Jakarta’s growing art industry has been gifted a new creative space, Yun Artified Community Art Center which officially opened its doors in January. The brain child of Yince Djuwidja, the four-storey multi-function building is located in Pantai Indah Kapuk.
Nestled in Jl. Katamaran Permai III No.35, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Yun Artified is an eco-friendly building in contemporary design. The 1,584 metre square area faces glass windows allowing for lots of natural light (unlike traditional galleries) but with special features to block ultraviolet rays.
Yince Djuwidja uses feng-shui and her artistic approach to create the space. It is manifested in half-open-level structure “mezzanine” which allows good air circulation. Its lush location allows spectacular views from the gallery.
Yun Artified’s official opening was marked with the opening exhibit by Yince Djuwija herself and Beijing-based artist Zheng Lu whose work was on display in Jakarta for the first time. A total of 60 artworks are on the display - featuring Chinese Calligraphy, naturalist paintings and few sculptures - curated by Jim Supangat.
Through five years mentorship with Chinese art scholars, Djuwidja’s work, which incorporates traditional Chinese art with western touches, have produced beautiful results. Respecting tradition, Yince created a subtle tone while still accentuating her signature style. Zheng Lu created stainless works inspired by Chinese letters that hang from the ceiling. Djuwidja’s works of vertical Chinese Calligraphy stretches 15 metres long – earning it a National Record from MURI (Museum Rekor Dunia Indonesia), considered the longest calligraphy creation in Indonesia so far.
“When I was young, I used to learn Chinese calligraphy but never had the chance to make a leap and make this a career. It is late for me but we can be someone, anytime. I always use my senses and live surrounded by art. And now, I fulfilled my dream and made it happen,” Djuwija said.
Yun hopes to add fresh colour to Indonesia’s art scene, fusing an intercultural approach to create more global representative. The aesthetics of Indonesian and Chinese culture can be seen from Batik Lasem, for example, whose pattern is the result of acculturation. In the arts, contemporary work allows the liberty of ideas without limit.
“Hopefully, this art centre will add color to the Indonesian art industry. It’s my contribution as my love for Indonesian art. Here, people can come, learn and understand more about Indonesian art as we vision a better environment for the local scene,” said Djuwidja who is also a founder of the Indonesia-China Art Association (ICAA).
In the future, Yun Artified Community Art Center is set to become a centre for art activities, providing exhibition rooms, workshop space, and library. The art centre has held a number of workshops such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese ink painting, canvas paintings with oil and acrylic, as well as clay-sculpting and brush pen calligraphy. With at least 2-3 regular exhibitions to be held per year, Yun Artified also introduces an art advisory program where the institution offers solutions for artwork archiving system, art online database, and art recommendation.
Yun Art Community Art Center
Jl. Katamaran Permai III, No.35
Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.