The Jakarta Post
Gatot Indrajati’s installation 'Kotak Utak-Atik' (The Tinkering Box) will be exhibited at Museum MACAN's Children’s Art Space. (JP/Museum MACAN/Handout)
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Museum Macan) will present the works of Gatot Indrajati, a Yogyakarta-based artist best known for his works of wood.
Gatot Indrajati in his studio in Yogyakarta, Central Java (JP/Museum Macan/Handout)
According to a statement sent to The Jakarta Post, Gatot will present a new installation titled Kotak Utak-Atik (The Tinkering Box) for Museum Macan’s Children Art Space. It is commissioned in partnership with United Overseas Bank (UOB), the museum’s official major education partner.
Kotak Utak-Atik, one of Gatot’s signature large-scale pieces, incorporates detailed and vibrant woodwork. The installation expresses his fear that handicraft and hand skills will eventually fade, as modern machinery is increasingly in use. The wood-and-cardboard installation features elements of interactivity for young visitors to the museum.
Children will be able to form and assemble interesting creations from available machine bits and pieces, and the installation will grow as visitors’ creations are added onto it, forming images that will remind viewers of the need for sustainability.
Aprina Murwanti, head of education and public programs at Museum Macan, said that, through the installation, Gatot provided a chance for young art enthusiasts to learn in an experiential way.
“Education is a pivotal element of Museum Macan’s ethos, and we aim to grow the program to engage with artists around the world, on all levels, for future projects at the Children’s Art Space,” Aprina was quoted as saying.
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'Young Statue' ( 2014 ), by Gatot Indrajati (JP/Gatot Indrajati/Handout)
Kotak Utak Atik is the second commission for Museum Macan’s Children’s Art Space. Previously, the space commissioned Entang Wiharso, who created a site-specific mural and interactive artwork titled Floating Garden.
Visitors will be able to see Gatot’s works beginning in the first week of August. (mut)