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Jakarta Post

In memory of Alit Sembodo

  • Carla Bianpoen


Jakarta   /   Thu, February 24 2011   /  10:34 am

Rock And Roll of Baratayuda, by Alit Sembodo.Courtesy of Umah Seni Gallery The current National Gallery exhibition held in memory of the late Alit Sembodo reminds me of the day I was examining one of his paintings with a connoisseur of his work.We had just finished talking about the end of the Mayan calendar, which some people believe will bring incredible change to our lives on earth. My friend pointed at the unmistakable similarities between Alit’s painting and this conversation, saying “perhaps such will be the situation”.Filling entire canvasses with what seems like worlds of chaos, Alit paints throngs of interwoven figures in a grueling bottomless cosmos from which there is no escape route. One might feel a chill down the spine when looking at his paintings from a distance, as the canvasses
appear to be filled with worms. Upon closer inspection, however, one will see thes...