Resatio Adi Putra is a visual artist that works primarily in the medium of collage and is The Artling’s artist of the month for July!
A self-taught artist from Bandung, Indonesia, Putra’s collage technique uses its fundamental deconstructive nature to reconstruct new connections and ideas, as well as hidden meanings. The process of collage is integral to his artistic practice; the act of collecting, searching and locating materials very much forms the backbone of each of his works. As he says “[i]f in drawings you need a figure of a rabbit, you just draw it, but in collage you have to find the image first, and not all rabbit image[s] will suit…your visualization of what college you will make”.
In 2015, Putra participated in Bandung New Emergence Vo1. 5, a group exhibition of emerging artists from Bandung. His work questioned a Western Javanese folklore that had similar attributes with a folklore written by Aesop and other folklores around the world. The way in which he questions the idea of authorship relates directly to his collage work: the act of taking apart forms that have a structured order, and re-presenting them in a completely new way goes to the very heart of these explorations.
Putra’s collages re-invoke the technique of photomontage that was very much used by the Berlin Dadaists, such as Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Hoch. Employing the use of products of mass media, they appropriated bourgeois communication imagery to critique socio-political issues. Putra’s work has a similar problematic nature to it; a female figure whose mouth has been slit apart and stuffed with corals, or a woman dressed in a trench coat with plants growing from her head – there is a sense of darkness to his works.
However, in a world of technology and digital media, Putra’s use of the collage technique has a nostalgic feel to it, as opposed to the ironic repurposing that the Dadaists employed. The choices of images from encyclopedias, dictionaries and magazines that Putra stitches together sort of point to the eminently endangered medium of print, in an age where digital media and print have a stronghold.
In some sense, Putra takes these images that are in danger of disappearing and gives them a new meaning and purpose. As he describes, “[c]ollage artists are like foxes, collecting junk and compose something out of it.”
Collage is a way of resurrection.
See more of Resatio Adi Putra works here.
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