Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Women’s Facial Expression

Yaya Sukaya demonstrated his expertise in managing space and perspective.

Teks and Photo by argus firmansyah

Women’s faces in various styles, forms, expression and having a close-up dimension on canvas seemed to be telling us a story.  There is a mystical ambience in the faces of the women appearing in various points of view.  Happiness, sadness, loneliness, cheer, hope, sadness, confusion, and other emotions seemed to be expressed to the maximum.   

On the other corner there is an installation. A prototype of a stage that is standing upright at the cat walk of models. There is only one complete figure, a nude figure that wafted out in the dark. Only a little light shone on that figure. While the others, are merely heads with frail and brittle faces. 

The dilemmatic nuance of the paintings sneaked in quietly among the boisterous crowd  visiting the opening of  Yaya Sukaya’s solo exhibition entitled Close Up in hall C, Indonesian National Gallery (Galeri Nasional Indonesia), Central Jakarta, Thursday (12/3) evening.

For the first time Yaya Sukaya held a solo exhibition in the National Gallery. It was officiated by Amir Sidharta, a renowned curator and art critic. “ Yaya Sukaya does not use objects that has become icons, a popular practice among other visual artists. Hopefully this will become a new perspective in our current and future visual art world,” said Amir.

The phrase close up is generally used in photography techniques as well as picture and voice recording, exposing objects from a near distance without becoming too extreme. Presenting close up faces of women, Sukaya tries to elaborate his concern for contem-porary urban women and teenagers.

Chandra Johan, the exhibition curator, said that Yaya Sukaya’s paintings show his expertise in managing space and perspective. “Those faces represent the current life, with all shapes/forms responding to the life they are celebrating. Another essential thing shown by Yaya, is his strong spirit in creating his art,” said Chandra Johan.

Close Up is the representation of Yaya Sukaya’s maturity as an artist. His strong back-ground in interior design shown in the form of accurate calculation of line compo-sition, field, color, dimension as well as the quality of expression highlighted in his paintings and installations. 

“In this exhibition all I wanted was to open up a discourse. Even collectors will not be able to tell whether it is a modern or postmodern work,” said Yaya Sukaya. ***

Tittle: CLOSE UP
Artist: Yaya Sukaya
Curator: Chandra Johan
Place: Gedung C, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta
Time: 12 – 23 Maret 2009

source: arti mag 15th edition, Mei 2009

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Dynamic Change Of Concept Of Architectural Form And Meaning In Sundanese Communities At Kampung Dukuh, Kampung Ciherang, Kampung Palasah


The phenomenon of globalization that overwhelmed the world implies that everything happened in one particular place will eventually affect events on the other side of the globe significantly. Politicians and economists are forced to respond to the pressure of this change through regulation and competitive advantage to avoid being excluded or shut out from the global system. This pressure has affected culture as well.

The response to globalization in the field of architecture is marked by the emergence of interest in local characteristic or features that previously ignored in the discourse of modern architecture. Practitioners and theoreticians are beginning to turn their attention towards local or ethnic elements that are considered unique, specific and full of variations. By raising the local knowledge and the historical aspect which has stood the test of time, it is hoped that local identity will not be swept away by the tide of globalization. One may even rest assured that this kind of knowledge will enable a certain region to play an active role in global culture.

This study aims to reveal relationships between the concept of form and meaning in Sundanese architecture in the context of change. The approach used for interpreting form is the typological one derived from De Quincy-Rossi and pattern language from Alexander, whereas the approach used to interpret meaning is structuralism approach derived from Levis-Strauss. These approaches are then elaborated taking into account the world-view of the Sundanese people (“Urang Sunda”) and their concept of place (patempatan) in line with the conditions of the three case studies. Based on these two approaches, specific theoritical framework is developed in order to comprehend the relationship between concept of form and meaning in Sundanese architecture in the context of change.

The analysis conducted has depicted the surface-structure of the formal aspects of form and meaning in Sundanese architecture. As for the aspect of form, the following types can be found : the kampong, the musholla, and the house, which are influenced by the concepts of “luhur-handap, lemah-cai, wadah-eusi” and , “kaca-kaca”. As for the aspect of meaning, it was found that activities involving rituals, production-reproduction, socialization and everyday routines are all influenced by the concepts of “nadran, uga, pamali” and “sineger-tegah”. Based on the surface-structure, the concept of deep-structure can be revealed: “kaca-kaca” for the aspect of form and sineger-tengah for the aspect of meaning.

Three important findings of this study comprise the following. Firstly, that the dynamic change in the concept of form and meaning of the architecture encountered in three case studies can be differentiated into four categories, (1) the concept is still known and used in accordance with its original meaning, (2) the concept is still known, but used in a different sense, (3) the concept is still known but no longer in use, (4) the concept is unknown or in oblivion. Secondly, that there is “triadic-patterns” which consists of a boundary and of two elements being bounded or separated. Thirdly, that in manifesting the concept of form and meaning into architectural shape, a tendency toward practical and symbolic measures can be observed.

There are at least three kinds of contribution that can be offered by this study. Firstly, the enrichment of the vocabulary of theory and methodology of architecture. Secondly, propositions for the empowerment of the Sundanese community in the three case studies. Thirdly, recommendations for policy makers. All in all, it can be concluded that it is impossible to make generalization about an authentic Sundanese architecture, and accordingly the survival strategy for the Sundanese architecture must be treated case by case.

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Copyright (c) 2006 ITB Post-Graduate School.

Architects Under the Big 3 #

Architects Under the Big 3 # 13 I GST. Ag. NGR. Widianingrat (Jung Yat) and Made Sugiantara (Sugi) GO .....!!! AND FIX IT LATER Go .....!!! And fix it later told of how the experiences of I Gusti Agung Ngurah Widianingrat familiarly called Jung Yat and Made Sugiantara familiarly called Sugi who eventually decided to form an architectural design studio.

Jung Yat and Sugi started this journey of a landscape architecture project proposals that come between the "vacuum phase." The project eventually led to Jung's Yat, Sugi and a partner, with all its limitations, decided to form a landscape design and architecture studio in 2010 alone. Project that they handle covers the fields of architecture and landscape architecture.

Much like such as seeds greet the new world. They experienced a sense and experience and a new, unprecedented during the process of architecture in their architectural design studio. Starting to become independent, operational efficiency studios, becoming a solid team, maximizing resources, learn to 'pick up the ball' and find other new things in every inch of growth.

Jung Yat and Sugi will share more about his journey to open his own architecture studio in the day Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7 pm held at Danes Art Veranda at the Architects Under the Big 3.

About Jung Yat: Graduated from the Department of Architecture, architecture, Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta in 2006. Jung Yat first passed almost two years after graduation to work as an architect in architect Popo Danes. Later in the year 2008 joined the architectural team Bensley Design Studios until 2010

About Made Sugiantara: Graduated from the Department of Architecture, architecture, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta in 2005. Had worked for Architects Indomegah Jakarta in early after graduation, before finally deciding to continue his career in Bali. Previously worked for the developer PT. BSND and Nirvana International.

About Architects Under the Big 3: Architects Under the Big 3 (AUB3) is an architectural presentation of activities and discussions held on the first Friday of each month hosted by young architects under 30 years of age. In this activity the young architect was given the opportunity to present their thoughts and works of architecture to the public through non-formal presentation followed by discussion relaxed. Located at Danes Art Veranda, participants are given the freedom to choose their own space-in the yard, dining room, rooftop, galleries, wherever the place where they feel most comfortable to share their stories with the audience. Through this approach, young architects and their ideas and works of architecture the opportunity to get a space to communicate with a wider audience, both lay audiences and audiences architecture architecture. AUB3 set the agenda IAI Bali and each participant who works as an architect will get a certificate from the IAI Bali which can be taken on AUB3 in the next month.

Name of activity : Architects Under the Big 3
Edition               : 13
Type of activity  : Presentation and discussion
Speaker             : I GST. Ag. NGR. Widianingrat (Jung Yat) and Made Sugiantara (Sugi)
Day / date          : Friday, May 6, 2011
Time                  : 19:00 pm - 21.00 pm
Location            : Danes Art Veranda Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80 235 159
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reverberation Time: Solo Exhibition Alibasyah Abas

Abas work
Senior painter Abas Alibasyah (82 years), held a solo exhibition namely "Reverberation Time", opened on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 19:00, by Syakieb A. Sungkar (art collector) at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jl. Medan Merdeka Tmur 14, Jakarta. Exhibition be held until November 14, organized by the ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art), Bali, ASPI (Association of Indonesian Art lovers, and the National Gallery of Indonesia. Please note that Abas Alibasyah who was once the rector of the High School of Fine Arts "Asri" Yogyakarta, and he is one of the founders of the National Gallery of Indonesia.

This exhibition curated by  Rifky Effendy. Along with the exhibition launched the book "Echoes of Time The paintings Abas", 180 pages, the composition Agus Dermawan T. Paintings include creation held in the 1960s until 2010. The exhibition also displayed various masks archipelago that inspired the paintings Abas.

Historical Overview Abas

Abas Alibasyah, or Alibasyah Natapriyatna, born in Purwakarta, West Java 1926. But because of administrative mistakes in the days of struggle, he had written was born 1928. For ease of life, in which he continues to use this mistaken. He is the son of a working ambtenaar Water Bureau.

At the time he joined the Japanese Bunka Keimin Sidhoso, associations of Indonesian arts era of Japanese rule. In 1949 he went to Yogyakarta, Taman Siswa active in college, and joined the People's Artist-led studio Hendra Gunawan. In this city he entered the ASRI (Academy of Fine Arts of Indonesia). In 1956 Abas was appointed as a lecturer there. Outside the ASRI he also became a lecturer at the Teachers' Training College (Teacher Training Institute of Education Sciences) and at Gadjah Mada University majoring in architecture. Long before he taught art at various high schools. Abas became Rector of the High School of Fine Arts of Indonesia "Asri" until 1975. He was also the Secretary-General Director of Culture and as Superintendent of Culture.

Abas is known as freedom fighters. Become the Students' Army, and join the ranks of the leadership AH. Nasution Siliwangi Division that operates in South Bandung to Garut, even in Yogyakarta in 1947 and the Clash Clash I-II-1948.

Many awards have been received Abas Alibasyah, both as artists and as a fighter. Here are some that are listed.

Award as an artist
- In 1967, received the graphic arts scholarship to The Hague, Netherlands.
- In 1970, received the "Cultural Award Scheme" from the Australian government.
- In 1984, 1 December, received the "I Gusti Nyoman Lempad Prize" from Studio Dewata Indonesia, Yogyakarta, signed Made Sudibya, Made Jana and Gunarsa.
- In 1985, 4 May, received a charter "Art Prize" for the field of fine arts from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Professor. Dr. Nugroho Notosusanto.
- In 1998, 15 October, received a charter service culture and art from the Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Marzuki Usman.
- In 2002, 18 August, received the charter mark of honor "Satyalancana Culture" from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Award as fighter
- In 1958, August 17, 1958, received a charter "Event Satyalantjana Second War of Independence" from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, was carried out.
- In 1958, August 17, 1958, received a charter "Satyalantjana Event War of Independence to One", the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, was carried out.
- In 1958, 10 November 1958, received the "Alert Service Heroes" from the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia, Sukarno.
- In 1958, 10 November, accepted the charter "Satyalantjana Bhakti" from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, was carried out.
- In 1959, 29 January, received a charter "Military Operations Satyalantjana Movement I" from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, was carried out.
- In 1967, 10 November, accepted the charter "Satyalantjana enforcer" of the security minister, Suharto, General military.
- In 1981, 30 October, received an honorary degree "Veterans Independence fighters" from the Ministry of Defense and Security / Commander of the Armed Forces / Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, Sudomo, Admiral TNI.
- In 1989, 2 May, received a mark of honor "Satyalencana Karya Satya Level II" from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Suharto.