Bend Sinister : Artists Adam de Boer & Sinta Tantra present new paintings inspired by thier residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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14 - 22 September, 2014
Mon - Sat  / 11.00 - 17.00

iCAN (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network)
Jl. Suryodiningratan No.39, Yogyakarta 

As a conclusion to their summer-long residency in Yogyakarta with Cemeti Art House and Mes 56, Adam de Boer and Sinta Tantra present Bend Sinister, a collaborative exhibition combining new painting and sculpture installed within one of Tantra’s signature immersive painted environments.

“Culture in contemporary life is not just working through acculturation or assimilation but also various meetings and associations containing 'misinterpretations' and 'mistranslations'”.
 -Enin Supriyanto

The title of the exhibition draws its name from European heraldry.  A “bend sinister” is a heraldic charge that reverses the more common diagonal sash from right side to left.  Aside from obvious formal similarities that link the abstract paintings made by both artists to coats of arms, bends sinister have sometimes been used in heraldry to symbolize a family’s illegitimate offspring. Both de Boer and Tantra share Indonesian ancestry but were born and raised outside of the country, and they have framed their residencies in Yogyakarta as a kind of homecoming. 

According to iCAN’s curator Enin Supriyanto the artists “are related to Indonesia in a unique way; connected and disconnected simultaneously” and therefore uniquely poised to make “work that is not about the effort of discovering identity, but rather the acknowledgment that a number of slips or different meanings are possible.”

Bend Sinister is part of iCAN’s WIPS! (Works-in-Progress) program. This summer the artists have had the opportunity to question directly the roles (extant or otherwise) that their Indonesian heritage plays in their lives and work. 

With kind support from Artist International Development Award provided by The British Council and Arts Council England, UK.

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Featured Press: 

Wirajuda, Tuggal, 'Sinta Tantra Pushes Cultural Boundaries Through Art', Jakarta Globe, 7 Sep 2014 


Artist Talk at MES56, Yogyakarta


Artist Talk 
19 August, 2014
Ruang MES 56
Jalan Minggiran No. 61 A
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sinta Tantra will be giving an Artist Talk based on her practice and the wider themes explored during her residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 

“For the last 25 years or so, Yogyakarta’s has built up a history of artists concerned with socially engaged and political framed works - from installations to new media, painting and batik; I am interested in the relationship between art and activism and how the city’s ever growing landscape is a reflection on Indonesia’s past and future identities.”

Funded by the British Council and Arts Council England, Tantra’s residency with Cemeti Art House and MES 56 will accumulate in an exhibition which opens on the 15 September. 

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Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra shortlisted for Landmark Sculpture for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Two public works of art are being commissioned by the Borough as part of the Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre scheme. One is destined for inside the building while the other will be outside in the redesigned open space of Lancaster Green near Latimer Road station. This is part of a £57.8m investment in North Kensington with £40.2m of funding committed by the council and an additional £17.6m Government funding for the Kensington Aldridge Academy.

The opportunity for a large scale landmark sculpture has already attracted a shortlist of five world renowned artists. Nigel Hall RA, Nick Hornby working with Sinta Tantra, Paul Hosking, and Julian Opie are all working on proposals.

Later this month, an interview panel with representatives from the Kensington Aldridge Academy, Leisure Centre, the Public Art Panel and local Councillors, will meet to select the final artist.

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Zinger! Humdinger, Summer Group Show in London

60 De Beauvoir Crescent
London N1 5SB

12 noon – 6.00pm
Wednesday – Saturday or by appointment

CANAL is delighted to present the ultimate feel-good summer exhibition on the Haggerston Riviera, with works by Phil Ashcroft, Emily Cole, Alex Gene Morrison, Michael Pybus, Sinta Tantra, Mimei Thompson and Paul Westcombe.

Zinger!//Humdinger is a vibrant celebration of summer - poppy, fruity, sweaty - but always stylish.

'A Dash of Pink'. Artist Talk by Sinta Tantra

 A Dash of Pink - Sinta Tantra Artists Talk - 19th July 10.30 – 12.30, Room 13, Mary Ward Centre  Known for her vibrant and colourful public artworks, artist Sinta Tantra talks about her practice, working on a big scale and why she uses so much ‘pink’. 19th July 10.30 – 12.30 Room 13 Mary Ward Centre The talk coincides with Tantra’s painting exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in Wandsworth which runs from 4th July – 27th July . There will be an opportunity to sign up for a one-to-one tutorial with the artist scheduled for the following week on Saturday 26th July.  19 Jul 2014

Saturday 19th July 10.30 – 12.30
Room 13, Mary Ward Centre
42 Queens Square
London WC1N 3AQ


Known for her vibrant and colourful public artworks, artist Sinta Tantra talks about her practice, working on a big scale and why she uses so much ‘pink’. There will be an opportunity at the talk to sign up for a one-to-one tutorial with the artist scheduled for the following week on Saturday 26th July. 

This event is part of This Woman's Work Festival - encouraging participation and debate on women’s role in art.  Other featured artists participating include Bob&Roberta Smith and Nancy Honey. 

All events are free but ticketed. Please book online

Group Show in New York

Gatekeeper: Liene Bosque, Kate Gilmo, Sinta Tantra

25 June - 26 July
William Holman Gallery
65 Ludlow Street (Corner of Grand)
New York, New York 10002

Gatekeeper is a group show that explores ideas of access, and how the spaces we inhabit enforce or challenge the roles of gender, race, and economic inequalities within societies. Both public and private spaces can limit, prevent or maintain access to the various echelons within a society. We are inspired by the German philosopher Heidegger’s discourse on the relationship between building, dwelling, and human identity. Heidegger wrote, “To be a human being means to be on the earth as a mortal. It means to dwell.”

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Sinta Tantra and Carsten Fock

“What You See, Is What You See”

4 - 27 July 2014

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
533 Old York Rd
London SW18 1TG

Bright, audacious colours in geometric forms spread over the gallery walls, a wallpaper of precisely rendered paintings in hues of blue, teal, green, grey and bubble gum pink. Elsewhere, canvases burst forth with feathered hatchings of various colours, some producing a rainbow of confetti, others a rainstorm of thunderclouds. These two different yet complimentary series play and speak to the space around them, at once individual works as well as an integrated part of the space in which they hang. In ‘What You See, Is What You See’, new works by German Carsten Fock and British-Balinese Sinta Tantra meld into colour abstractions, creating an immersive synergy within the gallery space, running from 3rd July – 27th July at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.

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Sensory Garden for Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital

April, 2014
Outdoor Courtyard Level 5
Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street
Bristol BS2 8HW

Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital is currently the subject of major redevelopment to centralise its specialist paediatric services. Commissioned artists will contribute artworks to areas including main public routes, entrances, the atrium of a new ward block and the building façade. 

Tantra will be creating a Sensory Garden for the Paediatric Neuroscience department. The outdoor space will feature a painted mural, play furniture as well as a planting scheme to compliment the artwork.

Scheduled for completion August, 2014.

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