Putu Wahyu Widodo

Putut Wahyu Widodo’s profession as a mass media visual editor of a local newspaper in Semarang, has lead him to acquire a sensitivity in processing various images for his artworks. Putut’s work portrays a representation of a male figure lying flat under several other images, mostly neat lines which at a glance appear as needles squeezing the nude male figure. Putut intends to bring forward the phenomenon of crowded images in our life nowadays, juxtapositioned images demanding our attention to always stare at them.  Juxtaposition is a common phenomenon in our daily life nowadays, Putus presents it in a composition of a broken up figure squeezed side-by-side between other images.

Regarding the image in Putut’s work, Rizky A. Zaelani remarked that “Putut’s experience with digital images has increasingly affirmed his conviction that an image will never find a precise reference of its meaning, and will always find itself in a fluid state.” Putut being aware of the openness in the meaning of images, attempts to form a certain frame on which to anchor these images as a metafor that possesses a certain dimension of meaning. Regarding his work Putut told the author that “a body is a metafor for non-physical conditions (they can be spiritual as well as psychological, what I can see, feel or experience).”

So, Putut consciously inserted a meaning  through the composition of a body and objects juxtapositioned in his work. Putut made the body (male) into a media to represent certain conditions that he feels at that moment. Truly subjective conditions. By instilling the role of composition into a work, Putut turns a subjective element into something with a wider dimension. Into a space for contemplation for the viewers of Putut's work, and to lead them toward the emergence of remembered subjective experiences.

As in ”Stick for Faith #1” 2010 a body is shown with its head bent down and the position of the hands pressed down, the body seems to have holes, scratched for no other reason than that the other objects are composed in juxtaposition on the same plane. Putut produces the composition of these images through an image processing software (Photoshop) on his computer and later transposes them onto a piece of canvas using acrylic paint.  But Putut is not only focused on the original design produced on the computer, in his creative process Putut always improvises in order to introduce psychological conditions that he is going through.

Therefore, Putut's works do not present cold representations, but instead he shares emotional values with his admirers. This is how Putut's works offer space for a dialogue between the artist’s subjective values and the viewer's subjective values, providing space for the emergence of experiences and eventually leading toward a "common" understanding.  Thus is the substance of juxtaposition of space in Putut's works, at least according to the author.



Faithness 1
40 x 100 Acrylic on Canvas