The Jakarta Post
The art fair, known as a unique forum for artists to meet art collectors, will take place at Taman Budaya in Yogyakarta from June 6 to June 28.
Taking the theme of 'Infinity in Flux', ART|JOG casts the limelight on the curated works of 87 artists who present the infinite possibilities of art.
Believing that art transverses all mediums, ART|JOG embraces fashion designers, photographers and art directors to present their works alongside those of painters and sculptors.
'We want to say to the public that art is limitless. Every person can make artwork as long as he has a strong concept and good artistic and technical abilities,' ART|JOG director Satriagama Rakantaseta said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
From more than 1,000 artists' submissions, curator Bambang 'Toko' Witjaksono selected the works of 35 emerging artists. Sixty-two artists have also been invited to take part in the art fair.
'Some artists are not used to multimedia and interactive art. To cope with this, they have collaborated with other artists and animators. It is good to know that this event is able to foster collaboration,'
Among the artists are Heri Dono, I Nyoman Masriadi, Singapore-based Boedi Widjaja, US-based Adam de Boer, the Philippine's Mark Justiniani, Austria's Stefanie Wuschitz, Cake Industries and Reko Rennie from Australia.
Making his art fair debut is designer Lulu Lutfi Labibi, who will exhibit his collection in the fashion show/performing art on opening day. Renowned art director Jay Subiyakto will present an installation. Also on display is an installation by digital imaging artist Agan Harahap, who made a name for himself with playfully manipulated photos of Hollywood celebrities in Indonesian daily life.
The art fair's infinity logo, aside from representing its eighth year, also embodies the unending loop that bonds the artists and the audience.
'Since 2012, we immersed ourselves in the themes of history, the East and Indonesia,' Bambang said.
'Now we explore the art forms. After observing that many visitors love taking selfies with artworks, we want to deepen the audience's experience. They can interact with the works, and even become part of the work.'
No less than 95 percent of the featured art pieces are installation and interactive works.
Known for his comic-inspired work, Yogyakarta-based artist Popok Tri Wahyudi will exhibit a mobile clinic designed by him that offers medical consultation provided by Gaia Foundation throughout the three-week event.
Yoko Ono will showcase her signature Wish Tree, an ongoing art installation started in the 1980s and which concept has traveled the world. Visitors are invited to tie written wishes on the tree. The wishes will be buried beneath the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, along with the more than 1 million collected wishes.
'We are requested to provide a local tree. I am thinking about a kind of sorcerer's tree, like Nogosari [Palaquium rostratum] that is often used to make wands,' Bambang added.
Thanks to art collector Jorge Starke, the art fair will be able to exhibit a video screening of Ono's 'Sky Piece' performance and her photography work. Bambang confirmed that Ono would not attend the event, noting her ongoing solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Aside from the special presentation of Ono's works, ART|JOG has named artist couple Dyatmiko 'Miko' Bawono and Santi Ariestyowati as the commissioned artists. The husband-and-wife team, better known as Indieguerillas, will put their installation at the front area of the venue.
'They are young, have strong artistic skill and ability to manage large spaces,' Satriagama said.
Last year's ART|JOG drew more than 10,000 visitors, with 65 of the 110 exhibited artworks being sold. Satriagama hoped to achieve a higher goal this year.
'Hopefully, this year's event will attract more art lovers than last year's [...] The event is intended to elevate the bargaining power of the art community in society. We need to grow the awareness that all elements of the public and the government must support the country's art.'