B-Djap, a graphic art activist group from the northern hemisphere of Bali organized an exhibition entitled Passion at the Griya Santrian Gallery, Sanur. The exhibition taking place almost a month (Mar 14–Apr 18) displayed a total of 29 works by 7 graphic artists.
Their works were uniquely presenting the concept by capturing the space at the surroundings, such as in the field of social aspect, women, history, environment and others. The art presented consisted of three-dimensional works (installation) and 26 two-dimensional works by implementing hardboard-cut technique, monotype, linocut, stencil print and reduction print.
The seven graphic artists posing the fusion of students and alumnus of the University of Ganesha Education (Undiksha) featured more freedom beautifully in a single theme. The works displayed by the seven graphic artists truly varied both in terms of technique and theme. Kadek Adi Septa, for instance, featured a series of works with monotype techniques. The work entitled Friendship with Stone presented several images of deformative figure that were dealing with a large stone. The stone in the work could be read as a symbolic expression of the burden of life.
Septa Adi admitted that motivation to pursue the graphic arts because it had a challenge of its own. “Maybe, the uniqueness lies there because our work is not like painting that can immediately be completed and it really needs a process with a variety of techniques and must make the mold first. We cannot see the results instantly and there may be a touch of the hand of God,” he said.
Meanwhile, Komang Sukertayasan featured the works made by hardboard cut technique. He wanted to show off the narrative of the current urban lifestyle very closely related to consumerism. However, a little eccentric thing was presented by the work of Dewa Gede Purwita whose work was made by stencil technique by presenting silhouette portrait of the face of Bung Karno. It was filled with the captions that reminded the art lovers of the history. (BTN/015)