Love and loss unveiled

Art January 05, 2018 15:28

By The Nation

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Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok opens its 2018 exhibition series with “Half Degree of Separation”, a solo show by Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso running from January 11 to February 25.



One of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists, Wiharso has a multi-disciplinary practice and is known for his dramatic visual language and unique images of contemporary life.

He confronts the universal issues of power, loss and love through investigations of ideology, philosophy and identity. Particularly known for his large scale paintings, wall sculptures and installations, his work heightens our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems like love, hate, fanaticism, religion, and ideology.

His work is layered with social, political and sexual critique, revealing a complex picture of the human condition by integrating narrative tools and placing unconventional materials together. Images from Javanese myth appear in his work in combination with contemporary elements to engage with ideas that continue to resonate and inform our daily life.

Wiharso studied painting, graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta. His work has been exhibited extensively in various contexts: gallery and museum shows, public and private collection displays as well as biennales and group shows in Indonesia and abroad. This is his first solo show in Thailand after other solo exhibits including “Promising Land”, Marc Straus(New York); “Never Say No”, Singapore Tyler Print Institute; and “Perfect Mirror”, Bernier/Eliades Gallery (Greece).

He is also represented in numerous notable collections, including the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland; the Olbricht Collection, Germany; the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; and the Singapore Art Museum. Wiharos lives and works in Rhode Island, USA, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.