Komaneka Fine Art Gallery is proud to present 57 x 76, a collaboration between Hanafi and Goenawan Mohamad (GM). - Gatra Dewata News

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Komaneka Fine Art Gallery is proud to present 57 x 76, a collaboration between Hanafi and Goenawan Mohamad (GM).


The  ‘x’ sign  in  the  title  of this exhibition  not  only  reinforces  the meaning  of  a  meeting  or  dialogue,  but  also  the  fusion  of  the  artistic  visions  of  two  figures  who  have long  been  important  in  the  arts  scene  in  Indonesia.  When  working  on  this  project,  Hanafi  and  GM  were 57 and 76 years old, respectively.

The  paintings  in  57 x 76  were  done  with  a  particular  procedure:  Hanafi  started  by  painting  on  a  piece of canvas or paper,  then  gave it to GM  to continue.

Likewise, GM  handed  over the  paper  or canvas he had  painted  for  Hanafi.  Only  once  or  twice  did  Hanafi  and  GM  ‘paint  together’  in  one  place.  Most  of  the works  in  this  project  were  finished  in  the  artists’  respective  studios,  without  face-to-face  contact  with each  other.

Over several months, this collaboration  produced  hundreds of paintings  and  drawings. Completion of a single sheet of paper or canvas usually took one round of work. By  opening up  to  each  other’s  responses  or  ‘interventions,’  both  Hanafi  and  GM  are  actually  uncovering the  boundaries  of their  personal  ideas.

The  pattern  of  creation  in  this  project  is not  linear, because both  have  to  work from  unexpected  beginnings,  which  they often  do  not  fully understand  or master.

In the  final  stage,  both  Hanafi  and  GM  must  surrender  to  surprises,  when  the  forms  that  each  imagined in the beginning undergo a shift or expansion to become major changes. Exhibition  curator  Agung  Hujatnikajennong  calls  the  collaboration  of  Hanafi  and  GM  an  ‘aleatoric project’ (Latin,  aleator: dice  thrower) in that  it is  based  on random  uncertainty or coincidence.

Aleatorism, as a method of artistic collaboration, regards unpredictability as something that overcomes the  determination  of the  subject’s consciousness  and  will. In  this project, collaboration  becomes  a subversion of the artistic paradigm that places the individual at the center of creation. This  57 x 76  project  certainly  would  not  have  happened  without  mutual  understanding  between  Hanafi and  GM.

Agung  Hujatnikajennong  says,  “But  what’s even  more  interesting  is how  this  collaborative project  does  not  dwell  on  long  discussions, let  alone  debate,  between  the  two  artists.  57 x 76  more like  a  teaching,  exploring  how  two  artists can  come  up  with  strokes  of subjective  ideas  and  thoughts, through  images, symbols and  signs, and  of course  openness, learning  from and  respecting  each another.  The  artistic  hierarchy  is  gone.

There  is  no  longer  any  Hanafi  and  GM  as  individuals  in  these works.” Enjoying paintings  in  57 x 76  may  be compared to listening  to a ‘counterpoint’  — the  result of juxtaposing a series tones of one or more types of musical instruments presented simultaneously. The  57  x  76  exhibition,  held  in  collaboration  with  Komaneka  Fine  Art  Gallery  and  Studiohanafi,  is  a continuation  of the  exhibition  with  the  same title, which  took  place  at  the  National  Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, in 2018.

About Hanafi and Goenawan Mohamad Hanafi  (born  in Purworejo, 5 July 1960)  is  widely known  as a painter,  despite  working for decades with  a variety of artistic media.  Graduating  from the  Indonesian  Fine  Arts School,  Yogyakarta  in 1979,  Hanafi  has  been  involved  in  dozens  of  solo  and  group  exhibitions  at  home  and  abroad  since the  early 1990s.

He  is an  artist who  often  collaborates  with  other  art practitioners,  especially  from literature, theater and  architecture.  His solo exhibitions  include:  The  Maritime Spice  Road  (Consulate General of New  York,  United  States, 2017);  Rear Door | Javanese Noise (National  Gallery  of Indonesia, Jakarta, 2016);  Under  the  Table  Migration  (Komaneka  Fine  Art Gallery,  Ubud,  2013);  and  Of Spaces  and Shadows (Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, 2009). Goenawan  Mohamad (GM), born in Batang,  29  July 1941,  is a poet,  essayist,  journalist and playwright.

He  was fond  of drawing  since  childhood,  and  has  been  actively exhibiting  his work in  solo  and  group exhibitions  since 2016.

Concerned  with arts  and  cultural  issues broadly,  GM  has written many essays on art. Some of his solo exhibitions  include,  Kata, Gambar (Word, Drawing, Dia Lo Gue,  Jakarta, 2017); Another  Stage  (Aksara, Jakarta, 2017);  and  Don  Quixote  dan  Hal-hal  yang  Belum  Sudah  (Don  Quixote and  Things  That  Have  Not  Yet  Been,  Galeri Semarang,  Semarang,  2019).

Recently  GM published  a collection of art essays, Pigura
tanpa Penjara (Frame without Prison, 2019). For more information please contact : Didi Marsinta   |   +62 813 3975 7009   |   marsinta@komaneka.com

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