Sanur, which is known as a tourism village, is also one of the centers for the development of fine arts in Bali. Sanur artists are able to develop their uniqueness by absorbing various styles of painting around them. Now, an overview of the current development of Sanur can be seen in the exhibition entitled Soul of Sanur at the Santrian Gallery, Sanur, Bali. A total of 60 works of art are displayed by 14 artists coalesced into the Sanur Artist Association (HPS). The Sanur Contemporary Exhibition lasts from October 7 until December 7, 2022.
The curator of the exhibition, Rifky ‘Goro’ Effendy, during the press conference revealed that the works presented by the artists are a reflection of the strong elements of Sanur, where Sanur is a cultural crossing area, so the works produced are very diverse, both in terms of themes and styles. This can be seen from the 14 artists, namely Donik Dangin, Ida Bagus Ariana, Ida Bagus Putu Gede Sutama, Ida Bagus Rai Janardana, Ida Bagus Mayun, Ida Bagus Putu Purwa, Ni Nyoman Sani, I Made ‘Dollar’ Astawa, I Made Sudibia, I Wayan Paramarta, Kadek Dwi Armika, Teja Astawa and Wayan Apel Hendrawan.
Rifky ‘Goro’ Effendy emphasized that the artists who hold the exhibition mark a paradigm shift in understanding art practices that used to always be dominated by painting, which in its development is now heavily influenced by the outside world and the dynamics of international or global art. “This can be seen in the sculptures and installation arts presented,” said Rifky ‘Goro’ Effendy at the press conference at the Santrian Gallery on Thursday (Oct 6).
The sculptures and installation arts by IB Putu Gede Sutama feature two wooden statues made from oars and agricultural tools and the rudder of a traditional boat which is associated with the animal forms of the Rat and Dragonfly, which are full of symbolic meaning. Meanwhile, the artist Donik Dangin presents a complete traditional boat with a body filled with paintings, thus giving a new artistic meaning on the boat.
In contrast to Kadek Dwi Armika, he displays a kite installation made with architectural structures, a harmonious blend of art and technique. The daily life around them, especially those on the coast, provides a broad horizon and sensitivity to be used as the main ideas of these artists. At the same time, it is used to express various things through aesthetic understanding and personal artistic composition.
In the medium of painting, Ida Bagus Putu Purwa displays various fragments of the daily life of the Sanur coast today uniquely on each canvas, including elements of marine animals, tourists, divers, boats and so on.
Meanwhile, Ni Nyoman Sani displays paintings from abstractions derived from processed shell shapes with imaginative rhythmic lines. Paintings of I Made ‘Dollar’ Astawa’s kicks off by “inadvertency” of creating abstract patterns from plastic waste that land on his canvases, which are then filled with energetic splashes of paint.
In contrast to the works of IB Rai Janardana, he shows off the daily life of the beach or the traffic on the Sanur highway which continues to grow and is increasingly crowded with motorized vehicles, recording the socio-economic dynamics in a realistic manner. His work can be an expression of social criticism. In the meantime, I Made Parma’s paintings are related to symbolic things through the life cycle of birds, masks and nature.
It is line with the works of I Wayan Paramarta which show off three portraits of his daughters with various gestures such as facing and sticking to the glass window. Against the backdrop of various elements of children’s world toys, these work represent the increasingly worrying social situation of the surrounding environment. Contemporary Sanur artists also take their main ideas from the life of prominent customs, referring to traditional, mystical and mythological arts, and at the same time also presenting the context of the present.
Teja Astawa presents his paintings by reinterpreting the iconic Kamasan paintings, into naive and witty puppets and bright but soft colors. Wayan Apel Hendrawan presents paintings with realistic human figures whose movements are like in the ritual scene of the Baris Gede dance. By stabbing a dagger into their body and the canvas area is dynamically filled with Balinese script texts.
After that, the paintings of I Made Sudibia show the figure of a woman who is carrying out a ritual that tends to be distorted and formalist. In contrast to Ida Bagus Ariana’s paintings, his works depict an aspect of mysticism in everyday life. Meanwhile, the black and white works of Ida Bagus Mayun depict Balinese village life in the past and puppet stories. So, it’s no exaggeration if the HPS: Soul of Sanur exhibition is a picture of the current development of contemporary arts in Bali, especially at Sanur,” revealed Rifky ‘Goro’ Effendy. (BTN/015)