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  • Farhan Arda Nugeraha

Understanding the relationship between nature and the human ego through the work “On Stranger’s Land

Jakarta (ANTARA) – An art exhibition titled “In Another Country” by artist Prabu Perdana from Bandung, West Java, presents a series of paintings that reflect the connection between nature and the human ego.

After winning the 2020 UOB Painting of the Year Award at the national and Southeast Asian levels for his work “Secluded Garden”, Prabu Perdana presents his first solo exhibition in Jakarta, which is located at Dharmawangsa Square in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

Prabu’s paintings feature a variety of common objects such as the sky, horizon, land and buildings that are depicted in landscape paintings.

In contrast to reality, where humans are more dominant and often exploit nature, the absence of human figures in In Another Country is a result of Prabu’s imagination, imagining when nature can dominate the human ego.

“This work evolves into a landscape work that reveals nature as more dominant than the human ego itself,” said Prabu, who was present at the opening of the “In Another Country” exhibition on Saturday.

In addition to Prabu’s fantasy of nature’s domination over humans, he admitted that his work on “On Another Earth” was also inspired by the situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, when limited human activity outside the home made nature cleaner.

The exhibition “In another country” presents 12 selected works written from 2020 to 2023. In this surrealistic painting, which also has a touch of realism, Prabu uses mostly cool colors like green and blue.

In the future, Prabu plans to create a series of paintings that combine everyday objects with natural landscapes. Part of the works will also be drawn in the direction of futurism.

“In the future, I want to work on everyday objects that are juxtaposed with nature, which will be exhibited in the next work. Maybe there is something like this (the painting in “On a Strange Land”), there is also something that later seems like the object is moving, like a work of 20th century futurism. -20,” said Prabu.

Visitors can enjoy the paintings featured in “In Another Land” at Darmawangsa Artsphere Gallery from June 17 to July 17, 2023. The exhibition is open every Monday to Saturday from 11:00 WIB to 18:00 WIB.

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