Landscape of Longing


 

Exhibition dates:

Wednesday 9 September - Wednesday 30 September 

Artist Talk and Exhibition Launch: Thursday 10 September 5.30pm

 

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Exhibition

Gallery open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Thursdays until 7pm)
Hawke Building level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Landscape of Longing explores the richness of the world of Australian-Indonesian artist, Jumaadi. 

It is how I feel rather than what I see in that landscape – Jumaadi [1]

Landscape of Longing - JumaadiThe exhibition presents a series of recent works, playful yet tormenting, shaped by external forces yet representative of Jumaadi’s inner world. His silent imagery speaks to our sense of stillness while begging us to question our present.

Jumaadi is a Sydney based artist, originally from Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia and trained at the National Art School, Sydney, where he commenced his professional practice.  Jumaadi has exhibited in numerous prominent international exhibitions including the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013) and Jakarta Biennale (2011) as well as regular solo and group exhibitions since 1998.

He has been the recipient of a number of prestigious art awards and residences in Australia and internationally, most recently at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, United States in 2013. Jumaadi’s extensive journeys, field-trips and collaborative projects throughout Asia, Europe, the US, and Australia continue to influence his travel-based practice.  Journeying through varied landscapes – natural, cultural and temporal – has been a constant source of inspiration within his visual diaries.

Jumaadi works across disciplines, incorporating painting, watercolour, installation, sculpture, poetry, drawing, and wayang shadow puppet tradition into his oeuvre. Grounded in his Indonesian heritage and informed by his Australian experiences, Jumaadi’s contemplative practice reveals a unique visual language. His idiom seamlessly blends traditional with contemporary references at once highly autobiographical yet, universally relevant.

Figurative works produced through the course of his residency at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art “seem to be carrying burdens of some sort, a metaphor for the human condition”.[2]  It is the sense of universality, of the collective memory inhabiting our internal landscapes which acts as a thread connecting us to Jumaadi’s world.

 

 


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[1] Gina Fairley, ‘Whispered Landscapes of Jumaadi’, Art Monthly Australia, No. 244, October 2011, pp.55-57

[2] The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Jumaadi: Forgive me not to miss you not’, http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/jumaadi-forgive-me-not-to-miss-you-not/.


 

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