Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan), Indonesia b.1983 | The Journey 2011 | Synthetic polymer paint on canvas Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
APT7 Artist profile from http://www.peril.com.au
PERIL: Can you describe some of the artworks you are exhibiting at APT7?
HAHAN: My work in APT7 is part my ideas talking about the young artist position in Indonesia. Like one of the works ‘the journey’ is talking about effort some of Indonesia young artists to be have good position in international art worlds but it’s not easy way to go there, lots of hard work we must do to make the way to go there.
PERIL: What are some of the ideas behind your art practice?
HAHAN: I have influence by youth culture, comic and punk. My works across several mediums including painting, ink drawing and sculpture. In my most recent works I explores themes of experience (international art market) from young artists in the art world from the perspective of an emerging Indonesian artist.
In the time I spent curating the artwork The Journey by “Hahan” It reminded me much of an american influenced pop style propaganda art expressed through his excessive use of symbolism and countless connections to Disney illustrations make it hard to not to tell yourself that myth. But on the other hand I noticed his style of painting and all of his lines were so clean, it in fact reminded me of traditional Indonesian aesthetics. The palette used is not similar to the style of a western cartoonist, I found links to what I thought was more of a selection that would be used among manga artworks.
I see aspects that are influenced by his cultural background in Indonesian such as the concept and statement this work is talking about. But his style is very western when it comes to the way the characters are portrayed. For some reason I find this work can easily communicate with various cultures but the statement may very, depending on ones political knowledge this could be found on one hand humorous and on the other hand can be taken very seriously .
Also from Hahan
Hahan and Friends,
Launched to coincide with the ‘7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’,Hahan and friends is an exciting publication written and developed especially for children. Hahan and Friends is the fifth children’s book published by the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre the first to focus on the work of a single artist. Emerging Indonesian artist Hahan (Uji Handoko Eko Saputro) has collaborated with the Gallery to develop this richly illustrated book, presented in a format that is appealing and accessible to children. Hahan and Friends explores the artist’s life and art works and provides stimulating art-making activities for children to complete at home or at school. Throughout Hahan and Friends, young readers will collaborate with the artist and share his passion for comic style artwork, making objects and merchandising products.