The Jakarta Post
The first installment of Art Moments Jakarta officially kicked off on Friday at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel in South Jakarta.
The art fair, slated to run until Sunday, features a total of 35 local and international galleries, including familiar names, such as Blink Gallery from Hong Kong, Perrotin Gallery, Indonesian Luxury, D Galerie, Ruci Art Space, Can’s Gallery and more.
Art Moments Jakarta’s fair director and founder Leo Silitonga said that small numbers of galleries allowed visitors to get up close and personal with the galleries as well as the artworks. In regards to the curating process, he explained that he looked for galleries that could come up with interesting exhibitions.
These interesting exhibitions welcome visitors from the entrance of the venue, with the first one being an installation entitled Go-Kart Heridonology by renowned contemporary artist Heri Dono.
The installation’s roaring engine sounds instantly command attention. Once art enthusiasts take a closer look, they will discover that the two sculptures illustrate Heri’s interest in the wheel, as he believes it is a symbol of advancement within a civilization, taking humankind on a journey full of progress.
To the left of the installation, visitors can check out Heri’s other artworks, including an installation titled Riding the Tigerish Goat.
Inspired by documentary film Riding the Tiger, the installation features several sculptures adorned with small statues of former president Soeharto.
“This installation is about the New Order,” said Heri.
“I created goats [instead of tigers] as there were many scapegoats [during Soeharto’s era],” he added, referring to the mass killings and other issues that arose during the New Order era.
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Moving on to the foyer, visitors can see Meditation Room by ISA. Featuring five gamelan sculptures by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, the room invites art enthusiasts to take a break and meditate while listening to the gamelan, a unique experience at the art fair.
Next to Meditation Room, visitors can view Art:1 Projects x @OffthewallJakarta, which is presented in collaboration with the Institut Francais Indonesia (IFI). Featuring street art by French and Indonesian artists, namely L’Atlas, Kater, Stereoflow and Darbotz, art enthusiasts can see a different approach to contemporary art.
Moreover, the 2019 Art Moments Jakarta also features Phillips Auction House and Perrotin Gallery.
The former comes as an art gallery, not an auction house, and displays works by Banksy, an anonymous England-based street artist, and American artist Brian Donelly, popularly known as Kaws.
For the event, Phillips Auction House presents 20 Banksy artworks, including the famous Girl with Balloon, allowing fans to learn more about the paintings by the world famous street artist.
As for Perrotin Gallery, it showcases MR.’s solo exhibition. The Japanese artist’s neo-pop artworks comprise paintings and sculpture with manga and anime characters.
Leo said that MR.’s artworks were not meant for children. “Anime has sexuality and fantasy elements,” he explained.
“This is MR.’s first solo exhibition in Indonesia,” added Leo. (asw)
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