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Here’s what you shouldn’t miss at 2017 Art Jakarta

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, July 28, 2017 | 05:59 pm
Here’s what you shouldn’t miss at 2017 Art Jakarta

'Such a Master' by Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi is one of the pieces exhibited at 2017 Art Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

2017 Art Jakarta, previously known as Bazaar Art Jakarta, officially opened on Thursday at the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place hotel in South Jakarta.

Hosted by the Harper's Bazaar Indonesia magazine, the annual art fair themed "Unity in Diversity" will run until Sunday.

This year, the event features 53 galleries, showcasing both local and international artworks and various activities, such as art workshops, an auction, live painting and wayang potehi (Chinese hand puppet show).

The plethora of artworks might be a tad overwhelming for some. Hence, The Jakarta Post has listed down seven exhibitors to check out at the 9th installment of Art Jakarta.

Patrick Owen + Co

Local fashion designer Patrick Owen is recognized for his bold prints, hand-stitched embellishments and embroidery. However, for 2017 Art Jakarta, Patrick did not use his design elements to create attire.

In collaboration with local artists Emte, Anton Ismael, Fajar P Domingo and Tatiana Romanova Surya, Patrick spread the embroideries across transparent fabrics, resulting in unique visual art.

Semarang Gallery

This installation, 'Heaven is Mindset', was created by Franziska Fennet.This installation, 'Heaven is Mindset', was created by Franziska Fennet. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Those loving art installations may want to check out the Semarang Gallery booth. It showcases the Heaven is Mindset installation by Franziska Fennet, which was inspired by Janus, the god of beginnings, endings, transitions and duality in Roman mythology, which is commonly depicted with two faces.

Combining various techniques, including figures made of resin and textiles, the artist uses her work to symbolize the unity that comes out of differences.

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Blink Gallery

Blink Gallery from Hong Kong showcases paintings by contemporary artist TK Chan. Her circular and colorful oil painting series dubbed Aurora Revelation calls for solidarity around concerns about global warming. A close look reveals a unique circular motion in the brush stroke, illustrating the colorful nature of human characters.

The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf)  

This year, the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) made its debut appearance at Art Jakarta. Prior to the event, the agency hosted an open call competition, inviting artists below the age of 33 to submit their works. Hence, visitors to the art fair can see 45 emerging local artists’ artworks at Bekraf’s booth.

Curated by Rifki “Goro” Effendi and Asmudjo, the booth introduces hidden gems of the archipelago's art scene, from Jakarta and Bandung in West Java, to Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Sentani in Papua, for the very first time.

Art Xchange Gallery

Specializing in Indonesian artworks, Singapore-based Art Xchange Gallery presents paintings by Antoe Budiono and wood carving by Yakobus Megosuryo. The former is a Malang-born self-taught artist specializing in hyperrealism. His works present political satire derived from local proverbs, such as berebut pepesan kosong (competing for something unworthy), hard to be a leader and more.

As for the latter, the hand-carved pieces convey Yakobus’ perception on life anecdotes, such as rats fighting for position and work hierarchy.

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Pearl Lam Galleries

This year, Pearl Lam Galleries present artworks from across the world, including South Korea, China, Iran, Australia, Indonesia and India.

Those loving abstract painting may have a look at the work of Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi, who is recognized for abstract paintings that use thick strokes, resulting in bold surfaces.

Edwin's Gallery

Edwin’s Gallery is the go-to booth for those looking for art from local maestros. This year, the gallery showcases works of Ahmad Sadali, Mochtar Apin, Popo Iskandar and Srihadi Soedarsono.

In addition to the art pieces from renowned painters, the booth also features kinetic pieces by Edwin Rahardjo. (kes)

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