Eman Raharno | ClogTwo
By day Eman Raharno rocks visual carnage for one of the biggest clubs in Singapore as a motion graphic artist. On the streets at night he is ClogTwo, one of Singapore’s fastest rising graffiti artists and a highly-lauded illustrator. They say keep your passion and bill payments in two separate mailboxes. Eman’s mailbox is probably a wall high canvas streaming his distinctive artistic consciousness. He eats, breathes, plays, works, and sleeps (though he rarely does sleep) artistic awesomeness.
At only 24-years-old, Eman is not merely known for his work that lines the video walls of the club where he’s employed at, nor the walls of *scape, recent showcases at the Post Museum, or projects with the National Heritage Board and Singapore Arts Festival. Eman is known for his hardworking attitude and is so humble that he would probably tell you that he’s not hardworking at all. Ask the man to paint the whole of Singapore and he would — in fact, he already has.
ActuallyMAG speaks to the man prior to his exclusive invitational to the unveiling of UK brand, Underground where he will be customizing one of their shoes in his distinctive ClogTwo flavor.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I graduated from the School of Design in Interactive Media Design at Temasek Polytechnic in 2007, majoring in Motion Graphics. I work from home. I enjoy collecting pictorial illustration books, and am interested in the behavioral patterns of society and Islam.
Your interest in behavioral patterns is noticeable in your works; often seeing you mash up surrealism and pop culture. We’ve seen storm troopers, Donald Duck and ghastly creatures in some of your pieces. What kind of behavioral pattern do you think that fits into?
I’m not sure what goes around inside my mind when I work on a piece. I think I tend to merge subconsciously both reality and weird looking creatures as a metaphoric way to explain what social questions have been bothering me.
Speaking of society, graffiti is considered vandalism in Singapore. Having said that, government agencies have taken a “top-down” approach to appear forward-thinking in sharing this art form in Singapore. How do you think governmental support empowers graffiti?
Graffiti art is more commercial here due to the laws and punishments that have been laid down. But there are few places or underground areas where the origins of graffiti art still do exist. Like some beautiful pieces actually glow in the dark.
At the “upper ground”, you’ve been commissioned by government agencies like the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Arts Festival, and even for shopping mall Illuma. In terms of creativity, how does these projects with government agencies and the private sector affect your style and distinctiveness?
Whenever I work on government related projects, I tend to turn the dial down a little on my usual style, as I’m more into the human anatomy, religion and social behavior. But so far I don’t have much restrictions working in this sector, as it’s nice to once in a while challenge yourself or get away from your usual style so that you won’t get sick of it.
What’s your current style like?
Currently, I’m drawn to watercolor paintings and the details of architectures. They give me a sense of organic purity and form respectively.
How did the name ClogTwo come about?
When I first started graffiti, my spray cans kept chocking and paint were splattering everywhere, hence the name clog. “Two” was just a number I chose to remind myself to be grounded and humble and no matter how much you have achieved, there’s still much more to improve and learn in life.
You’ve been invited to slap your artistic flavor at the launch of Underground together with other prominent local scenesters. What can we expect on your custom design kicks at Paint Mash Up?
I’m really honored and excited to be part of the great line up of artists. And this is my first time together with people from different area of expertise and background talents. I’m not sure what I will be producing for the Paint Mash Up, I’m hope to surprise the public and myself. I guess I’ll be going freestyle on this, and hopefully it will turn out well.
What’s your advice for all the aspiring graffiti artists out there?
The only thing holding you back is you, not the wall.
– Zul Andra
Paint Mash Up is on July 9, 3-5pm at the VERY Wooonderland Pop Up store, ION Orchard Glasshouse, Level 1 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8228. The pop up store is open daily 11am-9pm till July 17.
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