Airlangga House of Culture, Campus Art Exhibition

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A corner in the House of Culture. (Photo: Unair News)

UNAIR NEWS – Albert Camus considered Arts as a form of rebellion, a rebellious movement which glorifies as well as defies reality. Artistic creation, therefore, is a unification of acceptance and also defiance from the world. It defies the world for everything it does not have and everything it sometimes has.

Thus, we can find rebellion in pure arts, in its primitive compositions, beyond history. That is why arts can give us perspective into the rebellion.

The existence of the artist as the rebel of reality as well as the creator of second reality is a different social meaning from any communities. Therefore, community of artists is always elitist and rebellious. They are always in phenomenal moments and situation, such as signs of the era and such defiance factors of social changes.

So is art painting, as its approach to understand reality. It can be symbolic, impressionism, expressionism, abstract and surrealism. Shapes and patterns in each painting depend on personal experience, self-obsession, reality rebellion, and the vision of the artist. It means that the artist is a small creator. It creates reality beyond reality, portrays life theatricals through personal esthetic and artistic language. It creates gap between the artist and the public. It makes painting exhibition important to connect with the artist’s reality.

East Java Cultural Research Unit (UK2JT) Universitas Airlangga as the place of cultural research and development recruited twelve Surabaya artists to exhibit their artworks in an exhibition, Kebangkitan Nasional: Ketemu Bareng Rolas Pelukis in May 2015.

The exhibition featured great artistic works of the city artists, Amdo Brada, M. Fauzi, Gito Kabasa, Haes, Her Rooesmadhi, Mierza Said, R. Nagayomi, Setyoko, Solik Emer, Totok Mardianto, Q. Sakti Laksono, and Aribowo. Many features presented the House of Culture. Every work has its artist uniqueness and character.

Visitors are welcomed by uncommon work of Amdo Brada. His works are simple yet unique full of fish on canvas emphasized its lines and with decorative traditional style. Other than Etnik from Amdo, a painting of M. Fauzi with its naiveness was there portraying childhood.
“There’s a character of Bima in this. Bima is honest and wise. So Pancasila has to be improved in wisdoms and honesty as stated in its points,” said M. Fauzi when he was trying to explain his painting, Kebangkitan Pancasila. M. Fauzi works often found in mass media, so no wonder if his work can reach Rp 30 million a piece.

As the dean of FIB, Ariwibowo wants to give cultural values in UNAIR. In this regard, UK2JT has it important role as academic institution which can be the source of academic reference on East Java culture in Campus. In this modern and global era nowadays, not many people want to contribute to preserve or at least know about their cultures as their identity.

“UNAIR has medical studies as its trade mark, but we will try to introduce this place as public place. So the center will not only be in a certain place, but it means that UNAIR concerns with cultures through this research unit,” said Adi Setijowati as the Head of UK2JT.
The exhibition was full of artistic works but it also made the twelve artist to give a demo. A long canvas was full of their artistic lines. (*)

Author: Lovita Marta Fabella Cendana

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