Face to Face
June 8 - July 7
For the curious and the creative – those who have been fascinated with the creation of puppets and the telling of stories through puppetry – this is an exhibition of puppets and charcoal and pencil drawings …
Indonesian artist Iwan Effendi (co-founder, puppeteer, director and set designer of and for Papermoon Puppet Theatre and trained in visual arts) explores the process with a special focus on the ‘face’ of a puppet – ‘a living thing with the eyes’.
Effendi’s puppets, made of wood and rattan, have faces created from papier mache, from clay moulds, with washi paper as a finishing touch (a process learnt in Japan). He sees the faces as blank slates, giving the puppeteer the freedom to give it the emotions required for a particular story to elicit the appropriate audience reactions and a willing suspension of disbelief. “The faces are daydreaming. A puppet is more expressive when it moves. When it is still, it’s more enigmatic.”
At the vernissage (which, according to Wikipedia is a preview of an art exhibition, which may be private, before the formal opening) on June 8th, (4.00 to 7.00 p.m.) he will ‘activate’ the puppets with a short performance that has no story, but demonstrates how they are brought to life.
Not a ‘common’ experience, this, so take the kids and fire their imagination !
Tuesdays to Saturdays : 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Sundays : 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.