From now to 2 January 2017, Gajah Gallery presents 9 new paintings from emerging Indonesian artist Erizal As’s Faceless Series.
The series is Erizal’s first solo exhibition in Singapore, where he focuses on the symbolic function of a classic portrait as a reflection of one’s identity and character. To be or not to be, can often be a question to ask when we strike, pose and portray ourselves in the lens of a picture, or in this case – the portrait itself. The subject matter of the exhibition draws on the function of portrait taking. One often imagines the classical figure painted in a proper, stately manner – solemn and magnificent. In refiguring portraiture, Erizal As then confronts the discrepancy between public image and how he perceives the truth.
In his paintings, the human face becomes terra incognita – an unfamiliar space that is charged with perceptional and reactional values. The faceless figures in his artwork represent the boundaries between the distinguished and indistinguishable; the known, and the unknown. It shows how the artist’s attempt to capture an honest portrayal of the human character in its unrefined, disfigured form.
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