Solo Exhibition ‘Somewhere Between’ by Nani Puspasari
21 Aug - 1 Sept 2019 - Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne
Opening night 22 Aug 2019, 6-8pm
more photos from opening night here
"Somewhere Between" is about how we connect to the places where we're just passing through. The paintings were born from images of the places and travel the artist has visited. Here, rendered on paper and paint, these images gain power more than just a photo. More than just passing through, they peel back the surface to the underlying conversations and contexts that make up memories of a place.
The ceramic sculptures contrast with the paintings, as their physical nature allows the abstract to come through more clearly. The results flow from the art process, from the touch of the clay. Though born of the same travel memories, new impressions are created during the making of the artwork.
This exhibition combines travel, as the desire for human bodies to be in a new habitat, with artistic expression, as the bridge between recording subjective experiences and creating new ones.
Solo Exhibition ‘Somewhere Between’ by Nani Puspasari
Painting : First meeting between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (1879) by G.F.Folingsby (Irish/Australian), oil on canvas 156.1 × 120.9 cm • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 10 minutes • Medium : colour pencil on sketch book
Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I. Henry's desire to divorce his first wife and marry Anne helped bring about the English Reformation. She was the first English queen to be publicly executed. The painting is one of the earliest paintings purchased as a commission by the Gallery. Folingsby was appointed head of the National Gallery School of Art and eventually became Director of the NGV, from 1882 to 1891. The frame came to the collection with the painting and is comparable in quality to the frame on Hermann Baisch‘s Dutch pastures, morning (p.313.5-1), made by Konrad Barth, another Munich framer. It is exceptional in the extensive use of large, complex cast-plaster ornamental lengths. The quality of gilding is enhanced by the fine surface of the plaster castings, which in turn are brittle and prone to damage. (text by NGV)
Place: Seoul, South Korea. 2015. New Year's Eve always signifies new hope and new beginnings. 2015 NYE was one of my memorable moment, spent the night at Seoul, South Korea with 50 strangers (travellers and local) who I just met at the party. In Korea, the tradition of ringing the landmark bell marks the end of a year and simultaneously the beginning of a new one. The Bosingak Bell, located near Jonggak Station (Line 1), is the landmark bell of Seoul. Young polices on yellow vest lined up in circles for security reason. So cold, winter and minus degrees. I was tipsy when I asked my new friend to take this photo. We (foreign travellers) requested our new local friends to show us how to celebrate New Year like Korean. We went to Jjimjilbang (Korean public bathhouse) and walked to Seoul Tower to watch first sunrise of 2015. I wish I can celebrate New Year in different way every year. Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
Place: Oi Racecourse Flea Market also known as the Tokyo City Flea Market, Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 - I've been to Japan three times and never missed visiting this one Tokyo’s biggest flea market. It has a regular schedule every weekend in the parking lot of Oi Racecourse, with 300-400 vendors. I almost bought a vintage catalogue with 900 pages, probably around 10kg on my last visit in 2017. I ended up finding better small old gems like collectable stamps and Japanese money, old family portraits and vintage ladies magazine. Reminder: This is flea market, not antique market so usually people selling their old stuff or junk. Tip: There's a lot of local elderly sellers over there. Learn this Japanese sentence “Ikura desu ka?” to ask for the price (meaning 'How much is this?') Reasonable bargaining was fine, include big smile and a bit of Japanese goes a long way. Happy Shopping! Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
I had a New Year celebration in Seoul, South Korea. I visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the largest palaces at the heart of the Korean capital city with Mount Bugaksan as a backdrop. It said that in the ancient times, the royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. They have the performance of ‘Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony’ almost every day with specific scheduled time. Garbed in traditional costumes of primary colours, the guards have caught the interest of the tourists, complemented by the weapons, accessories and strict ceremonial procedure providing a great opportunity of a rare traditional Korean scene in downtown Seoul. Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
Painting : October Saison D'Octobre (1878) by Jules Bastien-Lepage (French), oil on canvas 180.7 x 196 cm • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 8 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
Painted at the artist's native village of Damvillers in the Meuse Valley (northeast of Paris), October represents the annual potato harvest in a bleak autumnal landscape. Inspired by the examples of Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet, Jules Bastien-Lepage set out to paint rural life as he knew it, not only celebrating the dignity of the peasants but also depicting their hardships. Now considered a realist, Jean Bastien-Lepage despised city painters who sentimentalised country life. Like CamilleCorot, he combined elements of plein-air Impressionism with a controlled approach to technical finish, thus rendering the subject palatable to Salon audiences. A huge popular success, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur as result. (Text by NGV)
Travel drawing series - I’m not sure how I feel about this one, this drawing referee to my Myanmar travel photo in 2016 @travelnani. I’ve been wanting to see these Kayan long neck women since I was a teenager after reading an article about them in a magazine. The Kayan tribe are Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar, a lot of them fled to the Thai border area due to conflict with the military regime in the 1980s. The women wear the rings from childhood and adding more annually as they are getting older. Kayan long neck women wear the rings from childhood, starting with four or five, and adding more annually as they acclimate to the increased weight. Coils weighing up to 25 pounds depress the chest and shoulders. It creates the illusion of disembodied head hovering over a shimmering pedestal of gold rings. Contrary to popular belief, the coils don’t lengthen the neck itself and thus can be removed without the neck snapping. Yet, women still wear these coils year round with few exceptions, even while sleeping. In Thailand, they were exposed to tourist attraction, similar feeling I got when our tour guide showed us these ladies. He told us that we could take photos with them and leave some donation money in the box around the corner. Two of them still teenagers, they look uncomfortable and hardly smiles. I had a mixed feeling about this, similar when I saw tourists taking smiley photo/ selfies in front of The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the place for honouring the dead - “The goal of travel shouldn’t be taking pictures of exotic things to brag about back home. Travel is about forging relationships and making connections with people from different cultures. Create a symbiotic relationship with locals by reaching out to find common ground with the people you met, instead of treating them as spectacles to exploit.” (via epicureandculture) - I’m not judging; everyone has the right to do what they want. But as the human being, we might want to reflect ourselves to be a better person day by day, lemme know how you feel seeing these kinds of tourist selfie photos #longneckwomen. Photographed by Nani P - instagram @travelnani
Christmas is freakin' around the corner! Treat your family with some hand-made ceramic gifts - I just dropped new ceramic items into my lil' online shop www.ollanani.etsy.com - Let's spreading some handmade love!
Painting : An Interesting Story by James Tissot, 1872, Oil on Wood Panel • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 20 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
The title of this painting describes a comedy of manners, as James Tissot portrays two fashionably dressed women ignoring a soldier (whose uniform is by contrast conservative and outmoded) who is engrossed in his own telling of a tale. This work, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, was one of the first paintings Tissot showed in London after he left France at the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871. (Text by NGV)
Painting : The Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 1854 • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 10 minutes • Medium : colour pencil on sketch book
The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Towards the end of his career, Ary Scheffer achieved great success with paintings based on Christian themes. While many of there works were life-size, Scheffer also made a number of smaller copies of his compositions. (Text by NGV)