Figure in a Room by The F Klub


The F Klub was formed in 2007 and is a collective of visual artists linked by a common interest in making figurative arts. ‘F’ is an abbreviation for ‘figure’. Initiated by Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Kow Leong Kiang, Noor Mahnun Mohamed and Shiah Yih Yiing, the purpose is to share knowledge between its members. The initial steps were to organize activities that will increase an understanding, to enhance their artistic skill in human figure, such as regular live drawing sessions. In 2008 artist Chin Kong Yee was invited to join in the fold. 2010 saw Maslin Ramly and Marvin Chan coming on board and the following 2011, Gan Chin Lee and Chong Ai Lei were part of the group. Using figure as a main subject in their visual arts practice, each member has a distinct style in formulating the representation of figure with a varied approach and techniques. Be it realistic, natural or expressive and to narrate stories, metaphors, allegories or just documentations collated from observations and visual studies, creating scenarios in paintings. Currently, all the artists are based in Klang Valley.

The F Klub has been exhibiting annually starting with a show called ‘F1’ at HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur (2009); trailed by ‘Sutra’ at Kamaria, Selangor (2010); ‘Skin’ (2011) and ‘Seated’ (2012) at HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur. ‘Scent of Bali’ at G13 Gallery, Selangor (2013) showcased renderings from drawing sessions that took place in Bali, Indonesia. A trip to Bandung last year also host discussions to go further afield and expand its scope. Future plans will include workshops, collaborative exhibitions regionally and with an outlook to grow, establish and engage F Klub as an entity within the Southeast Asian art landscape in terms of formalising a pool of resource for exchange and dialogue in the flourishing presence of practitioners in figuration.

Artworks


Arif Fauzan
Simpuh Kebayan
Encaustic on canvas
177.5 x 177.5cm
2017


Siund Tan
The Meeting 
Oil on canvas
91.5 x 122cm
2017 



Fadilah Karim
Evon.T
Oil on linen
92 x 122cm
2017 


Gan Tee Sheng
Missing
Oil on canvas
100 x 175cm
2017


Yuki Tham
Behind the veil - Contradiction
Oil on Canvas
100 x 150 cm
2017


Nik Mohd Shazmie
The Sun Walkers
Acrylic on canvas
183 x 153 cm
2017


Raimi Sani
Confide On 
Oil on canvas
121 x 152 cm
2017 


Ruzzeki Harris
LALAT
Oil & MTN aerosol spray on canvas
152.5 x 152.5 cm
2017


Bayu Utomo Radjikin
The Believers
Charcoal & acrylic on used paper
229 x 96 cm
2017


Hisyamuddin Abdullah
Big Dreamer
Charcoal & acrylic on paper
77 x 56cm (2 panels) & 23.8 x 16.7cm
2017


Ahmad Zaki Anwar
Reclining Figure16 
Charcoal on paper
148 x 102 cm
2017


Kow Leong Kiang
Glows 
Oil on canvas
90 x 142 cm
2017 


Shia Yih Ying
Good afternoon!
38 X 101cm
Oil on canvas
2017


















Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur


The Writer’s Portrait Series – A Revisit Showcase

In conjunction with Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2017, HOM Art Trans will be exhibiting artworks from Malaysian international artist, Yee I-Lan with an exhibition entitled The Writer’s Portrait Series – A Revisit Showcase. This exhibition is a revisit from her 2004 Writer’s Portrait Series and taken from Yee I-Lan’s artist statement, this series tries to draw an image reflecting a part of her environment that has influenced her; a small collective communal portrait made up of a selection of Malaysian Muslim male writers.

GWKL is a novel, annual 3-day celebration of aesthetic and cultural diversity, in Malaysia’s capital city. Having launched successfully last year, GWKL returns this December bringing together galleries, institutions, projects and more across Greater KL. Coinciding with Malaysia’s 60th year of Independence, GWKL 2017 promotes Malaysia’s dynamic cultural scene, creating connections across the globe. GWKL offers a quality inter-disciplinary program.


The Writer’s Portrait Series – A Revisit Showcase will start on 29 November and opens with Art Talk by Yee I-Lan from 5 – 7 PM and will goes on until 10 December 2017. HOM Art Trans are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM.

Please click the link below for further information regarding our exhibition:



Happenings During Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur


LUMINARY Program, public talks: December 8th and 9th,  2017  to include international luminaries speaking at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and National Visual Art Gallery   -  
  • Dr.  Hugo Weihe“ Collecting & Creating”.   Dr. Weihe is  past International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s; previously Specialist with Sotheby’s, New York. CEO of Saffron Art.  Collector and Advisor.  He will speak at IAMM on Dec. 9 at 3pm.  
  • Herwig Kempinger, President of Visual Art Society Vienna and internationally exhibiting artist working mainly in photography; previous winner of the Fine Arts Prize of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Art Award.
  • Christine Boehler, curator, coach, writer and producer; founding Director of ERSTE Foundation, Austria, promoting Central, East and Southeast European art; founder and curator of the Literatur + Medien project between 1996-2015.
  • Sarah Ichioka, recent Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK); portfolio includes management and curatorial work for La Biennale di Venezia and Singapore's National Parks Board.  (Moderator for Curatorial Conversations at NVAG, December 8, 2017 at 5pm.)

The Writer’s Portrait Series - A Revisit Showcase


It is with a great pleasure that we bring your attention to this upcoming exhibition entitled ‘‘The Writer’s Portrait’ Series: A Revisit Showcase” by Yee I-Lann. Previously shown in 2004, this series of digital photograph works is presented this time around as part of a fund-raising project that will cater to MARS’ operational cost.

Focusing on Malaysian Muslim Male art and cultural figures who have in some ways influenced the artist with their powerful and intellectually laden writing works,  I-Lann tries to bring forth the essence of  each subject by fusing their portraits and texts. As a person very much involved in film production sets,  I-Lann applied her skill in composition and design, creating interesting and thought provoking scene for each select personality.  

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‘The Writer's Portrait’ Series, 2004

Yee I-Lann
May 2004

* Translations to Bahasa Malaysia by Hishamuddin Rais
 Terjemahan ke Bahasa Malaysia oleh Hishamuddin Rais

** this is the original May 2004 artist statement + Writer’s Bio text and has not and should not be updated
ini merupakan kenyataan artis + teks biodata penulis yang asal pada Mei 2004 dan tidak perlu dikemaskini

As a Malaysian, Islam is all around me and a part of my life even though I am not Muslim. I have a familiarity with Islam that has come about both through osmosis and direct national policy. I initially felt some trepidation in being a part of this particular exhibition as I have long had a unique Malaysian training of not commenting on religions besides my own. Even though Islam, as the dominant religion in Malaysia, has in many ways shaped the way I live my life, I am uncomfortable about making direct statements about Islam per se as I feel I do not have enough knowledge about the religion. What knowledge or understanding I do have is given to me in speech, action and example by Muslims in my community. I like the idea that in a multicultural society we share a bit of each other, adopt the sensibilities of our neighbours and become more multi dimensional with wider minds. We all reflect the communities we grow up and live in; religion of various denominations is a big part of that heritage.

Rather than address Islam directly, 'The Writer's Portrait' Series tries to draw an image reflecting a part of my environment that has influenced me; a small collective communal portrait made up of a selection of Malaysian Muslim male writers. They are writers with strong public voices that address various socio-political local and personal issues through their works in the form of poetry, lyrics, stories, articles, scripts etc. They are also writers that have a sensibility I admire, that comes from a deep love, respect and understanding of their community as well as an essential critical disposition that questions themselves and their community. Each writer has through their thoughtful deliberations a relationship with their religion and spirituality that permeates their personalities and thus the work they produce.

'The Writer's Portrait' Series hopes to do justice first to the character of the person and secondly, as a series of portraits, help begin to describe the Malaysian Muslim Male, mapping his thought processes, hopes, fears, as well as community responsibilities and concerns through the writer's consciousness.

Siri ‘Potret Penulis’

Saya anak bangsa Malaysia  yang bukan  muslim. Tetapi, Islam sentiasa ada di sekeliling saya dan menjadi sebahagian dari kehidupan harian saya. Saya mengenali Islam melalui tapisan hidup. Saya juga berhadapan dengan Islam yang menjalar masuk melalui dasar-dasar rasmi negara. Sebenarnya, saya agak resah untuk campurtangan dan mengambil bahagian dalam pameran yang ini. Keresahan muncul kerana pendewasaan dan didikan yang unik telah mengajar  saya untuk tidak menyuarakan pandangan tentang agama orang lain kecuali agama saya. Walau pun Islam agama yang dominan di Malaysia, dan mempengaruhi pelbagai jalur hidupan saya, saya merasa kurang selesa untuk membuat satu kenyataan terbuka khusus tentang Islam. Ini kerana saya tidak memiliki keilmuan teguh tentang agama ini. Ilmu dan pemahaman yang saya dapati hanya melalui ‘labonan’, perangai dan tingkah laku yang ditunjukkan oleh penganutnya yang berada di sekeliling diri saya. Saya cukup senang bernafas dalam kepelbagaian budaya di mana kita berkemungkinan berkongsi sesama sendiri, menerima rasa hati jiran kita dengan harapan wujudiah fikrah kita akan luas berjalur dalam kepelbagaian. Kita sering merenung diri tentang masyarakat yang membesarkan dan mengelilingi kita.

Tentang kepelbagaian agama di sekeliling kita. Semua ini ada warisan kita sebagai anak semua bangsa. Kerana enggan bersuara dan berhadapan dengan Islam secara langsung, saya gunakan siri 'Potret Penulis' ini untuk melakar imejan yang mencerminkan sebahagian dari persekitaran yang telah mempengaruhi saya. Saya memilih satu kumpulan kecil gambar-gambar penulis Jantan Islam Malaysia. Mereka adalah penulis-penulis yang menyuarakan dengan kuat suara orang ramai tentang hal-hal sosial/budaya/politik tempatan. Suara pandangan peribadi mereka amat kuat dan dapat dilihat melalui sajak, gurindam, cerpen, makalah, skrip dan sebagainya. Mereka adalah penulis-penulis yang memiliki rasa hati yang saya kagumi. Rasa hati yang saya anggap  muncul dari cinta mendalam, rasa hormat dan pemahaman mereka terhadap masyarakat sekeliling. Mereka juga memiliki sanubari yang kritikal untuk menyoal dan bertanya tentang diri mereka dan masyarakat di sekeliling mereka. Setiap penulis ini dilengkapi pula dengan fikrah yang waspada tentang hubungan mereka dengan agama dan kebatinan. Unsur-unsur ini menjalar ke dalam tubuh mereka dan mempengaruhi kelahiran kerja mereka.

Siri ‘Potret Penulis’ ini diharapkan dapat berlaku adil, pertama kepada watak-watak yang digambari. Kedua, sebagai satu siri gambar  yang boleh membuka pintu permulaan untuk mengenali Jantan Islam Malaysia. Juga dengan harapan siri ini akan dapat memeta fikrah, harapan dan ketakutan mereka. Dan melihat keprihatinan dan pertanggungjawaban masyarakat melalui kesedaran para penulis.

Artworks


A. Samad Said ‘Payung Amanah’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004


Amir Muhammad ‘Friday’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Baha Zain ‘Bahasa Alam’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Dr. Farish A. Noor ‘The Other Malaysia’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Hishamuddin Rais ‘Dari Jemapoh ke Manchestee’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Huzir Sulaiman ‘Occupation’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Joe Kidd ‘HantuRaya’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Karim Raslan ‘Heroes and Other Stories’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Osman Ali ‘Surat Untuk Bulan’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Rahmat Haron ‘Kerana Mu Malaysia’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

Salleh Ben Joned ‘Angkasawan Negara’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

U-Wei Bin HajiSaari ‘Jogho’

Digital print on Kodak Endura Paper
61 x 61 cm
2004

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