5 - 7 August 2016
Sheraton Grand Jakarta Hall B, Booth D10
Element Art Space is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural Art Stage Jakarta. The gallery will present a selection of works by artists including Yogyakarta-based artist Erianto, Chinese painter Jia Peng and Filipino-Canadian photographer Jay Yao (Jose Campos III). The gallery will be located at booth D10.
Humans are highly social beings who live out lives in the company of other humans. Human nature constantly drives us to seek out people who share common grounds, organise social groupings and partake in a collective manner.
In this new series, Erianto's work traverses the importance of holding a community together, drawing inspiration from shoaling and schooling, a collective animal behaviour of many marine animals. This essential characteristic of marine life conveys a sense of purpose of living "for" others, beyond simply "coexisting" with others.
Known for his hyperrealistic paintings of cardboard packages and wooden crates, Erianto once again pushes the limits of painting in an exceptional manner. Through these works, he emphasises concerns of a sense of belonging and demonstrates the need for meaningful social connection.
Image: Jay Yao Campos III, YVR to JFK II, 2012, archival inkjet print, 111.8 x 223.5 cm, ed of 3 + 1AP
JAY YAO (JOSE CAMPOS III) b. 1980, VANCOUVER, CANADA
Clouds have always been momentary, fleeting creatures: suspended in the atmosphere while swiftly morphing from dim, ominous masses to islands almost ethereal and divine. Populating the vast expanse between sea and sky, where the earth recedes into the distance, their presence is tangible evidence of ephemerality. One really never sees the same thing twice. Yao’s photographs revisit the act of looking out of windows, to be fascinated by a world beyond. Through such imagery, it is possible to be reminded of how abstraction can be evoked in nature, and (conversely) how nature can be perceived in abstraction. The beauty of Yao’s images of these floating worlds lies in their sharing of the personal: how they make it possible for one to relive these temporary spaces of solace and silence.
Image: Jia Peng, Invisible No. 2 (2014), oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
JIA PENG b. 1975, BEIJING, CHINA
Captivated by the structure and movement of water, Jia Peng strives to project different contents on to the idea of invisibility or emptiness of water—render the invisible within the visible rather than to depict external appearances. Jia Peng’s multi-layered paintings display both additive and subtractive marks, as a way to represent the transition of a space, or element in nature and culture coexist and clash over time.
Jia Peng studied at Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Avignon, France, became a full-time artist and part-time lecturer at China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts where he teaches painting. He is also a member of La Maison des Artistes (MDA).
Date: 5 – 7 August 2016
5 Aug, Fri: Private viewing by invitation only
6 Aug, Sat: 1pm – 9pm
7 Aug, Sun: 11am – 9pm