Category Archives: ArtWords

Oct 16

  Mythography: Now Group Exhibition At Sudakara ArtSpace, Jl. Sudamala 20, Sanur. Tel: 288555 In the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition ‘Mythography: Now’, the Sudakara ArtSpace states that the dynamic role performed by art is marked by the dialogue it creates about the self, the other, the surroundings, and, about the interaction of the self with the other, and, his or her surroundings. The gallery claims that it is this which compels us to be critical, and that it generates social awareness of the past, the present, and, to speculate about the shape of the future. It is this principle ... [ Read More ]

Oct 2

  Art Fair 2013 – Bali On The Move Various Group Exhibitions At various locations, see below The new Bali Art Society, an open art collective established earlier this year by some of Bali’s leading artists, curators, and writers, is holding their first exhibition, entitled ‘Art Fair 2013 – Bali On The Move’. The group exhibitions which make up the Art Fair are on display from September 20 until October 5, 2013, at three venues in Bali, namely: Tony Raka Art Gallery, Jalan Raya Mas, Ubud Maha Art Gallery, Jalan Merdeka, 18, Tanjung Bungkak, Denpasar Danes Art Veranda, Jalan Hayam ... [ Read More ]

Sept 18

  Blur of ID Paintings by Em Sumba At Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran Bay Tel: 701010 Em Sumba was born in 1975 in Lampung, South Sumatra. Em follows the concept that to paint is a journey of the soul, based on one’s life experiences, one’s ideas, and one’s imagination. Consequently, Em’s canvasses can often appear to be edgy and enigmatic. In his search to explore alienation, angst, and the meaning of life in the 21st century, throughout his work, Em has always chosen different visual styles with similar underlying themes, resulting in a exciting contrast of shared emotions. ... [ Read More ]

Aug 7

  Cosmic Energy A Group Exhibition from members of the Indonesian Association of Sculptors At Oracle Gallery, Jl. Raya Sanggingan 9, Ubud Tel: 978611 Local Ubud art critic Richard Horstman has written the notes for this exhibition, and he sets the stage very well by explaining that Indonesia has long had a history of sculptural arts. Megalithic images, he states, have been found in archaeological sites as diverse as Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. The 8th to the 10th century sculptures and reliefs found in Java and Bali, of Hindu-Buddhist origins, reveal foreign influences, most likely from Hindu and Buddhist India. ... [ Read More ]

July 10

  SenesAbility Group Exhibition of Paintings At Sudakara Art Space, Jl. Sudamala No. 20, Sanur Tel: 288555 In the catalogue for the exhibition, ‘SenseAbility’, Balinese art critic Wayan Seriyoga states that sometimes the image that is portrayed in an artwork does not always depict explicitly the implied meaning or the essence of the work. Artists, Wayan Seriyoga feels, constantly seek the different sides and the uniqueness of a reality, or of a phenomenon, that they want to present in their pieces. An artist’s creativity, Wayan Seriyoga continues, enables a visual exploration by processing their artistic potential. This can create various ... [ Read More ]

June 26

  Irony in Paradise Group Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures, and Installations At Agung Rai Museum of Art, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud Tel: 976659 This exhibition, ‘Irony in Paradise’, an exhibition of contemporary art by the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia organization, is a celebration of the 17 years of the ARMA Museum in Ubud. The prestigious Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) artist’s community was founded in 1970, by a small group of young Balinese artists during a turbulent period of Indonesia’s political history. They were drawn together through friendships developed while studying at the Academy Seni Rupa Indonesia, which is now known as ... [ Read More ]

May 29

  The Wall Painting Installation by Djunaidi Kenyut At Bloo Lagoon Village, Jl. Silayukti, Padangbai, Bali www.bloolagoon.com Djunaidi Kenyut is a street artist originally from Surabaya. Now resident in Ubud, Kenyut works with drawings, stencils, and painting. As a street artist, Kenyut includes text, urban symbols, figures, and patterns in his images, as a statement about how to be a human being in the modernization of present day Indonesia. The Ubud market has become Kenyut’s personal cultural diary, where every morning he can found observing people interacting with each other. He likes to watch what the people are doing, and ... [ Read More ]

May 01

  Capturing the Illusions Paintings by Elka Shri Arya At Gaya Art Space, Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud Tel: 979252 ‘Painterly Painting’ is a term given to the Post-World War II New York School of Abstract Expressionist Painting, which also developed in Paris around about the same time. Currently, at the Gaya Art Space, curator Argus FS has mounted an exhibition of the ‘Painterly Painting’ paintings of Elka Shri Arya, who is a contemporary artist best known as a choreographer, dancer, and music composer. In his exhibition entitled ‘Capturing the Illusions’, Elka presents images which depict the universal theme of ‘Mother’. ... [ Read More ]

April 03

  Tw (in) side Paintings by Ketut Teja Astawa and Dewa Putu Mokoh At Kendra Gallery, Jl. Drupadi 88B, Basangkasa, Seminyak Tel: 736628 This exhibition, ‘Tw (in) side’, represents two Balinese painters from different generations, who apply similar techniques of Balinese traditional painting as the basis of their creative development. Since the 1990’s, Ketut Teja Astawa, a young painter from Sanur, has being developing his own distinctive style, which is inspired by characteristics from the Balinese Wayang Puppet Theatre. On the other hand, also on display, are works from the late and lamented Dewa Putu Mokoh, who learned the Pengosekan ... [ Read More ]

Jan 23

  New Color Windows and Calligraphy Paintings by Peter Dittmar At Tony Raka Art Gallery, Jl. Raya Mas, Ubud. Tel: 7816785 When speaking of abstraction in art, local art-critic Jean Couteau suggests that what often comes to mind is the idea of a visual language reduced to a core of aesthetic elements, or, of a focus on ‘form’ for its own sake, without the encumbrance of a narrative located beyond the canvas. However, the lack of a narrative does not necessarily mean the absence of a message. Numerous pioneers of Western abstract art in the early 20th century, such as Wassily Kandinsky ... [ Read More ]