11 Sep de facto
Artemis Art has participated in several art fairs in Taiwan over the past two and and a half years, but this marks the first time we are organizing an exhibition in October this year. Our debut outing is de facto, featuring four Yogyakarta-based visual artists: Dedy Sufriadi, Indra Dodi, M. Fadhlil Abdi, and Robi Fathoni.
The exhibition will be held at the premises of ARTDOOR Gallery Taipei, at their new art space within the same building on another floor below their main gallery. Artemis Art and ARTDOOR Gallery Taipei have maintained a working relationship since very early on, and we are truly indebted to them for hosting our first exhibition in Taiwan.
de facto will begin its run with an opening reception at 7pm on Saturday, October 21 2017. It is with great pleasure to announce that our guests of honor for the evening shall be Ms. Donna Chen and Dr.-Ing. Wiyu Wahono, two eminent young collectors from Taiwan and Indonesia respectively.
Ms. Donna Chen is Founder and Managing Director of Keystone Intelligence Inc., a boutique financial services company that specializes in cross-border financial services, based in Taipei. Her collection of contemporary art has been exhibited in Taiwan and abroad, including in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and more recently at Art Farmosa in Taipei.
Dr.-Ing. Wiyu Wahono is an engineering professional who is known as Indonesia’s most cutting-edge collector. He holds a PhD in Plastics Technology and is the Founder and Technical Director of his own company, representing several European plastic machine manufacturers. He has been invited to speak about collecting contemporary art across Asia, and has written quite extensively on the subject. Dr. Wiyu currently sits on Art Stage Jakarta’s Board of Young Collectors and is one of the jury members for the Bandung Contemporary Art Awards. His collection of contemporary art has been exhibited in many parts of the world, notably at the Liechtenstein National Museum (August 2016 – June 2017), and currently showing at the Asia Society Museum in New York City until January 2018.
de facto continues its run after the opening reception until October 31, 2017. The timing for the exhibition has been set to coincide with Art Taipei 2017, which runs from October 20 to 23, 2017, at the Taipei Word Trade Center Hall One, and has been included as one of the fringe events associated with the fair.
ARTDOOR Gallery Taipei is located at No.36, Ln. 164, Hulin St. Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 11075, Taiwan (link opens in Google Maps). The main gallery is located on the 5th floor, while ARTDOOR Space (where de facto is held) is located below the main gallery on the 3rd floor.
The location map on the right provides an easy reference to find the gallery.
adj. (Latin) denoting something that is such in fact
de facto brings together recent works by four visual artists based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Dedy Sufriadi, Indra Dodi, M. Fadhlil Abdi, and Robi Fathoni. The works by these four artists are distinct, each with their unique mode of visual expression, form, and ideas.
Despite the uniqueness of each artist’s works, there is a common thread that binds them. And that thread is the Reality of Being – spun from the unique social fabric that is Yogyakarta, which in itself is a microcosm of what Indonesia represents, a rich tapestry of cultures, heritages and histories. The individual expressions of this reality may be unique, but they are in fact different perspectives, colored by each individual’s own experience, of the same social landscape within which they reside.
Previous art fairs & exhibitions (selected)
Art Expo Malaysia 2012
Art Expo Malaysia 2013
HYPERTEXT (solo exhibition)
Singapore Art Fair 2014
Young Art Taipei 2015
Art Kaohsiung 2015
Singapore Contemporary 2016
Young Art Taipei 2016
Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016
Singapore Contemporary 2017
We Are 5
Art Central Hong Kong 2017
Art Jakarta 2017
Over the last few years, Dedy Sufriadi has been regularly featured in our art fair participations, including appearances in Young Art Taipei in 2015 and 2016. His participation in the 2015 edition saw Dedy win the Young Art Award for that year, the first time an Indonesian artist has done so.
A distinguishing feature found in his works is the use of text, or elements related to text. An example of this may be found in Dedy’s Burning Series of artworks, which we have included in de facto. The works are essentially collages of partially burnt newspapers, on which he then paints over with various motifs and color combinations selected for specific works. The series is generally a critique of mass media, although individual works will have specific narratives of their own.
Another example is the Hypertext series of works, one that continues to evolve over the years, and for which Dedy has developed several variants. The Hypertext series, as the name implies, borrows an idea from the world of IT, namely dynamically linked text or graphics, which allows users to navigate between webpages containing related information across the Internet. In Dedy’s works, text and naïve imagery are used as visual reference points that facilitate the viewer’s imagination and intellect to navigate between ideas and feelings evoked by the abstract expressionist works.
For emerging artist Indra Dodi, 2017 has been a busy and successful year, which includes a strong showing at Art Central Hong Kong 2017, his debut at Young Art Taipei 2017, and more recently his participation in Art Jakarta 2017. de facto marks Indra’s return to the city of Taipei, Taiwan.
A natural-born storyteller, just about any event or even conversation may spark an entire series of imageries that eventually find their way onto Indra’s canvas. The selection of works picked for this exhibition tell many stories inspired by everyday events and memories, depicted on the canvas in the naïve style Indra is well-known for. The childlike and playful nature of his works are disarming, and a reminder that despite the trials and tribulations we may face in life, it’s important to balance our lives with some fun and play, in addition to the necessary work and toil.
M. Fadhlil Abdi
Another artist who made his debut with Artemis Art at Young Art Taipei 2017 is M. Fadhlil Abdi, the hyperrealist artist who made a very strong impression at the art fair this year.
In his recent works, Fadhlil’s focus is on the hyperreal paintings of children, which to the artist are symbolic of innocence and purity. He views children as having the potential of teaching us what it is to be pure again, purity being something that has gotten lost along the way as we grow into adulthood, tainted by the many experiences we have gone through in the process.
Although hyperrealism is not a skill that is by any measure unique among artists, Fadhlil is certainly the youngest we have come across in person, having recently only turned 30 years of age this past August.
Robi Fathoni’s figurative works are quite different from the other three artists because of the medium he uses. Whereas most artists use the pencil as an intermediary tool in the process of creating their artworks, for Robi the pencil is his primary medium. Mostly monochrome, the artist does occasionally add color to his works, but very sparingly, using either colored pencils or sometimes acrylic paint.
His mastery of the medium is best appreciated through the intricately detailed work that he produces, which are mostly on canvas. Similar to M. Fadhlil Abdi, Robi Fathoni’s current body of work focuses on children, whom he sees as a metaphor for our hopes and dreams.
During the exhibition period, paper versions of this publication was made available. Part of the planned post-exhibition activity is to create a longer, online-only publication which will cover all artworks that were part of this exhibition.