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Pada Enam Lembar Kanvas Hendrix

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Pada Enam Lembar Kanvas, Hendrix …

“Waktu saya lebih muda, saya menyerap cara-cara itu. Saya menyimak dan berusaha menemukan seluruh cara yang indah itu, seperti Castle Made of Sand dan One Rainy Wish serta semua karya keren Hendrix yang sayangnya tak dikenal seperti halnya teknik gaung dan permainannya dengan gigi dan hal-hal itu.”

—Steve Vai via TEMPO (3-9 Mei 2010)

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens […] Excuse me while I kiss the sky […] I’m the one that has to die when it’s time fot me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.”

—Jimi Hendrix, (diakses 15 Oktober 2010)

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Organic Mind

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The terminology “organic” has entered our brains as something that tells us to go back to nature. Many countries and cultures have since long embraced “organic” lifestyles, “organic” foods, “organic” agriculture, “organic” cosmetics and so on. The organic thinking has a strong connection to environmental awareness and health in common.

But there are other aspects of “organic” thinking we have to embrace and understand. The contemporary visual artist Mantra expresses in this collection two important intellects found in humanity: The Natural Intellect and The Acquired Intellect. Natural Intellect is what we do with our instincts, what nature tells us to do and the skills nature gave us. Mantra’s example of Jimmy Hendrix is an outstanding element of natural instinct since Hendrix had never studied music but his natural skill created unique guitar sounds. In other words Hendrix had the “organic mind”. The cultural problem occurring today is that we are drowning in too much acquired intellect spread by consumerism and media such as TV addiction and having to “keep up with the Jonses” syndrome in a materialistic way. The end result being humanity loosing its organic mind concept.

However some ways of acquired intellect goes back to natural intellect such as yoga which was created by humanity in India around 5000 years ago as a form of exercise bringing mind and body together in a spiritual unity. We can therefore state that some unique intellects are both. Read More

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Reading Mantra Organic

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Reading Mantra Organic

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‘Organic’ thinking is thinking based on the perception of wholeness of people, relationships, and of the earth itself. It is thinking that seeks to join together and to unify, rather than to break things down into discrete parts. ‘Organic’ thinking looks at life as a series of smaller wholes within larger wholes. It forms the foundation for a life in which nothing is separate. – Julie Redstone, ORGANIC MIND AND BINARY MIND

Mantra is the product of a long line of traditional Balinese who diligently followed the path of art as a life choice. His father was a well known painter named Bapak Pengsong, a famous painter in Bali and Lombok. >From his father’s line, he has a long genealogy that can be traced to the 16th century when the people of the Gelgel and Amlapura Kingdoms, along with troops of soldiers and artists, migrated to West Lombok. >From the Balinese community in Lombok, Mantra took in the nuances of Balinese aesthetics in what tends to be an exclusive group of the Balok (Bali-Lombok) people to carry on his religious and traditional lines. Read More