08 April 2010 jam 18:30
30 April 2010 jam 21:00
LANGGENG GALLERY, JAKARTA ART DISTRICT, GRAND INDONESIA SHOPPING TOWN, EAST MALL, LOWERGROUND. JL. MH.TAMRIN 1 JAKARTA PUSAT
While Bambang Toko presents a progression of painted canvases, depicting comic book panels, it would be remiss to claim that progression to be sequential, as in sequential art (comic art). Rather, each canvas is viewed separately, due to the visual space between the works, and not sequentially as they might be found on a comic book page. The space between the works, here, is all important for it reminds the gallery visitor that these are works of art. In their transition from page to wall, they differ in actuality, and in meaning, from the comic book images they were taken from.
For Bambang Toko, Jan Mintaraga’s comic book images appear to encapsulate the stylistic nuances of the time, conjuring an era when American comic books, and western popular culture per se, was sweeping across Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines.
[ Prof. Yusuf Martin]