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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Eko Nugroho

b. 1977, Indonesia

Eko Nugroho was born and bred in Yogyakarta, in the heart of Indonesia’s most densely populated island, Java. Trained at the Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia), he entered the local art scene in the late 1990s, during the Reformasi (Reformation) era, when Indonesia was breaking free from the reigns of its New Order regime.

It was an intense and exciting period in Indonesia’s contemporary art history; freedom of expression had suddenly become a reality, and for the artistic community, this tabula rasa meant that anything and everything was possible. Cities like Yogyakarta became the center for dynamic expressions and new approaches as artists seized the opportunity to play, experiment, and exercise their newfound freedom. He daringly took on the city as his inspiration and his canvas, working across disciplines, agilely jumping from highly visible murals project to paintings and drawings, book projects, comics and animation to embroideries, sculptures, and recently contemporary interpretations of wayang kulit (shadow puppets), a traditional art form performed regularly in his village.

Early Eko Nugroho works include murals and ‘mixed-media installations’ where homemade stickers, embroidered badges and drawings were pasted on the inner city walls for public consumption. . Imbued with macabre humour and satire, Nugroho’s comic inspired work may come across as seemingly straightforward – often a central figure standing against a simple background, presented as a series of simple scenes from a larger narrative­ – while the artist’s inimitable ‘pating tlecek’ style of fusing and juxtaposing a wide range of visual elements (and languages), lends his work a certain layer of absurdity.

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Featured Artworks

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Garden Full of Blooming Democracy #8 by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoGarden Full of Blooming Democracy #8, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Sold
Arario Gallery
Garden Full of Blooming Democracy #2 by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoGarden Full of Blooming Democracy #2, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Sold
Arario Gallery
The Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia” by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoThe Dance Corps series “The World In Phobia”, 2016 Fiberglass painted with acrylic, manual embroidery
Arario Gallery
Love, Ego, Money by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoLove, Ego, Money, 2013 Cast paper mask with screen print, marbling, STPI handmade paper
112 x 41 x 38.5 cm
STPI
Do We Know Ourselves? by Eko Nugroho contemporary artwork
Eko NugrohoDo We Know Ourselves?, 2013 Konnyaku paper mask with wood block, found object, coloured STPI handmade paper
66.5 x 36 x 36 cm
STPI

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, Allegories & Identities at STPI, Singapore
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18 November–23 December 2017 Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso Allegories & Identities STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Looks Good on Paper at STPI, Singapore
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19 November–23 December 2016 Group Exhibition Looks Good on Paper STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 at STPI, Singapore
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5–8 December 2013 Singapore Tyler Print Institute Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 STPI, Singapore

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market 6 Sep 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Art Basel Encounters Curator, Hong Kong

Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has held a range of senior roles in independent art centres across the country. These include Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, both in Melbourne. Currently, Glass-Kantor divides her time between working as executive director of Artspace, Sydney, one of Australia’s...

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Eko Nugroho Ocula Conversation Eko Nugroho Artist, Indonesia

Indonesian contemporary art has enjoyed the attention of the international arts community in recent years. By tapping into the country’s distinct mix of ethnicities, religions, cultural influences, and languages that make for a rich and layered sense of national identity, Indonesian artists are increasingly communicating their unique...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL Related Press HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL ArtAsiaPacific : 3 May 2017

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial has already been in full swing for one month by the time I arrived in Hawai'i. Directed by Fumio Nanjo of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, and curated by Ngahiraka Mason, formerly of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Biennial, entitled Middle of Now | Here, is the first-ever event of its kind in the Pacific...

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8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Art Radar Journal : 5 April 2017

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow Related Press M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District receives donation of artworks from Hong Kong collector Hallam Chow Art Radar Journal : 21 October 2016

M+ has been steadily building their collection since the late 2000s, unlike many of the museums built in the period 1990-2010 as part of a global museum building boom and that opened without a single artwork to their name. Barcelona’s Museu d’Art Contemporani, London’s The Power Station of Art and Beijing’s Red Brick...

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Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris Related Press Preview: 6 highlights from Asia Now art fair, Paris Art Radar Journal : 19 October 2016

The Parisian edition of Asia Now, 20 – 23 October 2016, intends to create a France-based platform for commercial and 'intellectual exchange' for the Asia-pacific arts community. Art Radar previews 6 must sees and speaks to Director Alexandra Fain about the fair in its second edition as well as curator Magda Danysz about the special...

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