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Renowned Indonesian komikus Bambang Toko has an exhibition on the way launching October 31st: http://bit.ly/BTokoSingExhib
Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, Your Face Is In My Comic Book, 2014, Batik painting on cotton, 101 x 156 cm
Equator Art Projects is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Indonesian artist, Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, in Singapore. For his upcoming show, Bambang Toko has produced a new series of work experimenting with the techniques of traditional batik making.
A well-recognised figure in contemporary Indonesian art, Bambang Toko is an artist, curator, educator and also one of the founding members of the artist collective, Apotik Komik (Comic Pharmacy). He is known for his bright, graphic style which references imagery from vintage Indonesian comics and pop culture. Reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic strip paintings, the forms within the composition are built up through flat expanses of vivid colour and are highlighted with solid black outlines, achieving a stenciled effect. On occasion, text is incorporated into the composition through the use of a speech bubble. These works are fused with playful narratives and filled with tongue-in-cheek humour.
For this exhibition, Bambang Toko will present a selection of batik paintings on both cotton and plywood. These new works reveal a shift in Bambang Toko’s artistic practice and are an exploration of new materials, as well as the potential of batik as a medium for painting.
Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono (b. 1973, Yogyakarta – Indonesia) graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta, where he has been a lecturer since 1999. He later completed his MFA at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2004. Bambang has participated in artist residency programmes in Liechtenstein (2003), New Delhi (2006) and Darwin (2008). He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. Selected solo shows are Jakarta Art District (2010); Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2009); Darwin Visual Art Association, Darwin (2008); Toimoi Art + Design Gallery, Jakarta (2007) and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2001). He has participated in a plethora of group exhibitions at mo_space, Manila (2014); Nasional Galeri Indonesia, Jakarta (2013); Piccadily Place, Manchester (2011); Biennale Jogja X (2009), Langgeng Gallery, Magelang (2008); Valentine Willie Gallery, Singapore (2008) and Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung (2007). The artist lives and works in Yogyakarta.
The exhibition runs until 30 November 2014.
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Cover by Ben Hutchings
Squishface Studio and heavy friends join forces to create a FREE 48 page comic book about Brunswick! The book will be available at several places in the City of Moreland, but the launch (part of MoreArt) is SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER at the Mechanics Institute (next to the Retreat Hotel, Brunswick) from 2:30pm!
Get your free copy and celebrate the fact that the City of Moreland is either, depending on your point of view, a “dangerous loony activist council” or “a place where people get to speak their minds and make good art”. Squishzine Brunstown: launch of our free comic book
Featuring work by Arran McKenna, Marta Tesoro, Nadia Toukhsati, Jase Harper, Scott Reid, Jess Parker, Ive Sorocuk, Martin Nixon, Lauren Hills, Ele Jenkins, Alex Clark, Teags Humm, Sam Wallman, Sarah Howell, Michael Fikaris, Gregory Mackay, David Blumenstein, Ben Hutchings and Jo Waite!
Get your free copy and celebrate the fact that the City of Moreland is either, depending on your point of view, a “dangerous loony activist council” or “a place where people get to speak their minds and make good art”. Can’t make it to the launch? Get your copy at the following venues in November: Squishface Studio, 309 Victoria St, Brunswick Brunswick Library Coburg Library Brunswick Station Jewell Station Gowrie Station Coburg Station
Bambang Toko is a relentless producer of comics and graphic art.
Here is a 3 page comic from him:
If you are in Singapore, check out his Exhibition this coming weekend!
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Today (10/13) I wrote about the #10 song on my all time favorite songs list...
performed by David Bowie
I suppose you could call this the ‘title track’ from “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” a David Bowie concept album that is so well constructed, so full of youthful excitement and youthful fatalism that it grabs hold of its listeners and stays with them far beyond youth. This song is a standout on an album of standout songs. Its lyrics tell the story of Ziggy, a fictional rockstar guitar god described by the third person narrator as being “well hung with snow white tan.” Is Ziggy really Jimi Hendrix or The Silver Surfer? The answer is - he’s both (and neither). This is the rock music equivalent of a brightly colored1960’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comic book, where aliens emote, and humans gain unexpected powers. Ziggy could easily have been one of Kirby’s Inhumans (a secret, ancient race of superheroes who try unsuccessfully to blend in with us ordinary people). Envious musicians want to “crush his sweet hands,” and in a pop-Shakespearean power struggle, we learn that his band was broken up when “the kids” killed him. It presents a cautionary tale about talent and ego and fame. It’s a rock song about overblown rock stars that lives up to its own hype.