Rudi Mantofani is a sculptor and painter. While Rudi's sculptures are focused on form and scale and the metaphorical, his paintings revolve around landscape. His electric guitar sculptures, featured in the Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial (APT6), are inspired by his viewing of a benefit concert in New York. The gap between American philanthropic rhetoric and the harsh effects of its foreign policies in the Muslim world led the artist to create a series of distorted guitars, as a means to express such ethical contradictions. Perfectly inaccessible, these guitars frustrate our desire to hold them, play our fingers across the strings, release their magnificent chords. The guitars are gorgeous and Mantofani has fastidiously crafted them himself from scratch, so these impossibilities are deliberate; these are not transformed ready-made objects, they are custom-made affronts to common usage and common sense. He also participated in the 2011 Guangzhao Triennial in China.Read More
To Rudi, all things must have communicative power as well as a life of its own, which humans do not need to understand. Since the time of the Industrial Revolution, humans created and fabricated objects with functional content, so that our understanding about them is limited to their utility value. In Rudi’s objects, the aspect of function has been deliberately removed; or, if it is still there, it is no longer considered important. History records that there was a tendency to present ready-mades that deliberately minimize the personal touches of the artist. He sees such process as an act of appropriation as well as of critical intervention towards the material culture around us. Mantofani connects with the mature, sophisticated nature, simple because it rejects unnecessary complexity.
Julie Ewington translates in her article on Mantofani in the APT 6, "Rudi Mantofani makes beautiful objects and paintings whose crisp surfaces and precise fracture suggest absolute certainty. Look again, for every one of his sculptures...is aslant, oblique, bent."
Rudi Mantofani is a sculptor and painter. While Rudi's sculptures are focused on form and scale and the metaphorical, his paintings revolve around landscape. They provide new interpretations to the grand tradition of landscape painting, constantly challenging the genre through daring visual ploys, such as flattening the pictorial space through heavy repetitions; or mischievously pushing and pulling the pictorial space.
Text courtesy Gajah Gallery.
This year Art Basel Hong Kong features strong representation from galleries with bases in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, as well as from Hong Kong and Mainland China. Out of the new galleries participating this year, ten are from Asia: A+ Contemporary, Bank, C-Space, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, imura art gallery, Jhaveri...
One of Singapore’s oldest, continuously running private galleries, Gajah Gallery, marks its 20th anniversary this year. Gallery owner and director Singaporean Jasdeep Sandhu has for two decades been highlighting artists from throughout Southeast Asia and launching the careers of some of the region’s most celebrated talents. The...
Held at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, the inaugural edition of Art Stage Jakarta featured 33 international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States, and 16 local galleries. In addition there were a number of supported events, such as talk shows, seven private VIP tours of collector’s homes, public artworks and two...
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.