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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

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Entang Wiharso

b. 1967, Indonesia

Being one of Indonesia's most provocative and engaging artists, Entang Wiharso his paintings and Installations combine personal, Western and Indonesian mythologies and cast a critical eye on International politics, environmental issues and cultural stereotypes and prejudices.

He is indeed drawing on history and mythology from his home culture of Indonesia, while also responding to Western culture and globalization since making his second home in Rhode island. In His personal experiences are embedded with a strong examination of the predominant socio-political conditions of his home country Indonesia. To him, creating work is a way of understanding the human condition, of heightening our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems like love, hate, fanaticism, religion, and ideology.

Recently, an increasing use of written text has entered his works: slogans, signs, philosophy or common phrases are collected from newspapers, political campaigns, quotes from important or influential people or characters from TV or films. Used directly or altered by i.e. changing the punch line, underlying meanings are exposed and add a further component to the complex artistic language of his work. His work shows ambiguous profiles, similar to the forms of giants in the myths of Java, and combines them with contemporary elements. He puts together “primitivism” with a cartoon’s language of his contemporary life, being able to transport primitivism in his actual reality.

“I depict the condition of humans who are often divided by complex, multilayered political, ethnic, racial, and religious systems: they co-exist yet their communication is limited and indirect. Figures are interconnected by intuitive as well as intellectual linkages, including ornamental vegetation, tongues, tails, intestines, animal skin patterns, fences and detailed landscapes.“ Entang Wiharso, 2011

Stay Focus, 2011 is part of a series of wall-mounted reliefs entitled “Comic Book Series”. These works present a variety of scenarios about the pleasures and pitfalls of power. The eye is a metaphor of awareness - our conscious - always watching, recording and reminding us of flawed choices and their repercussions. Sexuality, possession and desire also play important roles in these works and the fence, which frames the figures, alludes to boundaries which differentiate, exclude and protect. 
   

Featured Artworks

Decoded: Reflection by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoDecoded: Reflection, 2015 Cast paper, etching, copper plate, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
STPI
DECODED: SETENGAH by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoDECODED: SETENGAH, 2015 Cast paper, etching, acrylic paint, yarn, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
STPI
The Shadow of Flag by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoThe Shadow of Flag, 2017 aluminium, resin, colour pigment, thread
230 x 150 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Home Sweet Home by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoHome Sweet Home, 2015 Cast paper, acrylic paint, yarn, acrylic mirror, wood panel
201 x 254 x 4 cm
STPI
Shelter: Forest of Eyes by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoShelter: Forest of Eyes, 2015 Aluminium sheet, laser cut, C-type print
127 x 184 x 3 cm
STPI
Black Goat vs. Identity Crime and Aesthetic Crime: Comic Book Series by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoBlack Goat vs. Identity Crime and Aesthetic Crime: Comic Book Series, 2015 Cast paper, acrylic paint, yarn, coloured STPI handmade paper
227.5 x 146.5 x 5.5 cm
STPI
Undeclared Landscape by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork Entang WiharsoUndeclared Landscape, 2013 Oil
285 x 380 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, Allegories & Identities at STPI, Singapore
Closed
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
Closed
19 November–23 December 2016 Group Exhibition Looks Good on Paper STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Entang Wiharso, Never Say No at STPI, Singapore
Closed
24 April–29 May 2015 Entang Wiharso Never Say No STPI, Singapore

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A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 9 Feb 2018 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

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Entang Wiharso and Sally Smart Ocula Conversation Entang Wiharso and Sally Smart

On the 30 November 2015, an e-conversation commenced between Entang Wiharso in Yogyakarta; Sally Smart in Yogyakarta and her studio in Melbourne, and Natalie King corresponding from her office at the University of Melbourne. Their triangulated exchange foregrounded the major two-person exhibition Conversation: Endless Acts in Human History,...

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

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Entang Wiharso Ocula Conversation Entang Wiharso Artist, Indonesia and New York

One of Indonesia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Entang Wiharso was born in 1967 in Tegal, Central Java. He studied painting, graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta in 1987 and is widely regarded for his dramatic visual language which draws on popular culture and ancient mythology to create unique images of...

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