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Jakarta Post

Art awards break new ground once more

  • Carla Bianpoen


Jakarta   /   Fri, April 13 2012   /  09:17 am

No one would have imagined seeing Javanese script replacing the lines in Albrecht Durer’s The Men’s Bath in a contemporary art competition, but precisely that appeared in the Second Bandung Contemporary Art Awards (BaCAA) on March 24, at Lawangwangi Art and Science Estate in Bandung.

The work by Eddy Susanto (b. 1975), testifies to an incredibly innovative artist who preceded his work with long research on comparative visions at the time of the Renaissance in Europe and the entry of Islam into the island of Java. The Javanese script in the piece of work called The Java of Dürer, is not just a random scripture, but presents the original text of the ancient lore of Babad Tanah Jawi (History of The Land of Java), written with drawing pens over an acrylic background on canvas, and is composed in a way that resembles Albrecht Dürer’s The Men’s Bath.

Eddy explained th...