Affinity ART is delighted to present Indonesian artist Iskandar Fauzy’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong entitled What IF.
Fauzy is a visual wanderer, a time traveler collecting images and iconography from the broad sweep of the last century. His paintings conflate time and space and throw together incongruous couplings. He invites viewers to take a journey with him and imagine how it would be if these situations were made real.
Under the superrealist sheen of Fauzy’s sleekly rendered paintings are signs of disquiet. Steering his works from passive social commentaries to overtly political discourses, the artist plays with cultural icons, art world geniuses, high-profile politicians and fictional film characters – setting them up, pitting them against each other, or pushing them together in collusion to create acts of visual provocation.
Besides celebrities, the artist explores his surroundings and his community. He sets his sights on artistic compromise, questions authenticity and the competitiveness within artists’ circles. Inevitably, Fauzy’s focus keeps returning to the deeply personal. In this reflective mode, his self-image enters his artworks, giving hints of introspection and inner deliberation.
This is the artist’s “What if?”, an inquiry into what might be. But the ‘if’ stands for the initial letters in his name, Iskandar Fauzy, too. Then it becomes a rhetorical question—the artist pushing himself to explore what he wants, what he believes in, and ultimately who he is.
Iskandar Fauzy was born in 1972, in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. He studied Interior Design at the Indonesian Institute of Art in Yogyakarta where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited extensively in Indonesia including at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2011) and Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta (2010) and internationally in Singapore (2016) and Hong Kong (2016). A supporter of good causes, he has painted and donated special works to support Smile Asia. He was a finalist at the 2012 Jakarta Art Award.