“When a man experiences what is often called ‘SKIZOFRANA KULTURAL’ instantly he already loses themselves. He becomes no one, one creature/entity that is merely a part or unit of a group (crowd) hiding in the crowd” —Adi Kaniko—
After being selected to exhibit in REST AREA at the National Gallery of Indonesia which ended on 27 March 2017, the news of Adi Kaniko’s REST IN PEACE came over. The man who was born in Surabaya on 22 March 1966 and migrated to Jakarta passed away on Thursday afternoon, 6 April 2017 at the age of 51.
Adi Kaniko who graduated from Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan (IKIP) of Art Surabaya (now Universitas Negeri Surabaya/UNESA) was an artist who was active in art during his life. His exhibition experiences started from 1986 participating in LUSTRUM IV IKIP Surabaya Exhibition. He then participated in many group exhibitions such as a Group Exhibition in Dewan Kesenian Surabaya (1987), East Java Selected Exhibition (2003), Biennale Jogja VIII: Di Sini & Kini (2005), Sakawarna Art Group Exhibition “Provokasi Urban” in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta (2013), and others.
Adi Kaniko participated in several exhibitions at the National Gallery of Indonesia such as a Competition Exhibition Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award 7 (2000) and 8 (2001), CP Open Biennale 2003: Interpellation (2003), “Ruang Jakarta” Art Exhibition (2004), and last but not least Nusantara Art Exhibition 2017 “REST AREA – Perupa Membaca Indonesia” which was held one month before he passed away. He also held a Solo Exhibition entitled “Anonymous” in Cemara 6 Gallery Museum, Jakarta (2015).
In many of his exhibitions, Adi often presented a visual language expression about the philosophy of life, social criticism, also political issues through the object of a human body painting with an unusual head resembling an animal. It began when he directly witnessed the tragedy of looting occurred in 1998 which marked the collapse of the New Order Era in Indonesia. He saw people burnt and looted wildly. Despite the time changed, the unusual head objects were still on Adi’s painting until now with the nuance of black and white. He thought that black and white is natural, could tell a story so people were attracted to see the picture not the color.
Just like what he presented at Nusantara Art Exhibition 2017 “REST AREA – Perupa Membaca Indonesia” held at the National Gallery of Indonesia, his work entitled Anonymous Nomer 7 was dominated with black and white shades. With oil paint on canvas media, Adi presented a group of unusual faces as a portrayals of unidentified human (anonymous). “When a man experiences what is often called ‘SKIZOFRANA KULTURAL’ instantly he already loses himself. He becomes no one, one creature/entity that is merely a part or unit of a group (crowd) hiding in the crowd,” —Adi Kaniko—.