Interview: Ipung Purnomo

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Interview: Ipung Purnomo

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Ipung Purnomo during OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES in Bogotà.

Ipung Purnomo is an Indonesian artist. He was born on 6th January 1974. He’s had passion in painting since he was very young. His early works were landscapes and portraits. He had his first solo painting exhibition when he was in a college. He lived in Yogyakarta within 2001-2005. He ran a painting studio there. He traveled to some cities in Indonesia to receive trainings from some professional artists. Currently, he’s living in Papua. He has participated in national and international exhibitions. Few collective exhibitions were held in Yogyakarta and some collective exhibitions which were held in USA, Italy, Netherlands, Vietnam, Columbia and UK. His works have been included in international publication. 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of OXYGEN-FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES?

Ipung Purnomo – I live in a small town,but the town is a melting pot,people from different regions come together to live and they have social interactions. Each individual has different way of life and way of thinking. This really interests me. The message I want to convey is that human beings is a complex entity. Their mind “lives” in the past as in my artwork “Reminiscences”. There is a joy in their mind remembering good times, yet at the the same they are fragile, as they remisnisce they are in sorrow: why things have changed now? Human beings needs to have good time to express themselves in many ways, to show their identities in fast-changing society, as it was shown in my artwork “Having good time”.

 

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L. C. -What do you think about the concept of this event? In which way did inspire you?

I. P. – The concept is great and up-to-date. It’s trying to connect the art and the changes of society. Art and society cannot be separated because artists absorb, observe and inspire what is happening in society: surroundings, way of life, economy and political situations.
I was inspired by the contemporary concept of the exhibition: the urban society,how artists respond to the changes in society, how cities shape human beings in term of way of thinking and and an idea: can an individual maintain his identity in this very global changes?

 

L. C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

I. P. – Yes, they are. They are focused on the lives of ordinary people, faces that I see everyday and they become sources of inspiration. I explore the sources in such a way to reach the aesthetic values.

 

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L. C. – Did your style change over the years? How?

I. P. – Yes, it did. I think art is a quest. It’s a continuous search to find a new style and concept,to create distinctive artworks. My early works were focused on landscapes and portraits which I delivered in realistic way. There is an aesthetic drive in me to change in order to satisfy my artistic desire.

 

L. C. – Which are your artistic projects in the future? Is there any possibilities for a new participation in some Italian exhibitions?

I. P. – I am always excited about exhibiting artworks in another country, something that I’ve dreamed of. In the future,I want to have more visibilities by having more exhibitions and publications.Italy is one of the main targets of my overseas exhibition.

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