The Jakarta Post
'Paintings of Fame' series by Sunaryo at the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
The second installment of Art Stage Jakarta officially opened on Friday at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel in South Jakarta.
Slated to run until Sunday, the three-day art fair features prominent galleries, such as Japan’s Shugoarts and Mizuma Gallery, South Korea’s Arario Gallery, as well as local galleries like Edwin’s Gallery, Nadi Gallery, CAN’s Gallery and more.
Among a myriad of paintings, sculptures, installations and special projects, The Jakarta Post discovered seven local galleries that should not be missed by art enthusiasts as they present awe-inspiring artworks.
Curious much? Below is the list of seven local galleries to check out at the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta.
'Cangklong Kesayangan' sketch by Affandi. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Twelve Indonesian maestros, namely Affandi, Basuki Abdulah, Batara Lubis, Fadjar Sidik, Harijadi Sumadidjaja, Henk Ngantung, Hendra Gunawan, Itji Tarmizi, Lee Man Fong, Sudjana Kerton, S. Sudjojono and Widayat, lived in an era when canvas was a rarity due to economic restriction and the country’s independence revolution, leading them to sketch or draw on papers with pen and pencil.
For this year’s event, D Galleries presents drawings and sketches on paper from these maestros in an exhibition titled “Frozen in Time” – the last line from Chairil Anwar’s poem Yang Terampas dan Putus (Some are Plundered, Some Escape). Here, art enthusiasts can learn how each artist used sketches as a medium of documentation to record the atmosphere of war and daily life during the revolution.
Those loving ceramic sculptures may have a look at the works of Bandung-based artist Argya Dhyaksa at Rachel Gallery’s booth.
Inspired by pop culture and daily lives, the artist turns porcelains into satirical sculptures, such as Rice Cake Racing (literally means Surabaya-dish lontong balap) or Piring Binting (Stir Wirs), a parody of Star Wars.
'Hallucinogenic' installation by Titaribu. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Art enthusiasts should not miss Bale Project's booth as it features one-of-a-kind artworks, such as Hallucinogenic installation by Titaribu. Featuring giant robe made from gold plated nutmegs, the installation transports visitors to the colonial era, reminding them with Gold, Glory and Gospel motivations.
In addition to Titaribu’s installation, Bale Project also showcases Paintings of Fame series by Sunaryo, featuring the country’s leaders from time to time, namely Sukarno, Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid and Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
In the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta, Yogyakarta-based gallery Srisasanti Syndicate presents artworks by local artists, including Heri Dono, Suroso Isur, Djoko Pekik and Ronald Manullang.
Though Suroso is the youngest among the artists featured in the exhibition, his art piece could easily compete with the seniors. Presenting artwork titled Killing Sudjojono, the piece features selected parts from 28 Sudjojono masterpieces, which were studied and repainted by Suroso. The idea derived from Suroso's admiration towards the legendary painter as well as his frustration upon seeing people irresponsibility copied Sudjojono’s paintings.
This year, Jakarta-based Art: 1 gallery showcases a solo exhibition by Nyoman Erawan.
Presenting a series of paintings titled Shadow Dance, Nyoman collaborated limited expressive brushstrokes with inlay work, making the abstract pieces look striking. A closer look reveals that the canvas appears to bulge in or out with elements of Balinese culture, adding uniqueness to the artworks.
Zola Zolu Gallery
'Keberagaman itu Indah (Diversity is Beautiful)' by Arifien Neif. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Zola Zolu Gallery presents artworks from Richard Winkler and Arifien Neif.
The former is known for his vivid colors and Balinese-themed paintings, such as women walking home from the rice fields, tropical fruits sellers and more.
As for the latter, Arifien is recognized for his Fauvism style. In the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta, Arifien presents an interesting piece titled Keberagaman itu Indah (Diversity is Beautiful), displaying the 72nd Indonesian Independence Day in a ‘new capital' Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. The artist told The Post that the piece was inspired by recent events and Jokowi's plan to move the state capital to Palangkaraya.
In addition to Keberagaman itu Indah, Arifien also presents artworks inspired by his recent trip to Europe.
Fans of contemporary arts may want to check out Mochtar Sarman’s works at Ruci Artspace. This time around, Mochtar artworks revolve around Japanese manga Astro Boy and Slam Dunk.
However, unlike the usual painting, the artist collaborated ChromaDepth 3D art into the artworks. The former would turn into animation once one put on an Augmented Reality glasses. As for the latter, the Slam Dunk 2D painting would turn into 3D when it is seen through 3D glasses. (kes)
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