial at the Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and represented Malaysia at the 2011 Asian Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Justin Lim lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Exhibition runs from 13 to 31 October 2011.

Opening reception: Thursday, 13 October 2011, 6.30 – 10.00pm
RSVP at by 11 October


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