Biasa ArtSpace will feature a selection of artists at the Bologna Art Fair 2010, including Matteo Basilé, who will present for the occasion the unpublished second stage of the project presented by the artist at the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009. The exhibition will also include works by Indonesian artists Heri Dono, Budi Kustarto and Ugo Untoro, whose installation “Drowning History” was part of the collective show Invito all’Opera at Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome in 2009. The selection of artworks stages a site where apparently distant and dissimilar artistic visual expressions, are confronted in the representation of the contemporary and global living experience. Since its opening to the public in 2006, Biasa ArtSpace’s endeavour was to generate an original platform for debate, an alternative space that could constitute a stimuli as well as a free port for both the art practice and the provision for means directed at socio-cultural understanding and projection.
Matteo Basilé currently lives and works between Rome and Bali. Among his latest exhibitions are Thisoriented at the 53rd edition of the 2009 Venice Biennale, the solo shows, Thisoriented, Second stage, Biasa ArtSpace Bali, 2009, The Saints are coming, Villa Bottini, Lucca, 2008, Appartions at MART, Trento and Rovereto 2006, Quel che resta della Transavanguardia, Pack, Milan, 2006.Ugo Untoro is a Yogyakarta-based artist. Considered one of Indonesia’s key contemporary artists, Untoro has exhibited widely in Indonesia as well as Malaysia, China Singapore and France. Among his most recent solo shows: Invito all’opera, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, 2009, Poem of Blood, Biasa ArtSpace at the Roma Contemporary Art Fair, Rome, 2009, Poem of Blood, Biasa ArtSpace, ShContemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, 2008, Sciascia | Untoro, Biasa ArtSpace, Bali, 2008, Emotional Drawing, National Museum, Seoul, Korea, 2008, Short-Short Stories, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 2006, My Lonely Riot, Biasa ArtSpace, Bali, 2006.
Heri Dono is one of Indonesia’s most internationally renowned artists. His poetic is often inspired by Indonesian traditional art forms such as painting, theatre, dance and music. Dono has been extensively exhibited all over the world with solo shows such as Civilization Oddness, Walsh Gallery Chicago, 2006, The Broken Angels, the Gertrude contemporary art spaces Victoria, Australia, 2006, Free-D.O.M., 3,14 Stiftelsen, Bergen, Norway, 2005, Who’s Afraid of Donosaurus?, National Gallery, Jakarta, 2004, Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, 2005, Urban Culture, CP Biennale, Museum of Bank Indonesia Jakarta, 2005.
Budi Kustarto, alias “Budi Swiss” lives and works in Yogyakarta. The artist spent almost a year in Switzerland, in 2003, as an illustrator and a mural artist in CH Discothek, Wettingen-Switzerland. His recent solo shows include Hetero, Green at the Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia, 2008, Ice Creams Series , SOKA Art Centre, Beijing, 2006, Others at the Soka Gallery, Beijing, 2006, Budi, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, 2005.