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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Affandi

(1907 - 1990), Indonesia

Affandi is one of the world figures of modern painters in Indonesia that adheres to the pure expressionism, but at first Affandi’s career shows his artworks in photographic realist painting which means that his painting is like a picture taken from a camera.

In his artworks using pastel paint medium, signs of psychological factors are not revealed clearly. Examples of Affandi’s artwork in pastel medium, are “Kartika Affandi” (1939) and “Mother”(1940).

His realist paintings accuracy show how he has mastered the technique, yet there are also paintings in realism with rhythmic strokes showing traces of realist form lead to expressionism, as shown in a painting titled “Self-portrait” (1944), using watercolor with traces of impresionist style, as well as in the oil painting “Learning Anatomy” (1948). In this particular painting, Affandi started to pour his emotions through the objects he painted. He did not merely show his mastery on visual impression of the object, but emotional and aesthetic mastery began to be reflected in his paintings.

Affandi is a figure who did not discriminate ethnicity, nor origin. Affandi is known as an ordinary painter. Affandi is Affandi, he did not philosophize in his paintings, although he painted beggars, homeless people or himself. Affandi simply described the life itself. His ideas and objects were interrelated and he always explored his paintings objects before he painted them.

In the period of 1960s till the end of his life Affandi applied a technique by directly squeezing the paint from its tube to the canvas. He discovered this technique by accident, when completing his painting, suddenly his brush was broken so to keep on painting, Affandi squeezed the paint directly from its tube to the canvas, then used the back of his hand to produce the curvy lines.

Affandi placed his creativity on the gratification of the emotions and instincts to create the beauty that developed in the creation process took place spontaneously in accordance with the objects and his atmosphere and the feeling at that time.

Affandi painted effectively. He completed every painting in a short time, this was an inimitable ability. He painted by squeezing the paint directly from its tube onto the canvas. It is reflecting a mixture of instinct, sense, and awareness towards his objects.

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