11 – 25 March 2008
Solo Exhibition by Ariadhitya Pramuhendra
ON LAST SUPPER
11 – 25 March 2008
Berita Pers / Press Release
Pameran Tunggal / Solo Exhibition by
J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra
ON LAST SUPPER
Pembukaan / Opening :
11 March 2008
Jam 7.30 WIB
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17 January – 9 February 2008
‘(…) Largely black-white paintings with only sparks of other colours, presenting a fullness of hieroglyphs or lines like those carved in rock faces. With hands and feet she gives layers of messages, of which some are (almost) wiped out.’
Frans Groot, artist and anthropologist
Indonesian-born Juni Kusumanto (1957) has lived in the Netherlands since the age of twelve where she attended the Academy of Arts in Breda from 1991 till1995. Since 1996 she has worked as an independent artist based in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, and since 1999 also as part of a Dutch Artist Collective. Her works have been exhibited throughout the Netherlands. In addition, she actively participated in arts projects with a social development character, like a Youth and Graffiti Project. Now, after more than ten years of producing creations in a Dutch environment, she seeks to build a dialogue with arts in contemporary Indonesia. Her conception of arts is linked to the way in which she perceives life and human relations. Whilst life unfolds, one may experience it either as hardships or as a chance to transform it to one of fulfilment. Life is therefore a matter of personal choice and responsibility. Inspired by the nonviolence philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, the artist believes that the absolute truth should be one’s aim when making life choices and when relating to others. Nonviolence is a tool to practise empathy, to give, to create space, to forgive and to reach balanced human relations. It urges one to continuously research and improve oneself. In the process, self-respect and respect towards others come more and more into play.
Despite her Indonesian roots, in making creations she does not let herself restricted due to this background. Upon questioning on this issue, she asserted that, ‘If imposed by my Indonesian background, my hand would be clumsily and unnaturally steered. If feeling free in the creation process, I may (sub-consciously) discover new or hidden elements, either Indonesian features or western elements.’ In the process, the hand of the artist is directed subconsciously to draw lines on prepared material and sometimes on traces of previous lines and colours. Elements of her Indonesian and Dutch background are absorbed in the sub-consciousness to unfold at later points in her works. The wiping out and redrawing of lines is her artistic learning process and game-like labour in order to present a balanced picture. At any given point of time our world only exists of tangible materials. However, on paper, canvas or synthetic material there also are traces of the sub-consciousness. These are guided by her inspirational thoughts in the creation process. Producing a work of art in this way will always contain surprises.
Using the life process as a model for one’s artistic work is not only many-sided, but is very complex. For this reason the artist uses hands and feet for her work of art. It seems that hands and feet are not important, but the more she uses these elements, the more they seem to lead their own life into the sub-consciousness.
In her works, figures and lines—some strong, others subtler—are given shape in such a way that these become either figurative or abstract in character. All is carried out in poetic and in story-telling manner. In order to express Gandhi’s philosophy she uses primarily the colours black and white. Symbolically, white projects neutrality, sacredness or an unprejudiced attitude. On the other hand, it can produce an extreme atmosphere of brightness and heat such as in the desert. The black colour often symbolises the negative (e.g., as in black magic or in black market). In a positive way, black represents the unlimited, the unreachable or the untouchable. For her drawings and paintings the artist uses acrylic, oil paint, pencil, charcoal, crayon, stylus and ink on paper, canvas or plexi-glass. ( More Info )