By: Yoke Darmawan
The Bali Art Scene is now thriving again with an impressive number of emerging and confirmed talents that we are proud to take an active part in providing opportunities for public exposure, sharing their journey and creative mind to more younger audiences – encouraging the career development at the service of our established artists and mentors.
The Park 23 Gallery is not that large indeed, but it is already supported by an outstanding team of creative minds and their communities, so we believe in our ability to become, one day at a time, an Art Space of reference, notably for the younger generation of Indonesian artists living in our beautiful island.
Today, we celebrate Michael Palilingan, with the opening of Enlightenment, his new solo exhibition produced in partnership with Igo Blado, Michael’s Art Director and Global Art Frame Bali.
Michael, originated from Manado, was born in Jakarta and graduated from a Bandung Art School. He has already a long list of group and solo shows to his credit plus participation to the Zervas Art symposium of Barcelona in 2017 and to the Asian Art exhibition of Qingdao, China, in 2018. Here in Bali, his most recent solo exhibitions were held at the Colony Creative Hub with “Kasih Semesta” in 2018, at the Sakaye Art Space with “Nyegara Jiwa” in 2019 and at the Seminyak Village with “Aku, Semua Yang Kulihat Dan Semua Yang Melihatku”. Seminyak Village where Nicolaus F Kuswanto and his Galeri Zen 1 has invited Michael to take part in number of recent group shows.
“Melihat, mendengar dan merasakan yang tersembunyi membutuhkan sesuatu. Temui sesuatu itu, maka yang
tersembunyi dan tersamar akan mengungkap diri dengan nyata.”
“Seeing, hearing, and feeling the hidden calls for something. Meet it, and the hidden and the disguised will be revealed themselves in real.”
Here are the profound and subtle words of Michael Palilingan that echo the emotion of a spiritual enlightenment through the act of painting.
Michael has started his artistic career in the North Sulawesi capital city, but when he moved to Bali in search of a larger and more vibrant art scene, it looks like he has also intimately felt that our island is ruled by the two dimensions of Sekala, things visible to the eyes and Niskala, unseen forces that must be handled in consciousness and dedication, a Balinese vision of the world that brings mysticism and spiritual value to the most humble expressions of our daily life.
The Enlightenment translated in Michael’s works might be there, in this awareness of a dualistic world, as if his artistic expressions balancing between abstraction and more figurative representations were a symbol of our intimate journeys between Sekala and Niskala.
8 November – 8 December 2022
Park 23 Creative Hub
Jl. Kediri, Tuban, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361