About

CushCush Gallery, an addition to CushCush family, is conceived as a platform for creative collaborations in contemporary design + art. It is an alternative gallery that embrace interactions and celebrate multi-disciplinary creativity through explorations of intersections of art, design, materiality, techniques and crafts.

Architect/designer Jindee Chua, co-founder of CushCush, had envisioned CushCush Gallery as a little oasis within the hectic Denpasar city of Bali. Accessed through a small lane, CushCush Gallery sits within CushCush studio, a sprawling space that used to be a disused garment factory before CushCush turned it into its home. CushCush Gallery has its own separate entrance and consists of a main gallery space with 3 smaller studio spaces that can support a wide variety of creative and art programs, as well as a space for showcasing artworks and limited-edition design objects and furniture.

CushCush Gallery will host local and international uprising and established artists and creatives to present quality, contemporary design + art programs, to enrich the Bali experience. Through its year-round program of curated exhibitions, residency and collaborations, CushCush Gallery facilitates exchanges between an international community of artists and creatives and Bali.

Crucible

Ross Mcleod in collaboration with CushCush Gallery
Designer IN-Residence
January 2016 (2 weeks)
July 2016 (2 weeks)

Exhibition
15th July – 15th October 2016

The genesis of the Crucible collection began through the production of a series of watercolour and oil pastel sketches of bowl-like forms that contemplated the idea of what constitutes a “vessel”. These sketches were then translated into full-size hand drawings that were made in response to the selection of beautiful off-cut timber slabs (sustainably sourced Suar wood) that were stacked beside CushCush’s studio workshop in Denpasar, Bali.

The driving force behind the collectìon was a desire to develop refined and elegant design objects which retain a sense of authenticity in their making and intimacy in their use. Ultimately the pieces act as a reflection upon the primal relationships between ritual and craft.

The collections title “Crucible” reflects the desire to explore an alchemical synthesis; a fusion of functional, sculptural, material and archetypal concerns. It is hoped that the final transformation of the Crucibles will occur when the vessels fulfil their functional role as utilitarian objects, playing a small but beautiful part in people’s lives.

DenPasar 2017

About

DenPasar2017 is a group exhibition that is part ofCushCush Gallery’s (CCG’s) series of programs that provides a platform for young artists and creative communities from various fields in Bali to come together and create artworks. In keeping with CCG’s goal of actively seekingfresh perspectives, potentially intertwining the different disciplines and contemporary art and design to interact and collaborate, DenPasar2017 aims to represent the aspirations of creative generation in the present.

Denpasar is the capital of Bali province, and it is where the business center and seat of Bali’s government are situated. The city has its own charm, with a more diverse communities resulting from a large number of settlers that have since become residence of Denpasar. These diverse communities live side by side, enriching life in Denpasar. Denpasar literally means“Pasar Utara” (North of Market), that reinforces the important role of the market in the development of Denpasar city as it has become today. For this reason, ‘Market’ is picked as the theme forDenPasar2017 exhibition.

For DenPasar2017, CCG invites artists and creative communities/ creatives to understand and respond, and give meanings to the understanding of ‘Market’ in Denpasar. These responses will be presentedin the form of 2 dimensional artworks (60x40cm) as DenPasar2017 exhibition at CCG.

CushCush Gallery had an open call in January and February 2017, inviting artists and creative to participate in DenPasar2017 exhibition, and had selected 17 participants from different creative backgrounds. They include architects, dancers, fashion designers, jewelry designers, graphic designers, photographers, street artists, fine artists and many more. To facilitate the selected participants, CCG held a “MelaliKePasar” (journey to the market) event in 15th March 2017 to brief participants in exploring the theme.

Click to download Denpasar 2017 Open Call.

Artists

17 selected artists from open call with various art and creative background:

Click to find more about them.

Program

 

Melali ke Pasar (Journey to the Market)

DenPasarTalk
Invited speakers: Marlowe Bandem and AyipBudiman.
Sharing session with Marlowe Bandem who shared the role of documentation through art and other creative means which is deeply embedded in Bali’s culture, and AyipBudiman who discussed the importance of‘Sense of place and iconography’.


Click to download the sharing session.

Marlowe Talk Ayip Talk

DenpasarWalk
After the talk, the participants then went together to a variety of markets in Denpasar by rentedBemo(local van transportation) to experience and explore markets directly.

Denpasar2017 Exhibition 
26th May – 26th August 2017
Open for public, by appointment.
Exhibition opening: 26th May 2017

Denpasar2017 Movement (coming soon)
Create a call/recall to visit Denpasar with it’s artsy and creative scene. Scheduled in May-December 2017.
– All artworks from our 17 selected artists will be spread all around media in Bali.
– CCG will produced DenPasar2017 Art Map and spread it all the touristy spots in Bali.

Partnership & Sponsorship

CCG is open for any partnership and sponsorship.
Click to download DenPasar2017 proposal in Indonesian language.
Click to download DenPasar2017 proposal in English.

News

Drawing Future

Charcoal for Children
Charity exhibition 2016/17

27th February – 13th May 2017
Open for public by appointment

Invited artists:
I Wayan Sujana ‘Suklu’, Reno Ganesha, Noella Roos, Nyoman Wijaya, Natisa Jones and Budi Agung Kuswara ‘Kabul’.

Exhibition opening:
Friday 24th February 2017, 6pm – 8.30 pm
Featuring video mapping projection by Wicitra Pradnyaratih ‘Acyd’.

To view the collaborative artwork of each artist x children please click on the link below:

Budi Agung Kuswara - Kabul I Wayan Sujana Suklu Noella Ross Nyoman Wijaya Natisa Jones Reno Ganesha

All collaborative artworks are available for your personal collection.
The profits from selling the artworks will go directly to support future Charcoal For Children programs.

e-Catalogue:

Drawing Future Catalogue

Photo by: Masuria Sudjana

As part of DRAWING FUTURE: Charcoal for Children charity exhibition 2016/17 program, CushCush Gallery & LagiLagi will have MEET THE ARTIST session with each of the invited artist who participate at the previous Charcoal for Children workshop. MEET THE ARTIST is a great opportunity for children/ student/ personal/ creative people to get to know more about the artist’s story, how they create their work and of course the idea behind their Charcoal for Children workshop they did with the children.

The MEET the Artist schedule as follows:-
Reno Ganesha : 24 February 2017 (Friday)
Natisa Jones : 9 March 2017 (Thursday)
Budi Agung Kuswara ‘Kabul’ : 22 March 2017 (Wednesday)
Nyoman Wijaya : 11 April 2017 (Tuesday)
I Wayan Sujana : 19 April 2017 (Wednesday)
Noella Roos : 28 April 2017 (Friday)

Open for public, limited seats
RSVP: Indrawati +62 361 242034
Or email info@cushcushgallery.com

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What is in a charcoal?

Black, dirty… that is what many people associate charcoal with. In Indonesia, charcoal may be associated with satay, and in Australia, perhaps BBQ! If you had experienced ‘Bali Belly’, you probably would have popped charcoal pills to neutralise your upset tummy.

Then there is the other charcoal that is used for drawing. Indeed, charcoal has been used to make art for thousands of years. It has been said that cave paintings discovered all over the globe have shown how charcoal has been used in art for more than fifteen thousand years. It is believed that the drawings have been drawn with the charcoal created from burnt sticks, and it is likely that it did not take long after man discovered fire that man also discovered the bold and rich markings of the remnants of the fire.Cave painting from the Niaux cave in France is a fine example of this early existence of charcoal drawing.

In ‘CHARCOAL FOR CHILDREN’ (CFC), a program initiated by CushCush Gallery (CCG), the medium is LagiLagi DIY charcoal made using twigs and off-cuts timber, to fuel creativity amongst children, and to bring artists and creative communities together!

The use of DIY charcoal as a medium is a deliberate one, relating to its significance in its history and tradition, as well as how it is closely linked to our natural environment and progress in humanity. The program is part of ‘LagiLagi’, an initiative that aims to encourage creativity amongst children and is free for children 8–16 years old.

CHARCOAL FOR CHILDREN 2016/17 theme is ‘DRAWING FUTURE’. This time, the charcoal is used as a medium for drawing and painting. 6 invited artists, with the help of 30+ volunteers from creative communities, work together with 100+ children from different backgrounds to create collaborative artworks. At the end of 3 sessions, all the collaborative artworks are celebrated through a charity group exhibition, and the proceeds of works sold will fund future CHARCOAL FOR CHILDREN sessions.

Creativity does not need much. A twig from our environment, a community who is passionate about sharing the awareness of environment and goodness of creativity, arts and design, and children who want to have fun!

Through CHARCOAL FOR CHILDREN, CCG and LagiLagi hope that the ordinary charcoal will trigger a ‘wave’ of creativity-loving children (as well as parents!!) by emphasizing the generation and expression of ideas in a non-evaluative framework.

By making learning fun, and giving children the freedom to discover things they love, and encouraging them to sort out their values and interests, children learn to be confident to think critically and creatively. Important traits for our future generation!

Help us develop future leaders and innovators. Join the movement and support creativity!