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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo

b. 1978, Indonesia

Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo was born in 1978, in Bandung, Indonesia. He studied fine art at Bandung Institute of Technology, graduating in 2001, and earned an MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 2005. Sunaryo is dedicated to painting, pushing its boundaries with innovative techniques. He distills a passion for comic books, science fiction, and Japanese manga into abstract compositions animated by dynamic gesture, entropic progression, and alternating centrifugal and centripetal forces that gather and disperse pigments over the surface of his paintings. Rejecting the paintbrush in favor of direct application with his hands, Sunaryo then moved on to industrial methods. In 2008, his impatience with the prolonged drying time of oil paint, further protracted by the layered density of his application, led him to experiment with pigmented resin, which has become his signature material. In its natural, plant-derived form, resin connects with age-old methods of preservation, notably used in ancient Egyptian mummification and varnishes. Sunaryo uses synthetic resins to cast sleek, futuristic objects, combining the traditional and contemporary significance of this material with the aesthetic heroism of Abstract Expressionism.

In the series Cyan Magenta Yellow Black (2010), Sunaryo used only the base palette of mechanical color reproduction to make his expressionist abstractions. In the series Frozen Stratum (2012), he further developed his compositions to include layers of digital photographic material. The multiple planes in his poured resin paintings generate a curious dimensional quality, as a sequence of components becomes a flat, pristine, and unified composition. The material’s glossiness retains the trace of its fluid state. Sunaryo’s paintings capture shifts between solid and liquid, static and animated, synthetic and natural, and are rooted in the embrace of chance. In some works, what is ultimately displayed is the “underside” of the composition; when the resin dries, Sunaryo separates the painting from the ground and flips it over to reveal the finished work. Another way he attains flatness is by pressing glass against the still-wet resin, unpredictably altering the composition. Motivated in part by concerns around the waste products of such processes, Sunaryo has recently begun to repurpose resin remainders as material for sculptures.

Source: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Featured Artworks

Slevin by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoSlevin, 2019 Two part installation; sculpture: pigmented resin; painting: resin and digital print mounted on wooden panel
Simon Lee Gallery
Mounga by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoMounga, 2019 Volcanic ash and polyester resin mounted on wooden panel
273.5 x 196 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Montez by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoMontez, 2019 Volcanic ash and resin mounted on wooden panel
218.5 x 212 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Kaliasa by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoKaliasa, 2019 Volcanic ash and polyester resin mounted on wooden panel
245 x 196 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Jabalah by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoJabalah, 2019 Volcanic ash, resin and digital print mounted on wooden panel
196 x 158 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Ashfall #11 by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoAshfall #11, 2019 Volcanic ash and resin mounted on wooden panel
165 x 122 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Ajanabh by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoAjanabh, 2019 Volcanic ash, resin and digital print mounted on wooden panel
158 x 196 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Brain Freeze #2 by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo contemporary artwork
Arin Dwihartanto SunaryoBrain Freeze #2, 2017 Mixed media on wooden panel
197 x 159 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, Argo at Simon Lee Gallery, London
Closed
4 April–1 June 2019 Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo Argo Simon Lee Gallery, London

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