Mizuma Gallery has announced a brand new solo exhibition, Variations on Symmetry, by Indonesian artist, Albert Yonathan Setyawan. Albert Yonathan Setyawan graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology with an MFA in Ceramics in 2012. Following that, he moved to Kyoto, Japan, to continue his research and training in contemporary ceramic art at Kyoto Seika University where he is a doctoral degree candidate.
Setyawan has participated in several critical group exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, and Japan, and in 2013, he was one of the artists in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Variations on Symmetry is, in some way, a form of reflection and meditation on the relationship between materiality, geometry and a meditative art practice, showcasing new ceramic works and works on paper created between 2018 to 2019. Symmetry is inherently present in the domain of decorative arts. The perception of order and beauty when looking at something symmetrical reflects back on our own physical existence, in which symmetrical order is inherently present in our body. Humans have bilateral body symmetry. In visual structure, symmetry can be perceived as somewhat sterile and rigid while asymmetrical structure on the contrary, is associated with something more dynamic and less predictable.
However, Setyawan believes there is something more to symmetrical structure than just rigidity and sterility. In decorative arts, symmetry and repetition are facilitated through sequences of objects and images, which can bring about a meditative quality and religious association which transcends the association of visual rigidity. The significance of a medium-based art practice is that it provides a mode to be in the world by engaging with the medium in the process of art-making. Setyawan is always fascinated by the idea of repeating certain actions over and over again until eventually that action becomes more than just that action per se, representation disappears and transcendent abstraction is achieved via the very process of making it.
Variations on Symmetry runs from 31st October to 15th December 2019 at Mizuma Gallery at Gillman Barracks. Admission is free. For more information, visit their website here