SATHAR AS KI RANGGA GADING
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18” x 24”
Screen Print (9 Colour on Cougar paper)
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All mythology has a meaning that can be interpreted differently according to the interpreter’s perspective and time period. The stories of Ki Rangga Gading is basically of a villain a long time ago who possesses black magic and supernatural power. He also use his power to transform his stolen items and shapeshift his body.
At the end of the story, Ki Rangga Gading is defeated by a religious leader in a fight. Until he repented and became a student of the religious leader.
Riandy is interested in capturing the moments of this battle. He tries to focus on Ki Rangga Gading as the “anti-hero”. In his conceptual process to represent Ki Rangga Gading, Riandy wants to show that Ki Rangga Gading is not actually the villain, but the religious leader is the villain. He tries to relate it into the phenomena today, where many religious leaders use the religion as a ‘mask” for a political agenda.
In this artwork, Riandy tries to combine the local mythology with the story of Japanese and American pop culture. He believes that the heroic stories on that pop culture is also a mythology on present day.
Riandy used the typical of Bandung city t-shirt screen printing technique, this is an unusual technique choice for him. Knowing that Sarang Semut Studio’s specialty was printing on tshirts and he believed the technique would be an unusual application for his artwork.
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