The art of the Balinese artist Pande Gde Supada is notable for its haunting imagination.
The observer finds him or herself wrestling with the meaning of the Artist's emotionally charged figures, some hidden in the shadows and leaping forward, luminous and bright.
Supada's inspiration is found in contemplation and meditation, an interior dialogue with himself and a collective consciousness. The layered, scratchy surfaces of many of his paintings are reminiscent of ancient caves.
And, as in entering a cave, so is the experience of viewing Supanda's work. At first examination you are blinded for a moment as your eyes adjust to the low light. Then comes an uncertainty: Are the forms displayed on the walls natural formations created over the centuries, or ancient paintings - faded and covered with layers of time?
Gradually the silhouettes of animals and humans become recognizable.
At last, a special moment of understanding ignites as we find ourselves spontaneously caught in a ménage en trois, a mysterious, deeply private three-way dialogue between the artist, his imagination and our own.
Imaginery Dialogue an exhibition by Pande Gde Supanda at Ganesha Gallery Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from March 22 through April 14, 2006.
For more information, call the gallery at telephone ++62-(0)361-701010.
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