Bits & Pieces

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Vis­ual artist and il­lus­tra­tor Re­sa­tio Adi Pu­tra chose to fo­cus on the medium of col­lage in his artis­tic en­deav­ors. He de­scribed his works as “[…] struc­tured chaos”, and with the ar­range­ment of the el­e­ments they bear a fan­tas­tic, mys­te­ri­ous qual­ity.

Per­haps be­cause of their unique­ness, his art, also em­ploy­ing pho­tog­ra­phy in man­ual and dig­i­tal pro­cesses, has won him fol­low­ers among art lovers and also fa­vor among com­mer­cial en­ter­prises seek­ing his tal­ents.

Born and raised in Ban­dung, the 29-year-old be­gan his ca­reer as a graphic de­signer for a lo­cal cloth­ing line in his home­town, be­fore mov­ing to Jakarta to work at a life­style mag­a­zine and graphic de­sign house. It was then that he started to make col­lage art­works and par­tic­i­pate in ex­hi­bi­tions.

Al­though he does not come from an artis­tic fam­ily and is self-taught in art (his de­gree is in law), his in­ter­est in artis­tic im­ages be­gan as a child.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t pos­sess many chil­dren’s books like other kids. Al­though I re­ally en­joyed read­ing them and look­ing at the pic­tures, I couldn’t have them at the time. So as I grew older and started to make money, I col­lected some of the books that I like,” he said in an email in­ter­view from Ban­dung, where he re­turned to live and work in 2013.

He con­sid­ers col­lage “a way of res­ur­rec­tion; I give life to some for­got­ten and ‘dead’ ma­te­ri­als to be an art­work. My in­spi­ra­tion comes from ev­ery­where, like mu­sic, words on the streets, lyrics, hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with folks, na­ture. I cut up old en­cy­clo­pe­dias, text­books and mag­a­zines, and then put them back to­gether”.

Re­sa­tio said he also gained in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion to im­prove from other artists, with the wide­spread avail­abil­ity of in­for­ma­tion in the in­ter­net age.

“Many artists make great art­works; that pushes me to make bet­ter art­works all the time. But there is one piece of ad­vice I give to my­self, and that is to stop googling about the ‘best artist in the world’ or so on, be­cause your brain and your heart are dif­fer­ent from other artists,” he said.

“So stop [try­ing to be] an in­ter­net fad — we are all unique com­pared to each other. Look up at the in­spi­ra­tions that are all around you, don’t look at your iPhone all the time.”

In fact, it’s the open­ness of the dig­i­tal age that has brought him at­ten­tion, espe­cially for com­mis­sioned projects for such brands as Swatch and Gior­dano.

“It’s funny be­cause most of my col­lab­o­ra­tors and/ or com­mis­sions come through a dig­i­tal plat­form. They tell me they saw my works on In­sta­gram and my web­site, and they liked them — then they de­cided to ask me to work with them,” said Re­sa­tio, who dis­cussed on of his cur­rent projects that in­cludes the “up­dat­ing” of the art­work dec­o­rat­ing a bar in Jakarta.

“I made some wheat paste mu­rals and some small art­works … We brain­stormed, they told me what they had in mind and I told them what would suit the project well and so on. Once the big idea and the pa­per­work were ap­proved, then we started work­ing on the project.”

The com­mer­cial col­lab­o­ra­tions, he said, “[… are] an im­por­tant thing [for me] and re­ally eye open­ing. I can see some­thing from a wider per­spec­tive, be­cause I can see art from a dif­fer­ent view­point”.

Al­though he said he could not pre­dict the di­rec­tion of his art in the fu­ture, his abid­ing rule was to make “hon­est art­works”.

“I let my art­works speak for them­selves. I like it when the au­di­ence has their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of my art.”

Does he have “epiphany” mo­ments in his ca­reer, when he re­al­izes he is on the right track in his art?

“It is when some­one says to me that their art­works in­spire him or her. That is one of the things that money can’t buy,” he said. When all is said and done, it comes down to the artist’s at­ti­tude in be­ing suc­cess­ful, he said.

“Great art­work is noth­ing with­out a great at­ti­tude,” he said.

PARTS OF THE WHOLE: Sev­eral works by Re­sa­tio, in­clud­ing one in­spired by Magritte’s The Son of a Man (sec­ond from left), Mas­sive Stars Col­lapse III (third from left) and Hu­doq, a com­mis­sion for Gior­dano in­spired by a Dayak cul­tural fes­ti­val (right).

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