Monochromatic Lempad: From Sutasoma to Kekayi In Copulation
AN exhibition of works by the late I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is currently on at the Salihara Gallery, South Jakarta. Lempad’s pictures are wide-ranging, with inspiration from mythology, folklore, ancient Balinese script, and the daily life of humble Balinese folk. Lempad’s interpretation of life was singularly unique.
THE piece of art on display using video mapping was arresting. It was as if the very hand of the late I Gusti Nyoman Lempad himself had magically appeared and made an etching on the Salihara Gallery wall in South Jakarta in mid-June. The etching on the wall flowed and became a table bearing offerings, the mainstay of religious ritual by adherents of Balinese Hinduism.
The table of offerings on the black wall then transmuted. The hand unseen bega...