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Art forms such a special part of the Villa Canggu experience that we wanted to share some information on the background and inspiration of some of the artists whose work adorns our walls and spaces.  All artwork you see in Villa Canggu is from contemporary Indonesian artists.  We hope that learning a little more about these splendid works of art will enhance your viewing pleasure!


Eddy Susanto

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This work is an artist’s visual interpretation on the heritage of the Mayan people who scandalized the world with their predicition that armageddon would occur in 2012.  This book, which was known as Codek Dresden, and also as the Dresdensis Codex, is a Pre-Columbus Mayan book, written around the eleventh/twelfth century, that explores the idea of astronomy.  The way they saw the relationship between earth and other elements in the cosmos has driven this knowledge of astronomy to the application of how they farmed, managed forests, even practised medicine.  Eddy Susanto emphasizes the symbols and code found in this book to remind us of how important local knowledge is, being that which describes the importance of harmony between nature and man in maintaining the sustainability of life.

Eddy Susanto is Yogyakarta based artist. He was first winner of Bandung Contemporary Art Award in 2012.  His solo show, The Old Testament of Java, held in Michael Jenssen Gallery, Singapore, 2014.


Edo Pillu

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This works is a quick review on the alteration of how humans consume land on earth.  Edo Pilu sees that human beings, especially the ones who use money as a symbol of power, continue to use land to satisfy their desire to own.  Edo depicts humans behaviour as never satisfied, always chewing and devouring as if there’s no state of satiety.  When humans use land to build and plant concrete on it, they don’t accept responsibility to nurture the whole earth, and hence this neglience causes various disasters.

EDO PILLU (Edward Pilliang) was born in Bandung, 1969.  His education was at Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Fine art departement, Yogyakarta.  He has numerous solo exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, as well as shortlisted as finalist for many art awards such as Phillip Morris Award, Sovereign Art Award, among others.


Yudi Sulistyo 

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Yudi Sulistyo mostly works with the idea of transfering everyday objects into very realistic sculptures, using uncommon materials.  He uses a lot of paste board to create objects which look heavy like furnace plants, planes, tanks and so on, with amazing detail and neatness.  His works show his penchant for ideas about craftmanship and dilligence of an artist.

This work, entitled World Without Sea, is his interpretation of the life of modern day people, torn apart by the struggle for land, especially in big cities.  He imagines a situation when the earth can’t accommodate humans any longer, therefore he creates a temporary room in space in which humans can live.

Yudi Sulitiyo is a full-time artist, who is at heart a practicioner of creative industry, born in Yogyakarta on 20 October 1972. He studied Graphic Design at Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta (Indonesia Institute of the Art Yogyakarta).  In 2007 he received Kosasih Awards and in 2003 was a finalist at the Indofood Art Awards.  He has participated in group exhibitions in Australia, Indonesia, Korea, and Singapore.


Zico

zico
In this work, Zico depicts the relationship between modern man and religion.  As a institutionalized spiritual rite, religion drives human to reproduce rituals which they often do as a meaningless routine.  Zico depicts human figures with symbol of an Islamic worshipping mat to show how things used in rituals have also become consumed symbols, without deeper meaning.  Generally, Zico sees the significance of various rituals done by man as a stage, and what happens on it as acts in an opera.   This also shows how man loves the hustle and bustle, being in the crowd and often losing their own identity.

Zico Albaiquni was born in 1987.  Aside from his work as a visual Artist, he works also as assistant lecturer at Faculty Of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, where he previously studied.  He is founder of Galeri Gerilya.  He delete actively exhibits in many group shows in Indonesia.


Patriot Mukmin

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This painting takes trance as its theme, a condition which lies between the realm of consciousness and subconsciousness. In Indonesian culture, trance is a condition closely related to a spiritual experience, entering a world in which humans can escape their bodies and meet other forces.  Trance, for example, is also found in traditional performance arts like jathilan, angguk, reogand many more.

In the past, this ritual and art became a medium for humans to meet other forces that they believed in.  Thus there is a belief which states that in a process of trance, one can meet spirits from another world.  Trance experience is closely related to the ability of humans to delve into a state of contemplation and belief on the idea of “resignation.”

Patriot Mukmin was born in 1987.  He graduated from Fine Arts Departement, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, where he also pursued his master degree.  He had one solo show in 2013 in Galeri Gerilya in Bandung.  In 2011, he won the first prize for Bazaar Art Award.


Nanang Kelik

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Nanang Kelik is interested in exploring the interpersonal relationships which are nowadays heavily affected by the utilization of technology.  Human communication has come to rely on mediums, and not on face to face interaction.  This also alters their perception of their own identity.  Communication technology enables humans to reproduce themselves into various characters and identities, since the body no longer represents the presence of a human.

Nanang depicts such a condition by painting the faces of seemingly expressionless humans, refering to a situation in which humans can change their expressions and feelings based on various virtual realities that they experience at that moment.  Even technology, in recent times, can create and control feelings.

Nanang was born in Bengkulu, 1980.  He studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta. His work has been featured at many group exhibitions throughout Indonesia.  In 2014, he held a solo exhibition at Art Front Gallery in Singapore.


I Made Lampung

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This work is inspired by Lampung’s will to picture the beauty of Indonesian maritime landscape, which is often named as one of the most beautiful in the world.  For a long time, these maritime sites have been seen as commodity for tourism industry.  The growth of tourism industry based on ocean activities, in the end has destroyed the landscape and created pollution since there is no policy to protect the ocean resources.

This work captures a diver, an adventurer, who wants to discover the beauty of Indonesian oceans.  But instead finding the magic, he end up being disappointed by the dirty under water.

I made Lampung was born in 1981 in South Sumatra.  He graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta in 2007.  He had a solo exhibition in 2010 White Lotus at Mon Décor Gallery, Jakarta.  He was awarded the Best Young Artist on Academic Art Awards by the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and he received the Best Sculpture award at the Dies Natalis Indonesian Art Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta in 2007.  In 2010 he received 25 Best Art Work, at Bandung Contemporary Art Awards (BaCAA).


S. Dwi Stya ‘Acong’

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The term for coastal in Bahasa Indonesia (pesisir) doesn’t only refer to geographical concept of a coastal area, but it also refers to concept of a unique cultural zone.  Maritime culture in Indonesia is close to concepts of trade, industry, working class culture and a lifestyle which opens itself to foreign cultures (since it is located close to the beach, the interaction with foreigners is more intense).  This is what makes it different from hinterland cultures which are close to agricultural, spiritual and high culture (since its location is close to a kingdom).  Coastal Mysticism is a culture of singing in which a human tries to meet his Maker.  Usually it is a part of an art performance ritual like a dance or shadow puppet play.

In this work, Acong depicts a life which is full of coastal culture, and he uses the figure of young man to describe a coastal resident.  This figure gazes at a distant horizon, a line where sea meets the sky, a situation in which he imagines a meeting between human and God can occur.


Guntur Timur

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Guntur Timur’s works deal with layers of reality in our contemporary urban society.  He depicts many different aspects of city life and blends them into canvases, from the architectural landscape, human figures, views from nature, even the surrealistic and imaginative capture of human’s dreams.  Guntur Timur’s works guide audiences to the sense of silence, which is contrast with the reality of our urban space.  His paintings are a mix of realism and photographic capture, with a strong brush strokes that give his individual touch to particular city phenomenon.

GUNTUR TIMUR was born in Bandung, 1980.  He is graduated from Fine Arts Department, Bandung Institute of Technology.  His solo show held at VM Art Gallery, Dhoraji Society, Karachi-Pakistan.


Ronald Apriyan

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This series of three paintings by Ronald Apriyan is inspired by his mother.  He made these works after his mother passed away, therefore he wanted to immortalize the memories of his mother through something other than portrait.

Ronald saw how his relationship with his mother had shaped his view on this world, especially how men and women respect each other.  Ronald depicts three different figures in each of his paintings to state how modern day women can choose to be whatever they want to be, with diverse identities.  Women have gain their independency to be themselves, and Apriyan saw that his own mother had already taught him so.

Ronald Apriyan is a young artist who simultaneously uses performance, printmaking and painting as his medium. He studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Institut Seni Indonesia.


Faturachman

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In a communal society like Indonesia, the existence of an individual can not be separated from their connection to organizations or associations.  The strongest bounding of this relation is the use of uniform.  The artist is interested to explore the uniform of civil servants in Indonesia, and present the dream of Indonesian people to become civil servants.  Although many people wants to be civil servants since it is an easy job to do, they also have to face the reality that civil servants do not get high salary.  One of the most important of the civil servants is teachers.  The artist himself came from parents who work as teachers, with very low appreciation, therefore he confirms the social opinion saying that a teacher is a hero without medals.  Faturachman collected fabrics from old clothes he bought from flea markets and makes collages into particular drawing.


Angki Purbandono

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Angki Purbandono started his career as photographer studying visual arts.  As a result, a mixture of fine arts and photography had lead his approach into a very interesting way.  By 2005, he found out that digital technology has changed so much people idea about photography, particularly as a representation of reality.  Since everybody now can take pictures and have their own device, Angki decided not to use camera anymore to produce visual images.  He started to develop his approach on scanography, and make his photographs using this machine.  He is interested to everyday life objects, combining daily tools and equipments to with toys and products of popular cultures.  The result is striking, interesting imagery of many different visual symbols.

Kepiting Betina (Female crab) comes from his observation of the way people treats animals and how they appears in market.  The sellers put belts on the crabs, making it as a form of craftmanship, but as consumer most of us did not really appreciate this or even never think of the condition of the crab while we consume.

Angki Purbandono (born in Indonesia, 1970), studied at the Faculty of Media Record, Indonesian Institute of the Arts.  He has been exhibiting his works internationally in many international biennales, museums, and galleries in many cities in the world.


Elwin Pradipta

The artist captures the phenomenon of art village in West Java which is known for producing many mooi indie paintings.  Everyone in the village can make paintings, selling to art bazaar and their works are hang up at people’s houses.  For him, it is interesting the contradictory situation where this kind of painting is not being considered as something really important in the history of modern art in Indonesia, but at the same time, these paintings are the most familiar style to common people.  It can be said this is the idea or the notion of art understood by the people.  In the history of Indonesian art, mooi indie painting itself positioned in the role where artist made artworks to fulfill the taste of colonialist, to create a sense of beauty of the country’s landscape.  The artist want to show this situation where many people in Indonesia, let’s say many artists are still in this gaze of colonialization, want to portray the ideal concept of beautiful nature.

Elwin Pradipta was born 1990.  He studied at Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology.  He has been joining many groups exhibition in Indonesia.  His last one was South East Asia Triennale at National gallery, Jakarta


Iswanto JJ

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“Red Roaster”
83 x 83 cm
Oil on Canvas
2007


Ronald Apriyan

Moms calling
This series of three paintings by Ronald Apriyan inspired by his personal and intimate relationship with a figure of mother.  He made these works after his mother passed away, therefore he wanted to immortalize the memories of his mother through something other than portrait.  Ronald saw how his relationship with his mother had shaped his view on this world, especially how men and women respect each other.  Ronald depicts three different figures of woman in each of his paintings to state how modern day woman can choose to be whatever they want to be, with diverse identities.  Woman have gain their independency to be themselves, and Apriyan saw that his own mother had already taught him so.

Ronald Apriyan is a young artist who simultaneously uses performance, printmaking and painting as his medium.  He studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Institut Seni Indonesia.


Ronald Apriyan

When my wife is praying
This series of three paintings by Ronald Apriyan inspired by his personal and intimate relationship with a figure of mother.  He made these works after his mother passed away, therefore he wanted to immortalize the memories of his mother through something other than portrait.  Ronald saw how his relationship with his mother had shaped his view on this world, especially how men and women respect each other.  Ronald depicts three different figures of woman in each of his paintings to state how modern day woman can choose to be whatever they want to be, with diverse identities.  Woman have gain their independency to be themselves, and Apriyan saw that his own mother had already taught him so.

Ronald Apriyan is a young artist who simultaneously uses performance, printmakig and painting as his medium.  He studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, Institut Seni Indonesia.


Anusapati

Anusapati

This work is inspired by the form of Pandora’s box, where we usually keep as sacred space to place important things, therefore the door is always closed and is waiting to be opened in the future.  For the artist, the metaphor of Pandora’s box fits to the situation in Indonesian society where people tends to keep what they inheritage from previous generation as if they are something inside the box.  Within the heritage, there are contradictions of what is bad and what is good.  This encourage people to be critical towards those different values, and to adopt and adjust the value so they can be relevant to the current situations.  To put them in Pandora’s box means to avoid criticality, and in the end, will lead us to be puritan and narrow minded society.

Anusapati’s works deal with idea of what is natural and what is a man-made in the discourse of contemporary sculpture in visual arts.  It is interesting to see how he creates idea of art object using every day visuality and forms, and most of the time he chooses natural materials such as woods, bamboo or stones.  His forms are simple but contains a very deep concept and wisdom, confront us with our established perception about objects.


A Girl and The Swan

A Girl and The Swan


Frangipani

Frangipani


Almighty Women

Almighty Women


Eldwin Pradipta

21 unknown
Potray Jelengkong
Video Projection on White Frame
2012


Wedhar Riyadi

Potray Jelengkong
Bone Shelf
Oil On Canvas
200 X 150 Cm
Unique
2014