HAFFENDI ANUAR (b. 1985, Malaysia) is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, paintings, installations and drawings. Mining art history, technology, nature and regional contexts Anuar creates object-based works that recycle found images and artistic styles from digital and local sources.
His work traces the contemporary mutations that occur in cultural symbols as a result of displacement, digitalisation and commodification. Through the inflated velocity of its digital dispersion and the pixelation of traditional designs and patterns, the resulting object becomes a pseudo-artefact. Its existence is inspired by kitsch decorative pieces and cultural debris, questioning their potential to enter Western economic exchange markets.
Anuar completed a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, USA and a BA (Hons) Sculpture at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. He is the joint winner for the first outdoor sculpture commission for the Battersea power station development in partnership with the Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2017. Anuar's work was exhibited in Head Heap Heat at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Singapore and The Horizon is Just an Illusion: New Thoughts on Landscape, Our ArtProjects, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018. The artist has exhibited internationally including New York, Venice, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur. Anuar attended Kooshk Residency, Tehran (May 2019). In September 2019 Anuar was selected as one of the artists in the publication '100 Sculptures of Tomorrow' by Kurt Beers.
Haffendi is currently enrolled in MA Ruskin school of Art, University of Oxford (2019-2020).
PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Corporate Collection, Singapore
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK