Friday, January 20, 2006

Some of Sancok (Dhani) 's paintings
Yogie and his father in front of his paintings
Enjoying Yogie's paintings
Rangga's paintings are really entertaining!!
Visitors enjoying Reggie's Artworks

Queue up to enjoy restART cool paintings!
Teguh is reading his best poem
Goro is givin his greeting!
Jajang Supriyadi, the "suspensive contributor"!
Mr Dody Achmad and his son
... restART posing...


It was a rainy afternoon and a cold twilight when we're preparing for the opening in Padi Artground. Rifky Effendi (known as Goro) a well known art critic and curator who would be the person to open our exhibition has arrived in Bandung since 3 o'clock from Jakarta (thanks to Goro, how's your offering to exhibit us in Cemara Gallery, jakarta? Shoudn't u follow up? Hee hee!), while his best friend, Dody Achmad that is the Chief Director of Padi (Big thanks to this funky and wise person!), arrived around 2 hours after Goro, they 'dissolved' in conversation as soon as they met, seemed like a reunion! Jajang Supriyadi, who supports our concepts with his fascinating thoughts presented in notes for the catalogue, arrived an hour before the opening (Thanks also to Mr Jay!). Meanwhile our sponsors from Fresh Handmade Cards and SR 104 has already standby on their stands (Thanks to these Dudes!). On 7 pm, people started to came to the gallery and mixed in to the crowd with the other invitees and visitors outside the gallery. The athmosphere became so crowded and warm.

As well as the MC started to announce the event, visitors attentivally watched the whole course of opening events. Begun with the speech by Mr. Dody Achmad who announced our exhibiton as an opening agenda for this year, we feel highly regarded! The event continued with the speech by Jajang Supriyadi, later he introduced the member of restART to the visitors. Before the exhibition opened, we have a performance by Teguh, our best friends who read his best poems for us (Thanks brow!). The main course is the exhibition opening officially by Goro, as Goro signed our poster as a symbolic action for the opening, the visitors gave their handclaps, then, MC pleased the visitors to enter the gallery and to enjoy our paintings while cool musics by YusufDigitalCulture (thanks! Big nose is big creativity!) played as our soundtrack.

There is so many visitors visited our exhibition, based on the guestbook, we have more than 200 visitors on that night! Most of them are friends, artists and lecturers, the rest are the curators and gallery managers. restART received many compliments from those who visited. After had watched all of our works, some of the visitors went to the rear part of the gallery to enjoy the delicious meal made by mom's kitchen, one of our sponsor (Thanks Mom!).

All of the events in that night have already documented by Bennie F from Studio Ilusi, and Erik Pauhrizi from Devil Chips (Thanks and high five to you!). We also want to say lots of big Thanks to PT Djarum: Mr Janny Sahertian and his friendly daughter, Grace, also to Budi Susanto (Yow Mas Budi!), because of they favours we able to produce our posters and catalogues! Thanks again to our lecturer: Dikdik Sayahdikumullah; And Teguh's family. And last but certainly not least, thanks to R E Hartanto for your recommendation! (As a reward, tell me if u need anything! Ho ho!)

Next post will be a review from artist's talk and discussion wich held on 16th Januari 06. There's gonna be informations about restART's painting and what was the main topic discussed.

-Yogie restART-

restART Community

restART was formed on November 05, there was only 4 persons at that time, me (Yogie), Reggie, Sancok and Rangga. All of us are collegiate of Bandung Institute of Technology, Departement of Fine Art. Sancok has graduated 1 year ago meanwhile Rangga decided to step out from the instituon for some reason after 2 years experienced study in the Institution. Reggie and Me have finished our final course for our graduation 2 days just before our first exhibition, so we're now free from some academical matters, me and Reggie only have to wait for graduation day officially.

Basically we're realize the importance of working in a community as better and dinamic activity than workin as an indivudual artist as well. Related to Bandung social artscene, we aim to stimulate Bandung young artist, esp young painter to be more productive, not only in producing artworks, but in creating new thought, fresh idea and discourse, sounds very utopian somehow... But it could be considered as our response to the stagnation of painting discourse in Bandung.

On Saturday, 14th January 2006, we held and opened our first exhibition in Padi artground. The exhibition presents 24 Paintings from restART community everyday for 2 weeks long. We also held a discussion and watercolour painting workshop during the exhibition. The exhibition entitled "Entropia", means "meassure of dissorder". Lexically, entropia is formed from greek "trope" means "change",literally "turning", on the model of the energy. Our exhibition is a point to start our vision statement: To redefine and urge the significance of painting as a media of representation.

Nowadays there are so many choices provided for us to freely choose what kind of media that is relevant with our concept or idea. Whats beeing the basic question is why we choose a certain kind media rather than the others? Its too naive if we put the answer on the matters of choice only. As a young artist, we have to know the tautology of media we choose, otherwise- we take it for granted... For us, the main question that it has to be answerd eccentially is why we decided and insisted to tell our ideas through painting, because for example, obviously multimedia art offers us more explorative way in the matter of representation. For many years we have lost this kind of discourse, contextually the painting discourse in Bandung hasn't been providing any answer yet neither with clues, its a stagnation. Only for example: People still doing they "blur potraiture" painting a la Garhard Richter and off course its very welcomed by market, and many of our art critics said that its our latest and newest symptom in Bandung Painting Discourse. We feel that it's very paethethic, seems all we can do is adopted whats has been the other's discourse since many years ago, and here we still call it "contemporary".

-Yogie restART-