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Art can be playful in featuring a serious side of life

I am momentarily back in familiar territory, exploring a fascinating world of constant variety. In the busy main street of Legian (in Bali) there is a simple and elegant space in which to spend time perusing artworks and reflecting on things such as the contrast between over-the-top consumerism and the need for quiet contemplation













Artworks of Indonesian artist Cahyo Basuki Yopi in an exhibition titled The Playful Hermit Biasa Art Space Bali April 2011

These pieces are wonderfully whimsical and quirky (sometimes a bit dark) and made from found objects (exactly my cup of tea!) but they also have a deeper side, as I discovered on reading the catalogue ...
"...the artist's subjective language and visionary quest leads him to explore and project the perception of life within his imaginary landscape on the trail of the unknown man ... seeking to define himself and the outside world in relation to the uncanny mystery of the inner-self. "
I like the reference to "the unknown man…