• Uswarman, Senja Menjelang Malam, 110x145cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Senja Melihat Ke Dalam, 150x150cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Jejak, 200x200cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Katarsis, 160x180cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Untitled, 110x146cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, JLeluasa Dalam Batas #2, 150x160cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Unfocus, 150x150cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017
  • Uswarman, Journey, 200x150cm, acrylic on canvas, 2011
  • Uswarman, Tour of Taste, 200x150cm, acrylic on canvas, 2019
  • Uswarman, Yang Muda Yang Nggak Dipercaya, 100x150cm, acrylic on canvas, 2009
  • Uswarman, Untitled, 100x120cm, acrylic on canvas, 2010
  • Uswarman, Rumah Sebagai Pusat, 110x100cm, acrylic on canvas, 2006

Life Report

16 December - 26 january 2020
Solo show

Uswarman From Uswarman

A Note of Uswarman’s Solo Exhibition –Life Report

At midnight, on the front porch of his studio I and Uswarman
had a talk about his art journey since 15 years ago. His words
came out in a hurry so that sometimes it was incomplete to say
one full sentence, as if many things he wanted to say in one
sentence. The way he talks is the same as his paintings, which
hold everything in layers and lines of color. The conversation
with Uswarman sometimes stopped when he unpacked his
works one by one, showing another side of the abstract that he
had achieved in recent years. As if it were a puzle, Uswarman
arranged all the reasons for how this and that were created, how
visuals and shapes he no longer cared about.

Uswarman artistry can be divided into two periods; figure peri-
od and abstract period. The period of figures is his earlier works,
at this time Uswarman explored form, anatomy, and material
experiments. It was these times which formed the characteris-
tics of Uswarman’s abstract works today. The choice of colors,
lines, and composition as if transformed in different painting
styles. Consciously or unconsciously, Uswarman has repetition
of these elements in his abstract work. The aesthetic uncon-
sciousness provides a strong characteristic, so that Uswarman
can be guessed through lines and colors even in other painting

Ego is an idea in the making process of his works. Uswarman
cultivates everything that gives a former sense of self, those
things can be tragedy, comedy, longing and love. In this process
Uswarman volunteered himself as the main medium for creat-
ing works, so that a part of him was entirely his painting. In the
process he did not invite people to make sense, but rather felt it.

In the span of 15 years, although in a different style of paint-
ing, Uswarman always tells about himself. This pattern might
be related to retrospect or therapy to release emotions so that
his works are very personal and difficult to translate in general
agreement about symbols and colors. But not in the absence
of ideas, but in other contexts, all the feelings expressed by
Uswarman are social problems of society in general. So that his
works accommodate a reflection of general problems centered
on him. his work seems like a big mirror where everyone can
see and interpret themselves so as to find new awareness from
the feeling process.

This time, Uswarman’s solo exhibition shows a long process
of artistic exploration. In this solo exhibition, we can also see
a transition in how works from the period of figures slowly
change to abstract. This transition shows how difficult it is for
an artist to find the right visual choice. So the process of choos
ing abstracts for Uswarman is not something sudden.

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