Alip Jon is a young artist who creates many works through sins and mistakes he has committed. At the “ART NOW” art installation held at Hotel Monopoli, I was captivated by his unique creations. At first glance, Alip Jon’s artwork appears to have bright colors with large, eerie, and gloomy objects. Intrigued, I took a closer look and discovered intricate details in the paintings, each conveying its own message. I interpreted that his works tend to tell stories of frustrations without regrets and sadness.
Alip Jon showcases paintings that utilize various materials for coloring, including crayons. Not only does he use canvases for painting, but he also incorporates skateboards and even toilets as mediums. The art installation resembles his own studio, displaying all the materials he uses, including the music he listens to while painting. Alip Jon, who refers to himself as a “meteor,” tells stories of the mistakes and sins he pours into many paintings.
Alif Dhita, popularly known as Alip Jon, is a talented emerging artist from Jakarta. In 2010, he embarked on an artistic educational journey by enrolling in an esteemed art institution.
Inspired by various negative experiences in his life, Alip Jon continues to narrate his journey through canvases, starting in 2016. Within a year of his artistic endeavors, he held his first solo exhibition titled “No Imagination” in 2017. Currently, Alip Jon is hosting his second solo exhibition titled “100% Made by Sinz & Mistakez,” which can be visited at Hotel Monopoli. The theme explored in his latest exhibition revolves around the Indonesian justice system and political landscape. Through his artwork, he addresses issues of intolerance and monopolies that unfortunately still prevail in the social and political climate of Indonesia. Depicted with vibrant colors contrasting with the weighty subjects he highlights, Alip Jon’s artwork naturally creates a sense of irony.
Most of Alip’s artwork is a reflection of his challenging personal experiences and an exploration of the true nature of individuals. Some of his pieces recount his time spent in prison and rehabilitation clinics. Alip embraces a philosophy that welcomes destruction, recognizing that new life can emerge from ruins.
Alip Jon’s artistry is characterized by introspection, showcasing personal experiences through his artwork. By delving into themes of justice and politics, he invites viewers to contemplate the prevalent issues of intolerance and monopolies in Indonesian society. Alip’s work exemplifies resilience and offers a unique perspective, providing a platform for dialogue and emphasizing the potential for new beginnings amid adversity.