Eddie Hara (Indonesia / Switzerland)

Eddie Hara (Indonesia – Switzerland)

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Meski kemudian pergi dan menetap di kota Basel, Swiss, Eddie Hara (Salatiga, Indonesia, 1957) selalu diingat oleh banyak orang di Indonesia sebagai figur serba cair yang memberikan tantangan dan penentangan di antara batas-batas estetika dan seni tinggi-rendah melalui keseniannya. Tampak visual lowbrow dalam karya-karyanya yang paling dikenal, hadir dalam semangat liar yang pop, dengan menampilkan dimensi kedataran dan bagian demi bagian cerah-kontras meniadakan satu titik fokus utama atau satu pokok bercerita. Menghadapinya, kita digugah untuk membedah keriuhan familiaritas di antara unsur gambar anak, citra figuratif komik, atau juga seni jalanan. Karya Eddie Hara bisa jadi hadir sebagai semacam counternarrative atas kedataran arus utama seni rupa sendiri di tengah paparan budaya populer global—menjadi sikap perlawanan dan identifikasi dengan bersifat berbatas selagi juga tidak tertata.

Eddie Hara menjalankan program residensi JCCB4 di Kandura Studio, Bandung, pada September 2016.

Having lived in Basel, Switzerland, for more than 20 years, Eddie Hara is always remembered in his home country, Indonesia, as a fluid artist whose works puts contest on the lines between high-art and low-art aesthetics. The low-brow visual on his most known works embodies a wild-pop sense, resounding through the flatness and multitudes of focus, rejecting a central point of view or narrative. Against it, we are intrigued to interweave through the commotion of familiarity between naive drawings, comic book-like figure images, or even street art. Eddie Hara’s works might as well functions as some sort of counternarrative on the flatness of mainstream art itself through the exposure of global popular culture—a reactionary stance and move of identifying through limits, while being subliminally idiosyncratic at the same time.

Eddie Hara did his residency at Kandura – Studio Bandung , September 2016

works:

Pretend to be Artsy (Kelinci)

Intellectualism Sucks (Kelinci)

Shall I Call You at 8 pm (Burung Hantu)

Keep Calm And Mary Your Neighbour (Kelinci)

Folk Is Not Cool (Burung Hantu)

Love Bleeds (Burung Hantu)

E.H (Paku)

No Navy (Paku)

Low High Art (Paku)

Dotty Yayoi (Paku)

Call Me 066 666 666, Go To Hell (Paku)

Sad Satanic Doggy (Paku)

Never Mind The Empty Ocean, Here Comes The Hairy Octopus

The King of Cigadung

Just Another Lonely Weirdo

Where Are My Mendoan

Not My Kind of Bunny

Defender of The Faith

Stoneware, plate, variable dimension. 2016

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