Solo Exhibition of Gede Oka Astawa at Griya Santrian Art Gallery

Solo Exhibition of Gede Oka Astawa at Griya Santrian Art Gallery

Ecological issues featured in paintings are unique and intriguing. Such works of art do not only present the essence of beautiful art, but also deliver meaningful messages. It happens because the artists talk more about relationship between human and nature through acrylic media on canvas. With expressionistic abstract style, painters would like to develop and

Ecological issues featured in paintings are unique and intriguing. Such works of art do not only present the essence of beautiful art, but also deliver meaningful messages. It happens because the artists talk more about relationship between human and nature through acrylic media on canvas. With expressionistic abstract style, painters would like to develop and simplify the form, object or figure into abstract works.

The paintings are the work of I Gede Oka Astawa where they are now on display at the Griya Santrian Art Gallery Sanur. The first solo exhibition after the Griya Santrian Art Gallery is renovated takes the theme Palemahan– guidance of human and nature relationship. At least 20 works of art are on display for more than a month (March 17-May 12).

The figure I Gede Oka Astawa is really interested in making the palemahan as a medium to frame the exhibition event. He reads the theme about the nature and ecological issues in his work in terms of his perspective as a Balinese. Local values ​​are not displayed prominently in visual form. Locality or all of Balinese elements in creative process of Oka serves as repository of knowledge, the stimulation igniting the creative process in bringing the works of painting.

Observing the works of his painting, Oka performs an articulation of the themes associated with the latest issue of nature and ecology. The issues on land conversion from agriculture to industry are represented in the work entitled ‘Farmer.’ Then, it can be seen in a gestural abstraction looking to be stunned, holding a hoe. Abstraction of hoe object in the work shows if the figure is a farmer.

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Various changes in social and ecological order in Bali, according to Oka, are the impact of the interests of various parties in Bali. The tourism having become the branding of Bali is economically potential to be developed. Infrequently, the intention to develop gets slipped into the intention to dominate and exploit nature and culture excessively.

No doubt that Bali later becomes the arena of struggle for the interests of large investors, for example, those looking to ‘dominate’ and exploit nature and culture excessively are just for their own interests. Through the work entitled ‘Tug of War’ Oka presents two figures playing tug of war in which Bali is briefly described by Oka as the image of Bali Island sitting between the bondage of rope being played by abstractive two figures.

We all agree that greening is an effort for ecological ‘investment’ in the future. Similarly, Oka, in his work entitled ‘Maintaining Balance’ and ‘No Shelter’ looks to speak about the importance of reforestation activities in order to preserve nature. (BTN/015)

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