Diskusi: “Contemporary Australian Printmaking”
bersama Carolyn Craig McKenzie
Sabtu, 7 Juni 2014, 12.00 – 15.00 WIB
di RumahIVAA (Indonesian Visual Art Archive)
Jl. Ireda, Gg. Hiperkes, Dipowinatan, MG1/ 188 A-B,
* Diskusi ini merupakan bagian dari Jogja Miniprint Biennale (JMB)
6-13 Juni 2014 di Bank Indonesia Museum, jam buka: 9.00-17.00
17-23 Juni 2014 di Mien Gallery, jam buka: 9.00-21.00
A Few Words from the Organizers
Despite the challenges and limitations the first Jogja Miniprint Biennale (JMB) 2014 is being presented to the art loving public in Yogyakarta. It is our commitment to improve and widen the scope of our activities for the general public. An event like JMB 2014 is one of several activities which we have already carried out or are planning, including workshops, ‘mini-residencies” which began in 2014, as well as other exhibitions. In 2013 we presented the Jogja International Mini Print Festival (JIMPF) which exhibited 460 works by 167 printmakers and was a pre-event to the Jogja Miniprint Biennale (JMB 2014).
The long-held desire for Yogyakarta to host a periodic printmaking event which would not only exhibit high quality print work but would also serve as a forum for printmakers from all over the world is finally being realized. Minimal infrastructure and low levels of in-country support, as frequently expressed by printmakers, makes it important to hold regular events like JMB 2014 which will increase the confidence and spirit of Indonesian printmakers. The miniprint format is an alternative, a challenge, and a bridge to realize these ideas, both from the artist’s as well as the organizer’s perspective. The reason is that the miniprint format has a number of practical aspects related to distribution and handling although the meaning and quality of the works produced are always paramount.
Artists exhibiting at JMB 2014 were chosen through an open call to Indonesian and international artists from 1 January to 20 April 2014. Initially, 169 artists from 27 countries responded to the call although a number of artists did not submit promised works and ultimately, by the 26 April 2014 deadline, 465 works had been submitted by 142 artists. The jury, chaired by Hendro Wiyanto, together with Devy Ferdianto and Agung Kurniawan chose 140 works by 72 artists from 23 countries to be shown at JMB 2014. The opening and the first exhibition will be held at the Museum Bank Indonesia, a heritage building located at Jl. Panembahan Senopati 2, Yogyakarta from 6 – 13 June 2014. The second exhibition will held at Mien Gallery, Jl Cendana 13, Yogyakarta from 17 to 23 June 2014. It is also planned that the exhibition will travel to other galleries in Yogyakarta as well as to locations outside Yogyakarta through December 2014
For this first Jogja Miniprint Biennale (JMB) a three member jury was chosen representing three different areas of interest and expertise: theme, technique, and the interplay between technique and theme. According to our observation, printmaking, like other types of art, needs these elements to be engaging, to be competitive, and to be interesting to observers. Technique alone is insufficient; it must be strengthened by a theme, although the theme will be lost in the structure of the work if it is not supported by good technique. To ignore technique or theme or both would be disastrous because the content, the art itself, would be utterly abandoned. We do not know what will happen two years from now, when the next JMB is planned, though it is important for us, the organizers, to provide a strong foundation, beginning with the first JMB so that future Biennales will proceed smoothly. The independence of the jury is vital so that the decision making process is fully accountable. An additional concern from the point of view of the organizers is the need to foster relationships with as many artists as possible so that future Biennales will attract more participants and supporters, while at the same time never allowing the professionalism and independence of the jury to be compromised. It is necessary to mention this matter in relation to the questions and objections which were directed to the organizers by artists whose work was not selected for inclusion in JMB 2014. It is our hope that following the first JMB a strong, professional biennale tradition will develop which will be competitive with miniprint biennales in other parts of the world.
The JMB 2014 logo was designed by Fakri Syahrani, a young artist working in Yogyakarta. The logo was chosen from 20 designs submitted in a competition to determine the best logo for the Biennale. Trophies for the three prizewinners were designed by another young Yogyakarta artist, Yoel Fenin Lambert. We hope that in future their design skills will be utilized by other curators and artists. A number of supporters and art lovers contributed to the prizes for the three best works submitted to JMB 2014 including Studio Biru, Ronald Manullang, Agung Kurniawan and Yustina Neni, and Tom Tandio. We are grateful for their support.
We hope that our efforts will be useful to printmakers, artists working in other mediums, art lovers, and the general public. There were a number of constraints in preparing JMB 2014 which we consider as lessons learnt and which will encourage us to better prepare for the next Biennale. Finally, TERAS Print Studio would like to express its best wishes to the committee and the artists. We would like to express our thanks to our partners, Heri Permad Art Management and Tirana Art Management, Museum Bank Indonesia and Mein Gallery, members of the jury, our advisors, donors, sponsors, advertisers, supporters, and finally to the artists, both those whose work was selected for JMB 2014 and to those whom we hope will submit their work for the next Jogja Miniprint Biennale. It through the help of everyone that JMB 2014 has been successfully organized.
Warm regards and a warm welcome to JMB 2014 to our guests from Indonesia and abroad.
TERAS Print Studio
INDONESIAN VISUAL ART ARCHIVE
Jalan Ireda, Gang Hiperkes, Dipowinatan, MG1/ 188 A-B,
Keparakan, Yogyakarta 55152, INDONESIA
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