Indonesian artist's work inspired by planets, stars and the zodiac

  • Arts
  • Sunday, 24 Feb 2019

Triple bill (from left) ... Radhinal, Amirul and Tomi are part of the Collision Violence exhibit in KL. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

Radhinal Indra, 30, a graphic designer by trade, is known for his interest in moons, stars, the planetary system and how humanity connects with these celestial bodies.

For the group exhibition Collision Violence at Artemis Art in Publika shopping gallery, which marks his debut show in Kuala Lumpur, the bespectacled Indonesian artist focuses on space rocks, meteors and the zodiac.

“When I look at the records of different civilisations around the world, there are always stories about shooting stars. We tend to give meaning to anything in nature just to fit our wishes and dreams and fears and hopes,” Radhinal says in an interview.

“In the Civilisation Gaze piece, I created a unified visual and arranged it to resemble shooting stars falling.”

Each section, he elaborates, has been painted to look like space images that we often see from the Hubble Space Telescope.

“In each part, there are obscured writings from seven different civilisations in their own alphabet. All the words written have the meaning ‘what’. The painting acts as a trigger ... asking the question ‘what?’ to the viewer,” the Bandung-based artist adds.

Radhinal's 'Civilization Gaze' (acrylic on metal, 2017).
Radhinal's multi-panelled 'Self Portrait' (acrylic on metal, 2019).

What’s interesting about the Civilisation Gaze piece is that the artist consciously obscures the word "what". “It is to simulate how nature reveals its secrets to us because sometimes nature can be so abstract," he says.

But Radhinal adds that when you start to find out its secrets, then everything starts to make sense. "I want the viewer to have a similar experience,” he hopes.

The Collision Violence exhibition also features Malaysian artists Amirul Alwi and Tomi Heri. The show offers a snapshot of each artist’s unique approach to art, including choice of medium, subject matter and personal philosophy.

Tomi's 'Pondok Teduh' (spray paint on plywood, 2019).
Amirul's 'Anahata Rhythm In 36' (acrylic, emulsion and oil paint on canvas, 2018).

Young Johor-based artist Amirul's art is broadly influenced by mathematical equations. One look at his 15 artworks (14 plywood installations and a painting) reveals a certain respect, curiosity and, perhaps, even an obsession with geometric shapes and numerical patterns.

Tomi, who is part of the Titikmerah art collective and a street art regular, uses spray paint and stencil images on wooden panels to create his artworks. They are based on his recent “bikepacking” trip to Melaka.

Collision Violence is on at Artemis Art, Level G4, Block C5, Publika, Solaris Dutamas in KL till March 3. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday (11am to 7pm) and Sunday (12pm to 6pm). Closed on Mondays. FB: Artemis Art.

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