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Amazing Trunks!

“Gone with the Wind” by Hardiman Radjab

Solo Exhibition “Trunks Full of Stories” by Hardiman Radjab at August 10 to 25, 2007. Curated by Hendro Wiyanto. Opening ceremony at Friday, August 10, at 7 pm. The exhibition will officially opened by Dr Iswidayati, head of Fine Art Department of Faculty of Language and Arts, Semarang State University, Semarang.***

[Excerpt from Curatorial Note]

HARDIMAN Radjab is an artist whom very closed to theater�s life � he is a stage designer for a sum of contemporary plays � and he is also an artist with craft experiences.

In the last decade, the object discourses in our contemporary art-scene come through. This, for instance, as a widening ideas of objecthoods for painters or a playfully games on scale for sculptors. In short, objecthoods in our art-scene celebrate their own sake.

By these situations, Hardiman�s art-works of which use the trunks� shape and space, enliving them (there is one that could breath), giving its contents and the pluralities of their receptions are interesting because of his seriousness to the �medium� of trunks. To these objecthoods he obviously gives �theater� contexts or substitute the stage into the trunks.

Hardiman is truly convinced to use this object, and feels that these objecthoods widely enough to cover his knowledge, ideas or stories through the simply shape of trunks. The long journey smell, curiousity atmoshphere, staled, changes places, lonelyness and emptiness are appeared from his old trunks.

Hendro Wiyanto
Exhibition Curator

Translated from Indonesian text by Tubagus P. Svarajati

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