2 - 5 August 2018
The Riz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place [Stand A3]
Ipan Lasuang b.1993, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In Ipan Lasuang latest series ‘The Breakin’ Journey,’ Ipan explored spiritual philosophies that he was exposed to during his visit to Santorini, Greece, for an International Painting Symposium in 2017—contemplating the ancient Minoan civilization and the modern life simultaneously. Lasuang referenced the Greek philosopher Plato’s claim of the lost kingdom of Atlantis and his ideas about the divine versus human nature, ideal societies, and the gradual corruption of human society.
The artwork ‘Sekejap Sirna ... membagikan Kenangan dan Harapan’ (2018) replicated similar misfortunes that Greece and Indonesia suffered in the past—the natural catastrophes of Thera and Krakatau volcanoes and the financial crises which took place in 1998 and 2008 respectively. He conveyed an idea of how people who once lived in highly advanced utopian civilisation turn to immoral pursuits will eventually face their downfall. In plain sight, the gods restored the fallen inhabitants of the earth, and Greece thrived again like the row of cactuses illustrated in the foreground.
Ipan Lasuang has developed his signature style at a very early stage of his creative journey. His paintings often depict crumpled sheets of paper or fabric as they represent his memories of personal experiences to transform complex and intangible thoughts to vibrant imagery.
Laila Azra b.1970, Jakarta, Indonesia
Currently lives and works in Singapore
The Singapore-based abstract painter, Laila Azra’s composition is influenced by personal experience at a universal level. She imbues paint with emotional resonance yet at the same time restricts those emotions within the confines of her often indefinable and mysterious forms. She adapts gestural painting method where she uses her hands and body movement to drip, splash, and scrape on a canvas often positioned flat on the floor. This resulted in bold, rhythmic lines and texture-rich artworks, which are characterised by the weaving and interweaving layers of acrylic paint as well as her other chosen mediums.
Laila Azra was born in 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and lives, and works in Singapore. She graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Western Abstract Painting. The influences of Abstract Expressionism techniques made popular in 1940s by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Mark Rothko resonate in Azra’s art making. She has participated in many local and international exhibitions including Indonesia, France, Malaysia, and Germany.
Ronald Apriyan b. 1979, Prabumulih, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Children possess something that we (adults) have all lost – the quality of innocence. Ronald Apriyan often refers to the realm of memories and dreams of a child and in his works, he aims to create a bridge to childhood, sentiments conveyed through his myriad of pastel and candy shades, that is reminiscent of children’s drawings and evoking the innocence of childhood—playfulness and their innate humour, returning us to a childlike state of mind.
Ronald Apriyan was born in 1979, Prabumulih (Southern Sumatra), Indonesia. Recent major exhibitions for Apriyan include solo shows at Bentara Budaya Jakarta (2017) and Art Jakarta Special Solo Project, Ritz Carlton Jakarta (2017). He was also the finalist of UOB painting of the year in 2015.
Ocean Wang b. 1972, Beijing, China. Currently lives and works in Singapore.
The genesis for Ocean’s fascination with the concept of surrealism interwoven with impressionism can be traced to her childhood obsession with these artistic eras. Taking inspiration from Masters in these eras, she creatively develops an artistic imagery that is uniquely hers. Her approach to painting is also one of diversity, her subject matter is constantly varied but always fascinating. Comparing the body of work through the years; her tenacity is evident in her continuous use of innovative techniques and narratives. Her current works conveys her aspiration to convey movement and energy of water, as well as reflecting calmness in her various images. The power of Ocean’s paintings lies in the undercurrent images and her imagination more so than the surface image. There is never one focal point in her works, they present a distorted sense of reality, never revealing the full content and context of her images. It is her intention that the viewer, on first glance, relate to the work as though that is reality and final. But upon closer inspection, the viewer will be able to unravel talking points and create his own narratives within the many hidden images in her paintings.
Tan Suz Chiang b. 1974, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Suz Chiang new works is a “hommage” to his childhood memories. Although much of the childhood visuals in his mind are vague, he has found an effective way to present it - the use of Black and White shades. These colours have a lasting impression on his life, from his memory of his first “black and white” television to learning the art of sketching in his student years; and metaphorically he uses these shades to represent the fading memories of his childhood. When viewers first laid eyes on his new works, they could sense a strong intensity in his strokes and an uncanny aura of force. There is a transformation in his style and it evokes much maturity from the artist. His new works is contrasting to the mild-mannered person that I have known him to be, it seems to convey to us that there is much more to him than what he is portraying to us.
Zi Peng b. 1982, Shandong, China
In Zi Peng’s works, you realize the originality of this talented painter, whose artistic individuality within his creations is apparent. Zi Peng liberates himself of his academic shackles and experiments on his own artistic voice. The artist is developing a new ism, a new signature that he can call his very own. His new artistic language, which I suspect, is one that is provocative yet pleasant and a pleasure to our senses. Through his use of material as his unique specialty, he creates works that fuses his forcefulness of his imagination and delicacy of his personality, compelling us to see more deeply into things and reveals multi-faceted beauty and infinite richness of art – Zi Peng’s Surrealistic World of Materialism.
Zi Peng uses Jade, a gemstone of unique symbolic energy, as his “material-muse”. As you perused through his latest crop of paintings, you will be swept away into his new and provocative imaginative realm.
Venue: The Grand Ballroom
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place
Address: Sudirman Center Business District (SCBD)
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta Selatan 12190 Indonesia