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Rudi Mantofani

Rudi Mantofani Nada yang hilang (The lost note) 2008

Rudi Mantofani | Indonesia b.1973 | Nada yang hilang (The lost note) 2008 | Wood, metal, leather and oil | 30 x 122 x 14cm | Image courtesy: The artist and Gajah Gallery Singapore | Photograph: Agung Sukindra

b. 1973 Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Rudi Mantofani is a sculptor and painter whose work takes ordinary objects and landscapes and transforms them into strange or absurd ‘visual parables’. With a meticulous technique and a high level of finish, Mantofani’s works are associative and thought-provoking meditations on human experience and behaviour. His electric guitar sculptures, featured in APT6, are inspired by his viewing of a benefit concert in New York. The gap between American philanthropic rhetoric and the harsh effects of its foreign policies in the Muslim world led the artist to create a series of distorted guitars, as a means to express such ethical contradictions. In 1993, Mantofani helped form the Jendela Art Group, a collective of five west Sumatran artists who studied together in Yogyakarta and continue to exhibit together today. The work of these artists is in contrast to the largely figurative and stridently political work of much Indonesian contemporary art that emerged during the 1990s. With a focus on the mundane and everyday, Mantofani and the Jendela artists avoid ideological positions, preferring a more ambivalent and metaphorical approach to art and politics.

Exhibitions (solo): CP Artspace, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2006. Exhibitions (group): Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia, 2009; ‘Jendela: A Play of the Ordinary’, NUS Museum, Singapore, 2009; CP Open Biennale, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2003.

APT6 exhibiting artists and projects are: Minam Apang | Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan | Chen Chieh-Jen | Chen Qiulin | Cheo Chai-Hiang | DAMP | Solomon Enos | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian | Subodh Gupta | Gonkar Gyatso | Kyungah Ham | Ho Tzu Nyen | Emre Hüner | Raafat Ishak | Runa Islam | Ayaz Jokhio | Takeshi Kitano | Ang Lee | Mansudae Art Studio | Rudi Mantofani | Mataso Printers | The Mekong: Bùi Công Khánh, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Sopheap Pich, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Svay Ken, Tun Win Aung & Wah Nu, Vandy Rattana | Tracey Moffatt | Farhad MoshiriKohei Nawa | Shinji Ohmaki | The One Year Drawing Project | Pacific Reggae: Roots Beyond the Reef | Rithy Panh | Reuben Paterson | Campbell Patterson | Wit Pimkanchanapong | Qiu Anxiong | Kibong Rhee | Hiraki Sawa | Shirana Shahbazi | Shooshie Sulaiman | Thukral & Tagra | Charwei Tsai | Vanuatu Sculptors | Rohan Wealleans | Leba Toki, Bale Jione & Robin White | Yang Shaobin | Yao Jui-Chung | YNG | Zhu Weibing & Ji Wenyu