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Pilgrim Project
Dadang Christanto
20 Dec 2006 - 20 January 2007
Solo Exhibition by Dadang Christanto


The well-driven paintings Christanto presents in his opening at Gaya Fusion Art Space seem to look back to influences ranging from Italian arte povera to Indian tantric paintings to Indonesian batik; his stylization is contemporary, intelligent; the paintings speak to each other with textures and transposed symbols stripped of their decorative aspects (e.g., chilly peppers and Indonesian flowers that become flames); and the skilled play of positive and negative space combines with the fragility of his mark-making to evoke a human element that?s beyond borders.

Despite the wealth of references, the names that come first when looking at Christanto?s work are not Pizzi Cannella or Paladino or Pollock, but Samantha Power, Darfur, Rwanda, and, of course, Christanto?s own father, abducted and murdered by Indonesian government soldiers during the purges of the mid-1960s. Because the work is so clearly rooted in its own space, it is immediate, intense, and real.

One would never mistake Louise Bourgeois for being anything other than French, though her art is clearly trans-national. The same can be said of Dadang Christanto. His work is at the leading edge of contemporary art, its impact is universal, but Indonesian politics, flowers, and history are in his DNA.


The exhibition will be on view at Gaya Fusion Art Space, Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, from December 20, 2006, to January 20, 2007. There will be a reception for the artist on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at 7 PM, with an introduction by Oei Hong Djien, Pecandu Seni.


Mr. Dadang Christanto posed infront of his artworks.
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