Con­science In­ter­ac­tion

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Dis­cov­er­ing an artis­tic ex­plo­ration of Sri­hadi Soedar­sono in the heart

of In­done­sian arts.

De­spite he has turn­ing 84 years old, the man knows thor­oughly ev­ery sin­gle scratch he has made on his works. He still has great mem­o­ries while telling the story about the mo­ments hap­pened ei­ther be­fore or af­ter the In­de­pen­dence Day. Those times when he was deal­ing with the heart­less colo­nial­ists and broad­en­ing his knowl­edge on arts he loves as well. He is Sri­hadi Soedar­sono, the na­tional pub­lic fig­ure of arts who is also well-known as a liv­ing leg­end. The mae­stro who de­vot­edly teaches the arts he loves to the young gen­er­a­tions although he is in his 80s. This year, in 2016, Sri­hadi wants to make ret­ro­spec­tion on him­self, bring­ing his new­est oeu­vres and the count­less sketches he has made since seven decades ago to mind. And fi­nally, a ma­jes­tic ex­hi­bi­tion was held and lasted to Fe­bru­ary 24th 2016 in the main build­ing of Na­tional Gallery of In­done­sia.

Along with his spouse, Farida Sri­hadi, who has been by his side for more than 50 years, and the sup­port he got from cu­ra­tor Rikrik Kus­mara, Sri­hadi staged more than 400 of his sketches and wa­ter­color arts, also seven pan­els of mas­ter­pieces with oil paints as their medium un­der the theme “70 Tahun Ren­tang Kem­bara Roso”. The gallery’s vis­i­tors were brought into time frames when Sri­hadi was still try­ing on var­i­ous styles of paint­ings. For in­stance, his re­al­ist work made in the era when he was work­ing as a jour­nal­ist dur­ing the days be­fore the In­de­pen­dence Day, then he stepped into cu­bism genre, and con­tin­ued to ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism thick with Amer­i­can nu­ances as when he was study­ing in Ohio State Univer­sity. Re­turn­ing to In­done­sia, Sri­hadi did not stop de­vel­op­ing his po­ten­cies. He of­ten trav­eled to The Is­land of Gods, Bali, sim­ply to paint land­scapes and the Bali dancers. Un­til fi­nally he found roso, a feel­ing that united him with the spec­ta­tors’ emo­tion and his own emo­tion with The Lord through his fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings. Now his paint­ings be­long to the col­lec­tion of pres­ti­gious oeu­vres, such as his paint­ings in themes of Hori­zon, Candi Borobudur, and Pe­nari Be­daya Ketawang as well, which also dis­played last Fe­bru­ary.

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