Meanwhile, Udin Kuru with his Pesan untuk Masa Depan piece presented figures of Soekarno, Agus Salim, and Hatta who used camera phones to capture objects in front of them. Uniquely, the audience will feel that they are being photographed by the national figures in the painting.
As a charity expo for Merapi, no wonder that several paintings represent the condition of Yogyakarta. At the second floor, we only see the works of Heri Dono illustrating Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. He named his work “DIY”. It is different from Kartika Affandi, Laretna Adhisakti, and Widarto who made a scratch on canvas entitled Merapi.
Expo participants are also from UGM academic community, such as Dr. Ir. Laretna Trisnantari Adishakti, M.Arch., dr. Ida Safitri Laksono, and Endira Sofian Effendi. Although they are not artists, their works deserved appreciation.
Helping Merapi Survivors
The charity art expo was initiated to help Merapi eruption survivors. Each painter donates a minimum of 50% from their works that are sold to the survivors.
The expo is held at the second floor of the Cultural Center building that was previously used to accommodate the IDPs during their evacuation.