‘Pandora Paradise’: a milestone in Balinese contemporary art

Balinese contemporary artist, Ketut Putrayasa’s passion for public art, has evolved dramatically in recent years. It has led to the ‘Kuta Sunrise Art Project 2020 – 2021’ and his installation ‘Pandora Paradise’. Sited on the promenade at Point Zero of the Bali Province, Badung Square, Denpasar, the eye-catching structure is the first in a series … Continue reading ‘Pandora Paradise’: a milestone in Balinese contemporary art

2020 Bali art scene overview

Since November Bali’s southern regions have enjoyed a flow of domestic tourism. The streets of Ubud were transformed during the Christmas holiday period. From zero to something; the much-needed injection of funds into the economy is vital and provides a ray of hope. Let’s trust that 2021 is a brighter year, especially for those whose … Continue reading 2020 Bali art scene overview

The future of Art Jakarta and other art fairs?

The May cancellation of Art Jakarta, Indonesia’s premier art fair scheduled  28-30 August 2020 at JCC Senayan, came as no surprise to the regional art world. 2020 initially spelt disaster for international art fairs. The disruption began in Asia with the social unrest in Hong Kong and then the dramatic impact of COVID19. The most … Continue reading The future of Art Jakarta and other art fairs?

Positive 2020 developments on the Bali art & cultural landscape

Exciting additions to the Bali art and cultural infrastructure in Mas, Ubud: Bersama Alternative Space, Njana Tilem Museum, Black Hand Gang & Titik Dua. The unravelling of global socio-political and economic events defines 2020 as the most extraordinary in modern history. Meanwhile, Bali’s tourism sector is in crisis due to the closing of international borders … Continue reading Positive 2020 developments on the Bali art & cultural landscape

TiTian Art Foundation online exhibition supports Balinese marginalised by Covid19

Tiny eyes peer out from enigmatic, otherworldly creatures. Their contorted bodies, shimmering in colorful metallic hues, endowed with appendages that defy description. Fascinated, yet perplexed, I wonder what I am observing. Are these oddities types of oversized  micro-organisms that dwell deep inside of me, or aliens from a distant galaxy? I first discovered the fantastic … Continue reading TiTian Art Foundation online exhibition supports Balinese marginalised by Covid19

Balinese traditional practices fuse with contemporary ideas in Wayan Arnata’s beautiful fibrous artworks

Balinese artist Wayan Arnata first came to my attention in June 2013 in the landmark exhibition ‘Irony in Paradise’ by the collective Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) in Ubud, Bali.  ‘Nike Barong’ 2013, Arnata’s mixed media reflection upon the changing nature of the Balinese identity depicted the iconic … Continue reading Balinese traditional practices fuse with contemporary ideas in Wayan Arnata’s beautiful fibrous artworks

Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s subterranean sonic temple a highlight of the Singapore Biennale 2019

Black—Hut, Black—Hut, 2019 – Boedi Widjaja exhibited at the National Gallery of Singapore in the Singapore Biennale 2019. Image courtesy of Boedi Widjaja & 2019 Singapore Biennale Boedi Widjaja is an artist with one foot positioned in two similar, yet disparate worlds. Born in 1975 and raised by Chinese Indonesian parents in Surakarta, Central Java,  … Continue reading Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s subterranean sonic temple a highlight of the Singapore Biennale 2019

Bali MegaRupa: a new era in government sponsored art infrastructure development in Bali?

Bali Deputy Governor Cokorda Ace addresses officials in front of a painting by Made Budhiana during the opening of Bali Megarupa at ARMA 10 November 2019. Image courtesy Bali Megarupa Bali Megarupa, a large-scale exhibition featuring one hundred and three modern and contemporary artist from throughout Bali, came to a close Sunday 10 November 2019. … Continue reading Bali MegaRupa: a new era in government sponsored art infrastructure development in Bali?

New guidebook highlights artistic & design events in Bali throughout October – December 2019

The first Bali Art+Design Guide X Bali Arts Road, a pocket guidebook that charts a plethora of events around the island, ranging over three months beginning in October, until the end of December 2019. The Balinese Pawukon calendar is not used to measure time; it encompasses smaller cycles within larger ones. Its purpose is to … Continue reading New guidebook highlights artistic & design events in Bali throughout October – December 2019

Art activist’s discussion in Bali launches landmark entrepreneurial program for the disabled

Art Activists Budi Agung Kuswara and Hanna Madness during the launching of “Ayo Ketemu!” in Sanur 29th July Art Has Saved My Life a discussion led by two art activists 29 June at Rumah Sanur Creative Hub in Bali was one of the insightful forums of Ayo Ketemu! (Let’s Meet!) a landmark enterprenurial creative program … Continue reading Art activist’s discussion in Bali launches landmark entrepreneurial program for the disabled