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ALBERT YONATHAN SETYAWAN (INDONESIA, B. 1983)
ALBERT YONATHAN SETYAWAN (INDONESIA, B. 1983)

Nature's Assembly

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ALBERT YONATHAN SETYAWAN (INDONESIA, B. 1983)
Nature's Assembly
middle fired ceramic
diameter: 126 cm. (49 5/8 in.)(68)
Executed in 2008
Exhibited
Indonesia, Bandung, Bandung New Emergence vol. 2, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, 1 -2 June 2008

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Lot Essay

Nature's Assembly (Lot 158) is one of the earliest work created by Indonesia's most promising and exciting ceramic artist, Albert Yonathan Setyawan. Currently in his second-year Ph.D. programme at Kyoto Seika University, Setyawan's continuous exploration of materials and concepts make his works engaging and favoured by private collectors, as well as major museums in Asia. Setyawan's recent major exhibitions include his participation in the 2013 edition of the Venice Biennale for the Indonesia Pavilion, and the recent SUNSHOWER exhibition at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2017. Setyawan's distinct style of work exudes a spiritual awareness that deals with cosmological ideas of human interconnection between nature and the universe.

The present lot is focused on the form of birds arranged in a perfect circle shape, resembling a gathering of birds. These ceramic birds become atomic units of a coherent whole in this modest presentation. The method of repetition chosen in conjunction with the configurations of geometrical forms, introduces a sense of contemplation and spirituality, structure and silence, loneliness and togetherness, all of which are taken from symbolic meanings of universal signs.

Through his work, Setyawan chooses to depict his subject in a simplified manner without any application of colour. The powerful modesty of Setyawan's work not only manifesst his artistic ambition, but also emphasises the natural quality of his primary material and object. Setyawan's Nature's Assembly celebrates the purest form of nature in a contemporary way.

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