Cilukba! (Peekaboo!): AN EXHIBITION BY KELOMPOK SENI RUPA JENDELA (JENDELA ART GROUP)
May 28th - June 16th 2007
Opening reception on SATURDAY, 26 May 2007, at 8 pm. There will be a talk by Enin Supriyanto, exhibition curator, at 7pm. Interviews with the visiting artists may be arranged between 25th and 26th May.
Valentine Willie Fine Art presents a first-time showing of the Jendela Group in Malaysia, a major artist's collective from Indonesia whose members are emerging as key figures in the contemporary regional art scene. Jendela comprises Handiwirman Saputra, Jumaldi Alfi, Rudi Mantofani, Yunizar and Yusra Martunus. These five artists from West Sumatra and graduates of Indonesian Art Institute or ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Yogyakarta have differentiated themselves from a predominantly figurative-based and sociopolitically driven Indonesian art context, or what is commonly known as "Jogja surreal", each working in a distinctive visual symbolic language, using still life and landscape forms. The exhibition is curated by Enin Supriyanto. This will also be the first time the group exhibits together outside of Indonesia.
Handiwirman Saputra (b.1975, Bukittinggi) is comfortable switching between two- and three-dimensional work. An adept painter and sculptor, the artist's world revolves around objects --as form, symbols or metaphors-- carefully selected to convey a silent narrative. Playful yet disquieting, Handiwirman's paintings stretch the possibilities of traditional still-life painting. He has exhibited widely either on his own or as member of Jendela Group in important group shows around Indonesia. His most recent international outing was at the Singapore Biennale 2006.
Jumaldi Alfi's (b. 1975, Lintau) approaches his paintings according to themes. They reflect the artist's wide range of interest, from Buddhism to Greek mythology to music. Meditative, evocative and moody, Alfi's work combines form with mark-making --doodles, scribbles and other drawing devices. Like his fellow group members, Alfi has exhibited widely around Indonesia as well as in group shows in Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore and Shanghai. He's also had a number of solo exhibitions in Singapore and Jakarta in the past several years.
The oldest and most soft-spoken member among the group, Yunizar (b. 1971, Talawi) is a rising star in the region. He has shown in a number of solo exhibitions in major galleries in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia and exhibits widely together with members of Jendela Group in group shows around Indonesia. His works are charming in their childlike simplicity, relying on mark-making, doodles and organic forms. At times raw and intense, and in others playful and carefree, Yunizar's paintings reflect the artist's fascination with nature's forces, the Earth and human activity.
Rudi Mantofani (b. 1973, Padang) is a sculptor and painter. While Rudi's sculptures are focused on form and scale and the metaphorical, his paintings revolve around landscape. They provide new interpretations to the grand tradition of landscape painting, constantly challenging the genre through daring visual ploys, such as flattening the pictorial space through heavy repetitions; or mischievously pushing and pulling the pictorial space. Rudi has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and Jakarta and also exhibited widely in group shows in Indonesia and around the region.
Yusra Martunus (b. 1973, Padang Panjang) enjoys exploring the nature of materials he works with. Like his fellow group members, Yusra is comfortable working with a wide range of media, from painting to objects and installations. While his work may bear close resemblance to Handiwirman's, Yusra is primarily concerned with the "materiality" or narrative potential of the artist's material, challenging conventional perception by manipulating and transforming the material's immediate qualities to express a different range of emotional texture and meaning.