Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Monster who drain the underground water

September 2, 2015

Monster who drain the underground water 310x200x180cm mixed media 2015. This artwork created to respons SPRITES biennale 2015 event, this year theme is WATER, it will display at Sanur beach today 3PM until finish ………………………..Air…karena 70% permukaan bumi ditutupi air. Air……karena 80% tubuh manusia dan mahluk hudup lainya terdiri dari air. yes…Air…… 2020 Bali diprediksi akan mengalami krisis air jika tidak ada kegiatan metigasi mulai hari ini. Air adalah kehidupan!!!! Lebih dari 77,000 kamar hotel yang terdaftar dan fasilitas online booking yang mempromosikan jutaan villa untuk disewa, belum lagi setiap fasilitas itu berisi kolam renang atau pada lapangan golf, Mall dan semua fasilitas besar yang membutuhkan jumlah air yang besar, berapa liter air yang dibutuhkan setiap harinya? Darimana fasiliats2 tersebut mendapatkan akses air bersih? …….. ia mereka membuat sumur bor dan menghisap air tanah. ‪#‎saveWaterDrinkArak‬ ‪#‎CleanWaterCrisis‬ ‪#‎Bali2020‬ ‪#‎BaliArt‬ ‪#‎ArtInOurDailyBreath‬ ‪#‎WhoAfraidOfPink‬

 

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Plasticology workshop session 2 at Buleleng fest 2014

August 15, 2014

9 Agustus hari ke dua plasticology workshop di stand Manik bumi foundation di Buleleng festival 2014, persertanya masih dari kalangan umum yang datang di Bulfest dan sebagian juga adalah kakak-kakak anggota dari Manik bumi #SALAM BUMI!

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Trash Art or Art Trash????

August 6, 2013

The dance of virgin 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013The dance of virgin 65x75cm acrylic, ink and spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Brahmana Keling 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013The curse of Brahmana Keling 65x75cm acrylic, ink and spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Rarung, the dance of anger 104x136cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013Rarung, the dance of anger 104x136cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013

Rarung is one of the Rangda most powerful and great student ( Rangda=mystical creature on Balinese Hindu belief)

Among the many sacred figure that is popular in Bali, Rangda big names, and Celuluk and Rarung will probably instantly reminded on a Calonarang story, a story which is still frequently staged by custom villages hustle and bustle of Bali ceremony interrupted its yard. But there are also staging done by involving one of them in the story that is Rangda and Barong Dance for commercial interests and introduction to the culture of Bali for Traveller from overseas.

Rangda as it was known by the whole people of Hindus in Bali, is a figure of a creepy creature, described as a woman with long hair and a ragged nails, tongue, and long breast. (Some beliefs said Rangda symbolize the highest beauty, universal beauty, in old transcript Rangda is unisex and more fearless of symbolism than we know nowadays) Her face is scary and has sharp teeth. But really said Rangda according to etymology, derived from ancient Javanese language that is meaningful from Randa said Janda (widow). Rangda is a reference to the widow of the Tri Wangsa, namely Vaishya, Knight and Brahmana. Whereas the Sudras called Balu and Balu said when in Balinese royale language is Rangda.

In the process, the term for widow Rangda very seldom we hear, because it is worried raises unpleasant effects exist Rangda remember that ‘Aeng’ (horror) and frightening, and is identical to the left of the knowledgeable (pengiwa). In other words, there is the feeling of fear, hurt and embarrassed when said can do the highest black magic knowledge (neluh nerangjana/ngeleak).

In this appearing physically, figure a Rangda some are known by different names such as Rarung variants and Celuluk. In Calonarang play two buttonhole Celuluk and Rarung and is described as a stooge- of the Rangda.

There are two differences are most obvious when quoting figures Rarung and Rangda. When Rangda is a reference to the old Divorced parents belong (lingsir), Rarung figure depicted is far more beautiful and younger. Viewed in terms of the colors used, Rangda is usually portrayed in a way that more extensive use of tapel or white mask.

IMG_1587nThe Celuluk leak from Bali 87x135cm acrylic, ink on plastic trash 2013

Not much different from the above two figures, Celuluk was described as the same creepy figure and as mentioned earlier, Celuluk known as his accomplices in the play Calonarang Rangda.

For me personally, in such form of face, Celuluk far more terrifying than the figure of Rangda sacred by Hindus in Bali and also Rarung. With a distinctive skull shape, plus a large grin and teeth as well as sharp, Celuluk figure reportedly able to put the fear of those who looked closely only of elements or mask alone.

The war that we never win 125x125cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013The war that we never win 125x125cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013

Barong and Keris Dance is a typical Balinese dance that originated from the treasures of Pre-Hindu culture. This dance describes the battle between righteousness (Dharma) and evil (adharma). Form by virtue played by Barong, the dancers with costumes quadruped, while the form of sleaze played by Rangda, the sinister figure with two pointy fangs in his mouth.
There are several types of commonly displayed Barong Dance in Bali, in which Barong Ket, Barong Bangkal (pig), Barong Macan (tiger), Barong Landung (big and tall couple figures). However, among the types of Barong is most often a tourist treat is Barong Ket, Barong Keket or who have a fairly complete costume and dance.

Barong Ket costume generally describes the combination of a lion, tiger, and bull. In his body decorated with ornaments from the skin, pieces of mirror glass, and also features the feathers of pandan leaf fibers. Barong is played by two dancers (saluk interpreter / interpreter Bapang): one dancer took up positions in front of the motion plays Barong head and front legs, while the second is behind the dancers playing the Barong hind legs and tail.

At first glance, Barong Ket is not much different from the usual Lion Dance performed by the Chinese community. It’s just that, a story that is played in this show is different, that is the story the fight between Barong and Rangda are equipped with other figures, like Ape (friend Barong), Dewi Kunti, Sahadev (son Kunti), and followers of Rangda Rangda. the story are, mother of grants (King of Bali in the tenth century), was condemned by the father grants for practicing witchcraft / black magic.

After becoming a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits and demons in the woods, went to grants.
A fight broke out, but his forces are too strong and Rangda and Barong Erland had to ask for help.
Barong came and fights occur. Rangda Magic Making grants all soldiers want to kill yourself, they poisoned dagger thrust into their own stomachs and chests. Successfully Barong protects the forces so immune to the sharp keris. In the end, in this great battle no ones win, that symbolize immortal combat in this world, there will be allways dark and light, good and bad, happy and sadness etc, just how make it balance so the world/life keep moving on.

Mask of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred, and before they were taken out, stakeholders (leaders of Hindu ceremonies) comes to sprinkle them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and besides, some of the offerings and the offerings are also presented.

the qustion are: 1. why I like to draw an paint those kind of things?

2. why use plastic as main medium?

1. I am a Balinese who growing up in the small village and surrounding by Balinese Hinduism story, mystic, myth and legend. I have  grandfather who has “magic power” blood and until now he practice in his daily life as person who studying Lontar (ancient Balinese texts) and sometime peoples ask him to completed their ceremony (as a priest). In the same time, I grown up with hidden history, there a dark side of story still hiding during the 65 mess killing in Indonesia, especially in Bali that tragedy content and closely related with the tourism industry, social and culture, than the religion take a important part. Until now I continue to developing my understanding. I let it colliding, between noble belief about my cultural background and the fact of hidden history and nowadays issue.

My early age drawings are about Balinese myth or Rajahan (mystical drawing) I saw what my grandfather did.

now my 7 year son, from his very early age he already love to watch Barong and Rangda dance (the secret one at the temple or the show for tourism industry) he never get scare like almost kids, his drawing almost all Barong and Rangda theme. During his school holiday it almost every day he ask me to get him to Barong show and after that he ask me to draw the figur in those story like Barong, Rangda, Rarung, Celuluk etc. So the idea just coming up all from my background and daily activity with my families.

Why using plastic? My works not only contribute to discourse on plastic waste management; they also provide social and culture commentary. The icons displayed in his work evoke Bali’s exotic past which, from the Dutch colonial era to the present day, are exploited by the cultural propaganda of the tourism industry. In addition to being one of the biggest contributors to waste in Bali, the tourism industry has also negatively impacted the overall ecological, social, and cultural health of the island. The construction of tourism facilities often proceeds with no regard for Balinese spatial concepts or needs. The result: custom is ignored by tourism investors, village boundaries are violated, sacred art is rendered profane— as sacred objects of the temple are sold as collectible antiques—and prostitution in dimly lit cafes proliferates the island.

Before plastic was a common commodity, Balinese used banana leaves as food wrappers. After eating the meal inside, they would immediately discard the wrapper leaves anywhere, and the organic waste would return to nature. Such littering habits settled into the Balinese subconscious and were handed down for generations. Now, although most food and beverages are served in plastic, littering continues to follow these old customs. The careless disposal of plastic waste has had dramatic negative effects and impacted many aspects of daily life. For example, many rice farmers use plastic rubbish to repel sparrows from their fields; the fallen remnants eventually contaminate the entire paddies. I try to rebuild the exotic and mystical images of Bali using nowadays issue.

a tale from the island of the gods 122x122cm acrylic paint, ink, plastic trash, recycle paper on plywood 2013.a tale from the island of the gods 122x122cm acrylic paint, ink, plastic trash, recycle paper on plywood 2013.

In this work I just wanna to say: until the last land that we sold, until the last air we breathe and until the last fish that we find all contain hight pollutions that that time we all know that we can’t life it and we all know that tourism industry in Bali just a small part from whole life of young generations…we no need artificial island…we no need reclamation!

Plasticology reissue

April 7, 2013

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Rangda Nata Ing Dirah 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013 copy

Rangda Nata Ing Dirah 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

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Plasticology dan Eksotisme Bali

Oleh: Wayan Jengki Sunarta*

Sejak ditemukan awal abad XX, plastik telah menjadi pilihan praktis, pragmatis dan murah. Namun di balik semua itu, plastik menebar teror, horor, kecemasan, penyakit, dan kehancuran alam. Tanah memerlukan waktu ribuan tahun mengurai plastik. Jika dibakar, asapnya akan meracuni udara dan pernafasan. Bahkan, stereofoam yang sering dipakai mengemas makanan bisa menyebabkan kanker dan sampahnya tak bisa diurai oleh alam. Hingga detik ini sampah plastik masih menjadi isu ekologi di tingkat lokal, nasional, regional, maupun internasional.

Di Bali sendiri, penanganan sampah plastik telah menjadi agenda khusus Pemerintah Provinsi Bali. Melalui Badan Lingkungan Hidup (BLH) Provinsi Bali, pemerintah pernah menggelar seminar pengelolaan sampah bertema “Bali Bebas Sampah Plastik 2013” di Gedung Ksirarnawa, Taman Budaya Bali, pada tanggal 25 Mei 2011. Pemerintah juga membuat program Bali Green Province dengan tiga strategi dasar, yakni Green Culture, Green Economy, dan Clean & Green.

Mother and Child 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013 copy

Mother and Child 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Green Culture bertujuan meningkatkan pemahaman dan kesadaran masyarakat terhadap manfaat dan dampak sampah. Green Economy diarahkan mendorong partisipasi swasta dan pengusaha dalam pengelolaan sampah. Sedangkan Clean & Green ditujukan untuk mengatasi permasalahan pencemaran dan kerusakan lingkungan yang berdampak  terhadap kehidupan sosial ekonomi masyarakat. Bahkan, di Kabupaten Tabanan, telah beroperasi pabrik pengolahan sampah plastik, yakni PT. Enviro Pallet Bali. Pabrik ini setiap harinya membutuhkan 20 ton sampah plastik, yang diolah menjadi ribuan palet, pot, ember, tatakan barang, dan sebagainya.

The secret of legong 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

The secret of legong 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Meski telah ada usaha-usaha pemerintah dan LSM Lingkungan untuk mengelola sampah plastik, namun tetap saja persoalan ini masih sulit diatasi. Salah satu penyebabnya adalah kurangnya kesadaran masyarakat terhadap sampah plastik yang bisa menghancurkan alam dan lingkungan hidup mereka. Di Bali, dengan mudah kita melihat sampah plastik dibuang sembarangan, mencemari pematang sawah, saluran irigasi, selokan, sungai, kebun, hutan bakau, pantai, pegunungan, tebing dan jurang. Tak hanya itu, di gang-gang kota, jalan protokol, pasar tradisional atau tempat umum lainnya, orang membuang sampah plastik sesuka hatinya. Bahkan, sering terlihat orang seenaknya membuang pembungkus plastik dari jendela mobil atau angkutan umum.

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Barong and keris dance 75x65cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Bayak dan Plasticology

Sejak lama persoalan sampah plastik mengusik perhatian perupa Made Muliana Bayak. Perupa tamatan ISI Denpasar ini dikenal intens bergelut dan mengeksplorasi secara kritis isu-isu ekologi, sosial, budaya, kemanusiaan, politik, dalam konteks seni rupa penyadaran. Tak hanya lewat seni rupa, Bayak juga mengritisi isu-isu tersebut melalui musik. Sebagai gitaris, Bayak bergabung dalam kelompok band indie lokal, Simulacra dan Geekssmile.

Bayak menggunakan seni rupa dan musik sebagai sarana dan medium untuk menyampaikan pesan berkaitan dengan isu-isu kontekstual. Misalnya, pada Januari 2012, pameran tunggalnya di Griya Santrian Gallery, Sanur, menyedot perhatian banyak orang. Saat itu, lewat karya-karya bernuansa parodi, dia mengritisi persoalan eksploitasi alam oleh kaum kapitalisme dan neo liberalisme atas nama pembangunan pariwisata di Bali.

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The Barong 75x65cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Berpijak dari keprihatinan kurang tumbuhnya kesadaran masyarakat Bali dalam mengelola sampah plastik, Bayak membuat serangkaian proyek seni rupa bertema “Plasticology”, sebuah konsep yang lahir dari paduan kata “plastic” dan “ecology”. Bayak telah memamerkan karya-karya yang diolah dari sampah plastik di Gardenia Café, Sanur, pada Desember 2012. Kini, Bayak kembali menggelar pameran tunggal bertajuk “Plasticology Reissue” di Arys Warung, Ubud. Rencananya, serial karya-karya “Plasticology” akan dipamerkan di berbagai tempat.

Sebelum plastik dikenal, masyarakat Bali menggunakan daun pisang sebagai pembungkus makanan. Sehabis makan, pembungkus daun itu langsung dibuang di sembarang tempat dan tentu dengan mudah diurai alam. Namun, kebiasaan membuang sampah tersebut mengendap di alam bawah sadar, dan diwariskan turun temurun. Ketika sekarang banyak makanan dan minuman dibungkus plastik, perilaku membuang sampah masih tetap mengikuti kebiasaan lama. Sampah plastik dibuang sembarangan tanpa kesadaran akan efek negatifnya. Bahkan banyak petani menggunakan sampah plastik untuk alat mengusir burung pipit, dan sisa plastik itu akhirnya mencemari sawah.

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Siwanatharaja 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

“Jika perilaku membuang sampah tidak segera diperbaiki maka Bali bisa menjadi pulau penuh sampah. Pulau ini rata-rata menghasilkan 10.000 meter kubik sampah setiap hari, tapi lembaga pemerintah hanya dapat memproses 5.700 meter kubik, dan meninggalkan sampah yang tersisa di pinggir jalan atau di tempat pembuangan ilegal. Ini fakta yang sangat menakutkan,” tutur Bayak.

Berangkat dari kesadaran bahwa sampah plastik telah menjadi persoalan yang krusial, Bayak memanfaatkan sampah plastik yang dihasilkan keluarganya untuk karya seni rupa, seperti lukisan kolase dan seni instalasi. Bayak konsisten melakukan hal-hal kecil yang dimulai dari diri sendiri, dan menularkannya pada orang lain. Bersama istri dan anaknya, Bayak setiap hari mengumpulkan sampah plastik di sekitar rumahnya untuk dijadikan karya seni.

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Sangkakala 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

“Ide ini muncul sejak pameran tunggal pertama saya pada tahun 2008 di Ubud. Ada tantangan besar mengolah sampah menjadi karya seni. Dan, saya berusaha menemukan teknik agar sampah yang dijadikan karya seni tidak kembali menjadi sampah usai dipamerkan,” ujar Bayak.

Dalam konteks wacana Go Green yang dikampanyekan Pemerintah Bali, karya seni dari sampah plastik ini bisa menjadi implementasi paling nyata dari konsep ramah lingkungan. Bayak pun konsisten mempromosikan teknik dan proses kreatifnya melalui pameran seni rupa, workshop di sekolah dan komunitas-komunitas peduli lingkungan. Dalam “Bali Spirit Festival” yang digelar di Ubud, misalnya, Bayak rajin memberikan workshop mengelola sampah plastik menjadi karya seni.

Eternal combat 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

Eternal combat 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

“Di keluarga, saya memberi contoh bagaimana mengelola sampah plastik menjadi karya seni. Anak saya melihat dan meniru saya mengumpulkan sampah plastik di rumah. Sekarang dia sudah bisa memilah sampah dan menyimpannya untuk dijadikan bahan karya seni. Hal-hal kecil seperti ini sesungguhnya bisa dimulai dari diri sendiri dan keluarga,” tutur Bayak.

Propaganda Baru

Dengan teknik kolase dan teknik lainnya, Bayak mengolah sampah plastik dan benda bekas menjadi karya seni yang sekaligus sebagai sarana kampanye isu sampah plastik, sosial serta budaya. Visual yang ditampilkan dalam kebanyakan karya Bayak adalah eksotisme Bali masa lalu, yang sejak zaman kolonial Belanda hingga sekarang terus menerus dipropagandakan demi kepentingan industri pariwisata.

Rajah number I 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

Rajah number I 35x50cm permanent ink on plastic trash 2013

Selain menjadi salah satu penyumbang sampah terbesar di Bali, industri pariwisata juga membawa dampak negatif yang banyak memunculkan persoalan di bidang ekologi, sosial dan budaya. Misalnya, pembangunan sarana pariwisata sering tidak peduli dengan tata ruang Bali, konflik adat dengan investor, konflik batas wilayah desa, profanisasi seni sakral, pencurian benda-benda suci di pura untuk dijual sebagai benda antik, pelacuran dan kafe remang-remang, dan sebagainya.

Propaganda pariwisata yang mengeksploitasi eksotisme Bali telah menutup rapat berbagai sisi gelap dan tragedi yang terjadi di Bali. Sebab turisme hanya suka melihat keindahan dan eksotisme, dan selalu menghindari kenyataan, sisi gelap, dan tragedi yang terjadi di daerah tujuan wisata. Berpijak dari berbagai persoalan itu, Bayak dengan sinis membuat “propaganda baru”, yakni membangun kembali citra eksotisme Bali dari puing dan serpihan sampah plastik. Visual karya-karya “Plasticology” yang sarat pesan ini merupakan sindiran dan parodi tentang Bali yang terlalu mendewakan industri pariwisata. Semoga pecinta seni rupa mampu menangkap pesan yang ingin disampaikan Bayak lewat karya seni dari sampah plastik ini. ***

*Penulisa adalah lulusan Antropologi Budaya, Fakultas Sastra, Universitas Udayana. Pernah studi seni lukis di ISI Denpasar.

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Concept number I 30x40cm acrylic paint on paper and ink on bubble plastic 2013

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Concept number II 30x40cm acrylic paint on paper and ink on bubble plastic 2013

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Concept number III 30x40cm acrylic paint on paper and ink on bubble plastic 2013

Plasticology and Exoticism in Bali

By: Wayan Jengki Sunarta*

Since the invention of plastic in the early twentieth century, this material has been a practical, pragmatic, and cheap commodity serving hundreds of purposes. But behind its advantages, plastic has also spread terror, horror, anxiety, disease, and the destruction of nature. Ground soil takes thousands of years to biodegrade plastic. When it is burned, the smoke poisons the air and our lungs. Unimagineably, Styrofoam,  that ubiquitous substance used to package food waste, causes cancer when burned, and it cannot be broken down in nature. To this day, plastic waste continues to wreak ecological havoc at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

In Bali, plastic waste management was made a special agenda for Bali’s provincial government. On May 25, 2011, under the auspices of the Environment Agency of Bali (BLH), the government held a waste management seminar entitled “Plastic Waste-Free Bali 2013” in the Ksirarnawa Building, Taman Budaya. The government also created the “Bali Green Province,” guided by three basic campaigns, namely “Green Culture,” “Green Economy,” and “Clean & Green.” Green Culture aims to increase understanding and awareness of the impacts and potential uses of waste. Green Economy aims to encourage entrepreneurs and the private sector to participate in waste management. Finally, Clean & Green is intended to overcome the problems of pollution and environmental damage affecting the socioeconomic vitality of the community. For example, in the Tabanan regency, the plastic waste processing plant PT. Enviro Pallet Bali processes 20 tons of plastic waste plastic per day, which is converted into pallets, pots, buckets, pallet goods, etc.

Although there have been efforts by the government and environmental NGOs to manage plastic waste, the problem is difficult to overcome. One reason for this is the lack of public awareness on how plastic waste can destroy the natural environment. In Bali, one frequently witnesses the careless disposal of plastic waste, which then contaminates the rice fields, irrigation canals, ditches, rivers, gardens, mangroves, beaches, mountains, cliffs and ravines. Furthemore, in the alleys, main thoroughfares, traditional markets, and other public spaces of the city, people dispose of plastic waste anywhere they please. Many people casually discard plastic wrappings from public transport or car windows.

Bayak and Plasticology

For some time, the problem of plastic waste has provoked the attention of artist Made Muliana Bayak.

Bayak, who graduated from ISI Denpasar, has gained a reputation for intensely wrestling with and critically exploring ecological, social, cultural, humanitarian, and political issues—all within the context of art. His explorations include not only visual art, but also music. As a guitarist, Bayak has shaped local indie bands Simulacra and Geekssmile.

Bayak uses art and music as means and media to convey messages related to specific contextual issues. His solo exhibition at the Griya Santrian Gallery, Sanur on January 2012, which gained significant public recognition, serves as an example: Through the medium of nuanced parody, Bayak criticized the exploitation of nature by capitalism and neo-liberalism, in the name of tourism development in Bali. On the basis of the increasing awareness of Balinese about the need for plastic waste management,

Bayak has created a series of art projects themed “Plasticology,” a concept that fuses the words “plastic” and “ecology.” Bayak premiered this series, which is based on mixed media pieces composed of plastic waste, in Gardenia Cafe, Sanur in December 2012. Now, Bayak launches a solo exhibition titled “Plasticology Reissue” at Ary’s Warung, Ubud. His future plan is to display other works within the “Plasticology” series, in other exhibit settings.

Before plastic was a common commodity, Balinese used banana leaves as food wrappers. After eatingnthe meal inside, they would immediately discard the wrapper leaves anywhere, and the organic waste would return to nature. Such littering habits settled into the Balinese subconscious and were handed down for generations. Now, although most food and beverages are served in plastic, littering continues to follow these old customs. The careless disposal of plastic waste has had dramatic negative effects and impacted many aspects of daily life. For example, many rice farmers use plastic rubbish to repel sparrows from their fields; the fallen remnants eventually contaminate the entire paddies. “If this sort of littering behavior is not changed soon, the entire island of Bali will be full with garbage,” says Bayak. “The island produces an average of 10,000 cubic meters of waste per day, but government agencies can only process 5,700 cubic meters. Much trash is left on the curbs or in illegal dumps. This fact is really alarming.”

With the realization that plastic waste is a critical problem as his point of departure, Bayak utilizes the plastic waste generated by his own family to create works of art, including painting collages and installation pieces. Bayak beliefs strongly that such small actions, starting with himself, have the potential to influence others. Everyday, with the help of his wife and son, Bayak collects the plastic waste around his house to be used in his artwork.

“The idea first arose with my first solo exhibition in Ubud in 2008. There was a challenge to transform waste into works of art. I tried to find a technique that would allow the rubbish to remain as artwork,even after the exhibition concluded,” explains Bayak.

In the context of the “Go Green” discourse, campaigned by the government throughout Bali, artwork from plastic waste could be the most obvious implementation of an eco-friendly concept. Bayak has consistently promoted this technique and creative process through art exhibitions, workshops in schools, and various collectives concerned about the environment. For example, during the Bali Spirit Festival in 2013, Bayak provided daily workshops and live painting activities, demonstrating how to turn plastic waste into works of art.

“Within my family, I set an example for how to manage plastic waste by making works of art. My son sees and emulates me by collecting plastic waste in our home. Now, he is able to sort the garbage and set aside that which can be used for artwork. Little things like this can actually just start with an individual and his family,” says Bayak.

New Propaganda

But Bayak’s works not only contribute to discourse on plastic waste management; they also provide social and culture commentary. The icons displayed in his work evoke Bali’s exotic past which, from the Dutch colonial era to the present day, are exploited by the cultural propaganda of the tourism industry. In addition to being one of the biggest contributors to waste in Bali, the tourism industry has also negatively impacted the overal ecological, social, and cultural health of the island. The construction of tourism facilities often proceeds with no regard for Balinese spatial concepts or needs. The result: custom is ignored by tourism investors, village boundaries are violated, sacred art is rendered profane— as sacred objects of the temple are sold as collectible antiques—and prostitution in dimly lit cafes proliferates the island.

Tourism propaganda that exploits and exoticizes Bali has also ignored its dark side and the many tragedies of Bali. Because tourism only benefits from the image of Bali as a beautiful paradise, it must always avoid reality—including the dark and tragic events that have occurred at some of the island’s most popular tourist destinations. Related to such issues, Bayak cynically constructs “new propaganda,” chiefly to rebuild the image of exotic Bali from plastic debris. The visual works of “Plasticology” are laden with messages of satire and parodies of a Bali overidolized by the tourism industry. Hopefully, art lovers will comprehend the message conveyed by Bayak’s artworks of waste. ***

*Sunarta is a graduate in Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Letters, Udayana University.

He has also studied painting at the Indonesian Institute for the Arts (ISI) Denpasar.

Translation by Rebeka Moore

Ocupay our mind 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2012

August 7, 2012

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Ocupay our mind 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2012

Blind peoples who taught me how to see 102x120cm acrylic on canvas 2012

June 18, 2012

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Blind peoples who taught me how to see 102x120cm acrylic on canvas 2012

Suara Penggorengan, Mengais Jelaga Seni Rupa Kontemporer

May 6, 2010

Variable Size, Mixed Media sounds installation, 2010

Frying Voice, Soot Scraped Contemporary Art

Contemporary art, a form of whatever creature it? Should we become a contemporary artist? Or are we really contemporary? art for some artists would still lay or dizziness headache even with this term especially to introduce to the public or the wider community. For most of the people of Bali’s Visual art or paintings is an art that sell at art shops, at the art market or traditional painting with many different styles and of course that gives some people in certain areas of economic benefit, into work of art (painting) to order or sell the work of paintings in private-to keep the kitchen still steaming, they tend indifferent and unconcerned with the development of artistic discourse.


This work wants to look at the same time talking about the noisy roar like a whirlwind Indonesian art market the last two years where Realism is a visual art development of China passed the point of almost every artist barometer of Indonesia, a discourse that was almost (to say no) without a duel without appeal of our art infrastructure, all same with a servant paw to simply get the splash soot blessing art boom realistic without heavy themes, without seeing and reflecting sosiocultura phenomena surrounding, art that seem apathetic and extremely arrogant, pragmatic, practical depends on the high walls and sectional wall named gallery and the private room, with soaring prices incomparable to the price of death for a value of artwork. In fact almost all the art infrastructure and those who dare call themselves mapper, observers, or whatever his name in the universe is actually part of art to wallow in a vicious cycle that capitalistic art market with a walled pile of misleading quotes recently, a guide book as thick as hair on her pubic hair virgin and arguments justifying speech es.be.ye defensive style that all the actions he and his followers are true.


The Sounds Of frying pan into visual form the beginning of my babbling will be the situation of art today and be one of the work had been exhibited at my first solo exhibition, and this time I developed the idea, hoping for a target shooting a much more targeted than just a piece of goods “useless” in a corner of the studio. By using various media, such as finding items, so items from the factory / store, former toys part, wood, metal and electronic circuits that produce sounds, I wish I could hit with more context to be criticized.

I treat art as a “weapon” he directed as much as possible will aim to dissect every issue even within his own problems, the generic art that is similar to the capital markets, buy … buy … buy … and buy as a way to work only to be sold and purchased and such as the offerings in front of bosses, was like fried, crunchy which can only be consumed on the spot, because if it is left for tomorrow will be felt tasteless too oily. His voice was too noisy like an empty barrel, deafening and not educate at all. Cheers

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