Referring to the figurative, the 'F' in The F Klub embodies the genre of artistic practice uniting the 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 audience appreciation through sustained artistic commitment of the genre.
Any artists' preoccupation with the figurative could be read as a desire to reflection 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 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 to the art that we see.
Within its fellowship, the club organises 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 their relations with their peers, the club embarks 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 the Malaysian visual arts landscape.
Press release courtesy Chan + Hori Contemporary.