Currently I’m in Banjarmasin, a small city in Southern Kalimantan the Indonesian region of Borneo; described as the Venice of Asia for its canals.
One of the things which a Lonely Planet guide book doesn’t mention about travelling through Indonesia is that there are an enormous amount of wormholes. It can become quite hazardous whilst trekking and visiting other Lonely Planet recommended sites such as temples and volcanoes; very easily you could find yourself on the brink of interstellar travel when all you where searching for was a local warung.
This is my first Art Jog and I am pretty much blown away by the standard of work. Although focusing on local Indonesian artists (specifically from Yogyakarta), it is an open call art fair with many artists represented from the South East Asian region.
It is incredibly refreshing to see works addressing the curatorial theme of ‘Looking East’ in Indonesia rather than within the confines of western art institutions aimed at western audiences, which tends to take away from the local concerns of the artists.
Given the scope of the exhibition, I am just going to cover the works which stood out for me the most, which is rather a lot. I’m prone to drifting into a higher art realm when confronted with large scale exhibitions, needing to return several times before declaring defeat.
Pinto Sirait,Mythic Airways, www.pintorsirait.com
Hedi Hariyanto, Keluarga , sahabatgallery.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/hedi-hariyanto/
Hedi Hariyanto, Keluarga
Farhan Siki, Hello Rich People, http://www.indonesianeye.com/artist/farhan-siki
Farhan Siki, Hello Rich People
Meolyono, Batik’s Sir
Moelyono, Batik’s Sir
Yuli Sulistyo, Myiagros Army
Wim Delvoy, Untitled, www.wimdelvoye.be/
Wim Delvoye, Untitled
Heri Dono, Unidentifyin Unflying Object, du-store-verden.no/artister/artist.php?2007012309142494552
S. Dwi Stya, Hologram 05.00 semangarti.wordpress.com/s-dwi-stya-acong-2/
Anton Subiyanto, Green Tooth, antonsubiyanto.blogspot.com
Afdhal, See You Tomorrow, www.myarttracker.com/node/418511/artist-summary
Edo Pillu, Micro Macro Cosmos, edwardpilliang.wordpress.com
AC Andre Tanama,Hiding in the Deeply Eyes, andretanama.weebly.com/about-me.html
Yesterday I returned from a three day trek to the summit of Mt Rinjani, Lombok Indonesia. Difficult and exhausting, but well organised and breathtaking. From the summit you are greeted with a sea of volcanic peaks from the islands surrounding Lombok.
Camp 1, Mt Rinjani
Mt Rinjani crater lake, from 3600m at dawn.