Abdi Setiawan, Mencari Merah
2005, kanvas, dakron, kayu
130 cm high x 60 cm wide
CONTEMPORARY ART IN JOGJA:
ART HOUSES, GALLERIES AND STREET ART
by Michelle Chin
Arya Pandjalu, Lindungi Aku dari Apa yang Kumau / Protect Me from What I Want, 2004, cloth, dacron, shoes, acrylic paint, 160 cm high (3 pieces)
Ugo Untoro, Walker, 2003, foam, paper, glue, paint
19 cm high x 21 cm wide
"Contemporary art in Indonesia can be seen as a representation of artists concerns and views regarding issues in their society. Through their work, some artists may criticise and depict general phenomena in society, whilst others express individual and personal approaches to their reality. These ideas and themes are realised by a diverse range of media," says Nindityo Adipurnomo.
"The art scene in Yogyakarta is currently very institutionalised and the varying disciplines are divided and segregated," adds Jaarsma. "Cemeti Art House aims to stimulate interaction and exchange between these different disciplines, while still maintaining a strong visual art focus."
Cemeti Art House stocks art works by Anusapati, Agung Kurniawan, S.Teddy D., Tri Wahyudi (Popok), Yamyuli Dwi Iman, Hanura Hosea, Hedi Hariyanto, Yenny Yanuar Ernawati, Tisna Sanjaya, Mulyono, Agus Suwage, EddiE haRA, I GAK Murniasih, Magdalena Pardede, Ade Darmawan, Firman, AS Kurnia, Herly Gaya, Iwan Koeswana, Munadi, Nunung WS, Ugo Untoro, Oky Arfie Hutabarat, Shigeyo Kobayashi and others.
by Cherry Salim in 1999, Embun Gallery has held various exhibitions
of paintings and sculpture. Although Embun Gallery generally tends to focus
on young artists, particularly those studying at the Indonesian Institute
of Arts (ISI Yogyakarta), there have also been exhibitions by senior artists
including Ahmad Sopandi, Wardoyo, G. Sidharta Soegijo, IGN. Pamungkas Gardjito,
Edi Sunartyo and Soetopo.
Embun Gallery organised an excellent exhibition of 15 women artists held at the National Gallery, Jakarta in April 2001 and has hosted discussion events working together with the Cemeti Art Foundation in Jogja. In August 2001 Embun Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by painter Ugo Untoro.
Ugo Untoro, In the Studio, 2004, wood, paper, paint, glass,
approx. 40 cm W 25cm H
Komik is a fascinating alternative space. It was founded by a group
of artists - Samuel Indratma, Ari Diyanto, Popok Tri Wahyudi and Bambang
'Toko' Witjaksono - who wanted to reinterpret the whole concept and
definition of the word "gallery". They have totally overturned
the normal assumption that a gallery is a closed space in which art works
are exhibited and kept safely locked up at night. Apotik Komik is simply
a wall located on a street corner - Jalan Langenarjon Lor and Jalan Gamelan(njeron
Banteng) to be precise. The wall, measuring 228 centimeters high by 1123
centimeters wide, is in fact the backing material onto which art works are
created. These art works are clearly of a temporary nature: when an "exhibition"
is over, the wall is painted over, and a new art work will be created on
The founders of Apotik Komik are seriously committed to creating a dynamic interaction and dialogue between artists and the general public through the art works they exhibit at this public gallery. They do not simply talk about "getting closer to the general public" - they are really doing it. Apotik Komik is truly an alternative exhibition space, readily accessible to the general public - becak drivers, ice sellers, office workers, mothers, children, unemployed youth. All who pass by on the street become viewers of the exhibitions at Apotik Komik, a gallery that is truly "open to the public at all times".
Bambang Toko Witjaksono, Eko Nugroho and Dani
Kotak Ajaib, 2004
Gelaran Budaya focusses on the work of young artists, many of whom are studying at the Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI Yogyakarta). This gallery opened in December l999, and was set up by a group of young artists including Dipo Andy, Nugroho Wantoro and others. Gelaran Budaya activities include weekly discussions on art-related topics, a publishing house named ARTILINE and a small book shop.
Rumah Seni Keluarga TUK opened in November 2000. Founded by a group of young artists - Muhammad Basori, Kaji Habeb, Edo Pop, Rudi, Tulus, Paox Ibnu Wiboeo, Suluh Pratita and Nurul M - the word 'TUK' signifies a water source and is intended to convey the hope that this gallery will become a source of new life and fertile growth in the contemporary arts scene. AIR Art House hopes to become an umbrella organisation for many other groups of artists, and will work closely with a variety of organisations involved in both the visual and performing arts.
Opened in January 2001, Rumah Seni AIR (AIR Art House) aims to contribute to the art scene both nationally and internationally. The founders, Bintang Hanggono and Andra chose the name AIR because it is easy to remember by both Indonesian and English language speakers, even though the name ends up having two totally different meanings - 'water' or 'air' - in those two languages. AIR Art House will hold exhibitions of both painting, sculpture and crafts in its Jogja venue and sister-gallery in Menteng, Jakarta.
of the newest galleries in Jogja are highly specialised in their choice
of art work media. Galeri Benda opened in August 2000. It is the
only gallery in Jogja to focus purely on three-dimensional art works such
as sculptures, art objects and hand-crafted items made from metal, wood,
leather, ceramics or textiles. The gallery is involved in promoting three-dimensional
art through its website, newsletter, the mass media and other print publications.
Exhibitions planned for 2001 include a solo exhibition by Joko Avianto (3-15 September 2001), a photography exhibition by disabled children from the Yakkum Rehabilitation Centre (20-31 September 2001), solo show by Handi Hermansyah (23 September - 6 November 2001) and a design show by Ria (4-18 December 2001). Galeri Benda shows work by many artists, including Handi Wirman, Ali Umar, Midori Hirota (Japan), Reto Pulfer (Switzerland), Iskandar Fawzi, Edi Prabandono, and the late Hendra Prasetya.
The gallery has also held various arts-related activities such as a recent papier mache workshop on dolls and masks led by Australian artist Cindy Czabania, and discussions on the topics of "internet art" and arts criticism.
Takaran / Ukuran, 2004, kayu jatu, sono, kaca, 40 cm high, 20 cm long