Thursday, December 31, 2015

This is not an apple... artist talk

PLATFORM3 is pleased to present Bandung-based artist Faisal Habibi's artist talk in which he will shares his thoughts on his first solo exhibition This is not an Apple... at ROH. In the past few years, Faisal Habibi (Jakarta, 1984; ITB: 2003-2008; has shown a strong sense of conceptual progression in terms of what he aims to communicate through his works. He has an ability to transform objects that people are familiar with, such as chairs, tables, brushes, hammers, and other things we commonly determine to be necessarily utilitarian, into sculptures that appear ‘alive’, or personified through manipulations of structural configurations. In the show at ROH, Faisal takes his explorations deeper with regards to associations with material culture. There is a sense of concision in his work in terms of stripping his works to their most basic of components. It is no longer the extraction or reduction of function in context of objects that Faisal is most interested in, but rather an exploration of raw forms, colors, and more importantly concepts that call for embodied interactions. He deals with the image of everyday objects by enticing an aesthetic experience of materiality, i.e. material forms and shapes, and materiality’s formal compositions. And for this formalist approach, the concept of beauty is significant.

The exhibition is curated by Roy Voragen and runs until January 24, 2016, at ROH Projects, Equity Tower 40th Floor Suite E, SCBD Lot 9, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta.

The artist talk is organized by PLATFORM3 on Friday, January 8, 2016, 3 pm at Jalan Cigadung Raya Tengah 40, Bandung.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This is not an apple... by Faisal Habibi

This is not an apple...
a solo exhibition by Faisal Habibi
curated by Roy Voragen
for the catalog see here
at ROH Projects, Jakarta
opens 5pm Saturday 19 December 2015
until 24 January 2016

Equity Tower 40th Floor Suite E
SCBD Lot 9
Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta 12190 Indonesia

Bandung-based artist Faisal Habibi (Jakarta, 1984) shows a body of new work in his first solo exhibition This is not an apple… at ROH Projects. Since his graduation from ITB’s art school (2003-2008), Faisal Habibi’s main concern has been and still is material culture. However, instead of playfully dealing with the omnipresence and dominance of everyday objects and their functionality, as in his previous works, he deals with the image of everyday objects by enticing an aesthetic experience of materiality, i.e. material forms and shapes, and materiality’s formal compositions. For this, beauty is significant and the strategy he employs is one of dialog. The new works are spatially configurated in such a way as to offer visitors an embodied aesthetic experience of the formal, abstract compositions of each work and the body of works taken together within the gallery setting. The sculptural compositions are staged to unfold for all our senses.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dangling Durians by Wiyoga Muhardanto

Dangling Durians

a solo project by Wiyoga Muhardanto

curated by Roy Voragen

presented by Equator Art Projects (
at Langgeng Art Foundation (
Jalan Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
opening: Monday 3pm, November 2, 2015
until: December 2, 2015

Equator Art Projects presents, in collaboration with Langgeng Art Foundation, Dangling Durians, the latest solo project by Bandung-based artist Wiyoga Muhardanto (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1984), which is curated by Roy Voragen. Wiyoga, an ITB alumnus, is a prolific artist who has participated in biennales, art fairs, group shows and residency programs in Indonesia and abroad.

The artist shows his latest sculptures as a loosely constellated installation in the subterranean area of Langgeng Art Foundation, as part of Equator Art Projects, yet not in the actual gallery. For Dangling Durians, spaces have been switched: the locked-down gallery remains eerily empty for the duration of the show, instead the non-exhibition space in front of the basement gallery is utilized, not in criticism of the white cube but to tease urban questions to the foreground by means of a subterranean detour.

The contemporary is urban, and our built environment mediates, constructs, reproduces and, intersected at certain times, contradicts relationships of power. Our embodied relationship to objects always assumes a spatial setting and space is never neutral, always coded by (conflicting) normativities. The sculptures are the miscellaneous fragments, the discarded shreds, the hacked bits and pieces lifted out of our urban fabric.

With flair and wit, Wiyoga created seven new sculptures and each combines unlikely, even contradictory, elements, which is further amplified by grouping these sculptures together as an installation. Each feature, whether as a ready-made or remade by using resin, is one of our many urban fetishes, obsessions, fears, guilty pleasures, anxieties, joys, etc… 

For the curatorial essay see here.

Publication design by Endira FJ.

For photo documentation by Anang Saptoto see here.

Friday, August 21, 2015

unguarded guards & We Went Wild by Agugn Prabowo



unguarded guards
Jogja Contemporary
opening: 7 pm Thursday 3 September 2015
the exhibition is until 23 September 2015
artist talk 4 pm Friday 4 September 2015

We Went Wild
Krack Studio
opening: 7 pm Saturday 5 September 2015
the exhibition is until 5 October 2015
papermaking workshop 3 pm Saturday 12 September 2015

Curated by Roy Voragen

Jogja Contemporary and Krack Studio collaborate to show new works by Agugn Prabowo (Bandung, Indonesia, 1985; He graduated in 2010 from the Institute of Technology Bandung’s art school, where he studied at the printmaking studio. Today, he is well known for his art utilizing the printmaking technique linocut.

In his previous artworks, the artist explored the ambiguous notion of fear; the ambiguity of fear revolves around the issue that fear, while generally unwanted, can have unexpected yet ultimately worthy consequences. The new body of work expands on this concept and centers on the idea of how paradoxical protection actually is. The artist became a father two years ago and fatherhood shed new light on his life and life’s priorities. He wants to protect the infant – named Lino Apta – and keep him safe from harm, however, he knows, in anxious anticipation, that protection has its limits, hence the paradox…

In his solo exhibition unguarded guards at Jogja Contemporary, he shows a new series of works using linocut, photolithography and a combination of the two techniques, printed on hand-made paper. And in his solo exhibition We Went Wild at Krack Studio, he shows a hand-made artist book (in an edition of 10, also available as a digital offset print version, and each page framed as well), which is a collaboration with his child, using linocut and letterpress techniques.

Jogja Contemporary
Kompleks Jogja National Museum
Jl. Prof. Ki Amri Yahya no. 1
Yogyakarta 55167
+62 85109881919
+62 818260134

Krack Studio
Jl.D.I. Pandjaitan
Yogyakarta 55141

unguarded guards - exhibition by Agugn Prabowo

unguarded guards is a solo exhibition by Agugn Prabowo at Jogja Contemporary, 3-23 September, 2015. For the catalog see here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

looping loopholes - curatorial essay

Download the looping loopholes catalog here, looping loopholes is an exhibition by Duto Hardono, Muhammad Akbar and Rizki Resa Utama (aka OQ) at Yeo Workshop, Singapore, 24 April - 15 June, 2015.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

looping loopholes

Duto Hardono
Muhammad Akbar

Yeo Workshop, Singapore, 24 April – 15 June 2015

Opening: Friday 24 April, 6-9pm

Talk: Saturday 25 April, 2-3.30pm
moderated by Michael Lee 

Curated by Roy Voragen

Language in all its shapes and forms is what gives us body. We whisper, we yell, we argue, we declare, we state this and that. We listen, we pretend to listen. We look, gaze, stare. We are seen-not-seen. We try to understand. We don’t understand, no, not at all. We paint in lush brush strokes. We scribble notes on the city’s walls, we write dissertations on the fall of the re/public. We read philosophy, poetry and prose. We take, post and like photos. We read out loud. We wink, we show the finger. We contradict ourselves. We fail. We fail again. We start over…

Occasionally, we speak in riddles and tongues, including slips. Our streets are cacophonic. Voices and counter-voices inhabit our cities.

Specters of a past are here to haunt us, through movies or monuments immortalizing our sins.

A city without people is no longer a city. A city would turn quickly into a ruin of asphalt and concrete without us – merely a collection of potholes.

A city means many things. It also means this: to fail, to fail again and then try again.

The exhibition deals with the repetitive, reflexive interaction between people, space/place and time. With flair and a good sense of humor, the artists raise the question whether we can embrace mistakes as a blessing in disguise. Breaks and tears, chance and change are inevitable, even though only slightly visible/audible at first, when an action is – or: has to be – repeated over and over again. Failure and a deviation from perceived standards are common treads to who we are/can be(-come) in particular places and times (including how we are perceived and received by others in public and private instances).

Poster design by Endira FJ.