Pu­rity takes on var­i­ous forms at ICAD

The Jakarta Post - - HEADLINES - Liza Yosephine

Peek­ing into the empty bed­room, an out­line of two peo­ple lay­ing down fac­ing away from each other is clearly im­printed on the sur­face of the mat­tress. Eyes would be im­me­di­ately drawn to the fact that one bed­side lamp is turned off while the other is on, be­fore then notic­ing the var­i­ous items care­fully placed on each side, pre­sum­ably be­long­ing to the room’s oc­cu­pants.

Next to the lamp that is turned off, there is a Qu­ran and a phone, as well as a prayer mat that lies on the floor. On the other side, the lamp brightly shines onto a copy of Paulo Coelho’s Adul­tery.

The room is an in­stal­la­tion by in­de­pen­dent film­maker Teddy So­e­ri­aat­madja en­ti­tled A Place for Us to Dream, with a de­scrip­tion next to the en­trance door ex­plain­ing the work as a take on the pu­rity of a re­la­tion­ship.

“Be­ing to­gether does not mean you share the same hopes and dreams. Some­times, it just means be­ing to­gether,” a quote on the plaque says.

When asked whether his work de­picted a dis­con­nec­tion within the re­la­tion­ship, Teddy replied say­ing it’s an open in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

“They’re still in the same room,” Teddy told The Jakarta Post.

Teddy, along with over 50 other lo­cal artists cre­ated works to in­ter­pret Murni (Pure), the theme for the eighth an­nual In­done­sian Con­tem­po­rary Art and De­sign (ICAD) ex­hi­bi­tion in Jakarta.

Opened on Oct. 4, the art­works are set to be dis­played un­til Nov. 15 all through the ground floor of the Grand­ke­mang Ho­tel in South Jakarta.

Based on his back­ground as a film direc­tor, Teddy sought to cre- ate an in­stal­la­tion that would il­lus­trate themes on re­la­tion­ships, which he also ex­plores ex­ten­sively in his films.

“I wanted to make some­thing more or less, within half a sec­ond, some­one would see this, and vis­ually, it al­ready tells a story,” Teddy said, adding that it was his first ever in­stal­la­tion.

Teddy is fea­tured in the ‘Spe­cial Ap­pear­ance’ zone of the ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether with film­maker Gianni Fa­jri, ac­tor Reza Ra­ha­dian, sketch artist Anto Mo­tulz and graf­fiti artist Dar­botz.

Cu­ra­tor Bam­bang Toko said he had be­gun work­ing on the ex­hi­bi­tion in May, work­ing with a team to fi­nal­ize a theme and the artist line up, which is cat­e­go­rized into dif­fer­ent zones.

One of the unique ele­ments in de­sign­ing the gallery is adapt­ing to the set­ting, he said, which had to mesh well with the ho­tel lay­out and the flow of vis­i­tors.

“What came to be con­sid­ered was how the art­work would not dis­turb ho­tel vis­i­tors. The sec­ond is then the re­la­tion­ship with the theme it­self: What is pure?” Bam­bang said.

Denny R. Priy­atna sought to ques­tion pu­rity it­self in his work en­ti­tled Ap­pal­stered (Ap­palling + Up­hol­stered Fur­ni­ture). A UK-trained prod­uct de­signer, Denny ex­plored the themes of flaws il­lus­trated through a com­bi­na­tion of pho­to­graphs and fur­ni­ture.

Sev­eral images of scars and wounds hang on the wall be­hind two pieces of fur­ni­ture sit­ting on the floor. Stray­ing away from the pu­rity prin­ci­ple in mod­ern prod­uct de­sign that strives to fo­cus on the ob­ject’s func­tion­al­ity, Denny cre­ated a chair to look dis­eased. The bench next to it, mean­while, may look plain, but slashes on the sur­face open up as some­one sits down, re­veal­ing inside what looks like raw flesh.

“I wanted to show that hu­mans and prod­ucts can be dam­aged, and from there, to try to process from that im­pu­rity and im­per­fec­tion, so that peo­ple can be aware and peo­ple may be able to re­spond to what we are used to see­ing in some­thing that is not pure,” Denny said.

The 27-year-old de­signer is fea­tured in the ‘State­ment Ex­hi­bi­tion’ zone along with 20 other artists, such as Ary In­dra, Eka So­fyan, Ju­lia Sarise­tiati, Mice Mis­rad, Oky Rey Mon­tha and Wed­har Riyadi.

Creative Econ­omy Agency (Bekraf ) head Tri­awan Mu­naf praised the crafts­man­ship of the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists. He en­cour­aged the pub­lic to sup­port the arts in or­der to nur­ture a process of cre­ativ­ity to com­merce.

“In ad­di­tion to keep­ing the pu­rity in art, it must also have eco­nomic value,” Tri­awan said.

JP/Liza Yosephine

Art of dream­ing:

An in­stal­la­tion by in­de­pen­dent film­maker Teddy So­e­ri­aat­madja en­ti­tled “A Place for us to Dream” is dis­played at the In­done­sian Con­tem­po­rary Art and De­sign (ICAD) expo at the Grand­ke­mang Ho­tel in South Jakarta. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Oct. 4 through Nov. 15.

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