Ubud’s Sika Gallery presents Menjemput Masa Lalu (picking up the past), a group exhibition of contemporary artworks by the # PK collective. On show from 21 May are installations, drawings, paintings, videoart, object art, scpultures, graphics, by five young Balinese artists I Gede Jaya Putra, Ngakan Putu Agus Arta Wijaya (NPAAW), I Nyoman Suarnata, I Made Putra Indrawan, and I Putu Nova Ruspika Yanto, along with written prose featuring as well text, by female arts and language freelancer Savitri Sastrawan.
The works explore themes such as the conflict between tradition and modernity, identity, and the erosion of democracy in Indonesia. Full Space 2016, by Nyoman Suarnata (b.1987, Mengwi, Badung) is a progressive representation of iconic local subject matter that is too often translated into conventional painted form. His installation of two-dimensional canvases taking on 3 dimensional hexagonal forms adds a fresh life to his subject. Text by Savitri Sastrawan (b.1990 Denpasar) reveals her thoughts related to struggle; not only of Indonesia’s on-going effort for democracy, yet also the everyday challenges that confront young artists.
Above: Full Space by Nyoman Suarnata Top (feature image): Black and White by Ngakan Putu Agus Arta Wijaya
Tentang aku jendela rumah dan angin, (about my window house and the wind) by Made Putra Indrawan (b. 1987, Denpasar) is a delightful and intrguing installation that poses questions to the observer. Diary Book # 1 & 2, by Putu Nova Ruspika Yanto introduces alternative asethetics and techniques, adding overall strength to the show, through his woodcut works on hardboard that are presented within the book format.
Above: detail of Generasi Sintetis installation by Gede Jaya Putra
Highlights of the exhibition are by Gede Jaya Putra (b.1988, Kerobokan, Badung) and his installation, Generasi Sintetis 2017, (Synthetic Generation), that combines sketches, video art and sculptures emphasizing the on-going change from the natural to a synthetic world that confronts today’s yonger generation. Also of note are works by NPAAW, paintings and one installtion. Currently living and studying at ISI (Indonesian Arts Institutue) in Yogyakarta, Central Java, NPAAW (b. 1990 Pejeng, Gianyar), along with Gede Jaya Putra are two exciting young contmporary artists with special talent, both worthy of close observation.
The contributions by the Sika Gallery in the support and development of Balinese contemporary art is unsurpassed. The vision of painter, sculptor, writer, critic and provocatur Wayan Sika (b.1949, Silakarang, Gianyar), in 1996 he opened Bali’s first non-commercial artist’s driven creative space to provide a platform for the avant garde art that was evolving on the island. Continuing in the tradition of exhibiting young and immerging local artist’s the Sika Gallery presents Menjumput Masa Lalu, continuing through until 3 June 2017.
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Words & Images: Richard Horstman – Art activist Richard Horstman (b.1964 Melbourne) first visited Ubud in 1986. The former sculptor is a journalist, writer, art tourism presenter and behind the scenes doer in Bali art scene. Dedicated to contributing to the development of Balinese and Indonesian art, he regularly contributes to the Jakarta Post on a range of art related topics and may be contacted at: email@example.com