Art Review: BIASA ArtSpace Jakarta

TREEBUTE TO ART. Enlighten your mind this September with some uncanny expression of thoughts shared by Yogyakarta-based artist Arya Pandjalu as shown at BIASA Artspace Jakarta (Jl. Kemang Raya no. 20, Jakarta; +62 21 7179 6264;

Winner of 2010 Szpilman Award, the Bandung-born visionary has often voiced his dreams of a better world through intriguing installations, the most iconic of which is “Bird Prayers” – a project he collaborated with his Dutch-born wife, Sara Nuytemans, aimed at teaching school children the understanding and acceptance of all religions.

Another striking masterpiece is his “Treebute to Yogya,” depicting bikers along the city streets in costumes of customized tree-top helmets. This is to pay homage to Yogyakarta’s state of greenness, in a rather quirky kind of statement though. By the same token, the exhibition allows you to get acquainted with the newly opened BIASA Artspace Jakarta, a branch of BIASA Artspace in Bali. The gallery serves as a common ground for enterprising ideas from local and international contemporary artists.

Inaugurated April this year, founder Susanna Perini is an Italian fashion designer who’s produced an amazing clothing line entitled BIASA and made Bali home for over 25 years. She founded BIASA Artspace in Bali in 2005, which channels her appreciation on life, art and beauty. For more info on the gallery, browse