Island of Paradise : Ari Bayuaji's Recreating Values within the Interwoven Cultures
時間：2018年7月1日至8月11日｜ Date: 1 July - 11 August, 2018
藝術家：阿里・貝瓦吉｜ Artist: Ari Bayuaji
地點：路由藝術｜Nunu Fine Art
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Ari Bayuaji has been consistent in his work by using found and readymade objects as materials of his artworks. Over the past several years, He has been building a collection of objects from various places in the world that were used in daily life, old and new objects.
To begin with, it is clear that nature has been a great source of human's existence. What happen in our environment delivers a message that nature is a wonderful archive that reflects the different epochs and the many changes throughout human history. In the olden days, it must be easier and cheaper to find valuable natural objects from the sea or land. Unfortunately, it is not the case anymore in these days. The facts above provided him a good reason to use commercial and found or ready-made objects as the materials of his art project and elevate their common value into a good body of work for exhibition. Therefore, material deconstruction and reconstruction has become the most important approach on his creative process for his new works.
During his residency in Taipei City with Nunu Fine Art, he has been visiting many places to get inspired by the city. One of the most fascinating things he has experienced from his stay in Taipei is about how National Palace Museum of Taipei is functioning as a great cabinet of how nature has been always a great resource of art material. It reminded him that there is a big window of the uses of material as such as precious stones, jade, coral, pearl, bone, and so many other natural materials waiting to be transformed into works of art. He was really impressed by the antique jewelry, religious objects, and also the scroll paintings and calligraphy recently exhibited at the. Besides the ordinary objects in the daily life he encountered in Taipei City, the museum's collection has provided much inspiration for his new series.
For his solo exhibition at Nunu Fine Art, Taipei, Bayuaji has created works that is at the same time addressing the massive plastic debris that are polluting our ocean. Addition to used commercial design objects, he also uses plastic ropes and other small plastic objects he found on the beach in Bali. He cleaned and deconstructed those plastics into his material for art creation. He included some "foreign" objects in Indonesia that have their provenance from Europe or other Asian countries, especially China. Those foreign objects were found on the seashore, on riverbanks or even on people's farms. Because of a lack of knowledge in former times, very often these objects were used as "lucky charms" by those who found them and the next generations would inherit them. He even put some small bronze pieces he inherits from his great grandfather to be attached on the artworks for his exhibition at Nunu Fine Art. In these days, people can buy their lucky charm anywhere or if they live in Taipei, they can buy it at the 'Jade Weekend Market' in the heart of Taipei City easily. Maybe they will throw those lucky charms once they need a better luck!
It is his belief that, in an ever-changing world, challenging assumptions in art is crucial. While we presently live in an inspiring and dynamic time, commercialism is rapidly transforming human civilization. Goods being produced in huge quantities continuously for a global market has led to massive changes in the landscape of nature and also of culture. The series of work in the exhibition will be both painting and sculptural works. He has created some very strong works of art in which constructed by many interesting small objects and lucky charms from some different part of the world. He hopes that his artworks will be kept by people who love the works and then pass it on to the next generation as a "lucky charm" from the Island of Paradise.