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b. 1967, Indonesia

Entang Wiharso Biography

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.

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He is indeed drawing on history and mythology from his home culture of Indonesia, while also responding to Western culture and globalisation 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. 

Entang Wiharso studied Painting at the Fine Art Department of the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2010 his solo show Love Me or Die took place at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia as well as following group shows: Rainbow Asia at the Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea, The Grass Looks Greener Where You Water It at Art Paris Guest, Grand Palais-Champs Elysees, Paris, France, Contemporaneity-Indonesian Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, Bergamo, Italy and at the Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Shelter: Forest of Eyes by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork sculpture
Entang Wiharso Shelter: Forest of Eyes, 2014 Aluminium sheet, laser cut, C-type print
141 x 198 x 9 cm
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Wisdom by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork sculpture, drawing
Entang Wiharso Wisdom, 2018 Aluminium, car paint, polyurethane, resin, graphite, steel bar, lightbulb, electric cable, thread, colour pigment, lamp, stainless steel
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Shrouds Have No Pockets by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork sculpture
Entang Wiharso Shrouds Have No Pockets, 2017 Aluminium, car paint, resin, colour pigment, thread, polyurethane coating
168 x 133 cm
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Buried History by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork painting
Entang Wiharso Buried History, 2017 Acrylic, graphite, and oil on canvas with collaged eyes of resin
275 x 390 cm
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Decoded: Reflection by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork mixed media
Entang Wiharso Decoded: Reflection, 2015 Cast paper, etching, copper plate, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
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DECODED: SETENGAH by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork mixed media
Entang Wiharso DECODED: SETENGAH, 2015 Cast paper, etching, acrylic paint, yarn, copper plate
27 x 32 x 3 cm
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The Shadow of Flag by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork sculpture
Entang Wiharso The Shadow of Flag, 2017 Aluminium, resin, colour pigment, thread
230 x 150 cm
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Home Sweet Home by Entang Wiharso contemporary artwork mixed media
Entang Wiharso Home Sweet Home, 2015 Cast paper, acrylic paint, yarn, acrylic mirror, wood panel
201 x 254 x 4 cm
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Baik Art contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, United States
Baik Art Los Angeles, Seoul, Jakarta
Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China
Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Bangkok
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