• Einstein on Instant, 154 x 122 cm (2018) Acrylic, Solid Marker and Spray Paint on Canvas
  • Instant but In-Stant, @ 20 x 22 cm, 9pcs & @ 22 x 22 cm, 9 pcs, (2018), Print, Solid Marker, and Acrylic on Canvas
  • Instant but In-Stant, @ 20 x 22 cm, 9 pcs & @ 22 x 22 cm, 9 pcs, (2018), Print, Solid Marker, and Acrylic on Canvas (detail)
  • In Mind Stant, 100 x 150 cm, (2018), Acrylic, Solid Marker and Spray Paint on Canvas
  • Move to Move, 122 x 122 cm, (2018), Acrylic, Solid Marker and Spray Paint on Canvas
  • Instantsius Alphabeticus, Variable Dimension, (2018), Concrete and Plastic
  • Instantsius Alphabeticus, Variable Dimension, (2018), Concrete and Plastic (Detail)
  • If In-Stant Instant, @72 x 79 cm, 14 pcs, (2018), Pastel on Paper
  • If In-Stant Instant, @72 x 79 cm, 14 pcs, (2018), Pastel on Paper (Detail)

INSTANT

19 November - 21 December 2018
Artist in Residency Exhibition
Ahmad Fikril Haniff (Malaysia)

Ahmad Fikril Haniff or familiarly called Fikril is a graduate of University of Technology Mara (UiTM) Malaysia, majoring in painting. On his works, alphabet is used as the main element that dominates the canvas. For Fikril, enriching experience and feeling the art scene outside Malaysia are a necessary. Yogyakarta became one of destinations for artists in exploring those things. Malaysia and Indonesia (especially Yogyakarta) have quite significant differences and even contrasts. In terms of language, culture, art, etc. However, Fikril chose similarity between those two country as the theme of his works in this residency project.This similarity he found is about instant product phenomenon.

Indonesia is not the only country consumes instant products, we can find instant product almost in all country on earth. Human nature that does not want to be bothered gains the discovery of instant products. Perhaps instant products are one of the best human creations to save time, energy and money. But like two sides of coins, other than advantages instant products give us there is also negative effect caused by instant product. Related to that, the artist tried to explore further the issues of instant products and it’s constellation with the phenomenon of Instant Generation and of course with the artist’s artistic language – alphabet. Instant Generation for Fikril, is the generation that much affected by technology development, one of the effects is easy access to almost all things. Like instant products that give us negative effect, the ease and speed that indulges the instant generation also has a negative impact. For artists, instant generation is considered unable to enjoy the process of doing something and is only focused on the final results. From those thought then INSTANT was chosen as the title of the exhibition.

Fikril’s creative process in Malaysia is quite limited to the conventional medium, such as acrylic on canvas for example. The reason is because most of galleries in Malaysia would accept only works made of conventional media –perhaps because they are easy to sell. Installation or experimental work is difficult to get place in galleries. He made installations and experimental works only while studying art, just for ‘experiencing’. In this residency, Fikril was given a freedom and opportunity to make Installation works that might be impossible to exhibit in Malaysian galleries. In this exhibition there are several works presented, one of them is an installation work.

Instantsius Alphabeticus is the title of the installation work made by Fikril. The work discusses the position of alphabet and instant products where both have the same function, which is simplifying. The Alphabet you read as it is today is the result of the development of Romans which then spread throughout the world, shifting the position of the local letters. Instant products as mentioned earlier offer its consumers time, energy and money saving. From these two thoughts, artists create installation works of letters which are packaged in plastic such as instant products.