Albert Yonathan Setyawan “Enshrined”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya Tamachi

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From the earliest beginnings of Albert Yonathan Setyawan’s career, his installations incorporating ceramic materials have received wide acclaim both in Indonesia and abroad. Last year he was selected as the youngest artist to exhibit at the Indonesian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been a doctoral research student in the Ceramics Department of Kyoto Seika University since 2012. This is his first solo show in Tokyo. His works feature symbolic emblems of hummingbirds, moths, and angels, or sometimes plants or architectural structures. Ceramic objects of the same shape are arranged in repeated iterations, which become geometrical forms when viewed as a whole. Yonathan’s artwork may not be seen as offering one sole assertion or design. Rather, like the world encircling us, what it depicts precisely depends on the significance with which it captures each individual viewer. Within the world of nature, of which our human society is an inextricable part, over and again there are re-iterating instances, encounters, crystallizations, and chance combinations. Recalling the Buddhist mandalas depicting the cosmos, Yonathan’s works possess a universal quality of the perpetually changing state of natural life. The exhibition’s title, “Enshrined,” both denotes the condition of being made sacred and implies a respect for nature’s ever-spinning wheel of mystery. Mankind is fundamentally a part of nature: from this there can be no turning away. Living in a society confronted by so many various problems, perhaps there is something that we of today’s modern world may learn from Yonathan’s work. The exhibition consists of six ceramic-produced pieces, as well as drawings.

[Image: Albert Yonathan Setyawan “Guaridians (detail)” (2013) Ceramics 150x80x10cm]

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from March 19, 2014 to April 19, 2014

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