Philo Art Space is having its 10th anniversary. Still at a tender age, and it has not done many important things yet. But it has been a joy for us to live the years as our self-expression.
We never expected the experience to be this long. We had faced many obstacles and challenges, most importantly to keep the exhibiting creativity alive. There was no sure answer to do this, apart from the fact that we were constantly being supported by the art community itself, especially the artists.
An art gallery would not be running without the close relations it has with the artists. We keep our relations alive by warm engagement with them and by constantly having discussion with them in persons or through media. It is this warm relation that keeps our spirits up on most days.
The glitz of urban culture has become our main focus. Fashion, mall ambience, café, night clubs, traffic jam, figures moving with speed as if they are in a race with time, and many others – those are the phenomenon that attract artists to work on. They may see them with affirmative, critical, or rejecting stance.
In short, we do not limit ourselves in presenting only a certain styles or genres though we are being swept away with the strong current of contemporary arts. As the name that the gallery bears ‘philo’ means ‘love’, we strive to always be able to offer warmth and joy to all those involved in our works, especially in every opening of an exhibition.
For our 10th anniversary, we were honored by painters offering their works to exhibit. Those are Doel AB, Paul Hendro, Erizal AS, Saepul Bahri, Herianto Maidil and Edward Bonaparte. Apart from Edward, all the artists have exhibited their works in Philo Art Space once or more times, as part of solo or group exhibitions.
Unlike the usual exhibitions, the anniversary exhibition does not present a certain theme. All works from the painters are of their own choosing to express. Hence, we do not see the necessity for us to inform on how the works are related to each other as an explanation of a predefined theme. Audiences are free to interpret the works, and we hope that you enjoy the works presented here.
Thank you. Happy exhibitioning!
Tommy Awuy – Amalia Ahmad