At a time when representation is returning as an important focus of attention in contemporary fine arts, realistic forms make up a significant language reference for composition in the art of painting. This language can also be observed in a group exhibition by fourteen young artists— from the Klinik Seni Taxu Bali community: Wayan Suja, Gede Puja, Gede Mahendra Yasa, Made Muliana, Agus Sumiantara, Ketut Moniarta, Dewa Ardana and Dodit Artawan.
From the Abstrax Bandung group: Guntur Timur, C Gunawan Suryasaputra, Imam Setiawan, Wily Himawan, Dadan Setiawan and Z. Ramli;
All of them start from a group consciousness, and more specifically in their artistic quest, they are concerned with developing painting in the framework of realistic form. Before analizing further their work espression, let’s take a look at the conditions surrounding the emergence of each of the two groups.
In the consciousness of the artists in this exhibition, realistic forms are meant not only as an idiom, but also as a vehicle for dissecting contextual problems.
They use realism as their ‘mainframe’ from where to operate through color, composition, subject matter, in an effort to raise questions about the language of realism itself, reality, mimesis; about the process of perception by a camera shot, and even about bringing realistic form into the area of formalism. Similarities emerge: in a taste for pastel color choices, flat backgrounds; affinities exist in the composition of subject matter on the plane of the canvas, coloring tendencies in their works that have a pulse within the artistic quest.
It appear that these artists from two different groups and two different cities—Bandung with its formalism, and Denpasar with its traditions and local content – have been led to a similar choice, the one of realist forms.
Their discourse now meet in Bali, the heart of the tourism, at Biasa Art Space, to transit in a momentary pause and further continue moving, colliding, and proving their existence in wider domains of the fine arts.