4:38 pm April 21, 2014 | No Comment
It is often said that to successfully move forward, one must know the past. This is exactly what the exhibition “Detournement” is all about. Two artists, Maharani Mancanegara and Nurrachmat Widyasena, each in a separate space at the ROH projects gallery, explore the past from different viewpoints, and different media of expression, but both imagine the future as more balanced and egalitarian.
3:38 pm April 20, 2014 | No Comment
The chaos depicted in the painting seems to sear the viewer’s psyche, as much as the deeply etched black and white lines that make up the image. Looming above is a jester presiding over the chaos, along with a ringmaster directing a circus. Titled “Histeria” (“Hysteria”), the work by Denny, an art teacher at the Raudhatul Mutaqqin Islamic Junior High School in West Java, aptly portrays Indonesia’s chaotic spectacle during an election year.
2:04 pm April 20, 2014 | No Comment
The past several years have witnessed the revival of print. Native digital establishments, such as the e-commerce giant Net-a-Porter and the fashion news website Style.com, are somewhat counter-intuitively launching new glossies in print.
9:54 am April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
Haruki Murakami’s first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queueing for the midnight launch.
2:08 pm April 17, 2014 | No Comment
What a joy this book is! I love recipe books, but it’s short-lived; I enjoy the pictures for several minutes, read a few pages, and then my eyes glaze over. They are basically books to be used in the kitchen for one recipe at a time.
2:40 pm April 16, 2014 | No Comment
Celebrations to mark Putu Wijaya’s 70th birthday reached its crescendo last week as the Indonesian man of letters launched the book “Bertolak Dari Yang Ada” [Defying What Is There] at the Salihara cultural center in South Jakarta.
8:11 pm April 13, 2014 | No Comment
The disembodied hand makes its way to the colorful surface, as if trying to make its way up from the depths of the psyche to the conscious state of mind. Called “Menghimbau Suara Hatimu” (“Calling On Your Conscience”), the work by artist Yanuar Ernawati seems to portray the conscience’s role as a reminder to oneself to face uncomfortable or unavoidable truths.
2:47 pm April 10, 2014 | No Comment
The tree swayed and bent from the pressure of an unknown wind, seemingly on the verge of getting uprooted. Titled “ Cinta Tak Kenal Henti ” or “Love Knows No Bounds,” the work by Indonesian man of letters Putu Wijaya perhaps illustrates its creator’s determination to keep his love for his work, his life, and his loved ones like his wife Dewi Pramunawati alive.