Lingkungan yang alami, jiwa masyarakat yang ramah dan guyub secara tidak langsung menjadi komoditas naiknya harga tanah dan properti di desa. Kurun 10 tahun terakhir, di Jawa khususnya Yogyakarta, semakin banyak orang kota membeli tanah dan properti di desa, namun tidak ditinggali malah berinvestasi, apalagi hidup bermasyarakat di dalamnya. Orang Jawa adalah masyarakat yang cukup eksistensialis. Artinya, meyakini sesuatu ada baru mencari makna atas keberadaannya itu. Persis seperti eksistensi mendahului esensi. Bukan sesuatu di dunia ini ada karena sudah ditentukan dari sananya. Masyarakat Jawa mampu membaca gejala-gejala alam untuk dijadikan suatu pertanda dan sikap mereka terhadap cara hidup di dunia. Menjadikannya pakem dan keniscayaan, suatu hal yang pasti, melalui tutur kata dari generasi ke generasi, dari yang tua kepada yang muda, lantas semuanya itu menjadikannya adat istiadat atau kebudayaan atau keyakinan.     Rentang 10 tahun bisa menjadi pertanda gejala-gejala alam bagi orang Jawa yang dititipkan oleh waktu. Angka dan bilangan biasanya digunakan sebagai ...

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  “How could the grand narrative of legitimation still have credibility in these circumstances?” (Lyotard)   It is immediately apparent that Eddy Susanto’s works in this exhibition are made up of handwritten texts arranged and composed into images. Perhaps this is why his works come across more as drawings than as paintings. These works are visual narrations constructed from textual narrations. Although they appear visually unassuming, like common illustrations, they quickly inspire awe when we realize that each image is made up of thousands even hundreds of thousands of words taken from the works of great philosophers and thinkers, whose ideas are believed to have great impact on our modern world today. Eddy’s creative method reminds us of concrete poetry or prose, i.e. written words that are also visual compositions. For his part, Eddy does not use poetry or prose to create his visual narrations, but rather he composes them by using grand narratives or ...

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Drawing Pen, Acrylic on Canvas | 260 x 325 cm The painting is a juxtaposition of the revolutionary spirit that surged in France and spread to other parts of the world, including the island of Java. Similar to the power struggle between the monarchy and the bourgeois in France, the struggle for the sole power over the Sultanate of Mataram on Java eventually brought about a breakage: in France Charles X was toppled, while the struggle on Java resulted in two separate entities namely Yogjakarta and Surakarta. The painter Eugene Delacroix was deeply moved by the revolution in his country, and his emotion deepened with literature accentuating the drama even further. Infused with such emotion Delacroix created his famous painting La Liberté guidant le people, with Marianne, as the French symbol held the tricolor flag high above her head as a sign that the country was ruled by freedom. The revolution toppled ...

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