By Eka Wahyu
“Saturnus”, pencil on paper.
A young talented graphic designer Roby Dwi Antono recently displays his 20 artworks in Tirana House & Artspace at Jalan Suryodiningratan No. 55, Yogyakarta. Roby (b. 1990), Ambarawa-born artist which now live in Yogyakarta as an illustrator, exhibits his drawing and painting in a visual art exhibition titled Imajinasi (Imagination) until May 30, 2012.
According to Roby, the theme Imagination has came out from his conversation with a friend about their childhood dreams. Within an imagination surely lies a strong ambition to make it come true. Such spirit obviously could be felt in this Roby’s debut solo exhibition.
“We cannot limit whatever we will do in the future, we should never afraid to have dreams. If you can dream it, you can do it,” Roby said.
By the exhibition, he wants to share the beauty of children’s imaginations through Kinci, the rabbit character in his works, so that we will always keep our dreams alive. He has made some researches with his friends as the subjects to find out their childhood dreams. Randomly, he sort and chose dreams that were considered interesting and imaginative to put them in his artworks, combining them with his own imaginations.
“As we gets older, our ambition to accomplish our childhood dream collide with fear of failure. While a great idea sometimes comes from impossible imagination. So, free your imagination,” Roby added.
The rabbit character, Kinci, is the main character all this time Roby uses in his works which picture imagination of something like western fairy tales or ‘Alice in Wonderland’-like world. According to him, Kinci symbolizes the sensitivity to beauty, coziness and mystery, just like art itself. Although sometimes it looks dumb, it is indeed a cute animal. It hates violence, criticism, untidiness and filthiness. He also admitted that Kinci is like himself or his alter ego and he wants everyone to know him from this rabbit character.
Roby and his works.
Influenced by those of world artists like Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ray Caesar, Jana Brike, and Dilka Bear, his artworks belong to surrealism while his family, friends, educational background, daily realities and his childhood are of his inspirations in the process of creation. Presenting mostly pencil drawing on paper works, and one acrylic painting titled ‘Pilu Lalu’, Roby wants to communicate his ideas through the intensity of thickness made by his pencil strokes.
In each of his work he always put empty space in purpose. He said that empty space can make his subject as the main focus. It helps the audience to understand the message although in nature surrealism is hard to understand. Empty space in an artwork, according to Roby, is like air with what the subject within the artwork “breaths”.
Meanwhile, Tirana House & Artspace manager Nunuk Ambarwati said that she was very excited to see Roby’s artworks for the first time. According to her, Roby’s works are really refreshing and could become a new ‘idol’ in today’s art scene.
“When we look at Roby’s works, it feels like we are inside them, closely feeling their attractiveness, happiness, sadness and even tragedy. It is like we are entering a dream world. And every mystery is made to make everyone freely contemplate and draw their own conclusions from what they see,” she admitted.
For more information about the exhibition please contact:
Tirana House & Artspace
Jalan Suryodiningratan No. 55, Yogyakarta
Phone: +62 81 8277073 (Nunuk Ambarwati)