(b. 1975, Bukittinggi, Indonesia)
Co-founder of the Jendela Art Group, Indonesia-based HANDIWIRMAN SAPUTRA is known for his manipulation of mundane everyday materials into mediums of artistic exploration. Saputra pushes the boundaries of the still-life genre. Vaguely evocative of subjects in reality, his non-objective works are usually either monumental or miniature. This shift in scale further spurs the viewer to reconsider their relationship with the everyday materials involved—allowing others into his perception of the world: a perspective that gives power to the ordinary.
53 x 29 x 74 cm
In his recent work created in YAL, Saputra appears to turn his gaze towards the more monumental rather than mundane, as the sculpture’s shape recalls iconic busts in western art history, long associated with Greek and Roman statues of powerful figures. Yet, he moves us to view such iconographies in a new light as he strips his subject of any distinctive colours or definitive features—commemorating no specific authority, but rather, the more ordinary, anonymous man.
Unpolished and veering away from meticulous technique, the sculpture’s unfinished form and craftsmanship likewise evoke not an idealised, ‘master’ artist, but instead, a sculptor in progress—paralleling YAL’s philosophy grounded not in perfection, but in seeing artistry in the messy, unglamorous, and arguably more human aspect of art-making.