An art fair is the latest hip in the world as lotsa artists trying to show their quirkiness and some Richie Rich group accommodate the time and place where art collectors gather to splurge their cash. Bazaar Art Jakarta (BAJ) is also participating on the map of art fair, and this year is their 6th year of magical festivity. This year represents 35 galleries including 20 international galleries from 7 countries, and 15 local galleries. We can say that this year they’re way better than last year coz there are a lot of Japanese galleries so we can see the legendary paintings of Yayoi Kusama. The extra fun on BAJ is they also present 2 special shows by contemporary visual performance of shadow puppet by Eko Nugroho & Wayang Bocor and the magnificent Papermoon Puppet Theater.
The art fair took place at Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, so the space is humongous! We’re roaming for 4 days in a row and are still in awe by the display and of course the soulful artworks because some of the artists hung out and we can actually ask the explanation of the artworks. Eko Nugroho casually hung out in front of his space, Agan Harahap giggly to everyone and always spreads the love with his presence and photos. There’s this Japanese young artist that we love – Hebime, but too bad he didn’t attend the fair. He explores the world of abstraction by experimenting acrylics. His artworks are not so huge like in big canvas, but he uses wood as the medium where he established his unique style that he scratches the thick layers of acrylics and creates marble/coral patterns. It’s so crazy, our eyes spark when we see it, and when we look closer, we think our pupils dilated. You can tell that he’s into Surrealism, God we love him! And then Jompet Kuswidananto with his creepy life-size figures installation, Rodel Tapaya again and again amuses us with his colorful painting based on folktale; our favorite is “The Rice Bird”. We can only sighing every time we see his artworks, and of course we wish we can have one.
Heri Dono made an interactive artwork for BAJ this year, it’s a periscope project based on mandala concept – water, fire, air and earth. He wants to lose ‘object’ between viewers and artwork by Microcosm and Macrocosm Asian philosophies view. Some galleries have 2 booths separated (ballroom and foyer), one of the gallery booth from Philippines made a scene by brought an installation by Mark Justiniani. It’s a diorama of train track called “Transit”, the size is only about 28 inches, but since he traps it in between 2 types of mirrors (the interrogation type and regular type) it looks like we’re seeing a real train track in midnight. It has 7 lightings in it that makes it so dramatic and quintessential. This piece was sold on day 1 (opening), and wait for it, he made 3 series of it and all sold at BAJ for USD 70,000 each. Moreover, Justiniani explained the artwork contains the infinity it breaches and boundaries it seizes which makes it engaging to viewers. Dead on!
This art fair should be well-executioned on the next year, because we had so many surprises this year, it blew the expectations and hopefully we can see more galleries from USA or UK or any country we’ve never seen before. Art grows your soul, we need more, our souls are greedy. So, congratulations BAJ, you made us feel ecstatic.
July 18th – 20th, 2014
Friday: 12 (noon) – 10 pm
Weekend: 11 am – 10 pm
Ballroom The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta
Words by Febrina Anindita
Photos by Febrina Anindita and ARNDT