To the next level

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Culture - By ROUWEN LIN [email protected]­tar.com.my

GRAF­FITI artist Katun is kick­ing off the year on a high note by con­tribut­ing the art­work for Amer­i­can R&B star Chris Brown’s new sin­gle Un­de­cided.

“Start­ing my 2019 with a col­lab­o­ra­tion art­work for @chris­brownof­fi­cial new sin­gle #un­de­cided,” he posted on his In­sta­gram ac­count (@katun_) along with pho­tos show­ing off the fin­ished work as well as work-in-progress shots.

Katun’s art­work for Un­de­cided sports his trade­mark bright colours. It shows a guy fac­ing a grin­ning hooded fig­ure who of­fers two life choices in his hands - the prover­bial cross­roads in our pro­tag­o­nist’s life. Four doors sus­pended in mid-air, with the words “love”, “fear”, “em­pa­thy” and “sac­ri­fice” em­bla­zoned across each, cir­cle the duo.

Un­de­cided is likely to ap­pear on Brown’s forth­com­ing Indigo al­bum, which is slated for a late Fe­bru­ary re­lease.

Katun’s art cap­tures the dilemma Brown sings about on this new track as he de­bates whether to take a re­la­tion­ship to the next level.

“I was hang­ing out with my friends when I re­ceived an email from Chris Brown’s cre­ative di­rec­tor. It was such a un­ex­pected sur­prise, I even won­dered if it was le­git at that time. I still can­not be­lieve that I got this op­por­tu­nity to do an art­work for Chris Brown’s sin­gle!” says Katun, 31, when con­tacted re­cently.

Katun’s art mir­rors the dilemma Brown sings about on this new track as he de­bates whether to take a re­la­tion­ship to the next level.

“I was given 100% free­dom to cre­ate the art­work. Ba­si­cally, I was told that Chris Brown wanted ‘some­thing mys­te­ri­ous, some­thing that stands out’, so I sent over a few sketches that they could se­lect from. He chose this art­work of the kid with the for­tune guardian – which is kind of a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how dif­fi­cult it is to make choices in life, or to know what lies ahead,” he ex­plains.

Klang Val­ley-based Katun (Ab­dul Hafiz Ab­dul Rah­man) is no stranger to col­lab­o­ra­tion, both lo­cally and abroad.

His fas­ci­na­tion with street art started when he was in school and he has more than 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in street art.

The name Katun comes from his love of rein­ter­pret­ing car­toon char­ac­ters, a pas­sion he has nur­tured since his child­hood days, which re­mains a big part of his artis­tic iden­tity to­day.

— Sony Mu­sic

Katun’s art­work for Amer­i­can R&B star Chris Brown’s new sin­gle Un­de­cided.

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