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.
Painter I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, in Bali, 1978. TEMPO Doc./Putu Setia. tempo : 167536386412
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
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