Nurdian Ichsan

Nurdian Ichsan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art and Design ITB majoring in ceramics art in 1997. He then finished his master’s degree in 2002 at the same institute. Besides actively works as an artist, Sasan is also one of the teaching staff at the Faculty of Fine Art and Design ITB. He has had two solo exhibitions this year alone, titled (di)stance at Sigiarts Gallery and Nowhere Man at The Japan Foundation. His artworks show distinctive tendencies as part of the ceramics art development that is sculptural ceramic. Two things that are always in his artworks are human and brick figures. Each of these objects has a different association. Bricks and buildings are associated with the concept of ‘man-made space’ reflecting problems that interest Sasan: the relation between humans and spaces. His brick artworks are shown in an effect of space simulation that can connect us with our experiences and memories about the presence of the characters in another represented space or an illusive space.
In this exhibition, his artwork titled Numbers (circle) consists of 2000 small red bricks marked with numbers and dates of production. These bricks are arranged manually one by one to form a circular wall. Every viewer is invited to take a brick and is asked to mark it on a piece of paper provided on the numbered brick that have been collected based on the numbers on it. Numbers (circle) is a form of intersection of site specific installation, interactive piece of art, and time-based art. The process of taking the brick by every visitor is like a reversed process of building and arranging. Numbers (circle) is about an experience on temporality, impermanence, looseness, and incompleteness through an act of form deconstructing done in stages.


Title: numbers (circle)
Media: terracotta
Dimension: diameter 300 cm., height 21 cm.
Year: 2009


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Statement about work
Numbers (circle) are intersection between site specific installation, interactive, and time based art. This works consist of approximately 2,000 small bricks mark with numbered and dated of making. Bricks are stacked manually one by one into a circle shape. Visitors are invited to take freely each of the brick. Then visitors make a mark on the provided sheet according to the brick number that they had collected. The process of taking away the brick by visitor is such like a reverse process of making and constructing. Numbers (circle) are about the experiences of temporality, impermanent, looseness and incompleteness by the act of deconstructing the shape gradually.


Nurdian Ichsan
Born: 1971, Bandung, Indonesia

1997 BA, ceramic studio, Fine Art Department, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology
2002 MA, Fine Art Department, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology

Artist in Residency Program
2002 Tajimi Ceramics and Design Institute, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
2008 The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Solo Exhibition
2009 “(di)stance”, Sigiarts Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Nowhere Man”, Hall The Japan Foundation Jakarta, Indonesia

Groups Exhibition
1998 “Ceramic Exhibition”, Kyungsung University and Bandung Institute of Technology, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung
1999 – “Clay and Fiber”, Bietnik Gallery, Bandung
– “Java –Bali Ceramic Exhibition”, Cultural Park Gallery, Yogyakarta
2000 – Group exhibition at NuArt Sculpture Park, Bandung
– “Bandung Young Artists”, Painting and Ceramic Exhibition, NuArt Sculpture
Park, Bandung
– “Earth Objects”, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung
2001 – “Jejak Tanah dan Api”, 3000 years terracota exhibition, National Museum, Jakarta
– “Traditionalle unz Zeitgenossiche Kunst aus Java”, Postdam, Berlin, Germany
2002 – “Object”, Fabriek Gallery, Bandung
– “Shimin Plaza Festival”, Tajimi Industri and Culture Center, Tajimi, Gifu Pref., Jepang
2003 – “Special Student Exhibition”, Tajimi City Pottery Design and Tehnical Center, Tajimi City, Gifu Pref., Japan
– “Pameran keramik”, Museum Keramik Fatahillah, Jakarta
2005 – “Pameran Keramik Kreatif”, Museum Keramik Fatahillah, Jakarta
– ”Urban/Culture”, CP Biennale, Museum Bank Indonesia, Jakarta
2007 – “Where Have All Monkeys Gone?”, World Environment Day 2007, Cordillera Green Networks Inc., Victor Oteyza Community Art Space, Baguio, Philippines
– International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Asian Ceramic Network and Selsius, National Art Gallery Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 – Manifesto, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
– Conversation Piece, Bandung initiative #1, Roemah Roepa Gallery, Jakarta
– “No Where Men”, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Koka City, Deux Poissons, Tokyo, Japan
2009 – “Bandung Art Now”, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
– “Milestone”, Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta
– “New Friends, Art and Adventure: A Ceramic Art Exhibition”, Japan Foundation Gallery, Sidney, Australia
– “Reach Art Project: Unlimited Portrait”, Plaza Indonesia organized by Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta
– “Nextnature”, National Gallery, Jakarta
– “XYZ”, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta

Workshop Collaboration
2000 – “Earth Object”, Workshop and Exhibition with John Teschendorff, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung
2002 – “Workshop for the art writer”, Pendidikan Seni Nusantara, Jakarta
– “Glass Blowing Workshop” with Yoshihiko Takahashi, Fabriek Gallery, Bandung
2003 – “Writer in Residence”, Pasir Impun Curatorial Program and Selasar
Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung
– “2004 Global Youth Exchange”, Ministry of Foreign Affair Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa, Japan
2007 – “Where Have All Monkeys Gone?”, World Environment Day 2007, Cordillera Green Networks Inc., Victor Oteyza Community Art Space, Baguio, Philippines

Work Experiences
1998 – now Lecturer, Ceramic Studio, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology
2001 – 2002 Assistant Curator, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung
2001 – Co-curator, “Logika Labil”, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung and Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta
– Curator, “Portable Body”, Barak Gallery, Bandung
– Co-curator, “Indonesian Contemporary Craft”, National Gallery, Jakarta
– Curator, “Eros”, Padi Art Ground, Bandung Art Event, Bandung
– Curator, “Message of Medium”, Bandung Art Event, Diponegoro 25, Bandung
2002 – Assistant curator, “Dream Project: Under Construction, Fabriek Gallery, Bandung
2003 – Curator, “What’s in Your Pockets?; Japan-Indonesia Art Today”, Cultural Park Gallery, Yogyakarta
2004 – Curator, “Separate History; Sudjana Kerton in Indonesian Modern Art”, Sanggar Luhur, Bandung
– Co-curator, “Indonesian Young Ceramic Artist”, National Gallery, Jakarta
– Juror, “Lombok Pottery Design Competition”, Department of Trading and Industrial of Province NTB, Lombok
2005 Curator, “Passing on Distance”, NAF Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
2007 Curator, “Popscape; Everyday in Indonesia, Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo, Cultural Center of Philippines, Manila, Philippines

“Urban\Culture”, exhibition catalog, 2005
“International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition”, Asian Ceramic Network and Selsius, National Art Gallery Malaysia, exhibition catalog, 2007
”Contemporary Ceramic Art in South-East Asia”, Asmudjo Jono Irianto, The 4th International Ceramic Forum, Conference Hall, Ceramic Research Center, Icheon, Korea, April 28-29, 2007, hlm. 34-36
“Conversation Piece”, Bandung initiative #1, Roemah Roepa Gallery, exhibition catalog, 2008
”Contemporary Ceramic Art in Indonesia”, Asmudjo Jono Irianto, Seminar, 2007 Asia Ceramics Networks, Malaysia National Art Gallery, December 14, 2008, hlm. 35-39
“Milestone”, Vanessa Art Link, exhibition catalog, 2009
”Kriya Kontemporer: Kriya sebagai Seni Rupa Kontemporer”, Asmudjo Jono Irianto, Visual Arts Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 31 Juni-Juli 2009, hlm. 88-91
”(di)stance”, exhibition catalog, 2009
“Batu Bata Sasan”, Media Indonesia, Minggu 22 Maret 2009, hlm. 21
“Sensasi Aneka Gerakan Berdiri”, Tempo Magazine, Maret 2009
”Kesendirian di antara keramaian dalam karya keramik”, ANTARA News, Sabtu, 23 Mei 2009,
”Figur-figur yang Kesepian”, Koran Jakarta, 31 Mei 2009, Jakarta
“Reach Art Project: Unlimited Portrait”, Jakarta, exhibition catalog, 2009
“Nextnature”, National Gallery, Jakarta, exhibition catalog
“Contemporary Ceramics of Indonesia: Searching for the Light”, Kurniawaty Gautama, Seminar, The Ceramic Road of Southeast Asia, Taipei Country Yingge Museum, October 2009, hlm. 107-109

Public Collections
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About Nurdian Ichsan by Rizki Ahmad Zaelani, 2009

Ichsan installation and object works are one example of distinct works within the development of Indonesian art. Some can consider them as (i) constituting the development of the art of sculpture (as expressions of ‘three dimensional art’); (ii) signifying a part of development of the ceramic art (as expressions of sculptural ceramic); or (iii) representing a part of the development of the ‘contemporary art’ that is no longer preoccupied with the classification of art expressions (e.g. paintings, sculptures, and ceramics) and considers the art works within the context of the cultural issues contained within each work of art (or as the issue of art in the cultural context). Essentially, Ichsan’s himself does not worry about the rigidity of the scope of each analysis; rather, he enthusiastically views the intersections that his works present. After all, in his artistic practices and processes, Ichsan respects the medium ceramics in its many manifestations.