Ari Bayuaji

Born 1975, East Java, Indonesia
Lives and works in Montreal, Canada

Studio Arts Major, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Malang, Indonesia

“Golden”, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Dusseldorf, Allemagne, Germany
“Self-Portrait”, The Esplanade, Theatre by The Bay, Singapore
“Silence”, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
“Island of Paradise”, NUNU Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan
“UN Cabinet de Curiosites”, Montreal Museum of Art, Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Canada
“Neihgbours”, Marguerite-Bourgeos Museum/ Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
“Le Village UN Village”, Foundation Agnes B. Paris and Yves de la Tour d’Auvergene, Sainte-Alvere, France
“No Place Like Home”, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
“Hide And Seek”, Galerie Helder, Den Haag, Netherlands

“ART• BALI 2019: Speculative Memories (Ingatan-Ingatan Spekulatif)”, AB • BC Building, Bali Collection, ITDC Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
“Flowers and Monsters”, Galerie d’art, Centre culturel StewartHall, Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada
“Grace au Dessin”, Nan Rae Gallery, Woodbury University Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
“125,660 Specimens of Art History”, Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia

Programme de bourses aux artistes professionnels Counseil des arts et des letters du Québec
TravelGrantforArtist-in-resdeParkhausimMalkastenparklinDusseldorf, Allemagne, Germany
Travel Grant for Artist-in-residency and solo show at NUNU Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Travel Grant for Artist-in-residency and solo show at KUNSTHAL Rotterdam, Pays-bas
At Home in Bali
150 x 140 x 50 cm | Brass, paras stone statue, marmer, plastic rope/net, coloured pencils, leather belt | 2019

At Home in Bali is a sculpture installation that is constructed mainly of brass frames that look like clotheslines and tables in the daily use of Balinese life. It is combined with several ready-made objects such as Balinese paras carving, plastic mesh found along the coast of Sanur (Bali), and also colored pencils.

This work was inspired by one of the characteristics of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad’s paintings that largely depict daily lives in Bali. The interior of a Balinese home and the activities of its inhabitants are frequent objects of Lempad’s paintings. At Home in Bali is an installation that illustrates Lempad’s works in a contemporary way by using new materials that “represent” things in everyday life in the homes of Bali today, i.e. clotheslines/laundry racks, plastic items, and also sandstone carving.

The artist has worked on the composition as if he has created a poem. In his creative process, poetry is a keyword that he always bears in mind all the while translating Lempad’s paintings into his own installation.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow 1
160 x 122 cm | Charcoal and coloured pencil on canvas | 2018-2019

Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2
175 x 160 cm | Charcoal and coloured pencil on canvas | 2018-2019

Somewhere Over the Rainbow 3
160 x 160 cm | Charcoal and coloured pencil on canvas | 2018-2019

These three drawings with charcoal and colored pencils on paper draw their inspirations from the work of the Balinese maestro I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1826-1978), who was characterized by his powerful, simple outlines.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is my appropriation of the influence of Pitamaha created by Lempad. This work prioritizes the “movement” of detailed charcoal strokes and colored pencils. Slightly different from Lempad’s works that prioritize figurative “outlining” techniques, this work uses smudging and shading techniques that expose the volume of figures that emerge with that of a classical European image.

This work is the result of my reading of Lempad of Bali, published by Museum Puri Lukisan in 2016. The presentation of this work can be a source of inspiration and a wider discussion about the influence of Indonesian art and culture in the history of the global contemporary art.