23 November 2008

[ac-i] Press Release Mutation and Invasion Exhibition at Gaya Art Space

 
 
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Title                       : Mutation and Invasion
Artists                   : Tisna Sanjaya
                                Made Sumadiyasa
                               Ipong Purnama Sidhi
                               Made Mahendra Mangku
Genre                   : Painting
Period                   : November 22nd - December 6th, 2008
Opening                : November 22nd, 2008 at 07.00 PM
Daily Opening      : 9 AM - 10 PM
Place at                 : Gaya Art Space
                                 Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud
                                                                                                                Ph. 0361 979252/979253                                                          


      

 
 

Mutasi dan Invasi
(Terjang Kreatif Empat Perupa)
Oleh Wayan Kun Adnyana

Ketika menatap dan larut dalam kehidupan kosmos, sampailah pada kesadaran purba, bahwa sejatinya memang manusia hidup dalam siklus peredaran lima elemen dasar makrokosmos: air, api, udara, tanah, dan ruang kosong. Filsafat Hindu merumuskannya dengan sebutan panca maha buta: apah, teja, bayu, pertiwi, dan akasa. Empat perupa: Tisna Sanjaya (kelahiran Bandung, 28 Januari 1958), Ipong Purnama Sidhi (Yogyakarta, 5 Februari 1955), Made Sumadiyasa (Tabanan-Bali, 8 Februari 1971), dan Made Mahendra Mangku (Sukawati-Bali, 30 Desember 1972), menggali kedalaman spiritis dari konsep ini. Renungan terhadap elemen dasar pembentukan kehidupan semesta, ke dalam eksplorasi visual dan juga kesadaran puitik spiritual.

Kesadaran untuk tersadar kembali bicara tentang air, tentu menghadapkan kita pada teramat banyak pertanyaan kritis. Bisa jadi seputaran air yang telah tercemar oleh prilaku manusia, atau pernyataan tentang air sebagai materi makrokosmos yang sakral. Hal yang sama juga berlangsung ketika perhatian tertuju pada upaya perenungan kembali soal api; selaksa jawaban-jawaban empirik niscaya hadir mengguncang ruang batin kita. Betapa sumber api (panas) telah diperebutkan menjadi sumber tikai sesama manusia. Ladang minyak dan gas dieksploitasi semata pemenuhan kerakusan manusia. Padahal berbagai ritus api, penyembahan pada kehidupan, telah hidup di berbagai belahan kebudayaan di dunia dengan perangkat filosofisnya yang agung. Juga ketika kita memperhatikan tentang udara, tanah, dan ruang hampa, keyakinan antara kesakralan dan profanisasi senantiasa bersinggungan, bahkan sampai ke titik paling ekstrem.

Pendeknya, hadirnya keempat perupa yang telah matang dalam term kreatif masing-masing, sangat menggugah renungan kita ke hal paling esensial dalam tata makrokosmos semesta raya kita itu. Perupa Tisna Sanjaya yang juga pengajar di FSRD Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) bahkan sejak lebih dari 15 tahun telah menjejakkan perhatiannya pada representasi soal fenomena alam dalam laku sosial manusia modern. Tisna belakangan malah secara intensif mengeksplorasi medium abu, tanah, dan juga aspal. Tisna secara sadar memindahkan abu ke dalam karya-karyanya, semata untuk menggugat bagaimana kekuasaan telah semena mendebukan martabat kemanusiaannya sendiri. Sementara abu beranjak ke arah martabatnya paling subtil, yakni sebagai sosok keindahan yang menyejarah; karya seni.

Sementara Ipong Purnama Sidhi, yang sehari-hari adalah sebagai kurator Bentara Budaya Jakarta, merupakan perupa yang melarutkan segala energi kreatifnya pada upaya sadar untuk meluapkan sebebas-bebasnya segala potensi api (energi panas) dalam dirinya. Hingga ketika saya hubungi untuk mengeksplorasi soal lima elemen makrokosmos itu, Ipong seketika terperanjak untuk menumpahkan bara di kanvas-kanvasnya. Bara yang telah tertundukkan menjadi bahasa paling menyejukkan bathin, yakni puisi gemaris yang lincah dan berasa.

Made Sumadiyasa, perupa yang karyanya sempat menghiasi cover majalah prestesius Asian Art News (1996), tentu tak asing dengan khasanah tematis ini. Sepanjang karier kesenilukisannya, Made senantiasa menapaki ruas-ruas demensi semesta-alam. Dari persoalan makro soal kerusakan dan eksploitasi, hingga ke renungan yang berkenaan dengan mistis keseharian; pelangi, hujan, dan juga siklus embun pagi yang menyegarkan. Made memadukan representasi berbasis ekspresi spontan dengan penalaran estetika asketik Timur-Barat. Sebagaimana Made terilhami oleh filsafat Jiddu Krisna Murti, maupun Fritjof Capra.

Perupa Made Mahendra Mangku sekiranya yang paling puitik dalam melukiskan renungannya atas kerja elemen dasar semesta raya ini. Hingga kemudian, khasanah yang digali adalah persepsi-persepsi pribadinya  tentang yang disebut ruang kosong, demensi kehampaan, atau pun semilir angin. Bahasa abstraksi yang lahir dari tangan perupa lulusan ISI Yogyakarta ini pun adalah hamparan puitika yang menginspirasi. Selayak matematika alam, yang tidak saja menggugah intuisi, tetapi juga menyamankan nalar.

Empat perupa memaknai lima elemen paling esensian dari kehidupan semesta, segaris dengan pusaran panca maha buta membentuk kehidupan. Ia bermutasi dan menyebar ke seisi alam, membentuk kehidupan sekaligus pula menghilangkannya.

― Wayan Kun Adnyana

pengajar di FSRD ISI Denpasar

                           

 

 

Mutation and Invasion
(The creative leap of four artists)
By Wayan Kun Adnyana

When we fix our gaze at the living cosmos and immersed ourselves in it, we will arrive at one ancient truth: that essensially Man lives inside  and through the continuous cycle of macro-cosmos' five basic elements; water, fire, air, earth and sky. Balinese Hinduism's philosophy calls these elements as Panca Maha Bhuta; apah (water), teja (fire), bayu (air), pertiwi (earth) and akasa (sky).
Four artists; Tisna Sanjaya (born  1958 in Bandung), Ipong Purnama Sidhi (born February 5 in Yogyakarta), Made Sumadiyasa (born 8 February 1971 in Tabanan, Bali) and Made Mahendra Mangku (born 30 December 1972 in Sukawati, Bali), explore the spiritual depth of this elemental concept.
Their reflective investigation to the fundamental building blocks of the universe gave birth to visual explorations  as well as a poetic spiritual consciousness.

The awareness to consciously converse about water will naturally yield so many critical questions. Those questions could be about the ongoing human-inflicted pollution to the world's waters or on water as the sacred material of macro-cosmos.
Similar thing would also take place when the carefully-thought discussion picks fire as it main focus. Thousands upon thousands of empirical answers would arise and all of them would rattle our inner space.
How the source of fire (heat) have became the persistent cause of conflict among nations. Earth is exploited in brutal manners in a tireless effort to extract oil and gas solely for appeasing the insatiable greed of human being.
This takes place despite the existence in numerous civilizations in the world of various fire rites, which is essentialy an adoration of life, along with their great philosophical apparatus.
Similar tensions could be observed when we talk about the air, the earth and the sky; the friction between the sacred and the profane; the friction that often reaches its most extreme point.

In short, the works presented by these four artists, all of them have reached their creative maturity, have stimulated us to embark upon a reflective journey to comprehend the most essential elements of our grand universe.
Tisna Sanjaya, a lecturer at the Fine Arts and Design Faculty of the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), has explored modern men's social behaviors and the Nature's dynamics for more than 15 years.
Recently, Tisna has intensively experimented with new mediums; ashes, dirts and asphalts. He purposefully uses ashes from burning papers and woods in his works to represent the cruelty of power, political or otherwise, that could turns humanity into nothing but ashes. Simultaneously, he elevated ashes into its most subtle role yet; as  the harbinger of beauty, as an artwork.


Ipong Purnama Sidhi, the curator of Bentara Budaya Jakarta, is an artist that utilizes every ounces of his creative energy to fully and totally liberate the seeds of fire (heat energy) locked inside his body. When I asked him about the five elements of macro-cosmos, Ipong didn't give me any verbal answer. Instead, he took his brushes and palette and literally pounced upon an empty canvas, letting his aesthetic energy gave the answer on his behalf. The disciplined  flames spoke in words that brought peace to the inner self; a poem that was both potent and endearing.


Made Sumadiyasa, whose work had graced in 1996 the cover of the prestigious Asian Art News, is certainly no stranger to the philosophy of the five elements. Throughout his career, Made has repeatedly visited the themes of Universe-Nature, from the macrocospic problems of environmental destruction and exploitation to the meditations on mystical personal experiences, such as an encounter with a rainbow, rain and the refreshing morning's dews.
Inspired by Jiddu Krishnamurti and Fritjof Capra, Made combines the East with the West; the spontaneity of expression with the ascetical aesthetic way of thinking.


Made Mahendra Mangku is the most poetic of the four artists in portraying his reflections upon the dynamics of the universe's five fundamental elements. His explorations focus on his personal perceptions upon empty space, dimension of nothingness, or the soft breeze of the wind. His language of visual abstraction is a landscape of inspiring poems; a natural mathematics' equation that evokes the emotive senses as well as comforts the logical mind.


Four artists interpret the five fundamental elements of the universe, the vortex of  Panca Maha Bhuta which mutates and embraces the whole cosmos, creating life and anhilitating it, all at the same time.


― Wayan Kun Adnyana
Lecturer at the Fine Arts and Design Faculty
Indonesia Arts Institute (ISI) in Denpasar

 

 
Yin Yang, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, 2008, Tisna Sanjaya
 
Heart Series_ This Blessed land, oil on canvas, 197x141 cm, 2004, Made Sumadiyasa
     
 
I'll write your name to the fire, mixed media on canvas, 200x150 cm, 2008, Ipong Purnama Sidhi
  Menunggu Angin #1, watercolor on paper, 42x57cm, 2008, Made Mahendra Mangku
     
 
 

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