Graphic Potential of Oil Pastel on Silk Screen  

Fine Arts Study Program, Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) in collaboration with Tyaga Art Management held a Mini Residency at (9/1-7/2019). The event which was held for seven days was attended by public participants from various regions in East Java. Nur Iksan and Mayang Anggrian are lecturers of the Fine Arts Study Program FCS UB who were involved as speakers of this activity.

In this occasion, Mayang conveyed the History and Development of Indonesian Graphic Art. While Nur Iksan delivered Oil Pastel on Silk Screen Graphic Training for seven consecutive days.

At the opening of the event, Mayang said, “Mini Residency is one of our efforts to discuss graphic arts and its practices for the community, especially in Malang. Incidentally, its intention is embraced with the mission of Tyaga Art Management in building art human resources. As a consequence, this activity was held.”

Taking place at Omah Budaya Slamet Bumiaji, Batu City, this Mini Residency program not only led participants to understand on how the history and practice of graphic art (oil pastels) itself, but also helped participants gain discourse on personal management as artists.

During the Mini Residency, Nur Iksan introduced, gave tutorials and accompanied the participants in making oil pastel graphics on silk screen. Oil pastel is used as a substitute for a print or emulsion, to close the screen. Ways, tools, and materials are almost the same as those used for silk screens that use emulsion, but it requires a heater to melt the oil pastel to the screen.

This type of print making is held into workshop because not many people understand graphic art with these techniques. While in one of the sessions, Mayang conveyed how the development of graphic arts in Indonesia, as well as explained the graphic journey that started from non-art interests, propaganda, to practices in the area of fine art. In the same occasion, it was conveyed how the opportunities for graphic arts in Indonesia for emerging artists, until it came to a conclusion that the opportunities for young graphic artists are very possible to be explored.

This Mini Residency event also presented other speakers, including Slamet Henkus, an artist from Batu city who helped participants in exploring work ideas; then Kubu Sarawan, an artist from Batu city who gave participants tips to motivate themselves as artists; Mike Susanto, an academic, a writer, and a curator of Art who explained about pricing methods in a work. On the last day, this Mini Residency event was closed by Bambang AW, an entrepreneurial artist who delivered about how to self-branding tips as artists in the midst of the social field of art. (PS.Seni/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)