ARYA PANDJALU – Solo Exhibition 2012


26 January – 25 February 2012

Curated by Alia Swastika

Thursday, January 26th – 7PM til’ finish

Ark Galerie

(Open to Public)

Human birds are figures that have been raised by Arya Pandjalu in his series for over 5 years. Arya’s desire to make the human bird as his “alter-ego” is part to dig back memories of the past and give it  a context that is relevant to today. Human bird does not only represent ideas about the relation of man and animal, which is one of the popular subjects in art history that has been endlessly explored, but also, in the context of the idea of Aryan Pandjalu, is a way to personify himself with the other.

The idea of human bird approached Arya when he recalled a time in his young age. At that time, about the early years of the 1980s, he lived in an area that is quite green, almost like a forest, in Bandung. He enjoyed the little adventures that he got from tracking bushes and paths. He also   interacted with wild animals and birds flying noisy there. Until finally, Arya was taught to use a pellet gun and hunting birds off sky.

Arya Pandjalu’s human bird then slowly emerged in his simultaneous exhibitions. Lately, Arya Pandjalu’s paintings also show the human bird in various styles and different approaches. Arya often combines realism with fantasy, but it does not also lead to the surrealism. Realism is displayed as a context of the human bird, to give it space in the daily reality as a place where the human bird rests. Therefore, the human bird is many times being shown doing daily activities Arya often performed as well: singing, exercising, or just resting quietly.

In the series “Sound Garden” this time, Arya Pandjalu is still working with his human birds, creating installations that primarily use non-concrete materials. Looking at the visualization of his work this time, we can see how Arya is interested in talking about the environment, within a framework which tends to ‘romantic’; the memory of the past over the trees and the birds chirping happily and the fairly well maintained relationship between humans, plants and animals. At the same time, this romanticism leads us to the desire to re-create such reflective spaces, in the midst of today’s fast-paced and networked in all directions society. Arya’s small space created a marker and a reminder that being close to the ‘natural’ can create a simple joy that is often forgotten and swallowed by the big dreams of modern men.

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