Gajah Gallery presents “Formless Existence”, a solo exhibition by an artist who is also the head of the Sakato community – a community of artists from Minang studying in Jogjakarta -, Erizal As. As one of the rising star artists in Indonesian contemporary art, Erizal continues to prove himself as a role model in the portrait and abstract realm.
Departing from previous artistic discourses on identity and the essence of humanity, this exhibition documents the results of the artist’s artistic introspection, in which Erizal changed course by exploring more ideas about extinction, corruption and loss of identity. By questioning the existence of theism, truth and justice – values that were once held sacred by him – Erizal expresses his concern for the condition of humanity today.
Exhibition “Formless Existence” is a reflection of a change in the artist’s perspective, a change in the concept of work that departs from issues of injustice and greed of those in power. The devaluation of moral principles that Erizal experienced, on the one hand, turned out to be a form of existence which led him to his present artistic journey. However, instead of being a manifestation of the pursuit of ideas that are difficult to understand, this exhibition focuses on subtle changes in abstraction and how these changes can be applied in concept. Formless Existence.
“In this exhibition I deliberately challenge the existence of these values. I question the neglect of people to practice virtue for personal gain, something that happens a lot to those in power. The phenomenon of corruption and the extinction of good values has long weighed on my mind. “Said Erizal.
Erizal’s works speak with the power of form to evoke stories. It articulates the infrastructure of form by designing movements, and tactics to convey the depth of the message. Formless Existence features 12 of Erizal’s breaking boundaries, curated by Tessa Maria Guazon.
“I purposely gave meaning to the paint that was spilled over the border of the canvas. I’m manipulating paint into something challenging, an entity that has a will of its own. It works in contrast to the surrounding framework as a metaphor for boundaries, rules and laws binding against the will of all of us. ” added Erizal.
Having spent his studies at the Indonesian Institute of Fine Arts, Yogyakarta and serving as chairman of the Sakato community, Erizal has now become one of the young artists whose names are well known in the art community. Erizal’s previous exhibitions include “Refiguring Portraiture” at the Singapore Elephant Gallery, “Bakaba # 5” with the Sakato arts community, “If Time Stopped” group exhibition at Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta, “Reborn Every Time“At Sangkring Art Space, and the Indonesian Contemporary Art Exhibition in Beijing.
As an artist from Minangkabau who lives and works in Yogyakarta, the conception of the relationship between his originality and the outside world makes the correlation between the two become complex. This argument may be the basis for Erizal to question “non-representational existence” and enigmatically discourse “Formless Existence.”
Exploration of Erizal’s other works in “Formless Existence: A solo exhibition by Erizal As“Which was held at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta until August 31, 2019.