STOP-MOTION ANIMATION WITH PORCELAIN TABLEWARE
STAMPED WITH A TITLE ON THE WOODEN CASE; A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY DATED 04 NOV 2008 IS AFFIXED TO THE INTERIOR OF THE CASE
DVD Disc, wooden case, porcelain plate, metal fork and spoon
Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Indonesia
This work is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist.
(Another edition from the same series was exhibited at the following)
Indonesia, Bandung, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, A Decade of Dedication, September 5 - October 5, 2008
Singapore, Valentine Willie Fine Art, New Strategies in Indonesian Contemporary Art, October 17 - November 9, 2008
Jakarta, North Art Space, Ceramic Biennale 2009, December 19, 2009 - January 20, 2010
Singapore, Singapore Art Museum 8Q, Children's Season, Moving Image Gallery, May 15 - July 18, 2010
Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Long Night of the Austrian Museums, October 2, 2010
Singapore, Singapore National Eye Centre, Arts for Health, 2010
Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, MAM Project 012, July 24 - November 7, 2010
"We found that we really like to (use) our hands and do very manual things because you can feel the experience of doing it, you have a sensibility with the medium that you work with, doing with your hands manually you feel that you know the process from the first step 'till the end with so many extra factors that can affect your work. It's really different than just doing it with a computer, sometimes we use the computer to do editing, for tracing, first sketch, or the storyboard, but in the end, the result for our video is always a manual process and after that we edit and that's our video. Why do we like this manual thing...for me it's very human, you can feel the process than just an output with the computer, (with manual work) you can touch, and know what will be the end result when you work with something."
TROMARAMA, THE ARTISTS' STATEMENT, 2010
Art is at its most powerful when it marks the era that we live in. Photography and new art, by the nature of their medium, represents the current generation: ever-changing, ever-growing, continuously accelerating. Urban environments and culture grow with a rapidity that is only rivaled by technological advancement and it is this theme that the present collection of cutting-edge eleven works brings forth. They vary in form and appearance, but the themes they discuss are those most integrated with current contemporary life. They may evoke personal contemplation and evolution - Who are we? How should we live? What is our destiny? – as exemplified by works by Ay Tjoe Christine, Agan Harahap, Yee I-Lann and Neal Oshima. They may question the urban lifestyle, fluctuating between a world that is both real and unreal, such as works by Indra Leonardi, Jason Tablante, Wawi Navarroza and Yason Banal. They may express playfulness and humour, as seen in pieces by Tromarama, Erwin Windu Pranata and Angki Purbandono. Essentially, however, these works ultimately narrate the journey of human existence.
Debuting for the first time at Sotheby's are works by Erwin Windu Pranata, who combines video animation with sculpture with his 1 Eye Mickey (Lot 261). Playful and innovative, Erwin is one of the first in Indonesia to use this creative method to enhance the work's visual aspects and effects. Another innovation in Southeast Asian New Media Art is epitomized by a work by Tromarama. Tromarama, from Indonesia, is a collective that was formed in 2004 by Febie Babyrose, Ruddy Hatumena and Herbert Hans. Their work, represented here by *Ting (Lot 265), poses intriguing yet playful commentaries and observations on contemporary urban culture. Working in different media, particularly stop-motion animation and combining it with music produced by local bands especially for their projects, Tromarama has exhibited extensively, including at the Mori Art Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and the 5th International Video Art Biennial. *Ting perfectly describes the urban masses; they move in herds, follow each other and do what the other does; they are restless and thus embark on adventures and travel the world, only to find that ultimately the place they long for most is home.
Like the episodes from daily life, these little vignettes speak of hope, fear, desire, relationships, humour, goodness, and the quest for life's meaning. Tracey Emin once said, "There should be something revelatory about art. It should be totally new and creative, and it should open doors for new thoughts and new experiences." These works possess the power of storytelling and their form enables them to do so in the most extraordinary way. They reveal what is hidden, obscure what is shown and feel through absence. And as they provoke, inspire, caution and delight, they reveal something about the creator, the viewer, and if the timing is right, the life we are living.
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