One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
A young Lithuanian artist attracted much attention during the last few years, as he embarked on a journey around the globe creating fun and playful street art and installations. Ernest Zacharevic in not new to the street art in Asia, since he fell in love with the George Town neighborhood of the city of Penang, Malaysia in 2012, and now he returned to the quarter to present the first solo exhibition of his life. The exhibition titled Art is Rubbish is Art was opened on January 17, at the abandoned and a rather shabby Art Deco building, the Hin Company Bus Depot, which has proven itself to be the perfect setting for Zacharevic’s playful images. In the photos taken by Henrik Haven, all of the preparations for the show were captured, as was the artwork presented. The show is open and free to the public, and it will run through February 14, 2014.
Street art in Asia by Ernest
A couple of years ago Ernest Zacharevic executed a large number of murals, installations and clever artistic interventions in George Town, and this exhibition will generally follow his amusing style. A lot of depictions of children and local people set in various genre scenes are the main feature at Art is Rubbish is Art, besides the conceptual character of the show, which directly addresses recycling and environment preservation.
As most of his work is site-specific and based on the photographs he captures himself, the artist produces a new series of murals, paintings and installations using the locally resourced material, from old furniture, wood, old blinds and all kinds of discarded items, to paint. Exhibiting a keen eye and an effortless talent, Ernest Zacharevic has managed to reinvent these objects into truly beautiful pieces of art. The show counts 23 works of art, which are all going to be moved to other locations. Some are going to be a part of a permanent art collection of E&O Hotel Victory Annexe gallery and some [installations] will be moved to the city, in order to embellish the urban areas, as street art should.
The young Lithuanian contributed the show with new murals inside the compound, painted on paint-peeling, brick-showing walls, but still, full of life and charm. Lighting of the exhibiting space was accommodated to the show, so it was suggested that the best time to view is in the evening, when the mix of natural and artificial light will make a special, mysterious atmosphere and bring out the spirit and the artistry of the works.
At the same time, Ernest Zacharevic is working with E&O Hotel in order to put up another exhibition, that will showcase his oil paintings of Penang landscape, sketches and prints, all witnessing his amazement with the south Asian island.
Ernest Zacharevic – Background
Earnest Zacharevic a.k.a. ZACHAS grew up in Lithuania, where he started creating art as a child. As he found the graphic art studies to rigid, he moved to London in order to explore freer realms of creativity. Soon after, he began travelling the world and that road took him to the situation in which he greatly contributed to street art in Asia. Currently, Ernest is in Penang. Later, we can’t say.