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Virtual AGSI exhibit heralds 2021 with homegrown talent

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 14 2021   /  01:00 am
Food for thought: Sasya Tranggono’s 'The Last Supper #2' (watercolor on paper) has ignited public discourse on appropriation in art, in which an artist intentionally reuses or reproduces the works of other artists to create a new artwork. It is one of 36 works of art that feature in “Ray of Hope”, a virtual exhibition by the Indonesian Association of Art Galleries (AGSI) that runs until Jan. 20, 2021.(Courtesy of AGSI/-)

From a distance, the Last Supper (2020, acrylic on canvas) by Syaiful Rachman could appear to be just as another visual rendition of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural painting. Zooming in for a close-up view reveals that it is an optical illusion, a mosaic of small, faceless human figures in various poses that form every figure and object that feature in the painting. “The artist is impressed by great people, but also believes they would not exist without these anonymous little people,” said Hardiman of Andi's Gallery, who curated the exhibition, explaining the relationship between the concept and the subject matter behind the work on Dec. 28, 2020, at the first talk held by the Indonesian Association of Art Galleries (AGSI) on Instagram Live Hardiman added that recontextualizing the famous painting gave value to the art of appropriation. “The artis...