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apexart :: Dipping in the Kool Aid :: Mary Lou Pavlovic
apexart - Bali, Indonesia
Dipping in the Kool Aid
organized by Mary Lou Pavlovic

March 4 - March 31, 2018

Tony Raka Art Gallery
JI.Raya Mas No. 86 Mas, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia
Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 3, 6-8 pm

Featuring work by:
Ridwan Fatkhurodin*
Rodney Glick
Elizabeth Gower**
Djunaidi Kenyut**
Mary Lou Pavlovic**
Angki Purbandono
Alannah Russack**
Imam Sucahyo**
Herman Yosef Dhyas Aries Utomo*

*Prison Art Programs
**In collaboration with incarcerated artists

An Open Call exhibition.

Angki Purbandono, Origami Love Letters, 2013 (detail)

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Dipping in the Kool Aid is an exhibition that celebrates the art works of Indonesian prisoners and artists. Works created for the exhibition are made from a series of artists' projects in jails, the prisoners themselves, and other relevant artists. Aiming to highlight the positive, humanitarian effects of arts activities in jails, in creating artworks, prisoners' are offered opportunities to move with their minds, where space is confined and time placed on hold.

The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that prison staff and incarcerated alike are effected positively by art undertaken in prisons, for example, enjoying beautiful murals, which alter moods of spaces and of which prisoners' can be proud. Another example of work to be exhibited is from a class in which the organisers rarely witnessed such focus. Working all day in the tropical heat, inmates created spectacular floral wood carvings, under the tuition of a traditional woodcarver.

Mary Lou Pavlovic is an artist who lives and works between Bali, Indonesia, and Mittagong, Australia. In 2015, she completed a PhD at Monash University, Melbourne about beauty and how it may be associated with progressive politics in visual arts today. As part of the PhD Mary Lou received an Endeavour Award research fellowship to examine how her studio work was effected by Balinese cultures, this being the reason she moved to Bali. In 2015, after visiting those incarcerated in Indonesian jails, she helped establish an art program in a jail, as prisoners stated they had little constructive activity.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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