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(1/22/2012) TAKSU – the gallery of contemporary art at the W Retreat and Spa in Seminyak – is showcasing the work of 7 Indonesian painters through February 16, 2012.
“Meeting Point: From Jogja with Love” is a group exhibition by 7 Indonesian painters: Dedy Sufriadi, Deskhairi, Dwi Setya Acong, Hanh, Hono Sun, Joko “Gundul” Sulistiono, and Wahyu Gunawan.
In collaboration with guest-organizer Hanh, "Meeting Point: From Jogja with Love" gathers graduates of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, all of whom are professional painters. These seven artists from various regions of Indonesian came to the Fine Art Faculty of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta in the ʻ90s to pursue their dreams and develop their visions. The current exhibition brings together the unique perspectives of these seven artists, and explores the diverse visual languages employed in their search for meaning and truth.
Abstraction, to Dedy Sufriadi, is like big house with a thousand doors - we can enter and exit from anywhere. An area with no borders nor boundaries, abstraction is the accumulation of many artistic and aesthetic problems with one solution: "purity and intelligence of intuition". In abstraction, logic cease to exist, and intuition guides artists in the process of creation. Born in Palembang in 1976, Dedy Sufriadi came to Institut Seni Rupa (ISI) to take up Fine Arts studies (1995 – 2004). Up to now, he had mounted eight solo exhibitions in various spaces and galleries in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Singapore. He had also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Indonesia, Philippine, Australia, Singapore, Korea, USA, and many others. Sufriadi was the recipient of The Best Sketch of Indonesia Institute of Art (ISI) Yogyakarta in 1996, finalist of Winsor and Newton Art Competition (1998), finalist of Nokia Award (1999), finalist of Philip Morris – Indonesia Art Award (2000), and finalist of Tujuh Bintang Art Award Yogyakarta (2009).
Nature continues to inspire Sumatran artist Deskhairi in his painting processes. Quiet and poetic, his canvases are realizations of his imaginary discourse with nature, simplified and processed aesthetically. Born in 1972 in Batu Sangkar, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia, Deskhairi started his formal education in arts from Sekolah Menengah Seni Rupa (High School of the Arts) in Padang in 1989. Upon graduation, he moved to Yogyakarta to take up BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. Since then, Deskhairi has exhibited in many group exhibitions in various venues in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, as well as in Malaysia and England. Deskhairi was one of the semi- finalists of Indonesian Art Awards VII (2000), Nokia Indonesian Art Award (2000), Indonesian Art Awards VIII (2001), and finalist professional category of The 1st UOB Painting of the Year Competition (2011).
DWI SETYA ACONG
Mankind and Nature have been the main inspiration behind the works of Dwi Setya Acong. Placing his lone character in the midst of ruins, not only that Dwi Setya Acong points out the ecological issues of exploitation of Nature, he also challenges the viewers to reconsider the potential of destruction that comes as a result of Mankindʼs desire for wealth and progression. Dwi Setya Acong was born in 1977 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Upon joining the Faculty of Fine Arts of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta in 1994, he has been actively exhibiting in numerous venues in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Semarang, as well as in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. To date, Dwi Setya Acong had put up three solo exhibitions: Interlude (2002), Waktu Gong (2006) and Seeds of Light (2008). Dwi Setya Acong was the finalist of YSRI-Philip Morris Indonesian Art Awards VIII (2000).
Geometrical shapes and perspectives dominate the canvases of Hono Sun, a painter born in 1977 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Upon completing his high school education, Hono Sun furthered his studies and graduated from the Fine Art Faculty of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. Since 1999 to date, Sun has been actively exhibiting in numerous group exhibitions in various venues in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, among which are: Freestyle (2008), Imagination (2010), Bayang: Pameran Islamic (2011), and ARTJOG #11 (2011). He was named as a finalist of Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award (2000 and 2001), finalist of Indofood Art Award (2002), and recipient of Jurorʼs Award in The Jakarta Art Award (2008).
JOKO “GUNDUL” SULISTIONO
Exploration of medium, technique, and themes has been the main interest of Indonesian artist Joko ʻGundulʼ Sulistiono in pushing the boundaries and finding new possibilities in his paintings. Born in 1960 in Grobogan, Java, Indonesia, Sulistiono received formal education in Fine Arts (Painting) from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. Since 1991 to date, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in various art spaces in Yogyakarta, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Lombok, Magelang; as well as four solo exhibitions: Trash (1998), Tightness (1998), and Untitled (2003) and Untitled (2005). Joko Sulistionoʼs work was featured in 2009 X Yogyakarta Jogja Biennale, and he was one of the top five of Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award (2000).
Daily social exchanges became ideas that fuel Wahyu Gunawanʼs art making process. These ideas are then transformed into artworks, packaged in satirical and ironical visuals. Wahyu Gunawan, born 1975 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta in 1994 and graduated in 2004. Since then to date, he had participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries in Indonesia, as well as in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Korea. Wahyu Gunawan was one of the 5 Best Nokia Indonesia Art Award (2000), finalist of Jakarta Art Award (2010), and winner of Highly-Commended Award of The 1st UOB Painting of the Year Competition (2011).
Seeing art-making process as a humble activity no higher than other daily routines like waking up in the morning and brushing teeth, Hanh strives to create light-hearted works that prompt contemplation without being too heavy. Born 1974 in Pontianak, Hanh lives and works in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Hanh graduated from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Visual Art Communication. Hanh had exhibited in several venues in Indonesia, among which was Yogyakarta Art Biennale (2007 and 2009), Amir Sidharta Art Auction (2007), Amir Sidharta Contemporary Art Auction (2007), and Katalis Art Forum (2009). Apart from his practice as an artist, Hanh had also organized exhibitions in various venues in Indonesia from 2000 – 2009.