Matter's Matter by Radhinal Indra

Posted on 06 November 2017

In the exhibition Matter’s Matter, Radhinal Indra showcases a constellation of works that are based on his research of scientific framework. In his works, he examines the connection between human biology and bodily senses with celestial bodies. It is found that we are connected to space elements on molecular level, which transpires in some of his artworks that were inspired by periodic table. The artist’s fascination with celestial bodies began since he was a child in Bima. Being a relatively small town, the stars were visible clearly to the naked eyes. Furthermore, born a son of a mathematician mother and a scientist father might have also contributed to draw his inspiration from scientific framework. Roy Voragen, the curator of this exhibition mentioned that “the artist attempts to provide a different perspective on our human all too human desire to have a cosmic connection by re-examining the relationships between human and celestial bodies.”

In “Meat & Moon” (2016), Indra reveals that both contains the same element such as zinc and magnesium, amongst many others. In this work, he eloquently combined the two to create a thought-provoking piece where viewers might be interested to learn about what both have in common. “James Webb Space Telescope” (2017) is inspired by the actual space probe that will be launched in 2019 to study extraterrestrial life. Indra cleverly included hidden messages that can only be identified upon close inspection. His works are outstandingly meticulous and detailed that one could mistaken them as print on medium, while in fact, they are all acrylic on various media. One work that we found particularly striking was “Epilogue; Day & Night” (2017), which is based on his personality during day and night. The stunning details on this work are absorbing, using acrylic on wood panel as medium.

Matter’s Matter is one of the rare exhibitions that successfully combine viscerality and scientific cerebralism. Radhinal Indra’s works are currently displayed at Ruci’s Art until 26th November 2017.

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