Layers of abstraction
Inside the White Cube, is the first exhibition to feature Christine Ay Tjoe works in London’s largest gallery’s site, White Cube Bermondsey. Ay Tjoe is an Indonesian contemporary artist, born and raised in Bandung where she continues to live and work. For this exhibition, which lasted until September 11, Ay Tjoe has assembled 12 paintings including two large-scale diptychs, the pinnacle of the series. Exhibited in the North Galleries of White Cube, the space is elegantly enhanced by Ay Tjoe works. The paintings invite the viewers to come closer and distinguish sketches of drawings. The lines, in particular, was acquired when she was studying printmaking. Figures that appear once viewers come closer are metaphors for figures of authority, the ones who can impact our behavior. There is a harmonious use of spacing between each pieces as the paintings are in various sizes. And to place one of the diptychs in the middle of the room, it enhances the point of Concealer Player being one of the pinnacle, quickly it becomes the focal point of the space.
Alongside Srihadi Soedarsono’s world class exhibition which took place in the main building of National Gallery of Indonesia last February, a book entitled 70 Year Journey of Roso was also published. The book
contains the works of Srihadi displayed on the exhibition in 1945 to 2015 time frames, the period when he was learning to deepen his fondness in painting. Through this book the readers will get to know further about the 84-years-old maestro who grew up and thrived along with the rise of art science in Indonesia. The readers will also experience the journey of Srihadi’s arts through his sketches and paintings, and then
finally find the evolution concept that he called as roso.