Monday, June 23, 2014

Two leading Indonesian contemporary artists at P.3

Agus Suwage

Agus Suwage was born in 1959 in Purworejo, Java, Indonesia. He lives and works currently in Yogyakarta. His studied Graphic Design at the Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia from 1979 till 1986 and  later decided to become a professional artist. He  is actively engaged in both local and international scenes since the late 1980s. His art practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and installation and his work has been exhibited in major art events across Indonesia and abroad. Whilst his oeuvre predominantly circles around the phenomenon of “death”, he is also engaged with an obsession of portraiture since the mid 90’s, mainly self-portraits in different poses and settings that address socio-political issues. He often uses popular symbols and iconography to interact with the viewer. Charcoal figures of skulls and skeletons dominate the works in his exhibitions. Referring to other artists as well as his own works, appropriation and irony are two techniques he uses to critically investigate the history of modern art. “It could be said that the work was among the last in recent years to incite public reaction in Indonesia and to trigger a debate among people outside the art community”, writes Farah Wardani (Art writer, curator and director of Indonesian Visual Art Archive).

He has participated in over 150 museum and gallery exhibitions around the world.
Selected Solo Exhibitions are: "CYCLE No. 2" and "The End Is Just Beginning Is the End" at the Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA (2013/2011) and "Pause/Re-Play" at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia (2005).
Suwage participated in the Biennale Jogja IX, Yogykarta, Indonesia (2007), the Singapore Bienniale, Singapore (2006), the 6th Bienniale of Havana, Cuba (1997), the Asia Pacific Bienniale (1996) and became a retrospective at the Yogyakarta Art Museum, Indonesia (2009), which was accompanied by a comprehensive monograph of his work "Still Crazy After All These Years", published in May 2010.

Education and Background
Graphic Design at Bandung Institute of Technology, Faculty of Fine Art and Design, Bandung, Indonesia
Artist in Residence in QUT, Brisbane, Australia
Artist in Residence in "Sai-no-kuni" Saitama, the Museum of Modern Art, Koshigaya-shi Saitama, Japan
"Brito International Artists Workshop" Tepantor, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Artist in Residence in STPI, Singapore
Selected Solo Exhibition
  • "The End Is Just Beginning Is The End" Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA
  • "CIRCL3", Singapore Tyler Print Institute Gallery, Singapore
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years", Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Beauty in the Dark", Avanthay Contemporary Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • "An Offering to Ego" CIGE 2008, Beijing, China, organized by Nadi Gallery
  • "I/CON", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Pause / Re-Play", Soemardja Gallery, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "Fabulous Fable", ArtSingapore 2004, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Suntec City, Singapore, organized by Nadi Gallery
  • "Toys S’ US", CP Asian Art Space, Jakarta; Selasar Soenaryo, Bandung; Emmitan Gallery, Surabaya; Gaya Fusion of Sense, Sayan, Bali; Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Playing the Fool" Valentine Willie Fine Art- Southeast Asian Painting & Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • "Ough...Nguik!!", National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. Organized by Nadi Gallery
  • Atelier Frank and Lee Gallery, Singapore
  • "Channel of Desire", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "I&I&I", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Beautify", Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Sai-no-kuni", Artist in residence exhibition, Gen Gallery & Public center Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • "Eksotika Dotkom", Soemardja Gallery, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Millennium Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Galeri Padi, Bandung, Indonesia
  • Lontar Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • H Block Gallery QUT, Brisbane, Australia
  • Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Selected Group Exhibition
  • "Asia: Looking South" ARNDT, Berlin, Germany
  • "Beyond the Self" National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 11)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1991-2010" Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • "Illuminance" Agus Suwage + Filippo Sciascia, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Art Stage Singapore 2011", Nadi Gallery, Singapore
  • "The Show Must Go On" celebrating The 10th anniversary of Nadi Gallery, the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia" Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • "Illuminance" Agus Suwage + Filippo Sciascia, Langgeng Art Foundation, NUS Museum, Singapore
  • "Reality Effect" SIGIarts Gallery, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Almost White Cube" the 12th Anniversary of CGartspace, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ecce Homo" Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Pleasures of Chaos" Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 10)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Kado #2", celebrating the 9th anniversary of Nadi Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "CIGE 2009" (China International Gallery Exposition), Nadi Gallery, Beijing, China
  • "Hong Kong International Art Fair (ART HK 09)", Nadi Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Broadsheet Notations: Projecting artworks on paper", Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "Group" Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin
  • "Post-Tsunami Art" Primo Marella, Gallery Milano, Italia
  • "Simple Art of Parody" Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "The Golden Age", Ark Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Milestone", Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Hibridization", North Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Allegorical Bodies-Indian Contemporary Art", A Art Contemporary Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Dari Penjara ke Pigura", Galeri Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Beyond Art Space, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
  • "Passions", ShContemporary 08, The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Galeri Canna, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
  • "Bentuk-Bentuk: Contemporary Indonesian Art in 3D", Melbourne Art Fair 2008, Melbourne, Australia, organized by Nadi Gallery & Valentine Willie Fine Art
  • "Loro Blonyo Kontemporer", Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Merti Bumi", Lerep Kampung Seni, Ungaran, Indonesia
  • "Space/Spacing", Galeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai", Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "CIGE", Nadi Gallery, Beijing, China
  • "The Past-The Forgotten Time", National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
  • "The Scale of Black", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
  • "Expose #1 - A Presentation of Indonesian Contemporary Art by Deutsche Bank & Nadi Gallery", Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Manifesto", The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Inanimate Performance", Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Animal Kingdom", Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Neo-Nation", Biennale Yogyakarta IX, Jogjakarta National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ar[t]chipelago Alert", Tonyraka Art Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Art Paris-Abu Dhabi", Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • "Imagining Asia", 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "Sh Contemporary 2007", Shanghai, China
  • "Celebr’art’e Fire Boar", Kupu-Kupu Art Gallery, Jakarta; Griya Santrian, Bali, Indonesia
  • "On Appropriation", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Fetish Art Object", Biasa Art Space, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Thermocline of Art", New Asian Waves, ZKM, Kalsruhe, Germany
  • "Anti-Aging", Gaya Art Space, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Imagined Affandi", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "CIGE 2007" (China International Gallery Exposition), Langgeng Gallery & Vanessa Art Link, Beijing, China
  • "The Past-The Forgotten Time", The Hague, Artoteek Den Haag; the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam; Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta; Erasmushuis, Jakarta; Rumah Seni Yaitu, Semarang, Indonesia; Bizart, Shanghai, China
  • "Beautiful Dead", Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Indonesian Contemporary Art Now", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Common Link", Vanessa Art Link, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China
  • "Belief", Singapore Biennale, Tanglin Camp, Singapore
  • "Masa Lalu Masa Lupa", Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "The 21st Asian International Art Exhibition", Singapore Art Museum; Ayala Museum, Philipines & Gracia Art Gallery, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • "Signed and Dated", Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • "2nd Graphic Triennale 2006", Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Masa dan Tanda-Tanda", Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Etalase", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Eksodus Barang", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "AKU, Chairil, dan Aku", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Jejak-Jejak Drawing", Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Urban/Culture", 2nd CP Biennale, Bank Indonesia Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Space and Scape", Summit Event Bali Biennale, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Asian Contemporary Art", Singapore
  • "Quota 2005", Icon Langgeng Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Air Kata-Kata", Illustrator exhibition of Shindunata’s Book, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Passion: Etno-Identity", Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Wings of Words Wings of Color", Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Artscope", Selasar Soenaryo, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "Lima Ruang", Puri Art Space, Malang, Indonesia
  • "Indonesia-China Exhibition", organized by LOFT Gallery Paris-Barcelona -Hongkong, The Pakubuwono Residence, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Reformasi", Sculpture Square, Singapore
  • "Olympics", The Pakubuwono Residence organized by Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Silent Action: Creativity for Tolerance and Peace", 4th Art Summit, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Transindonesia: Scoping Culture in Contemporary Indonesian Art", at The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • "Exodus Barang", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Jejak-jejak Drawing", Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "All You Need is Love", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "In Between Perupa Dalam Rotasi Media", Andi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Borobudur Agitatif", Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Countrybution", Biennale Yogyakarta VII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • "Passion: Etno-Identity", Beijing, China
  • "Dimensi Raden Saleh", Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
  • "Alpha Omega Alpa", Air Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Not I. Am I?", Cyrcle Point Gallery, Washington DC, USA
  • "Figurare", Gaya Gallery, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Membaca Frida Kahlo", Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Buka Mata", Valentine Willie Gallery, Chedi Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • "Not Just the Political", Museum Widayat, Magelang, Indonesia
  • "Melik Gondong Lali", 50th Basis Magazine, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Kwangju Biennial 2000, Kwangju, Korea
  • "Invisible Boundary", Methamorphosed ASIA Art, The Niigata Perfectural Civic Center Gallery, Niigata & Utsonomiya Museum Art, Nangao-cho, Utsonomiya City Tochigi, Japan
  • "Five Continents and One City", The Historical Center, Palacio de Los Condes de Santiago de Calimaya, Museo de la Ciuda de Mexico, Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
1999 - 2002
  • "Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia", Tour Exhibition: (Yogyakarta) Indonesia, (Melbourne-Canbera, Sydney, Cairns) Australia, (Hiroshima-Ashikawa) Japan, (Berlin, Köln, Achen) Germany, (Amsterdam & Roterdam) The Netherlands, (Jakarta), Indonesia
  • "Media Dalam Media", Installation Exhibition, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Makassar Arts Forum ’99", Ujung Pandang, Indonesia
  •  Tachikawa International Art Festival, Tachikawa, Japan
  • "Plastic (& other waste)", Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "Imaging Selves", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • "Earth Day ’98", Alliance for Better Earth and Humane Life, Cemara 6 Café Gallery & Lontar Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Current Art in Southeast Asia, Glimpses into the Future, Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan
  • 6th Biennial of Havana, Cuba
  • "Axis", Indonesia-Belgium Exhibition, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ipoh Art Festival", Ipoh, Malaysia
  • "A Gift for India", Rabindra Bhawan Galleries, New Delhi, India
  • Artotek, Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • "Kesibukan Mengamati Batu-Batu", Performance and Installation Colaboration, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award, ASEAN Building, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Phillips Morris ASEAN Art Award, National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Second Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • 10th Jakarta Biennial, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1995
  • Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Cheju Pre- Biennale, Cheju-do Island, South Korea
  • Q Agency, Amsterdam, C Jogchem Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Workshop and Exhibition "5+5 Indonesia-Netherland", Erasmushuis Jakarta and Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 4th Yogyakarta Art Biennial, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Art Gallery Conink, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • Library van de Katholieke Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 9th Jakarta Biennal, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • "Ini Baroe Seni Roepa, Ini Seni Roepa Baroe", France cultural Center and Bandung Youth Center, Bandung, Indonesia
  • "The End Is Just Beginning Is The End" published by Tyler Rollins Fine Art
  • "CIRCL3" published by Singapore Tyler Print Institute
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years" published by Agus Suwage
  • "Inanimate Performance" published by Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Nadi" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "I/CON" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Singapore Biennale 2006" published by Singapore Biennale 2006
  • "Pause/Replay" published by the artist
  • "Urban/Culture" 2nd CP Biennale 2005, published by CP Foundation
  • "Playing The Fool" published by Valentine Willie Fine Art
  • "Fabulous Fable" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Toys ‘S’ Us" published by CP Foundation
  • "Ough...Nguik!!" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Channel of Desires" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "I and I and I" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Five Continend and One City" published by Instituto de Cultura de la Ciudad de Mexico
  • "Invisible Boundary" Metamorphosed Asian Art, published by Utsunomiyo Museum of Art
  • "Man and Space" published by Kwangju Biennale
  • "Thousand of Bodies" published by Sai-nokuni Saitama, artist in residence program
  • "Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia" Tour Exhibition: (Jogjakarta) Indonesia, (Melbourne, Canberra, Sidney, Cairns) Australia, (Hiroshima, Ashikawa) Japan, (Berlin, Koln, Achen) Germany, (Amsterdam, Rotterdam) Netherland, (Jakarta) Indonesia
  • "Plastic and The Other Waste" published by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • "Havana Biennale 1997" published by Havana Biennale 1997
  • "Art in South East Asia 1997 Glimpses into The Future" published by Museum of Contemporary Tokyo
  • "3rd Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art" published by Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • "The Show Must Go On" published by Nadi Gallery
  • "Still Crazy After All These Years" published by Studio Biru
  • "Pause/Replay" Agus Suwage, published by Studio Biru
  • "Thermocline of Art" New Asian Waves, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
  • "Indonesian Contemporary ArtNow", published by SNP International Publishing
  • "Modern Indonesian Art, From Raden Saleh to The Present Day", published by Koes Art Books
  • "Art and Social Change" Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, published by Pandanus Books
  • "15 Years Cemeti Art House, Exploring Vaccum", published by Cemeti Art House
  • "Indonesian Modern Art and Beyond", published by Indonesian Fine Arts Foundation
  • "This Room of Mine" published by Lontar Foundation

links to biography and images of  works from Agus Sewage

Entang Wiharso

Entang Wiharso was born in 1967 inTegal, Indonesia. He studied painting at the Fine Art Department of the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and also maintains a studio in Rhode Island.
Entang Wiharso is a leading Indonesian contemporary artist who through paintings and sculptures describes  “the condition of humans who are often divided by complex,  multilayered political, ethnic, racial, and religious systems.” but also “... interconnected by…ornamental vegetation, tongues, tails, intestines, animal skin patterns, fences and detailed landscapes.” The theme of his work is about the individual (feeling love, hate, embracing religion and ideology) in the mist of political, economic, social and cultural upheaval, bringing a reflection on the predominant socio-political conditions of his home country.

Selected solo exhibitions include "Crush Me" at the Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China (2013), "Love Me or Die" at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (2010), "Black Goat is My Last Defense" at the 5 Traverse Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (2008), "Puppet Blues" at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA (2006), as well as following group shows: "From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku" at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2013), "Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia" at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012), "Beyond the East - Indonesian Contemporary Art" at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy (2011), "Vault Portrait Series" at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and "Wind from The East" at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2007).
Wiharso participated at the Art Stage Singapore (2014), in the 55th Venice Biennial, Indonesian Pavillon, Venice, Italy and in the Prague Biennale 6, Prague, Czech Republic (both 2013) as well as in the Yogyaqkarta Biennale XI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2nd Open Terra Cotta Biennale (2007).

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    link to Pearl Lam Galleries

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