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Nyoman Nuarta Society and culture: Ways of life

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Nyoman Nuarta. Society and culture: Ways of life. Nyoman Nuarta. Born 1953 in Bali, Indonesia Themes Society, politics Violence, militarism Identity Nature Often uses brass and copper. NuArt Sculpture Park. Opened in 2000 Primarily exhibiting Nuarta’s work - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Nyoman Nuarta

Society and culture: Ways of life

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Nyoman Nuarta

• Born 1953 in Bali, Indonesia• Themes

– Society, politics– Violence, militarism– Identity– Nature

• Often uses brass and copper

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NuArt Sculpture Park

• Opened in 2000• Primarily exhibiting Nuarta’s work• Gallery, workshop, café etc.

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Nyoman Nuarta – Sleeping Leopard, 1990, copper and brass, 100x64x43

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Nyoman Nuarta – Jago Raja, 1993, copper and brass, 94x30x84 cm

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Nyoman Nuarta – Rush Hour, 1992, brass and copper

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Nyoman Nuarta – Rush Hour1992brass and copper

• Cyclists moving at high speed

• Leaning forward, gazing ahead

• Hair flying backwards

• Movement lines, motion blur

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Nyoman Nuarta – Rush Hour1992brass and copper

• Figures get more blurred towards the back

• Breaking down into streaks of motion

• Use of wire mesh – see-through at some parts, with some frayed ends

• Creating motion blur/fading effect

• Oxidized to create blue-green colour

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Nyoman Nuarta – Rush Hour1992brass and copper

• Depiction of form of transport used by locals

• Physical representation of motion, speed

• Fast pace of modern life

• Wires – metal, urban environment

• Blue-green-grey colour – coldness of fast-paced modern life?

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Nyoman Nuarta – Rush Hour1992brass and copper

• What is the effect of this fast-paced life on people?

• What is their destination?

• The figures become less and less recognizable as human when we move backwards – what does that represent?

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Giacomo Balla – Dynamism of a dog on a leash (Leash in motion),1912, oil on canvas

Futurism in Italy

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Nyoman Nuarta – 5 Officials, 1990, copper mesh, 106x120 cm

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Nyoman Nuarta – 5 Officials1990Copper mesh

• Group of figures, seemingly engaged in conversation

• No clear features on face, only gaping holes in front

• Only jacket lapels and ties are more defined

• Bodies merge into one mass

• The holes in the mesh show through more as we move downwards

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Nyoman Nuarta – 5 Officials1990Copper mesh

• Figures appear hazy and blurry – like smoke

• Figures are blind?

• Insubstantial, untrustworthy? What is coming out of their mouths?

• Commenting on corruption?

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Nyoman Nuarta – The Gang of Four, 1978, fiber resin, bronze electroplating

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Nyoman Nuarta – The Gang of Four1978fiber resin, bronze electroplating

• Military robes and helmets

• Empty space where the bodies should be

• Lined up side by side, forming one mass

• All facing straight ahead

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Nyoman Nuarta – The Gang of Four1978fiber resin, bronze electroplating

• Solidity of coats and helmets gives figures sense of weight and presence even though they are hollow

• Further emphasized by the clumping of figures and the heavy base

• Balinese Hindu belief in visible/invisible world

• Invisible energy also powerful

• Evil spirits, soullessness?

• Talking about military atrocities in Indonesia?

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References

• www.nuarta.com

• http://www.legacy-project.org/index.php?artistID=118&page=artist_detail

• http://www.biei.us/photography/leisure/nuart-sculpture-park/

• http://forum.kompas.com/travel/42786-nuart-sculpture-park-n-s-p-bandung.html