Fine art Exhibition: Kuningan on a view of Painter

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Fine Art Exhibition: Kuningan on a View of Painter
Tiny Winy Horse from Kuningan
by Nuruddin Asyhadie

What do people expect from the painter’s eye? Why is painter’s eye considered having something special which is sometimes said as holy man’s eye, a source of inspiration and philosophy? Even though we live in era when everything is collapse, including artist and art as a special and unique thing so that artist and art is no more different from craftsman and handicraft, an era that we know as modern era or post modern. We can’t deny that people are still expecting unique experiences and superior artist who were born from the sensitivity and brightness of the artist, we can’t also deny that artist still considers that they have perfect feeling which is different from other people, opinion from romantic era as modern symbol.

The exhibition titled as Kuningan on a view of painter was born from the awareness of forgotten thing or being ignored by people and/or government,or known but ignored, second priority, covered by other more crucial and more potential problem or anything else about Kuningan, such as cultural identity, urbanization, and isolation, and express it into fine art exhibition which is projected to give a freshness, surprising idea to stimulate some actions, some skill.

There were about 40 different creations, fine art and pictures displayed in the exhibition, challenged the visitors to think over about Kuningan. Enjoying Asep Dheny’s creation, we were challenged to play with Topeng Kelana ( Kelana Mask ), Fish and Seren Tahun Ceremony in a bright color which invited you to think about Kuningan as a pureness which has to face the diversity of life, keep it clean and firm as an identity.

It’s similar to Wawan Setiawan’ idea in his fine arts of Buyung dance , He was apprehensive about modernization, industry, and his longing or his idealism of pureness and naturally of artists from Kuningan who participated their creation in this exhibition, though Kuningan got City Management Innovation Reward from Government in 2010 and declared Tourism and agriculture as a focus.

Different from Idik Nursidik’s idea who presented fine art about tomato, strawberry, and apple to discover depressed fabric face inside or a slice of water melon with a mountain as its flesh, also a drawing of rural life, old lady and Topeng Dance in barren and leafless tone, and Tedi’s Iskandar pictures which presenting confusion at the border line, Jojo Hamzah’s mythology fine art which suggests to stand on goodness and pureness, and a warning the risks of Baliness impact on pictures of Akim Nursoleh, show you discourage and worried also longing or same idealism. How can we read this discourage? Considering that Kuningan has high urbanization as a region left by its population for its limits and boundary, at least since Dipati Ewangga era. This situation definitely creates such complexity and it’s not easy to solve. This complexity could be a blocking factor for Kuningan to receive outsider, development progress in Kuningan, but also could be a strength, filter, so Kuningan would not be impacted by negative risks or impact of modernization and modern people. Now, it depends on how Kuningan people and Kuningan government create a dialogue, discussion and corporation to build and develop its potential wisely. Will it work or not? It seems that Statues from Iyan Suryana answer the question :”We are a tiny winy horse from Kuningan”.

Fine art Exhibition: Kuningan on a view of Painter
Fine art Exhibition: Kuningan on a view of Painter

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Fine art Exhibition: Kuningan on a View of Painter

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Photo by Tedi Iskandar


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Fine art Exhibition: Kuningan on a view of Painter

(*) Nuruddin Asyhadie is a commentator of literature, film, painting, and philosophy.