Presenting the F Klub
Group Exhibition Curated by Khairuddin Hori , 15 June - 21 July 2019
Referring to the figurative, the F, in The F Klub embodies the genre of artistic practice uniting artists of this peculiar ‘club’. Formed in 2007 in Kuala Lumpur by four acclaimed artists, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Kow Leong Kiang, Noor Mahnun Mohamed and Shia Yih Yiing, the club has since grown and mounted several exhibitions as part of its mission to deepen appreciation through sustained artistic commitment of the genre.
Any artists’ preoccupation with the figurative could be read as a desire to reflect on what it is to be human in their time. Looking at paintings by members of The F Klub, we revisit classical tropes in the study of figures, while considering the many embedded metaphors and anecdotal punctuations that reference current circumstances of self and society. Here, due to our geographical and cultural proximity we should be able to easily locate familiar concerns related to the politics of identities, the environment, spirituality and the self. The humanistic factor in the figurative is the bridge to connect ourselves and the art we see.
Within its fellowship, the club organizes regular life drawing and painting sessions, primarily in the Klang Valley vicinity where the members are based. And from time to time, to further invigorate their artistic perspectives and extend relations with peers, the club embark on excursions to cities such as Bandung and Bali in Indonesia.
Featuring works by six artists including three of its founding members, Bayu Utomo Radjikin (b. 1969), Kow Leong Kiang (b. 1970) and Shia Yih Yiing (b. 1967), Presenting The F Klub at Chan + Hori Contemporary is the club’s premiere exhibition outside of Malaysia. Three other artists in this exhibition, Marvin Chan (b. 1972), Arif Fauzan (b. 1979) and Hisyamuddin Abdullah (b.1989) are also no strangers to Malaysian visual arts landscape.
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- Khai Hori
Bayu Utomo Radjikin
Kow Leong Kiang
Shia Yih Yiing