Ranah musik underground dan seni rupa selalu berkaitan dan hampir tak berjarak. Selain sebagai bentuk promosi, kebutuhan akan artwork juga menjadi representasi atas identitas musik yang mereka usung. Ilustrasi tengkorak, setan, batu nisan dan ikon-ikon kegelapan lainnya tersebut diaplikasikan pada poster, cover album, dan t-shirt yang bertebaran di lapak-lapak konser musik dan distributor online. Suburnya lahan disain dan ilustrasi musik tersebut memunculkan banyak ilustrator yang piawai dalam menggambar. Tak sedikit pula para ilustrator tersebut adalah para pelaku musik itu sendiri. Dengan mengandalkan jaringan pertemanan antar skena dan media sosial internet, mereka mempromosikan dan mendistribusikan karya-karyanya. Tak jarang, kemudahan akses tersebut membuat karya mereka diapresiasi hingga taraf internasional.

Catur Nur Novianto a.k.a Oik Wasfuk (1981) pemuda kelahiran Yogyakarta, adalah salah satu dari sekian banyak ilustrator yang namanya telah beredar cukup lama di skena musik underground. Kesehariannya adalah bergulat dengan pena diatas kertas, sembari tenggelam dalam alunan musik punk dan metal. Keras, cepat, dan bising. Hal tersebut terlihat sangat kontras dengan ketekunannya menggambar garis, mengarsir dan menggores titik demi titik yang teratur. Intensitas kerja dan konsistensinya melahirkan ratusan karya yang ditransformasikan pada sampul album dan merchandise band-band lokal bahkan mancanegara. Narasi-narasi yang berkaitan atas ruang-ruang antara nan absurd seperti selebrasi atas hidup dan mati, serta reaksi atas segala macam peristiwa yang ditemui dalam keseharian menjadi pemicu pertanyaan yang kemudian kerap divisualisasikan dalam kerja kekaryaannya. Sepak terjangnya di skena musik punk Yogyakarta juga terbilang cukup lama. Sejak tahun 1997, Oik bergabung dengan Boikot, Subversiv, A Sistem Rijek?! serta sempat terlibat dalam D.O.M 65 dan beberapa band lainnya. Aktifitas dan medan sosial inilah yang banyak berperan membentuk karakter karya dan cara berpikirnya.

Pada kesempatan kali ini, Ace House mengundang Oik untuk menyelenggarakan pameran tunggalnya yang perdana. Menghadirkan karya-karya drawing dengan teknik tradisional yang dibuat dalam kurun waktu lima hingga enam tahun terakhir serta produk-produk merchandise yang memuat karya ilustrasinya. Aktifitas dan gaya hidupnya ini menjadi salah satu contoh dimana budaya mengkonsumsi musik dan praktik seni rupa saling berjalan beriringan dan berkontribusi antara satu dan lainnya.

Borderless and unseparable are the worlds of underground music and visual arts. Visual arts ‘serve’ those underground bands – not only in the realm of promotion – but, more deeply, in the realm of identity. The look created by the illustrators – through an activity belongs to the world of visual arts – becomes the identity of the music. The illustration such as skull, devil, tombstone and other icons representing darkness are put on posters, album covers and t-shirts that are distributed in underground gigs and online distributors. This mutual correlation between the underground music scene and the world of visual arts gave way for many great illustrators coming and creating. Furthermore, in many of the cases, those illustrators are the musicians themselves. Armed with inter-scenes friendship and social media networks, they begin to promote and distribute their works. More interestingly, in some cases the illustrators and their works are able to attain the attention from international scenes and art collectives.

Catur Nur Novianto a.k.a. Oik Wasfuk (1981) – a native of Yogyakarta – is one of the prominent underground illustrators who has been a part of underground music scene of Yogyakarta for some time. He spends most of his days struggling with pen and papers while drowning himself in the straight-forwardness, noise and the speed of punk and metal music. Suprisingly, those integral elements of punk and metal music seem to get along really well with Oik’s perseverance and craziness for order in drawing lines, crafting shadings and dot-to-dot details. His working intensity and consistency have led to hundreds of works manifested in the album covers and merchandises of local and international underground bands. In his works Oik often begins with questions that derived from the absurdity like celebration of life and death and reaction of everyday happenings. In other words, Oik’s works are narrations caught in the middle of absurdity and practical reality. On the other’s side, Oik’s has been involved in the punk scene of Yogyakarta since the nineties. Since 1997, he had been in punk bands like Boikot, Subversiv, A Sistem Rijek ?! He also involved in DOM 65 and some other bands. It’s quite fair to say that these activities and their social arena are two things that really affect the characters of Oik’s works and point of views.

This time, Ace House invites and facilitates Oik’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition sets forth Oik’ drawing works, with their traditional techniques, and also his illustrative works embedded in music merchandises in the last six years. We believe Oik’s activities and lifestyle can be a great example of how the culture of music (consumption) and visual arts practices walk side by side and serve one another well.

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