Eddie Hara (Indonesia-Switzerland)

Eddie Hara (Indonesia-Switzerland)

Eddie Hara (Indonesia – Switzerland)

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Meski kemudian pergi dan menetap di kota Basel, Swiss, Eddie Hara selalu diingat oleh banyak orang di Indonesia sebagai figur serba cair yang memberikan tantangan dan penentangan di antara batas-batas estetika dan seni tinggi-rendah melalui keseniannya. Tampak visual low brow dalam karya-karyanya yang paling dikenal, hadir dalam semangat liar yang pop, dengan menampilkan dimensi kedataran dan bagian demi bagian cerah-kontras meniadakan satu titik fokus utama atau satu pokok bercerita. Menghadapinya, kita digugah untuk membedah keriuhan familiaritas di antara unsur gambar anak, citra figuratif komik, atau juga seni jalanan. Karya Eddie Hara bisa jadi hadir sebagai semacam counternarrative atas kedataran arus utama seni rupa sendiri di tengah paparan budaya populer global—menjadi sikap perlawanan dan identifikasi dengan bersifat berbatas selagi juga tidak tertata.

Eddie Hara menjalankan program residensi JCCB-4 di Kandura Studio, Bandung, pada September-Oktober 2016. Setia bekerja dalam semangat kemerdekaan memilih dan pandangan alternatif subkulturnya; secara humoris dan banyak berandai, Eddie Hara menyisipkan pertanyaan- pertanyaan kecil dalam balutan-balutan ekspresi yang paradoksal nan pop. Menggubah dalam bentuk-bentuk tiga dimensional dalam warna-warna cerah pastel khas Kandura Studio, gema soal pilihan dan ambang sendiri menjadi terdengar sebagai arus balik pada karya- karyanya—menginstruksikan jarak bagi kita selagi menyediakan wilayah amat yang dekat dan terbuka.

Having lived in Basel, Switzerland, for more than 20 years, Eddie Hara is always remembered in his home country, Indonesia, as a fluid artist whose works puts contest on the lines between high-art and low-art aesthetics. The low-brow visual on his most known works embodies a wild- pop sense, resounding through the flatness and multitudes of focus, rejecting a central point of view or narrative. Against it, we are intrigued to interweave through the commotion of familiarity between naive drawings, comic book-like figure images, or even street art. Eddie Hara’s works might as well functions as some sort of counternarrative on the flatness of mainstream art itself through the exposure of global popular culture—a reactionary stance and move of identifying through limits, while being subliminally idiosyncratic at the same time.

Eddie hara did his JCCB4 Residency program in Kandura Studio, Bandung, September-October 2016. True to his spirit of independency and perspective of alternatives; through humor and wondering, Eddie Hara inserts small rhetoric questions in expressions that are pop yet contains paradox. Conveyed through lightly coloured three dimensional simple shapes, which reflects the touch and signature of Kandura Studio, a sense on choice and of threshold resonates through as a counterflux—providing a distance of thought while being observed in a close, open area.

 

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