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Art What!: Iswanto Soerjanto’s Painting with Light at the Mizuma Gallery

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Mizuma Gallery has announced Painting with Light, a solo exhibition of Indonesian artist Iswanto Soerjanto – his first solo presentation in Singapore.

Known for his use of cameraless photography as a medium of artmaking, Iswanto utilizes the principles and the materials of photography but without the presence of camera as a device to capture the image. In his process, Iswanto employs various types and forms of masking elements to control the light that falls onto the paper surface that had been primed with light-sensitive chemical substances often used in the process of photoprinting.

In his artmaking process, Iswanto acts as the camera, as well as the photo enlarger. By eliminating the camera as the image-recording device, Iswanto’s works bring about abstract visuals manifested from the reaction between the chemical substances and sunlight. The exhibition’s title, Painting with Light, references Iswanto’s technical
process of artmaking – mainly in his ability to control the amount of sunlight falling onto the surface of his paper.

Based on the materials and techniques used, Iswanto’s works can be classified into Chemigram and Cyanotype. In his Chemigram works, he experiments with various masking substances, both solid and liquid forms, on monochrome or silver gelatin photo paper. Thus, the images produced tend to be a gradation of black and white; although on some occasions, Iswanto experiments with post-exposure chemical reactions to create colours in his Chemigram works.

On the other hand, in his Cyanotype works, Iswanto uses aquarelle paper coated with a light-sensitive mixture of ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, so that upon exposure to sunlight, a chemical reaction
ensues, and upon rinsing off, a Prussian blue image appears on the surface of the paper.
Painting with Light will feature works from these two printing techniques, created between 2018 – 2019.

Painting with Light runs from 22nd February to 29th March 2020 at the Mizuma Gallery, 22 Lock Road #01-34. Admission is free. For more information, visit their website here  

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