Iman Sapari

In his works Iman does not merely present certain atmospheres, he delves into new possibilities arising from the encounter between photography, projector images and painting. In the past Iman's creative process starts by using a projector to aid him in sketching the objects of his work, but in a further development it turned out that Iman found his ideas in the projection tool itself. The idea arose when he tried to use a new projector that a friend brought along; initially he felt annoyed by the low light emitted by the projector that was less than the usual projectors. Consequently the object did not appear evenly lighted, the brightness only focused on the center and gradually turned darker toward the edges, similar to the focused beam of a flashlight.

The limited brightness of this projector became a stimulus to Iman's creativity, and he subsequently turned this limitation into the topic of his work. Light in this case is unlike the sunrays often portrayed by impressionists, light in Iman's works is artificial (an artificial light full of limitations). However, it was this limitation of artificial light that inspired Iman’s creativity. Curator Ricky Zaelani explains, "... contrary to the style found in impressionist works, Iman Sapari does not seek an experience showing abundant reflections of light on objects, instead he seeks to present the reductions in light intensity that he can collect.” (Most of his images are scenes using lamplight which possess an artificial character.)

Iman Sapari's works depict solitude. That solitude may contain various metaphors subject to the viewer's impression and interpretation. Something that the artist is aware of, but Iman's attention is not on those metaphors. Iman focuses his attention more on the discovery of formal aspects (images). He is aware that metaphors are things that are attached to objects and need no longer be discussed as these objects speak for themselves, communicating directly with the audience.




In One Artificial Morning
48 x 80 Acrylic on Canvas