We Dance Together is the first solo exhibition of Sumatra-born painter and sculptor Lugas Syllabus with Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore.
As an artist, Lugas Syllabus draws upon ideas found in parables, anecdotes and traditions ranging from Islamic, Hellenistic and, in particular, Minangkabau-associated origins of Southeast Asia in reference to his Sumatran heritage. Through paintings and sculptures, Lugas borrows and juxtaposes iconic modern-day elements such as electronic gadgets, neon billboards, and precious golds and jewels against a background of lush flora and fauna. Lugas' animalistic forms are often playfully hybridised, conjuring its various associated symbolic meanings and powers.
These forms, like the reconstructed betta or Siamese ornamental guppies, deer antlers, parts of birds, snakes and horses are conjoined into eclectic, otherworldly forms. Amongst these animated forms, one also find extraterrestrial objects such as brightly-coloured eggs with skins reminiscent of traditional songket textiles referencing birth and creation resting amongst a composition of streams and flowering trees.
Press release courtesy Chan + Hori Contemporary.