Di Legno Gallery is pleased to participate in Art Stage Jakarta 2017 and presenting Beyond the Boundary. Depicting the blurring of time and space, dream and reality, tradition and modernity, this exhibition offers rich and unique narratives which would immerse our audience into the realm of thought and introspection.
Beyond the Boundary would feature the works of six artists from all over the world: Andres Barrioquinto, Dexter Sy, Harun Ak, Hidemi Tokutake, Mohammad Tabatabai and Zao Wou-Ki. Through their art, Di Legno Gallery hopes to push our audience past the boundaries, engage in dialogue, and explore sides of themselves that they have never known.
About the Artists
Rather than drawing upon the realistic, Andres Barrioquinto (b. 1975) focuses upon his individuality in his works. By probing his own soul and expressing his inner world on canvas, Barrioquinto paints images so exaggerated or distorted that they transport the audience from the world of the familiar to one of emotion and feeling. While he often experiments with new expressions and directions, and explores new mediums and methods, Barrioquinto has always remained true to his individualistic art.
Despite exploring different concepts, Dexter Sy (b. 1979) has always been faithful to his own identity by retaining the same style and technique when he started out as an artist. His art explores how reality encompasses most of our subconscious thoughts, and how audiences may have different interpretations about his work. Sy was inspired by his own experiences and the works of other artists who captured the intricate ideas of the human spirit. He strongly believes that through his art, he can communicate with his audience’s dreams and memories. How history and people’s own culture craft its own story has remained one of his main inspirations to create.
Harun Ak (b. 1985) focuses on the concept of clothes in his art. Beyond their functional role, Ak believes that clothes have a symbolic value and are an expression of a certain way of life. By reflecting our identity, status, hierarchy and gender, the clothes we wear not only embody historical, political and religious values, but are also a representation of our social identity and culture.
Most of Hidemi Tokutake’s (b. 1972) artworks are created by using hand-building techniques, allowing her finger marks to form the surface of her art. She is moved by nature and translates her appreciation into her ceramic pieces which echo the patterns found in nature. Each work is unique, different in softness and sensitivity to reflect the intricacies of nature, and through this, Tokutake’s art often emotionally resonates with her audience.
In this series titled Sad Peace, Mohammad Tabatabai (b. 1987) conveys the idea of a calm, yet daunting suspense through his paintings. He utilises just one singular concept – the concept of the woman – to juxtapose ideas of serenity and power, and play with the audience’s perceptions of movement and stillness in his constructed space. By bringing into his work the many contrasts and contradictions, Tabatabai decomposes an optimistic security down to a moment of suspense.
A master of postwar art and the highest-selling Chinese painter of his generation, Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) applied Modernist art-making techniques to traditional Chinese literati painting. Zao rejected his Chinese heritage and in 1954, moved to Paris to paint in the style of Paul Klee. By 1954, Zao had developed a unique style that was marked by contrasting colors and lyrical abstraction, merging Chinese art – as viewed through the lens of European abstraction – with traditional Chinese landscapes. Like traditional Chinese landscape painting, Zao’s paintings function as fragments of a larger scene, possessing fluidity, transparency, and a graceful luminosity representative of the artist’s interior energies.