Lot 59

b. Indonesia, 1971


Signed 'Angkipu' (lower centre)
99cm x 99cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Kissing The Methods, Angki Purbandono, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 2009; illustrated on exhibition catalogue, page 17.

ESTIMATE  RM 2,000 - 3,000


Angki Purbandono, Indonesia’s most prominent artist specialising in scanography – the process of producing artistic digital images by means of an ordinary flat-bed image scanner – creates stimulating digital images of ordinary objects and is featured at HBArt auction for the first very time.

Melon Territory depicts a half-cut melon, revealing the wonderful shape and colour of melon innards and a surprising plastic toy soldier wedged in the seeds. Calvin Tan, curator of Kissing the Method, in which this work was exhibited writes in the catalogue:

“Angki’s scanner images therefore allow the viewer to comprehend the expressiveness and tactile qualities of these everyday objects that one often takes for granted. The even sharpness which the scanner makes possible has resulted in a heightened perception of detail and vividness of colour. [...]

“Collectively, the scans invite a level of intimacy into the artist’s life and a chance for the viewer to pick out things we would find familiar. The sheer aesthetic pleasure that these scans manage to extract from their prosaic objects are also found in Angki’s images. Angki’s work has been an artistic response to a situation where photography is available to everyone with a digital camera. His work shifts the locus of photographic art towards the context of meaning creation and the person behind the creation as a way to extend the possibilities of this medium.”

Angki Purbandono attended the Modern School of Design Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1993 -1994) and was enrolled at the Indonesia Institute of Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1994 -1999). His solo exhibitions include TOP POP at S. Bin. Art Plus Gallery, Singapore (2011); Noodle Theory at Garis Art, Jakarta, Indonesia (2010); Happy Scan at Biasa Art Space, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (2008); Industrial Fiesta at Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, South Korea (2006); My Brain Packages at Centre Culturel Francais, Jakarta, Indonesia (2000) among others. He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions internationally namely Insight at Kunstraum Englanderbau Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2012); Jakarta BiennaleMaximum City: Survive or Escape?, Galeri Cipta II Jakarta, Indonesia (2011); ART JOG 11 at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2011); TV Lovers – ART HK 2011 represented by Vivi Yip Art Room, Hong Kong (2011); Rainbow Asia at Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea (2010); Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow: The 4th Fukuoka Asian Triennal 2009, at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (2009) and many more.