MORPH: HENDRA 'BLANKON' PRIYADHANI
蛻變: 亨德拉‧普瑞亞哈尼 
ART FORMOSA 2018
12 - 15 AUGUST 2018

Whimsical and innovative, Indonesian artist Hendra ‘Blankon’ Priyadhani toys with one’s sense of nostalgia, with his play on found objects. Wandering through the streets of Yogyakarta, Priyadhani hunts for discarded materials that once had functionality and sentimental values. In turn, he breathes new life into these abandoned objects by reassembling and juxtaposing seemingly incongruous elements into dynamic and surreal compositions.

Morph features three exemplary works of Priyadhani that capture both his acute formal sensibility towards three-dimensional assemblage, and his consciousness of being both an Indonesian and Southeast Asian artist.

Formally trained as a printmaker, Priyadhani embarked on the three-dimensional series with two-dimensional techniques in mind. Carefully chosen household objects that beat distinctive cultural and historical nuances are assembled mindfully and aesthetically, to create three-dimensional collages. In War is Over…Here, the figurines, plates and porcelain tiles are layered and choreographed to portray various scenes. The cookie tins bearing Dutch and Chinese motifs that signify Indonesia’s colonial past and the influx of Chinese settlements, are hollowed out to frame different scenes. These familiar objects have their prior function and meaning obliterated, entering a time capsule imbued with colours and dynamic overlays, transforming into a cultural palimpsest.

More subdued in terms of color but even more imaginative in its formal manipulation, Walk the Line and Wall Peace 1 & 2 emerge from Priyadhani’s later three-dimensional oeuvre. The figurines in both sculptures are amalgamated into fantastical military paraphernalia and then coated monochromatically to achieve uniformity and harmony. Terracotta is used in the former work as Priyadhani’s homage to gerabah (a Javanese earthware-making tradition) while dark blue is used in the latter work to signify peacefulness. Priyadhani further plays with symbolism through the recurring image of birds, lions and menjangan (Javanese deer) that signify peace, courage and wisdom. These symbolical figurines are then dissected and fused with other selected items, creating out-of-the-world creatures and objects.

Despite their boisterous and bizarre compositions, Priyadhani’s sculptures form a medley of celebrations in diversity. Walk the Line and Wall Peace became physical manifestations of both Priyadhani’s ideals and critiques in today’s indifferent and divided society. With an irresistibly imaginative mind and critical responses to both historical and contemporary issues prevalent today, Priyadhani is indeed one of the most original artists of his generation – a true maverick.


異想天開且充滿創新,印尼藝術家亨德拉‧普瑞亞哈尼以他在街上拾獲的物件組合成雕塑,充滿著濃厚的懷舊風格。走過日惹的街道,普瑞亞哈尼找尋未被使用過卻有功能性和情感價值的素材。他透過重新組裝這些廢棄物件賦予他們一個嶄新的價值,將看似沒有共通性的物件在重新編排後轉化成一幅充滿力量且超現實的風景。

「蛻變」以亨德拉‧普瑞亞哈尼的3件作品為核心,不僅呈現藝術家對雕塑特性的高度掌握,更表現他身為一位印尼及東南亞藝術家的身份。

戰爭結束.....於此,小人像、瓷盤及磁磚的排列組合,營造出五光十色的場景。一往無前 和平之牆,比起藝術家一般創作更柔和的用色,更大膽的想像力,是藝術家生平創作中晚期才出現的風格,為亨德拉‧普瑞亞哈尼對於當下社會的批判與回應。

憑藉其無與倫比的想像力及對歷史性和當代議題的批判精神,普瑞亞哈尼無疑是他的時代中最具有原創性的藝術家,一位真正的獨行俠。