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14

Sep

zubadavideppig:

The drawings I conceived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

These are some of the drawings I conceived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

05

Sep

I took this picture at Krakal. The place was imbued with wonder. I never left.

I took this picture at Krakal. The place was imbued with wonder. I never left.

08

Aug

Download a digital copy of our Stamping Yogyakarta catalog - featuring our collaborative large scale woodcut Tidak Sederhana / Nothing is Simple and new prints from Taring Padi members and students and faculty from the Stamps School of Art & Design. 
Interested in a hard copy? write to us. 

Download a digital copy of our Stamping Yogyakarta catalog - featuring our collaborative large scale woodcut Tidak Sederhana / Nothing is Simple and new prints from Taring Padi members and students and faculty from the Stamps School of Art & Design. 

Interested in a hard copy? write to us. 

17

Jul

Indonesia is over 85% Muslim, and is packed with mosques that call out at prayer times five times a day. Call to prayer can be heard everywhere, and at Tamansari, an old sultan’s temple, you can hear up to 6 at one time.

Approximately 6 pm on June 23rd, 2013.

15

Jul

The final exhibition was a huge success!!! It was a full turnout of people both from the art community and local village. We filled the entire wall space of the Gedung Serba Guna building, and it was inspiring to see so much collaborative work created in only three weeks’ time displayed at once. In addition to the art exhibition, the dance and gamelan performance by the children of the village as well as the hilariously witty puppet performance by Wayang Kampung Sebelah went late into the night. The most powerful thing about the event was the shared effort of our class, Taring Padi, and the local community. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the course, and hope that there will be more opportunities for continued collaboration in the many years to come!

-Emilia

After 2 full (and I do mean FULL) days of printing, our final collaborative print with Taring Padi is finished!

It takes a long time to print such a big image - and T.P. does it all without the use of a printmaking press.

First the block is inked with large rollers and a sheet of canvas is rolled taut around a large tube to get any wrinkles out. The block gets carried over from the inking station to the printing station where the canvas is carefully rolled onto the inked block. As the canvas is rolled out, newspaper is laid down and the person rolling out the canvas steps across the block itself.

THEN, the fun part. Instead of a press, use your bare feet! Printing large banner sized prints Taring Padi style actually means bare foot dance party!

After dancing to approximately three songs, we pull up the newspaper to check how well the ink is taking to the canvas. In lighter areas, newspaper is put back down for a bit more body weight. Then, everyone takes a breather while we pull the print off the block and hang it to dry. 

The title of our collaborative print with Taring Padi is “Nothing is Simple” or “Tidak Sederhana” (not simple) in Indonesian. The composition of the print is centered around the image of tree that mirrors itself at the center. Each side of the composition faces the center, meaning that the print can be hung in either vertical orientation and still be “right side up” and has the title in English on one side and Indonesian on the other. The complex imagery surrounding the tree depicts, from both American and Indonesian perspectives, ways that humans depend on and abuse their environments. 

Charlie

11

Jul

The final exhibition is almost here! Our large collaborative woodblock print in addition to several smaller woodblock prints and batik pieces will be exhibited this Saturday, July 13 at Gedung Serba Guna Sembungan (the community building located in the village where Taring Padi resides). The exhibition will start at 7pm, with performances by the local dance and gamelan troupe Langen Mandra Wanara (in which a large group of village children will be performing a monkey dance), along with the popular traditional/contemporary shadow puppetry troupe Wayang Kampung Sebelah. The exhibition and performances will be a community-wide event, with over 300 attendees expected.
The fabulous poster was designed by Kristen Cleghorn, in collaboration with Marla Jones. We are in the planning stages of a follow-up exhibition in Ann Arbor, Michigan when we return. Stay tuned for the details!!!
-Emilia

The final exhibition is almost here! Our large collaborative woodblock print in addition to several smaller woodblock prints and batik pieces will be exhibited this Saturday, July 13 at Gedung Serba Guna Sembungan (the community building located in the village where Taring Padi resides). The exhibition will start at 7pm, with performances by the local dance and gamelan troupe Langen Mandra Wanara (in which a large group of village children will be performing a monkey dance), along with the popular traditional/contemporary shadow puppetry troupe Wayang Kampung Sebelah. The exhibition and performances will be a community-wide event, with over 300 attendees expected.

The fabulous poster was designed by Kristen Cleghorn, in collaboration with Marla Jones. We are in the planning stages of a follow-up exhibition in Ann Arbor, Michigan when we return. Stay tuned for the details!!!

-Emilia

10

Jul

A smaller group of our class participated in a morning Javanese dance workshop in the back yard studio of contemporary choreographer Fitri Setyaningsih. The workshop focused on the basic Javanese dance movements, while also incorporating a contemporary dance approach.

Fitri, who studied traditional Javanese dance from a young age and received her degree in Dance from Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta (The Art Institute of Indonesia Surakarta), has presented her choreographies in several locations across Indonesia as well as abroad. She recently returned from a three-month residency at Arizona State University School of Dance. Her choreography, while strongly influenced by the spiritual essence of traditional Javanese dance, aims more specifically to explore everyday objects and movements. She’s a wonderful teacher, and we had a blast!!

-Emilia

09

Jul

Today we had a studio visit with Yogyakarta’s contemporary puppet theater troupe, Papermoon Puppet Theater. Papermoon was the commissioned art group of this year’s ArtJog13, which for those of you who aren’t familiar with is the annual curated art exhibition at Taman Budaya, the only government-run art gallery in Yogyakarta. Papermoon was established in 2006 by Iwan Effendi and Maria Tri Sulistyani, and since then has toured across Indonesia and abroad with their uniquely creative and innovative puppet theater performances. Their most recent tour to New York, Pennsylvania and Iowa was funded by the U.S. State Department’s Center Stage program.

The Papermoon Theater studio was warm and welcoming, located in a small house with a spacious yard inside the walls of the Yogyakarta keraton. Iwan and Ria, along with several other members of their troupe met with our class to discuss their previous and current projects, talk about their programs and processes, and demonstrate some of their skilled puppetry techniques. We were impressed by their kinetic installation at ArtJog13, and are looking forward to viewing their newest work, an outdoor performance at Taman Budaya titled “Laki Laki Laut” (Men of the Sea), a piece that explores the voyages that first ‘discovered’ Indonesia.

-Emilia

08

Jul

We’ve begun work on a large (3.5ft by 8ft) woodblock with the members of Taring Padi.

In addition to the technical challenge of working on such a large piece, its been an incredible learning experience in the art of collaboration. Most of Taring Padi’s work responds to social, political, environmental, and economic issues in Indonesia. Through large banner sized woodblock prints they unpack the complexities of these issues with equally complex and layered visual imagery. We’ve been learning about Taring Padi’s collaborative process by being direct participants in it. 

They begin with a conversation - “What is our message? Who is our audience? What are the issues we want to communicate?” and through often long discussions, they break down the issues, sub-issues, and map out the connections between them. They then begin sketching - throwing out ideas for composition structures that seem to fit the conversation surrounding their topic and work together to create a visual representation of their desired message. 

The carving process is equally collaborative and challenges our western egos and notions of ownership in our work. Everyone sketches together. Everyone carves at the same time. It’s fair game to carve a section that someone else drew and also to edit or change a section that someone is working on. During this process of layering and editing, styles merge and messages connect. 

Our block centers around the broad topic of the way humans depend on and abuse their environment - with issues and perspectives from both the United States and Indonesia depicted in the negative space around the mirrored image of a tree with branches and roots.

A sneak peek only for now - stay tuned to see the final product!

Charlie

In the winter semester class we had to prepare for our adventure to Yogyakarta we heard about the thriving art community here, but experiencing it is completely different. Every exhibition opening is packed, which is quite a feat since there is about an opening every single night on average. Street art is taken just as seriously as traditional fine art and to my knowledge it is just as socially acceptable in Indonesia to be an artist as it is to be an engineer or businessman. To be an artist is not a rarity. Of all the people I have met here, when I say I study art their follow up question is “What kind of art?” not, “Aren’t you worried about job stability?” The artists here are supportive of each other instead of being competitive or worried about stepping on each others’ toes. If I could bring back anything from Indonesia to Michigan it would be the amazing energy, involvement and camaraderie in the art community here.

-MJ

07

Jul

lefoxjournal:

Feast with Taring Padi!

lefoxjournal:

Feast with Taring Padi!

First bechak ride in Indonesia! Super fun and very cheap. We are hanging out by the poolside now and going to an art exhibition opening later tonight.

First bechak ride in Indonesia! Super fun and very cheap. We are hanging out by the poolside now and going to an art exhibition opening later tonight.

Some personal favorites from ArtJog13!

06

Jul

princezuba:

Survive! Garage with bayu widodo.