Black is the darkest color, the result of complete absence of light. It is one of the first color used in art. There was also theory stated that before anything was ever created, it was all beginning with black emptiness. Black color also represent and associated with many different kind of positive and negative aspect. It symbolize power, elegance, luxury, evil, secrecy, grief, etc. Regardless of its intended usage, black always have the timeless and contradictive aspect attached into it.
Interested with the usage of black, Kei Kusuma utilizes black color as the main instrument for his works. While most artist usually use black color either for the preliminary or finishing purpose only, Kusuma sees it with a slightly different perspective. He sees the similarity of “black” color and “drawing” techniques. As most people knows, drawing is a very important process of creating. Almost all of the things created nowadays are constructed based on a drawing, either a manual handmade drawing or computer based rendering. However, modern drawings are commonly used as only a draft rather than respected as a finished form of work.
Considering the primordiality and all interesting aspect of black color, Kusuma feels the usage of black color is rather degraded into basic utility. He thinks that it actually has limitless potential, which has been proven since ancient times. From that idea, he has created new works for ULTRABLACK. Highlighting the use of black color as the fundamental and main instrument for this exhibition, it brings back the old retrospective feels when most artworks were created with only black color and also the contradictive feels of Kusuma detailed modern visual imagery. The idea of using black color as the beginning and the end for the process gives combination of a nostalgic feels and modern approach of what black color can accomplished.
Created with an instrument and technique from primordial era, ULTRABLACK presents a showcase of Kei Kusuma artworks with combined mixture of timeless and contemporary quality attached into it. ULTRABLACK is the first solo exhibition of Kei Kusuma works, which arranged and supported by Sin City Gallery. The exhibition itself is a symbolic representation of Kusuma’s art progression, as the black color represent the beginning, an ascencion of hard work, creativity and ideas.
Kei Kusuma is the grand prize winner of 12 Inches of Sin, an international juried art competition attracting artists from all over the world.
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