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Jakarta Post

In search of collective enlightenmen

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud   /   Thu, October 1 2009   /  11:46 am

Picking the Fruit of Heaven by Pande Ketut TamanIt is quite obvious that the quest for spiritual enlightenment and the Buddhist path have always occupied an important place in the esthetic journey of Balinese artist Pande Ketut Taman. As early as 2005, Taman had impressed both the curatorial board and art lovers at the prestigious Bali Biennale with his installation Menyentuh Langit (Touching Heaven), which went on to win the Bali Biennale's Excellent Achievement Award. This visually and philosophically powerful work consisted of a semi-circular construction resembling an uphill road made of bamboo and rice straw. The road brimmed with human figures, made out of colorful traditional Balinese rice cakes. Then the road ended abruptly at its highest point, sending the figures at the topmost positions into a free fall back to the lowest point on the ground. It was an enchantin...