New Perspective
Category: Forbes Life By : Ardian Wibisono Read : 292 Date : Wednesday, July 01, 2017 - 10:34:35




Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

Started in 2008 as part of the Yogyakarta Art Festival, artist and entrepreneur Heri Pemad has successfully made ArtJog into one of the most prominent art events in the country, attracting well-known artists, as well as local and international collectors, art lovers and general visitors. The founder says he wants ArtJog to be enjoyed by a broader general audience. To that end, ArtJog has also become an anchor event for the Jogja Art Weeks, a month-long festival of openings and events around Yogyakarta. This year, marking a decade of the event, ArtJog had the theme of Changing Perspective, which aims to change perspectives.

“The world is not linear. It is full of uncertainty. This year’s theme of Changing Perspective is like a Jeep that the millennial generation can use to explore the new world,” says GKR Mangkubumi, the eldest child of Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, reading the Sultan’s remarks at the opening ceremony. ArtJog 10 is held for a month from May 19 to June 19.

This year, around 60 artists participated in the event and some of the top names included Agus Suwage, Angki Purbandono, I Nyoman Masriadi and Tromarama. Upcoming young artist Wedhar Riyadi was given a special honor by being selected to showcase his art pieces in the courtyard of the Jogja National Museum where the event was held. His “Floating Eyes” installation consisting of giant stacked eyeballs floating above pools and its reflection is a commentary about social networking, and encouraging an open-minded society with the freedom to participate in public spaces. The installation highlights the idea that we are always watching each other and being watched.

Wedhar is a Yogyakarta based artist who obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design in Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta. Wedhar was once involved in activities with a comic community named Daging Tumbuh dan Apotik Komik Yogyakarta. Aside from large-scale oil and acrylic paintings, his artwork revolves around a wider range of mediums, namely drawings, murals, comics, stickers, posters, illustrations, clothing and toys. Through his artwork, Wedhar attempts to represent the generation of artists whose works challenge the traditional borders in visual arts and popular culture.

What’s different from last year’s event is that this year’s ArtJog is more vibrant with daily art performances and programs. The program encompassed a wide array of artistic creations such as musical performances, performance art, dances and many more by the likes of Melati Suryodharmo, Garin Nugroho and Rahayu Supanggah, Bimo Wiwohatmo and Astri Kusuma Wardani. 

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