Press Release : Solo Exhibition by Budi Ubrux “INDONESIA”

Solo Exhibition by Budi Ubrux “INDONESIA”

3 – 13 August 2017
B Building National Gallery of Indonesia

A solo exhibition by Budi Ubrux entitled “INDONESIA” consists of artworks under the theme of nationalism. Some of works present Ubrux’s style which cannot be separated from newspaper painting. Variety of newspaper paintings are applied in three-dimensional works with objects such as pocket-rice, chairs, machine gun, wooden Vespa motorcycle, saw machine, and sculptures. All are presented in B Building of the National Gallery of Indonesia.
The significance of this exhibition is that from many solo exhibitions held by Ubrux, works under the theme of nationalism always exist yet seem to be drown by other contemporary themes. Meanwhile, the title “INDONESIA” was taken to mark Ubrux’s newspaper paintings inspired by the founders of printed media company when this country was not yet named INDONESIA. According to Ubrux, the formation of Indonesia was started by the formation of De Locomotief newspaper which gave birth to the ethical politics. After De Locomotief existed, many local newspapers emerged which became the seeds of Indonesia’s national movement led by the educated feudalists. “The spirit of nationalism from the national heroes is an inspiration that continues to live in my paintings”, said Ubrux.

Visitors are able to analyze ‘nationalism’ visualized in one artwork of guest chairs entitled “The Honorable”. Title of various newspapers as well as names of national movement heroes such as Soekarno, Hatta, RA Kartini, and Tirto Adi Suryo are inscribed on this artwork. There are also names of figures from the Netherland who fight for the establishment of Indonesia, such as Van Deventer, Eduard Douwes Dekker, ernest Francois Eugene Douwed Dekker, Pieter Brooshoof, Abendanon, etc. Similar style is also applied in paintings and other installation works. Displayed artworks were prepared by Ubrux since 2010, added with previous artworks like chicken paintings and realistic paintings that became the starting point of his newspaper paintings. 

Seperti Harlem Shake, 2016, 200 cm x 280 cm, acrylic on canvas

Brief History Budi Ubrux
Budi Ubrux is listed in Indonesian citizenship by the name of Budi Haryono, the first son of three siblings. He was born in 22 December 1968 in Terong, Kecamatan Dlingo, Kabupaten Bantul, Yogyakarta. The Terong’s villagers live from farming, they also have side jobs as craftsman who work to make household tools, wayang, wooden masks, leather, and bamboo. Traditional art is still alive today, such as jatilan, reog, and wayang. Islamic religious tradition is conducted by children and teenagers every afternoon by reciting and studying Quran in langgar or mosque led by Moslem cleric. The parents hold a weekly Qur’an or Surah Yassin recitation, and read the book promised on Friday night. It is the tradition that raise and shape the polite personality of Budi Haryono.
Budi Haryono attended his elementary and junior high school in his village while his senior high school was in Yogyakarta. Sekolah Menengah Seni Rupa (SMSR) Yogyakarta was his choice. In SMSR, Budi Haryono got his identity which then became popular to be called Budi Ubrux. 
Budi Ubrux started his career as an artist by working at Sanggar Seniman Merdeka, then in 1995 – 2001 worked at SH discotheque, in Zurich, Switzerland. While working, he held a solo exhibition in Baden city. Around 1998 he started to create newspaper paintings. In 2000, his newspaper painting style was included in the Philip Morris Art Award painting competition and succeed to become a champion. Since then, Ubrux has been famous as a newspaper painter, who until now has attended various big events in Asia, Europe, and Australia.  
Ubrux’s has hold seven solo exhibitions in Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, and Indonesia. In each solo exhibition, he inserts artworks under the theme of nationalism. At his 7th exhibition in Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, he presented a conception taken from a Javanese philosophy, “Rojo Koyo”. A philosophy that emphasizes the spirit of nationalism. This moment is his 8th solo exhibition which brings the theme of “INDONESIA”.

Three Stages of Achievement in the Art of Ubrux
There is a reason why AA Nurjaman is very interested to record the works as well as the reason for using a country name for the book title also for the solo exhibition of Budi Ubrux. The answer according to AA Nurjaman is that Budi Ubrux has found his typical metaphor, which is the newspaper painting. An aesthetic expert, Margaret A. Boden in Berys Gaut and Domic Mclvler Lopes, The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, London and New York Routledge, 2005: 485 argued that there were three stages of achievement in art. First, the stage of combinational creativity, which was the combination of interesting forms derived from nature, generally called realistic art. Second, exploratory creativity, namely the excavation of techniques, materials, and new forms in realizing his ideas. The Third, transformational creativity, when the artist broke through all the techniques and styles he encountered in order to discover his distinctive style, so his artwork was able to represent his identity. For AA Nurjaman, Budi Ubrux is a contemporary Indonesian artist who have gone through the three stages of achievement until he finally finds a distinctive style of painting.    Three stages that builds the spirit inside him to realize the historical values of nationality to become his artistry step.

Yogyakarta, July 2017

AA Nurjaman


AA. Nurjaman, Kuss Indarto, Wahyudin

14 artworks (Painting and Installation)

Thursday, 3 August 2017 | At 4.30 pm | B Building National Gallery of Indonesia

Thursday, 3 July 2017 | At 7.00 pm | Multifunction Room, National Gallery of Indonesia 

4 – 13 August 2017 | At 10.00 am – 6.00 pm | B Building National Gallery of Indonesia

Friday, 4 August 2017 | At 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm | Multifunction Room, National Gallery of Indonesia

Contact Person: AA Nurjaman (083867340566) | Anggun (021-34833954)

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