Artworks which are character-driven is an unusual thread seen in Asian contemporary artworks. In Japanese pop art, Yoshitomo Nara has his innocent girls and lonesome puppies. In Indonesia, artist Samsul Arifin created a whole series of work surrounding a kapok-stuffed doll with goggly plastic eyes—Goni.
The sculpture in the foreground is titled “Musafir Artist”, where Goni is seen riding a camel-like figure while carrying a bag of artist supplies with him on a journey out. In the back, a painting (triptych) titled “Petualang Ilmu di Negeri Unta” (Knowledge of the adventurous camel? Google Translate).
To the gallerists whom I talked to, Goni is seen as the artist’s own avatar, and through this avatar the artist is writing his own autobiography in the works of his art.
Samsul Arifin was born in 1979. I was as surprised as you to find someone younger than me with works at Art Basel. Indonesia is truly full of surprises. You see why I am planning for a visit soon?
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Samsul Arifin (b. 1979 Indonesia)
Musafir Artist #1
Resin, leather, jute, steel, wood
240 x 210 x 60 cm
Samsul Arifin (b. 1979 Indonesia)
Petualang Ilmu di Negeri Unta
acrylic on canvas
300 x 600 cm (triptych)
# Samsul Arifin
b. March 5, 1979 in Malang, Indonesia
# Nadi Gallery
Based in Jakarta, Nadi Gallery is an art gallery founded by Biantoro Santoso, a young collector of Indonesian art. The Indonesian word nadi means "aorta", "artery", "vein" that evokes the idea of signaling pulsation. Without pulsation, the aorta soon looses its significance for life. As the name indicates, the Gallery’s principal programs of exhibitions have been aspiring to present the pulses of recent developments in contemporary art in Indonesia.
Jl. Kembang Indah III Blok G3 no. 4-5 Puri Indah
# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-05-23T16:35:22+0800
+ Dimensions: 5215 x 3477
+ Exposure: 1/30 sec at f/4.0
+ Focal Length: 20 mm
+ ISO: 100
+ Flash: Did not fire
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
+ GPS: 22°16’58" N 114°10’22" E
+ Location: 香港會議展覽中心 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
+ Workflow: Lightroom 4
+ Serial: SML.20130523.6D.13970
+ Series: 新聞攝影 Photojournalism, SML Fine Art, Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited
“Mixed Media Sculpture by Samsul Arifin (b.1979): Musafir Artist #1, 2013 (“Goni”: Resin, leather, jute, steel, wood)” / Nadi Gallery / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.6D.13970
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