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Disputing the Rituals of Chinese Coins

Disturbed by its disgraceful use in present day Balinese rituals, I Made Djirna is using Chinese coins in his current show –an exhibition that, unfortunately, fails to bring out his usual elan. Hundreds of old Chinese coins –round penny with a square hole in its center– have found their way onto I Made Djirna's 20...

Exploring the Meaning of a Broom

Eleven young artists from Bandung were challenged to create works from a spoken agreement of taking up a theme from a banal object, which they turned into something meaningful. Creativity does not necessarily come from grand and fantastic things. Things and events that are considered unimportant, insignificant, and banal may also be a source of...

Is there a Future for Glass Painting from Cirebon

Once sacred, now glass painting from Cirebon is considered as nothing more than cheap craft. Bentara Budaya Jakarta (BBJ) organized the exhibition “Cultural Heritage, Wangsa Cerbon-Dermayu” on 13-23 June 2013, which showed masks, pottery, batik, wayang, and glass painting. Its historical background shows that the glass painting of Cerbon and Dermayu was initially meant for...

Erica’s Commitment to Naivety

Erica Hestu Wahyuni, Vacation in Prosperity, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm In Erica Hestu Wahyuni’s works, elephants, overlapping figures, crowds, and a sense of the childlike still abound.  For many artists, consistence is still understood as the ways in which they preserve their works’ form and style. Especially so, for those artists with...

Dear Curator Curate Me: One Exhibition, Multiple Readings

A project by the Philippine artist, Kristoffer Ardeña, that sought to answer questions dealing with the relationships between curators, artists, and the galleries that manage them. "You might ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search." (Rick...

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