in - between
A Catalogue for ‘In-Between’ a Virtual Exhibition Featuring Kezia Alexandra, Faisal Azhari, Eko Bintang, Irene Febry, Kei Kusuma, Nova Kusuma, Trio Muharam, Imes Paskalia, Putu Surya Dharma Putra, Samira Rolloos, Naomi Samara, Prayogo Yoedo, Andre Yoga 7 June 2021 - 12 July 2021 at www.cakravala.com
Photography by Dennis Arthur Lukman Hoedi Adrian Mawardi Exelsius Adam Wasis Sri Pangestu Brina Paska Arif Wibowo Utomo
Curated by Cakravala
Catalogue Design by Brina Paska
Text by Adella Bahar
Published by Issuu
Presenting our debut exhibition for Ruang Kreasi, ‘In-Between’ runs from 7 June 2021 – 12 July 2021.
Storytelling is the art of conveying a message and a way for us to better understand the world around us. Scattered between our archipelago are the stories shaped by our own experiences or those of others, where it has become deeply embedded in our nation’s art and social practices. A medium to channel fragments of history, storytelling has been a part of Indonesian culture and tradition to pass down wisdom, knowledge and values for the generations that follow. ‘In-Between’ reconstructs storytelling through a contemporary lens, where each artwork archives a memory, a feeling, a thought, an idea or a moment in time. Separated by distance as they are situated in different parts of Indonesia, these artists are bonded through the transferral of stories based on their authentic lived experiences. From large-scale paintings to collages, photography to furniture – this multidisciplinary exhibition is an anecdote to life as it meditates on the interactions we have between ourselves and our surroundings.
10 kEZIA ALEXANDRA
Kezia Alexandra is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bali who likes to explore different art forms. From still to motion pictures and 2D pieces to 3D - she gathers inspiration from folklore tales, surrealism and avantgarde, fusing them into a single narrative. In this exhibition, Kezia assembles papiermache, broken mirrors and yarn on a series of photographs. As she integrates philosophy, science and traditional beliefs throughout her work - the result is an indepth exploration of our personalities as a product of time further constructed by factors such as our personal history, attachments and relationships. Her work reflects on our human condition as fragile and complex beings, oscillating between our past and future self as they are both intertwined.
Sanctuary by Kezia Alexandra
I would tell you the personal story behind these
as in Buddhism and Hinduism, suggests that
artworks, but it will be so predictable you might
time travel is possible through astral projection
as well get high and walk away. Through this
narrative, I’ve found scientific reasonings behind how humans react and shape themselves.
Things that happen to us in the present are connected to our past and future. This
Human personalities are a product of time. We
interwoven link between time and space also
are constructed through our personal history,
has the ability to affect not only others who have
past and parallel life, attachments, relationships
strong bonds with us, but also our present self
and knowledge that are observed and processed
in other possible dimensions. We are in a
by our personal consciousness as well as
pilgrimage of time.
unconsciousness. Little do we know; we are formed by these two aspects – even if we’re
With all these components in the bucket, are you
often unaware or denying the thoughts and
actually who you think you are? Who are you in
layers of ourselves that operate in our
the parallel dimension? How deep can you go
into yourself if you can alternate the perception of time, where dream has become part of reality?
Those who are aware of their unconscious mind have been able to live in a state where they
- Inspired by the book The Alchemist, Tao Te
can travel between the two realms. Quantum
Ching and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics/
Theory, as well as some religious scriptures such
Lucid Birth by Kezia Alexandra
14 IRENE FEBRY
bali, indonesia Drawing inspiration from nature and her surroundings, Irene Febry is a mixed media artist working with recycled materials and found objects. Evolving from painting to collaging, she began exploring and incorporating unconventional materials as a conceptual approach in giving them a new life. The details in Irene’s collages form an intimate experience between the observer and her work, taking us through the evolution of each substance by inviting us to look closer.
Microcosm I by Irene Febry
My inspiration comes from nature and the things around me, such as sand, stone, fungus, bacteria, insects, microorganisms, a pattern on the wall, etc. My collage always begins with a small size of paper scrap as it grows in size and detail. A growth which results in a kind of microcosm of colour and shapes on its own. They interact with one another as if forming a relationship or a new dynamic.
Magical Moon Over the Misty Rainbow by Irene Febry
SAMIRA ROLLOOS jakarta, indonesia
The Meeting by Samira Rolloos
Samira Rolloos is a half-Dutch, halfIndonesian emerging artist based in Jakarta. Throughout the years, she has moved between different countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh and the Netherlands. Her background in textile design and adjusting to different cultures has formed her distinctive use of layered effects. Her works are coated with stories and experiences; thoughts and concepts. As you peel through each surface, you dive deep into the subject of human emotions and contemporary societal narratives. The artist’s repetitive use of forms becomes a figment of different meanings and associations that only the observer can construe.
Growing up in Indonesia, I listened to the mythical and supernatural stories of kuntilanak, tuyul, pocong, Nyi Roro Kidul and jinns. Belief in the supernatural and mystical matters are deeply rooted in Indonesian culture, pre-dating Islamic belief systems. Tales of the supernatural are passed down through generations and are discussed casually over dinner and social gatherings. The jinn in ‘The Meeting’ and the ghosts in ‘The Gathering’ are my own manifestation of those who cross between our world and the others. They represent both the literal world of spirits, as well as the dark, monstrous part of our own natures unmasked.
The Gathering by Samira Rolloos
Born and raised in Bali, Naomi is a Javanese descendant whose innate ability to transcribe emotions through art is geared by her strong sense of curiosity and the means to explore various mediums. Working across painting, drawing, poetry and jewellery, the process of creating art or her is highly intuitive. Though she continues to explore different mediums, Naomi has always used her own body as a tool and starting point to translate internal dialogues. She is fascinated by the female body in all its beauty and potentiality, drawing
on themes of power and control; heritage and identity; our state of being and transformation; intimately captured within female forms. As an artist, she seeks to become the final ‘courier’ who will continuously acquire tools and knowledge to convey ides and stories already existing within space and time. Naomi gravitates toward the approach of experiencing art as a multifaceted narrative, demonstrated through her various mediums and modes of expression.
Mother IIII by Naomi Samara
24 A Tale of The Two Headed Goddess and a Broken-Hearted Man Once upon a time there lived a two headed Goddess with no name. They lived inside a sleeping volcano with a serpent and a one-eyed hound as company. Both heads were blind deaf and mute with long tangled locks that encompassed the night sky and rooted down to the earths core. One head knew when death would come while the other of Life’s pre-destined arrival. When they kissed they foresaw all the past present and future joy and tragedies of mankind. One day a broken-hearted man journeyed up the mountain. With a ladder fashioned out of fishbones he spent years climbing. He reached the very top and using a sharp blade severed the head of Deaths best friend while the Goddess lay asleep. The Goddess with one severed head awoke furious. She slayed the man and fed his body to her beast. Cursing the fate of humanity to an eternal state of content, she created a shrine (on it his severed head, eyes open facing the sun). The sun stopped setting and hearts were never broken. Death grew lonely and bitter and walked the earth a shadow disguised as life. Centuries passed and decades of un-feeling sorrow flooded the earth. Life, refusing to end decided to take a final stand. ‘Dear Goddess, I will trade you my life-giving powers for your cursed head of Man’ The Goddess agreed, closed the eyes of Man and gave him to Life. With her new powers, she created souls. Each soul possessed traces of her long-lost severed head. Birthing creatures big and small that are imprinted with memories of old prophecies and stories of life and death.
Mother V by Naomi Samara
Rona #2 by Faisal Azhari
Faisal Azhari is an emerging artist based in Jogja who began his practice experimenting with digital tools. As he moved on to create with different mediums, he has since shifted his focus on canvas works that use colour to tap into our consciousness. His abstract approach captures the rapid development of technology and communication trends, which can be seen through pigments that appear to collide with one another – mirroring the obscurity of the media world. My works are inspired by our experiences throughout the pandemic, where we are restrained in our interaction with others – blurring our minds and vision as we are forced to interact with others behind screens.
Nothing But Something #1 by Faisal Azhari
KEI KUSUMA Kei Kusuma is a graphic artist who grew up in Malang, East Java. His work reflects on the beautiful yet contradicting aspects of our day-today lives, illustrated by female forms and half man-like figures. Through his use of vibrant colours, he attempts to counterbalance the bad with the good – capturing the paradoxical nature of our being.
Even Demons Need Some Love by Kei Kusuma
Bedtime for the Devil by Kei Kusuma
In correlation with the duties and tasks that a man is faced with every day, the accumulation of weariness often degrade them into a menial mindset which is overwhelmed by his own fatigue. The artwork portrays the man’s state of restlessness, constantly longing to find solace in other places.
TRIO MUHARAM bandung, indonesia
‘Pindai Anomali’ is the process of observing irregularities. A collection of works that I made during the pandemic, they take you on a journey into the unfamiliar as an exploration in the impacts it had on human behaviour. The masked-head figures further portray our instinctive ability to protect ourselves from anomalies.
Pindai Anomali #3 by Trio Muharam
Trio Muharam is an emerging artist based in Bandung, whose distinctive style is identified through his use of yellow tones. His works are an in-depth exploration of our internal and external issues projected through a mapping technique. Capturing all kinds of social distortions and finding the middle ground between beauty and chaos, he views art as a spectacle media that can nurture dialogues and facilitate social spaces. For this exhibition, Trio’s works speak of his experience in understanding our current situation. The large action paintings focus on
exposing the different stages of desolation during the pandemic, as creating helped the artist steer himself towards acceptance. As an artist, designer, writer and project manager, Trio has joined several art communities in Solo, Jakarta and Bandung. Born in 1990, his latest exhibitions include ‘SOUTH AS FUCK’, NISKALA Artspace, Bandung (2020), ‘The Cube’ 3D Gallery, Uvisual.com (2020) and ‘Bijaba’, Biennale Jawa Barat (2019).
Pindai Anomali #1 by Trio Muharam
Prayogo Yoedo is a Jakarta-based artist working in visual art and photography. Inspired by life objects and contemporary society, he creates still life images that challenge human personalities. His use of over-saturated colours that entail a hyper-realistic mood reflects on the visual elements of the advertising industry.
Banyak Semut Banyak Rezeki by Prayogo Yoedo
Awas Ada Hama by Prayogo Yoedo
This series of work describes how much of a control freak human beings are. We won’t share our food with other beings, and we manipulate our own nature. ‘Destroy All Humans’ was a title inspired by a video game which I used to play back in 2005, which details an alien invasion in the cold war era, where the mission was to wipe out all humans that doesn’t deserve to live. Every time there’s an inappropriate incident or action in the media – we humans always say, “humans are the worst”. But we are the ‘human’, aren’t we? Which means that we are aware that we’re the worst. So, are we worth living or worth destroying?
Identity by Andre Yoga
Andre Yoga is a Bali-based painter and illustrator who gathers observations from his everyday life. Gradually moving from different mediums, his practice began with dot works and pointillism to paintings that incorporate collaging techniques. As Andre’s works revolve around modern-day mythologies coiled with idiosyncratic views towards society, they project current social issues and cultural values. His subjects are often compounded with contrasting imageries, where the polarity of elements are symbolic references of our surroundings. Subtly nuanced by Balinese influences, the work he creates for this exhibition take you on a self-imposing journey to explore your own unique view of the world.
Nowadays by Andre Yoga
‘Nowadays’ This work is a testament to the early days of 2021, including the Covid-19 crash of the Sriwijaya plane. It further depicts our efforts to adapt to the ‘New Normal’, where there has been a lack of support from the government. ‘Identity’ ’Identity’ portrays the story of my life as a Christian whilst living and growing up in Balinese culture. In this island I call home, it has been a never-ending journey of finding myself as the majority of our population belongs to Hindu.’
Slow Grower ~ Ariocarpus by Eko Bintang
Born in 1984, Eko Bintang is an illustrator and art director based in Jakarta, Indonesia. His works have long depicted our day-to-day experiences as they reflect on the attachments we have with our surroundings. Drawing towards objects with a nostalgic value, his illustrations exist as a time capsule that holds a collection of lost and found memories.
Life in Confinement by Eko Bintang
These artworks recall the new habits I discovered amidst quarantine, as I try to find the balance between angst and comfort. The series of pastel work is a chronicle to life during self-isolation and a gentle reminder of how adaptable we are in this situation. Portrayed through the monotonous tone is the feeling of time moving slower than usual.
Spektrum I by Nova Kusuma
NOVA KUSUMA bali, indonesia
Nova Kusuma is a collage artist from Bali who began exploring the medium as he watched his friends create collages and murals in empty buildings. His works are a touchstone to the things he observes throughout his daily life, drawing influences from music, sci-fi horror films, social politics and street culture to create multi-universes in paper form. By merging historical with contemporary worlds, Nova maintains to use analogue and primitive techniques throughout his practice, as his process lies in deconstructing what exists to recreate it into something new.
When the wrong refraction of light lands on the cornea, the spectrum of the sacred colour becomes reflected in a prism within a container called the spectacle lens. In this series, I attempt to visually depict the weakness in my eyes that has deteriorated since 2015. As an artist, this has transformed the ways I see as everything became mutable. Blurry and clear; cloudy and focused - the works portray my imperfections transfigured into a piece that holds aesthetic value.
Spektrum II by Nova Kusuma
My friend once said “I see that your works hold so much complexity and doesn’t really portray happiness.” I took some time to actually think about what he said and came to the conclusion that maybe he is right, because all of my work depicts the tumultuous emotions experienced by humans. Emotions are an intangible thing – something so complex and not many people have the ability to fully understand it. Rather than observe and have a full awareness of it, we choose to deny or avoid. I think it’s human nature to easily welcome joy and euphoria rather than fully process and accept the negative emotions that follow such as pain, sadness and despair. We intuitively view negative emotions as threatening to our well-being. Throughout my work, I aim to portray the deep underlying
emotions that we tend avoid and talk about, or remain in denial, rather than process and building a sense of awareness towards it. My series of work focuses more on the feelings of ‘Loss and Neglected Love.’ It represents a mix of emotions, confusion and the absorption of energy such as: Sadness, numbness, despair, anxiety, anger, guilt, loneliness and depression.
Yellow Carnation by Imes Paskalia
Imes Paskalia is an emerging artist from Jakarta whose work focuses on mental health, objectification of the female body and social issues. Using charcoal, oil and spray paint, her creation process starts with keywords developed through her psychosis, converting words that describe feelings and emotions into an abstract painting. A translation of self-acceptance into art – her works are deeply personal to her as they are visual memories of her experiences in dealing
with her mental health. Her vibrant and abstract approach in highlighting her fragile states is a form of self-acceptance that helps her progress through life. Imes’ recent exhibitions include ‘Perspective Project x Clyde&Co’ (2020) held in London, ‘Suicide Loss Survivor’ (2020) and ‘Sangka Rekah’ (2019).
Buttercup by Imes Paskalia
PUTU SURYA DHARMA PUTRA
Putu Surya Dharma Putra, also known as Surya, was born in Denpasar, Bali and is a contemporary, abstract and surrealist illustrator. His work expresses the chaotic yet alluring nature of our surroundings – communicating the invisible forces of our existence. His use of vibrant colours is a binary between Balinese and Japanese traditional art, as they are literate representations of mythical creatures from these cultures.
Pijar Magna by Putu Surya Dharma Putra
Kitsune-Gao, Persona by Putu Surya Dharma Putra
‘Kitsune-Gao’ is adapted from Japanese folklore which means fox-faced/masked. Kitsune in Japanese mythology is illustrated as a fox spirit that has the characteristics of a human form and lives among us to provide guidance through the good and bad. Based on its history, Kitsune portrays the legend of friends and enemies between humans and foxes. I chose to adapt the philosophy of Kitsune by embodying our different personality traits of charm and illusion. This work is a manifestation of my internal self, combined with a spiritual figure who captivates humans with its charm and deception.
ARTWORK PRICE LIST
Sanctuary (2020) Kezia Alexandra Mixed media on canvas 60 cm x 90 cm 7,150,000 IDR
Lucid Birth (2020) Kezia Alexandra Mixed media on canvas 53 cm x 80 cm 6,000,000 IDR
Rona #2 (2020) Faisal Azhari Mixed media on canvas 60 cm x 80 cm 8,000,000 IDR
Nothing but Something #1 (2020) Faisal Azhari Mixed media on canvas 60 cm x 80 cm 8,000,000 IDR
Slow Grower ~ Ariocarpus (2021) Eko Bintang Pastel on paper, gold stainless frame 60 cm x 56 cm 18,000,000 IDR
Life in Confinement (2020) Eko Bintang Acrylic on wood board, gold stainless frame 30 cm x 40 cm 8,500,000 IDR
Microcosm I (2020) Irene Febry Mixed media collage 80 cm x 72 cm 6,500,000 IDR
Magical Moon Over the Misty Rainbow (2020) Irene Febry Mixed media collage 42 cm x 32 cm 3,000,000 IDR
Bedtime for the Devil (2016) Kei Kusuma Ink and acrylic on canvas 30 cm x 30 cm 8,000,000 IDR
Even Demons Need Some Love (2017) Kei Kusuma Ink and acrylic on paper 21 cm x 29.5 cm 6,200,000 IDR
Spektrum I (2020) Nova Kusuma Printed collage on fine art paper Size A1 / A0 2,000,000 IDR
Spektrum II (2020) Nova Kusuma Printed collage on fine art paper Size A1 / A0 2,000,000 IDR
Pindai Anomali #3 (2020) Trio Muharam Acrylic and spray paint on canvas 140 cm x 140 cm 22,000,000 IDR
Pindai Anomali #1 (2020) Trio Muharam Acrylic and spray paint on canvas 100 cm x 140 cm 18,000,000 IDR
Yellow Carnation (2021) Imes Paskalia Oil on canvas 100 cm x 120 cm 6,750,000 IDR
Buttercup (2021) Imes Paskalia Charcoal and pencil on paper 59 cm x 84 cm 3,500,000 IDR
Pijar Magna (2021) Putu Surya Dharma Putra Five panel lampshades, Patchwork printed on canvas, Hand-stitched patchwork on cotton linen 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm 6,900,000 IDR
Kitsune-Gao, Persona (2021) Putu Surya Dharma Putra Digital art, print on suede fabric, wood hang 90 cm x 120 cm 6,500,000 IDR
The Meeting (2021) Samira Rolloos Acrylic on canvas 100 cm x 100 cm 10,000,000 IDR
The Gathering (2021) Samira Rolloos Acrylic on canvas 60 cm x 80 cm 5,000,000 IDR
Mother IIII (2020) Naomi Samara Mixed media on canvas 140 cm x 250 cm 31,500,000 IDR
Mother V (2021) Naomi Samara Mixed media on canvas 120 cm x 220 cm 31,500,000 IDR
Banyak Semut Banyak Rezeki (2021) Prayogo Yoedo Photography printed on fine art paper Size A1 5,000,000 IDR
Awas Ada Hama (2021) Prayogo Yoedo Photography printed on fine art paper Size A1 5,000,000 IDR
Nowadays (2021) Andre Yoga Acrylic on canvas 145 cm x 140 cm 15,000,000 IDR
Identity (2021) Andre Yoga Acrylic on canvas 150 cm x 175 cm 13,000,000 IDR
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