American Pablo Gentile recently opened the Franklin Lee Gallery on Jl. Oberoi in Seminyak with a group of other artists, brining to the scene Baliâ€™s newest artspace. The native New Yorker sculpts and paints at his studio in the area, and spoke to The Bali Times about the galleryâ€™s first exhibit, Black and White
How many artists were involved in the exhibition?
About 10, including myself. There were a couple of Indonesian and American artists as well as British, Serbian, Greek, French Canadian and German. The theme of the exhibit was works in black and white.
What kind of works were on show?
An eclectic mix of paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Each artist brought his own unique vision and style to the exhibition. It was really interesting to see how such a diverse group of people from different backgrounds interpreted the theme.
What sets this gallery apart from others in gallery-packed Bali?
Our first exhibit demonstrated that Franklin Lee is trying to bring art of an international standard to Bali, which hardly exists here. The gallery is willing to give a chance to emerging artists to exhibit their work that doesnâ€™t necessarily fit into the business plans of most galleries here â€“ those that seem to be more concerned with selling decorations rather than what might be considered art.
Are the artists newcomers or established?
Itâ€™s a mix. There were a few very established artists in the first exhibit as well as some chosen for their fresh approach and their first-time showing. It was sort of a showcase. I had a few of my paintings on show, as well as some of my sculptures â€“ as well as new work that I havenâ€™t been able to define yet. (BT/IP)