Ocean Eyes by Laksamana Ryo

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eCatalog for Laksamana Ryo's solo exhibition "Ocean Eyes", showing at Langgeng Art Foundation (LAF) from 8 August to 30 September 2020. The exhibition is curated by Citra Pratiwi, and is a collaboration between the artist, Artemis Art and LAF, with the eCatalog produced by Langgeng Art Foundation.

Curated by : Citra Pratiwi

A Solo Exhibition By: Laksamana Ryo


A Solo Exhibition By: Laksamana Ryo

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8 Agustus - 30 September 2020

Langgeng Art Foundation

Jl Suryodiningratan 37 A Yogyakarta


Ocean Eyes: Of that which are Split and Wrapped by Laksamana Ryo

Citra Pratiwi

Laksamana Ryo (b. 1993) is a young artist who grew up in the coastal city of Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. Ryo grew

up with Sunday morning cartoon serials, “Emo” music, and Indonesian translated manga comics. Since young, Ryo has

been familiar with the hustle and bustle of the home-based garment industry. Industrial life, labor and transnational

work circumstances permeated into his local environment and became the life that he experienced, becoming Ryo's

creative reservoir. Ryo's daily existence is closely related to that life (industry, workers and transnational work), creating

a unique landscape that he pours into his art.

In this solo exhibition, Ryo ameliorates his views on how pop culture grows. Titled “Ocean Eyes”, Ryo presents a series

of figures, exhibiting a particular eye style known as “Big Eyes” in pop surrealism. This “Big Eyes” style was first

introduced by Margaret Keane in the 1950s. Big eyes visual imagery in paintings usually depicts childish purity by

magnifying the size of the eyes.

But Ryo’s paintings are somewhat different. His figures are inspired by portraitures of popular icons. The figures in

Ryo's portrait works tend to be satirical, despite them being presented in a cute atmosphere. The combination of

surreal situations, based on dreamy desires and the subconscious, blends with the mundane and superficial, such as

fashion, toys, games and superheroes.

Ryo's big-eye figure not only represents something naïve. These figures blend together the identity struggle between

being local and imagined desires to be global. In this solo exhibition, Ryo presents industrial objects such as cotton

flowers, zinc, cardboard, and fashion brands. This stylization was chosen by Ryo as a memento of his past, at the same

time, Ryo's attempt to translate the meaning of pop culture itself.

In this exhibition, Ryo presents three experiments. First is the cutting canvas, where the canvas is cut and mounted

onto hardboard in the shape of the figure. He installs these cutting canvases on rusty scrapped zinc sheets. Then, in his

second experiment, he wraps his works in cardboard, which is then partially torn off, adding ‘Fragile’ stickers around

the cardboard edges. The artwork can be seen peeping from behind the torn cardboard. In the 3rd experiment, Ryo

presents portrait paintings of imaginary figures he’s chosen, adorned with splashes of acrylic paint.

Ryo seems to have built an imaginary realm of chaos; dirty and damaged becoming the aesthetic atmosphere. It is here

that Ryo invites the audience to enter a space that isn’t singular, boisterous and mutually friendly; but in a sense this

space is what Ryo experiences as his reality within our urban expanse. Ocean Eyes is a binocular of dreams, desires

and imaginations that arise from hopes for a trendy, dapper and “now” life. Where are you in these paintings?


Mata Lautan: yang Terbelah dan Terbungkus oleh Laksamana Ryo

Citra Pratiwi

Laksamana Ryo (b. 1993) seniman muda yang besar di kota pesisir Banyuwangi. Ryo, demikian sapaan akrabnya, besar

bersama serial film kartun di hari minggu pagi, musik “Emo”, dan komik manga terjemahan terbitan Elex Media. Sejak

kecil Ryo akrab dengan hiruk pikuk kerja konveksi. Kehidupan industri, buruh dan situasi kerja transnasional merasuk ke

dalam lingkungan lokal dirinya dan menjadi sebuah kehidupan yang ia alami. Kehidupan sehari-hari inilah, menjadi

endapan kreatif Ryo. Kehidupan Ryo sehari-hari yang erat dengan kehidupan tersebut (industri, buruh dan pekerja

transnasional) menjadi sebuah lanskap unik yang ia tuangkan di dalam karya seninya.

Pada pameran tunggal kali ini, Ryo semakin mempertajam pandangannya mengenai bagaimana kultur pop tumbuh.

Mengusung tajuk “Ocean Eyes” atau Mata Lautan, Ryo menghadirkan serangkaian figur dengan stilisasi yang terletak

pada bagian mata atau dikenal dengan mata besar (big eyes). Stilisasi mata besar ini pertama kali diperkenalkan oleh

Margaret Keane di tahun 50-an di Amerika Serikat. Citra visual mata besar di dalam lukisan, kebanyakan

menggambarkan sosok kemurnian kanak-kanak dengan memberikan fokus dengan memperbesar ukuran mata pada

penggambaran sosok objek lukisan.

Karya Ryo hadir dalam tujuan yang berbeda. Figur-figur lukisan Ryo diilhami dari ikon-ikon populer yang hadir dalam

bentuk potret. Sosok dalam karya Ryo memiliki makna cenderung satir meskipun hadir dalam suasana imut. Perpaduan

antara situasi surealis, yang didasarkan pada hasrat mimpi dan ketidaksadaran, berpadu dengan gambaran hal-hal

duniawi yang permukaan seperti fashion, toys, game dan superhero.

Figur mata besar Ryo, tidak hanya menghadirkan sesuatu yang naif. Figur-figur ini hadir berpadu dengan persoalan

pertarungan identitas antara yang lokal dan imajinasi hasrat global. Di dalam pameran tunggal ini Ryo menghadirkan

objek - objek industri seperti bunga kapas, seng, kardus, dan merek. Stilisasi ini dipilih oleh Ryo sebagai kenangkenangan

dari endapan masa lalu pelukis, sekaligus, upaya Ryo menerjemahkan makna budaya pop itu sendiri.

Ryo di dalam pameran ini melakukan tiga macam eksperimen. Pertama ia menghadirkan kanvas tidak dengan persegi

namun memotong sesuai figurnya dan ia tempel di rangkaian instalasi seng bekas yang penuh coretan. Ke-dua dia

membungkus karyanya dengan kardus kemudian menyobeknya dan menempelkan stiker fragile di sekeliling kardus. Kita

bisa menyaksikan lukisan hadir dari balik sobekan kardus tersebut. Eksperimen ke-3 Ryo menghadirkan lukisan potret

atas figur imajinasi yang ia pilih dengan tehnik cipratan dengan cat akrilik.

Ryo seperti membangun sebuah alam imajinasi mengenai suasana yang tidak tertib, kotor, rusak sebagai estetik.

Disinilah Ryo mengajak audiens memasuki sebuah ruang yang tidak tunggal, riuh dan saling bertrabakan namun di satu

sisi ruang inilah yang Ryo alami sebagai sebuah kenyataan yang berangkat dari ruang urban kita. Ocean Eyes atau Mata

Lautan menjadi sebuah teropong atas mimpi, hasrat dan imajinasi yang terbangun dari harapan-harapan atas hidup

yang keren, necis dan kini. Dimanakah dirimu di dalam lukisan-lukisan ini?


Laksamana Ryo

Laksamana Ryo (b. 1993, Banyuwangi ) is graduated from Indonesian Institute of Art

Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He received the Gold Award – UOB Painting of the year 2015,

Emerging Artist Category.

Selected Exhibition

2020

WHAAAAAT'S STUDIO OPENING, Taiwan

2019

The 7th Art Taichung, Taiwan

Hotel Art Fair, Bangkok

AArt Citizen Art Shanghai


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Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

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The Gift

60 x 45 cm

Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

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Popular Memory “Astroboy”

60 x 45 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

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Popular Memory “Goku

60 x 45 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Awareness

100 x 80 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Popular Memory “Fantasize”

160 x 110 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Popular Memory “Conan”

60 x 45 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Popular Memory “Pixel”

60 x 45 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Shop and Chill

60 x 60 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


Give Me One More Time

60 x 60 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


I Am A Princess

60 x 60 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


In The Name Of Happiness

60 x 60 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


Daydream Cotton

118 x 97 cm

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Slowly Heal and Grow

117 x 117 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Take Me Home

147 x 95 cm

Acrylic on Canvas

2020


Until the Peak

117 x 90 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


Fallen Seeds

117 x 97 cm

Oil on Canvas

2020


Parents My

Sahyude

Jamal Al Idrus

S.

Loh UC

Pratiwi

Citra

Guenzel

Kai

Mustghifry

Sutajaya

Elang

Sisil

aka Ali

Decki

Luh Putu Indra Dewi Anjani

Ni

Amali

Fajar

Hasan

Rizal

Manullang

Valdo

Art Material

Jogja

Art Foundation

Langgeng

Laksamana Ryo want to say sincerely THANK YOU to:

Artemis Art Kuala Lumpur



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