Landing Soon #7 | Wimo Ambala Bayang, Ellen Rodenberg & Maarten Schepers
1 May - 31 July 2008
Maarten Schepers, born in Rotterdam in 1957, finished his studies at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in Den Haag.
His attention is focused on city structure. He is interested in observing how the community builds and breathes life into the city, and conversely, how the city is formed. His work in heavily influenced by architectural shapes. While living in Yogyakarta, people’s behavior in the region between tradition and modernity has tickled his fancy; he sees this transitional situation as kinetic movements that live side-by-side in the city. Traditional and modern are no longer identities that are considered to be important; indeed, there are opportunities for assimilation between the two forces.
During his period of residency, Maarten Schepers made a series of works in pairs that present tradition and modernity side-by-side without the tendency to compare them. His work, ‘House of Eggs’, poses the question that we always contemplate during times of change: whether to continue in the face of the consequences or to turn around and return to the old ways. Maarten is also fascinated by the darkness of the city and how the city lighting system is seen not only in its functional aspect, but also as a decorative. He plays with light and eternalizes it in his photos and videos.
Wimo Ambala Bayang, born in Magelang in 1976, studied in the Interior Design Program at the Modern School of Design and the Photography Department at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta.
Wimo Bayang is an artist who works with photography and video. His works reflect unique perspectives towards culture that are not made under pretense to criticize, but to make us re-think the habits that seem ‘to have always been there’. History and facts, minor and major, are important aspects that must always be considered in the creative process.
Participating in the residency and interacting with Dutch artists at Cemeti have inspired him to play with comic visual reactions towards an old joke that reflect the life ethos of our society: “Be calm, the Dutch are still far away!” He invites selected groups to participate in his works and creates a series of photographs entitled, “The Dutch are already near”. He invites the groups to pose with plastic toy weapons. This work is made not only as an antithesis, but also in expression of opposition to the relaxed and lazy attitude that is still often found in a part of our society. He names these groups “Troop Six”, “Troop Seven”, etc., in reference to “Troop Five”, which in its heyday, was the Communist Party of Indonesia.
Ellen Rodenberg, born in Amsterdam in 1955, studied education at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag.
Ellen Rodenberg is a painter who focuses her attention on concepts of construction and deconstruction of symbols and meanings. Toys are one source of inspiration and icons that are used to paint ideas about human culture. Throughout this residency, this artist, with an interest in history, religiosity and education, has wrestled with ‘kitschy’ plastic toys while pondering questions about the culture of imitating that she often encountered in Yogya. Imitating, at a certain level is actually one of the oldest human traits and part of creativity it self. However, how far this can be carried into the creative processes of an individual is a question that must eventually be asked. Ellen Rodenberg’s installation is a search for an answer at the same time as it is an collection of impressions of human behavior in Yogyakarta, her home country, the Netherlands, and in every part of the world.