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Eco-surrealism – is the time we live in real?

You sure have noticed my unusual stake on surreal art these days. There’s not a high chance I’ll be liking lesser of these pieces. In time, surrealism has the probability to turn into something that is nearer to realism, to what is in fact happening at current.

In the presentation of form these days in Asia, they are made as imaginations of the real, which is still near the basis of the formation of surrealism – to solve the contradiction of dream and reality.

Can you imagine the world near future where the place we live can change quite drastically, in the name of monies, peace, greed or negligence. I’ve recently got some works by Bambang P Eryanto, a series that is rather worth for you to ponder further.

I’m particularly mindful that the message in the art is about the artist’s view about the country he lives in while it’s quite an usual for one contemporary artist in this time to take a pure approach towards ecological subjects.

Artistic representations to form ecological dialogues isn’t new. Probably artisans over time find their responsibility to counter the problems taking away a healthier place humanity has lived in. They even felt they have the power to mobilise mindsets of people, more than policies does. I could agree that interventive means hasn’t been a charm to a population of survivors both rich and poor. How much does a picture speaks to an adult and another child then?

As what surrealism does, to make the element of surprise and unexpected sequences, Bambang’s works does visually tell a world that is adapted to non-logical imaginations – but on a closer look, it does represent a picture of where we are in this ultra urban era, if not, just a future awhile away from where we stand. This calls a question, if we should answer, ‘if the time we live in – is real?’

Men has made his own world what they have before imagined. A city full of life, a garden where there was before a forest and even tourism in huge force to build a bigger economy. Bambang’s works relook at the thoughts of humanity, the irony in them, what was meant to make our place a better earth, but did fail in ecological sense, to our time in real and surreal.


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