Art Bali 2018 involves 39 artists from various cultural backgrounds and art disciplines. Some of them are:
- Agan Harahap
Reputable for his digital photography works that went viral in the social media, he is an artist who offers critical thinking to the general public through popular ways. Meme as a new product of virtual communication have become the new idol for netizens. This phenomenon drove him to process data into controversial images.
“I Was Punk Before You” is one of the experiments to see the reaction of netizens through the comment columns, and how far the work can go viral in the virtual world. Through a photo engineering in which President Joko Widodo became a punk boy, he investigated the ability of critical thinking of Indonesian netizens. A juxtaposition, between the ‘rebellious’ punk culture and the figure (that resembles with) President Joko Widodo, the establishment and rebellion toward obsolete values are side by side. The work is a ‘memorabilia’ of the representation on today’s society social upheaval, as well as a signifier of the journey of Indonesian democracy in the digital era.
Born in Jakarta, January 28, 1980. Starting his career as a painter and illustrator when he studied in the Graphic Design Department, Indonesian School of Design (STDI), Bandung. He worked as a digital imaging artist in Tarzan Photo Studio, and senior photographer of Trax Magazine, a music magazine published in Jakarta. Finalist for the Indonesian Art Award (IAA, 2008) His first solo exhibition was in MES 56, Yogyakarta (2009) Since September 2011 he works as a full-time artist.
- Eko Nugroho
One of important exponents of street art, mural, and popular icons in the Indonesian contemporary art, in 1977 Eko Nugroho was born in Yogyakarta, the same place where “Apotik Komik,” a pioneer of alternative mediums in fine arts, was created. Through comic, and the utilization of public space as a medium as well as propaganda space, he often conveys social political critics through a satirical style and a thick content of local wisdom. He bravely took the city as an inspiration and as his canvas, works across disciplines, swiftly leaped between mural projects to paintings and drawings, books project, comics, animation, embroidery, sculptures, and interpretation on leather shadow puppet. His works are often seen as something popular, kitsch, and lowbrow.
The work titled What Else highlights a global phenomenon. A figure is standing in front of flag banners that resembles war banners of the past. The banners are symbols of pride, a symbol of self-identity. The activities of playing with, and at the same time criticizing the banner symbol; a symbol of sacred and strong identity; identity of a nation, community, organization, institution, and even individuals.
Eko Nugroho studied in Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta and had actively exhibited in Indonesia and abroad.
- Agus Suwage
His works are known for the self-portraits that always appear in various poses and with ambiguous attributes surrounding it. Likewise, his adventurous explorations on various medium starting from oil paint, photography, plates, to drawing with coffee, also the processing of various objects from metal to ceramics. The subject of his artworks are often revolving on the issues of human identity, which are often portrayed in paradoxes, satirical and ironic but at the same time entertaining. The work titled “Potret Diri Sebagai Politisi” (2018), with the medium of watercolor, tobacco juice, and oil paint on zinc plate, responded on the social phenomenon in the society nowadays, when political events penetrated social media, argued and commented by the supporters and oppositions, becoming viral often too far, so that a group called haters would emerge. This social media era phenomenon also signifies the era when the limitations between public and private spaces are fading. Agus Suwage, born in Purworejo, Central Java 1959, graduated from the Department of Design, Faculty of Arts and Design-Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1986, he worked as a graphic designer, and then since the end of 1990s he decided to become a full-time artist. He often held solo exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad.
- Chusin Setiadikara
Known for his photorealistic painting works depicting the daily lives of communities in Bali, such as the depiction of traditional market, or other figurative painting works. In his work titled Jejak-Jejak Jalur Sutra (2017), he described Kamasan Bali tradition of painting combined with the images of porcelain bowl with rooster image, a classic icon known by all levels of society in Indonesia, and the figure of fishmonger weighing his wares. The painting connects the history of Bali and China with various items in everyday life that are still being used, but with more modern looks and perhaps its origin is already forgotten. Chusin was born in Bandung in 1949, he studied painting in Rangga Gempol painting studio, Bandung, under the tutelage of the late artist Barli Sasmitawinata. Chusin resided in Bali since 1987, which inspired him in the development of his artworks. Several exhibitions in which Chusin participated in 2010 are: “Percakapan Massa”, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, “Contemporaneity” – Contemporary of Indonesia Artist’s, MoCa, Shanghai, China, in 2011 a solo exhibition “A Thesis,” National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2013 a group exhibition “Determination of Two Islands,” National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Dipo Andy
Lately Dipo Andy has mostly been working on abstract paintings. In an interview on artspace.id website, he stated that for him creating abstract paintings is similar to a spiritual practice. The attempt to manifest nothingness into existence. Sensing the unsensed. To lay an empty to have it filled. And to know when and where to stop. A painting in his understanding nowadays is an exploration of personal identity. Returning into the self. By achieving the transcendent, a personality would be able to see as well as to understand various perspectives. The painting work consisting of 3 panels titled “Di Antara” (2018), is made of oil paint, acrylic, a collage of fiber mat and sarong on canvas. In the site, Dipo further explained the matters of painting work production today, how the creation theory basis in his works is an attempt to return to the basic principles of painting: lines, colors, field, and space. Dipo Andy builds a transcendental dialogue through the layers of every color, he also created real and pseudo texture with transverse straight lines, a visual impression of graphic print effect. Dipo Andy was born in Seteluk, Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, August 21, 1975. He studied visual arts in Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta (1992-1999). Some of his solo exhibitions are: “Appropriating Marginality,” Emmitan CA Gallery, Surabaya (2012). Earlier, “Passion Fashion,” Semarang Gallery, Semarang (2008).
- Filippo Sciascia
Filippo Sciascia is an artist born in Sicily, Italy, in 1972. Prior to residing in Ubud, Bali, in 1998, Filippo Sciascia lived in New York, USA. He had a hand in establishing Gaya Gallery Ubud and worked there until 2007. His works explore many medium, both two dimensional and sculpture. He has always been interested on the subject of perspective and substantial elements of human life. Light, for example, is a subject he always cover and becomes the ideas for his works. The subject of light connect all of his bodies of work. Video works, photography, painting, sculptures, even installation, all are connected to one another. He presented a portrait painting “Lux Lumina” (2018) depicting a woman engrossed with her smartphone screen, and a series of pillars titled “Self-Portrait” in Greco-Roman style with Balinese Temple stone culture above it. To him the technology of smartphone and the Greek pillars signifies an era of civilization, one in the past and one in the present, juxtaposed in parallels. Sciascia had exhibited, in 2016; Prima Visione#2 – Matahari. OFCA International, Sarang I, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2014; Matahari, Complesso Post Industriale Ex-Marmi, Pietra Santa, Italy. 2013; Bali Bule, Filippo Sciascia, Ashley Bickerton and Luigi Ontani, Archeological National Museum of Naples, Italy, and in 2012 Lumina Mense, Equator Gallery, Singapore.
- I Made Djirna
Born in Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali in 1957, Made Djirna graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta in 1985. Returning from Bali he then joined Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI), an artist collective that influenced the development of painting arts practices in the 80’s-90’s in Bali. In his paintings, he considers a lot of symbolic aspects apart from the formal visual art formal work, especially the colors and textures. He also loves to collect various unique objects in his studio and parts of them he uses as elements in his artworks. Several times he also created three dimensional works, such as terracotta sculpture, stones painted and arranged in such a way. His works titled Penculikan Shinta (2014) is a series of paintings based on the theme of classic saga Ramayana. In the painting, the configuration of figures, creatures, animals, and other elements are arranged in tight layers, in a combination of various traditional Balinese painting style like the Ubud and the Batuan. I Made Djirna exhibited in Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, in 2013: Versus – Indonesian Contemporary Art, Mizuma Art Gallery, Singapore. He also had exhibited in Gajah Gallery Singapore, and the National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Nasirun is an artist who is an important icon in the Indonesian art. His works often present abstract and expressionism style. Conceptually, his works present a series of aesthetic moments on life, the universe, Javanese syncretism, and philosophy. His ideas are cultural pilgrimages to Indonesian artists of the past. His artworks are a means to discuss Indonesianness through a form of beauty.
Nasirun is a completed artist. His techniques are superb, his imagination is incredible. He is a genius and master of the concepts, but he never leaves the aesthetic aspects, in fact the sense is Nasirun’s strongest side. His works are expressive and imaginative. He received formal learnings on fine arts in ASRI (Indonesian Arts Academy) Yogyakarta. He received the Philip Morris Award and won the Indonesian Art Top Ten Award in 1997. He is one of several Indonesian artists who actively exhibit in Indonesia and internationally.
These artworks question mythology and the cultural actors. The three different artworks discuss Indonesia as the nation’s legacy or inheritance, Bali as an important part of the nation’s inherited legacy, and Sudjojono as one of the inheritor of culture and art in Indonesia. He presented old artifacts, found stamps as a form of appreciation toward the past history of the nation.
- Mella Jaarsma
Mella Jaarsma, born in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, 1960, often creates works in the form of costumes, designs, and performance art to respond to social and political issues in Indonesia, especially on discrimination, racialism, minorities, and identity. She had received international acknowledgement, among them: Singapore Art Museum, Third Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Limerick Art Gallery, Gwangju Biennial, Yokohama Triennial, Katonah Art Museum, The National Gallery Indonesia, and Royal Academy of Arts. She was awarded the ‘Adhikarya Rupa’ by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industry in 2010, the Biennial Art Award in 2010, and John D Rockefeller 3rd Award 2006. She is also one of the artists who became patrons of collaborative and participatory artistic practices. With her spouse Nindityo Adipurnomo, she co-founded Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, a space that hosts and organizes art exhibitions, projects, and residency.
“Training the Mind to Doubt” is a tribute for world thinkers especially in Indonesia. Research and scientific statement are inseparable from the findings of other researchers; this connection is an interesting process. The installation consists of 4 books that have big impacts on Indonesian scholars, as well as reflecting history, social sciences, religion, gender studies, and anthropology, which would be reprinted on long ribbons that latter would be rolled up to become heavy balls. These balls are being balance on top of the head in a performance, like in Balinese tradition of offerings, with the belief that only the head could be used for grand matters.
The science does not teach certainty; science trains the common sense to dare to doubt”
- Yani Mariani Sastranegara
Born in Rangkas Bitung, Banten, in 1955. Yani Mariani graduated from the Sculpture Art Department, Jakarta Institute of Arts, 1981. Ideas for her sculpture works rise from symbolism of religion and local culture with modern form presentation. The work titled “Kamulyaning Bagaskara” or “Gemilang Matahari” (2018), is an outdoor installation sculpture made of copper and steel. This work, according to the artist, took the form of the Swastika symbol (from Hinduism) which should symbolize the sun, the perfect enlightenment, meaning the release and absorption for the purpose of giving birth to positive strength and total well-being. The symbol of swastika as a philosophy is considered as holy and sacred with the meaning of peace, safety, and goodness. Swastika from the applied word Swastyastu, which means “may you be in good fortune,” also a symbol of the galaxy or collections of stars on the horizon which are the forces of natural rotation/power to turn the universe. Yani Mariani have exhibited her sculptures many times in big cities in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta and Yogyakarta.