NU-ABSTRACT

(Ketut Moniarta, Kemal Ezedine, Gede Mahendra Yasa, Putu Sudiana Bonuz, I Dewa Ngakan Made Ardana, I Made Agus Saputra)

This collective consists of several Balinese artists: Gede Mahendra Yasa (Singaraja ,1967), Kemalezedine (Yogya, 1978), Ketut Moniarta (Wanagiri, 1981), Dewa Ngakan Ardana (Semarapura, 1980), Agus Saputra (Payangan, 1992), Putu Bonuz (Nusa Penida, 1972). Most of them were previously involved in Neo-Pitamaha, which later became an open discussion space providing opportunities for other individuals to join in Neo-Pitamaha means of discussion, and this later raised ideas in other perspectives in reading the discourses on the art of Balinese painting. Quoting the notes in the catalogue of Nu-Abstract exhibition in Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta mid 2018: the response to an abstract idea is the abstract as a rational context referring to the concept of abstracts in modern art. This group avoids the abstract for becoming a belief or abstract based on anti-figurative. This idea emerged and establish the group approach to dismantle formalism, instead they actualize Abstract as the anti-iconoclasm awareness movement. This thinking was inspired by the movement of New York’s 80’s generation on “returning to painting”, a bridge between radical abstraction, and reinvestigation on the big history narrative on paintings and a more subjective approach and favoring the minorities.