Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jakarta print exhibition out of this world

As beautiful as etchings are, they have only recently been taken seriously in Indonesia.

Disturbed by a lack of opportunities to see the fine art of Jakartan printmakers, curator Jim Supangkat and Art Sociates director Ibu Andonwati were determined to mount an exhibition of prints at South Jakarta's Ark Gallery, displaying their richness and power to challenge oils and watercolors.

What unfolded was an exhibition showcasing four print artists: Tisna Sanjaya, Christine Ay Tjoe, Nicolas de Jesus and Jochen Kohn.

Both Tisna and Christine graduated from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)'s School of Art and Design, majoring in printmaking. Christine's name may ring a bell for her paintings and installations, and for her pulling power with buyers and collectors.

Tisna is a popular lecturer at the ITB and a natural-born performance artist.

The other two participants, de Jesus and Kohn, live in the United States and Germany, respectively, though de Jesus is an ethnic Mexican.

Andonowati, who represents the artists in the exhibit, said Monday at the "International Print Talk: From the Dark Background of Etchings" forum that de Jesus and Kohn initially didn't take her seriously when she invited them to exhibit in Jakarta.

From the Dark Background of Etchings
Until Feb. 20
Ark Gallery
Jl. Senopati Raya No. 92. (Also home to Bakoel Koffie)
Phone: (021) 7254934

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