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Samsul Arifin

Samsul Arifin
 

Samsul Arifin's tiny sackcloth dolls - whether rendered as objects or painted images - appear to reprise the motif of the 'orang kecil'; the 'Everyman' equivalent that also features in work by Henri Dono (below).

Frequently immersed in tableaux suggesting the schoolroom, or paired with fancifully contrived images of pencils, paper and erasers, these miniature figures and their props seem to pay nostalgic homage to the tools and traditions of learning and endeavour that are fast being supplanted by digital technologies.

Other works, such as the use of dozens of figures to construct a pair of elegant gowns, appear less thematically congruous, but retain the offbeat, light-handed charm that pervades Arifin's playfully didactic puppet worlds.

Samsul Arifin
 
Samsul Arifin
Samsul Arifin
 
 

Prilla Tania

Prilla Tania
 

Although Prilla Tania's practice includes photography, installation and performance, she's best-known for her work as a video artist, which typically blends live action with stop-frame animation.

In pieces highly reminiscent (we think coincidentally) of the work of South African artist Robin Rhode, over-sized, immersive line drawings provide a fluid backdrop for commentary on issues ranging from household maintenance to the influence of new media.

In other works, painted fabrics provide a gently undulating screen for video projections with which the artist again interacts.

Prilla Tania
 
Prilla Tania
Prilla Tania
 
 

Ugy Sugiarto

Ugy Sugiarto: Indonesian contemporary painting
 

Painter Ugy Sugiarto has developed a thematic formula from which he rarely deviates; combining self-portraiture with a rather less likely use of polythene wrap, both subjects essentially act as a showcase for his remarkable, self-taught hyper-realistic painting skills.

It's tempting, but probably fatuous, to attempt to locate real depths of meaning in Sugiarto's practice.

Instead, his startlingly photo-realistic oil on canvas works should be taken (exactly as the subject matter indicates) purely at face value; a testament to technical accomplishment and the power of paint to utterly beguile the eye.

Ugy Sugiarto

 
Ugy Sugiarto
 

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