Text and photo: Chandra Mirtamiharja
Translated by: Beta D. Adiwidjaja
“A story can be put together not only by words or text, but also by fine art”. A joint exhibition by four artists; Tarlen Handayani, Keni Soeriaatmadja, Dewi Aditia and R.E. Hartanto take inspiration from book as a shape, not its literature. The common shape of a book is transformed into another uncommon shape through different technique and process.
In his speech on the opening of the exhibition, R.E. Hartanto, representing other artists, tells about the creation process of this joint exhibition. It took them about one month to formulate their ideas until the execution of the exhibition. They, who are all fanatics about books, often meet at Tobucil & Klabs, a book and hobbies store and also a community place in Bandung. Discussions, sparking of ideas, until the process of their artworks were all took place in here.
2.5 meter thick ‘Buku Naga [Dragon Book]’ by Tarlen Handayani is made from 64,000 pages of 4x5cm paper that are bound together using Coptic technique. Keni Soeriaatmadja uses simple cut technique on her three dimensional spaces. Dewi Aditia uses folds which resembles an accordion. Also R.E. Haryanto’s work with acrylic and pencil technique on Mdf (Medium-density fiberboard) panel.
‘bookPlay – A Book art Exhibition’ is held from February 22 until February 28, 2012 at U&KL/Us&KindOfLife, Unkl347, Gudang Selatan street no. 88, Bandung. The exhibition opening goes in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere, enliven by the performance of The Mission: Possible and Live Cooking by Chef Downey.