Here in Jakarta, art professionals
Do you think the growing art
is being paid to it and how
need to multitask or take other
scene in Jakarta – as proven with
much support it’s gotten.
jobs to support their art careers.
the emergence of art markets,
Do you see this as a problem or an
exhibitions, galleries, and artists
LB: We need to look at different parts
– is a passing trend or a genuine
of this growth. In the last two decades,
Jakarta has had active communitybased art platforms, such as Ruang
RM: It’s a problem that needs to be seen as a challenge; otherwise, it’s
RM: I choose not to call this a trend.
Rupa, Forum Lenteng, Serrum and
impossible to survive. I think this is
We’ve reached this point as a result
Gardu House. What’s interesting
also one of the conditions that builds
of a wider exposure, and I think we
about these initiatives is their
the character of Jakartan artists.
need to partly thank technology for
educational purpose. There is an
this. There’s a bigger wave, as well
effort to produce and disseminate
ADM: It’s an opportunity to meet new
as a crowded sea. It’d be great if we
knowledge for free – so in this
people and a chance to improve our
could keep this excitement going and
case, yes, there has been a strong
careers. What’s more important is to
develop it into a deeper appreciation.
movement. In a wider context, we have yet to find a way to solve
manage our time wisely so we get to balance our jobs and our artistry.
ADM: Perhaps it’s both. I mean, there
the most essential problem: an
are communities who genuinely care
appreciation of the art by the public.
IV: This does not only happen in
about developing art and creating a
Jakarta; many artists all around the
better appreciation for it, but there
What are your thoughts on
world do this because, as we all know,
also those who take advantage of
artworks being turned into artisan
making a living solely through art is
art events to pull crowds and create
daily products or merchandise?
rarely feasible for many artists.
an image. We need to see both as
Can this help better the public’s
opportunities for progressing art in
appreciation of art? As an artist,
do you prefer designing artisan
LB: It really comes down to each
products or sticking to the
individual, whether they want to see
it as a problem or an opportunity.
IV: Now is really the time for Jakarta.
But one thing to bear in mind is that
After a long effort to make way for
living in this city requires a strategy,
contemporary art, both individual
RM: I am doing both conventional
and that strategy may include working
and collective, we can now finally
paintings on canvas and paper, and
see just how much attention
incorporating my art into usable →
Published on Dec 14, 2015
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