Kuala Lumpur, 24 November 2018 – Malaysia’s leading art collective HOM Art Trans today announced a new exhibition Hukum Alam, a solo debut by Arikwibowo Amril, one of the country’s promising new talents. Arikwibowo was invited to join HOM’s art residency programme A-Res in May this year and has been spending the last six months preparing for the show.
In Hukum Alam (literally, Law of Nature), Arikwibowo examines his affinity for charcoal, the world’ oldest natural drawing material and his medium of choice. The artist investigates its versatility among the variety of mediums available in contemporary art today. This exhibition, the culmination of his months’ long investigation, features portraits of famous artists, political figures and characters from personal acquaintance meticulously executed on a variety of surfaces.
The artist is the 17th person to have been initiated through the A-Res residency which began a decade ago in 2008. Among the A-Res alumni are names such as Azam Aris, Ruzzeki Harris, Cheng Yen Pheng, Yeoh Choo Kuan and Seah Zelin, to mention a few. The residency emphasises on committed studio practice and provides guidance in art direction and encourages the development of personal artistic voice.
“I’ve had to look very closely at the materials and techniques that I use and think of new possibilities and concepts to explore. I’ve certainly gained tremendously from the mentorship with much more experienced artists and my exchanges with fellow resident artists,” says Arikwibowo.
The residency is supervised by Bayu Utomo Radjikin, director of the programme and several guest artists. This year’s programme has been sponsored by Yayasan Hasanah. The Open Call for 2019 residency will be made next month.
Arikwibowo Amril was born in 1989 in Batu Caves, Selangor and studied art at both UiTM, Shah Alam and Lendu, Melaka from from 2007 to 2012. Though initially expected to do graphic design, he immediately took to fine art and changed his course on discovering the wonders of oil paint midway in his studies. In his pursuit of artistic commitment, the past six years has invariably seen Arikwibowo’s attempts at fresh new insights and perspectives. In this regard, Hukum Alam is a much anticipated show.
The public was cordially invited to attend the exhibition opening on 24 Nov 2018 (Saturday) at 8.30 pm at HOM Art Trans, 6A Jalan Cempaka 16, Taman Cempaka, Ampang. Mr. Bingley Sim, a well-known patron of the local art scene, has been invited to open the exhibition. Hukum Alam will run for two weeks until 8 Dec 2018.
About the Art Residency
A-Res is a six- month programme designed for emerging local artists. It emphasises on committed studio practice as guidance in art direction and technique and is supervised by HOM Art Trans and guest artists. The resident artists will also be exposed to the reality of being full time artists, while their works created during the residency will be exhibited for public viewing at the conclusion of the programme.
About the Organiser
HOM Art Trans is an independent art space that supports the development of visual arts in Malaysia and facilitates networking with its Southeast Asian counterparts and the creation exhibition-related opportunities. Its core objective is to nurture and promote young artists through its key programmes: the Art Residency, Art Awards and Art Fund. It was founded in 2007 and comprises a gallery, a studio and an art archive. Contact person: Danial Fuad +603 9286 7004 (Office) / +6012 373 6004 (mobile).