Ernest Zacharevic’s first solo exhibition in an old bus depot

- the malay mail online, 16-01-2014

GEORGE TOWN, Jan 16 — A general air of neglect hangs around the 1940s Art Deco style building with its walls of peeling paint and overgrown shrubbery.There was a time though when this building in the heart of George Town used to be a meeting point for commuters waiting for their bus.But today, art works and murals decorate its crumbling walls.The old Hin Bus Depot has been given a new lease of life, not by way of extensive restoration, but by being the perfect canvas for a street artist like Ernest Zacharevic.Portions of the walls have crumbled due to years of neglect, some of the roof is also gone, leaving exposed wooden beams and the formerly yellow paint is peeling, exposing different layers underneath, some down to the bare red bricks that form the walls.Instead of seeing rubbish, decay or ruin, Zacharevic’s inaugural solo exhibition turns what would have been repulsive into something fascinating and artistic.His exhibition, accurately themed “Art is rubbish/rubbish is art”, focuses on finding beauty in unexpected places and consists of a mixture of wall murals and art works using recycled materials.The old Hin Bus depot along Gurdwara Road, formerly known as Brick Kiln Road, stood abandoned and vacant for many years ever since Hin Bus Company stopped operations sometime in the 1990s.

 Art of Ernest Zacharevic

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