Symbol & Gesture
Symbol & Gesture highlights the works of two artists, Amri Ibrahim and Aqim Adil, who employ pictorial and body language as a subject of expression in their paintings and drawings. As forms of non-verbal communication, symbols and gestures are a part of our everyday lives. They both serve the purpose of delivering information and facilitating understanding.
Gesture refers to the movement of a part of the body. It is frequently used to convey sentiments, ideas, emotions, or attitudes, and has been ingrained into the way we express ourselves daily, both unconsciously and consciously. Similarly, symbols come in the shape of marks, signs, characters, and imagery. They are designed to represent or indicate an instruction, warning, ideas, and more. We encounter symbols every day, from emojis on our phones to road signs, and restaurants. Essentially, they are everywhere in modern society.
Through their individual series, Amri and Aqim deliver and articulate their concerns, thoughts, and musings through the motion of the human body and the use of symbolism. Though the message behind their works differs, both artists have chosen to utilise gestures and, or, symbols, in constructing a visual language unique to their practice.
I am often intrigued by the language of the body; it is the unspoken words that show so much yet say so little. The constant pressure towards the anatomy of one’s body is an expression and reflection of one’s state of mind. What started as a precise observation evolved into a depiction of my twin brother and me. While we are physically similar, our personalities are worlds apart. My work has repetitively attempted to capture the same figure in various compositions. Through the figurative form of art, I capture my inner struggle and project it onto canvas as a reminder to myself that, this too shall pass.
Affectionately known as ‘Apek’ by his friends, Amri Ibrahim (b.1996) hails from, Ipoh Perak. Third of six siblings, his love for painting stems from his childhood days. Amri received his formal fine art education from UiTM Seri Iskandar Perak and continued his studies at UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor. Driven and passionate, he has been active in the art scene since his graduation. In following his dreams to be a successful artist, he and some of his classmates opened a studio space named Markaz Art Space at Bukit Raja, Klang. It is a place where they can focus on producing artworks and building their careers as artists.
Aqim Adil (b.1993) was born in Kuala Lumpur. He was educated as a graphic designer before eventually pursuing a degree in Applied Arts with Honours (Fine Arts) at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). Most of Aqim’s work features 2-Dimensional monochromatic work on fabric. Dry medium materials such as charcoal and graphite remain to be his dominant choice of medium in his practice. His work is often inspired by his opinions and thoughts towards the environment of the local community. This is expressed through visuals of human anatomy and nature.
Participation in group exhibitions includes POSI+TIF at Segaris Art Centre, KL (2021), Virtue(AL) virtual art by Arto Movement (2020), Sacred Garden II by Arto Movement (2020), My Tiger Value competition at Galeri Seni Menara Maybank, KL (2019), among others.