Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dangling Durians by Wiyoga Muhardanto

Dangling Durians

a solo project by Wiyoga Muhardanto

curated by Roy Voragen

presented by Equator Art Projects (http://www.eqproj.com/)
at Langgeng Art Foundation (http://www.langgengfoundation.org/)
Jalan Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
opening: Monday 3pm, November 2, 2015
until: December 2, 2015

Equator Art Projects presents, in collaboration with Langgeng Art Foundation, Dangling Durians, the latest solo project by Bandung-based artist Wiyoga Muhardanto (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1984), which is curated by Roy Voragen. Wiyoga, an ITB alumnus, is a prolific artist who has participated in biennales, art fairs, group shows and residency programs in Indonesia and abroad.

The artist shows his latest sculptures as a loosely constellated installation in the subterranean area of Langgeng Art Foundation, as part of Equator Art Projects, yet not in the actual gallery. For Dangling Durians, spaces have been switched: the locked-down gallery remains eerily empty for the duration of the show, instead the non-exhibition space in front of the basement gallery is utilized, not in criticism of the white cube but to tease urban questions to the foreground by means of a subterranean detour.

The contemporary is urban, and our built environment mediates, constructs, reproduces and, intersected at certain times, contradicts relationships of power. Our embodied relationship to objects always assumes a spatial setting and space is never neutral, always coded by (conflicting) normativities. The sculptures are the miscellaneous fragments, the discarded shreds, the hacked bits and pieces lifted out of our urban fabric.

With flair and wit, Wiyoga created seven new sculptures and each combines unlikely, even contradictory, elements, which is further amplified by grouping these sculptures together as an installation. Each feature, whether as a ready-made or remade by using resin, is one of our many urban fetishes, obsessions, fears, guilty pleasures, anxieties, joys, etc… 

For the curatorial essay see here.

Publication design by Endira FJ.

For photo documentation by Anang Saptoto see here.

Friday, August 21, 2015

unguarded guards & We Went Wild by Agugn Prabowo



unguarded guards
Jogja Contemporary
opening: 7 pm Thursday 3 September 2015
the exhibition is until 23 September 2015
artist talk 4 pm Friday 4 September 2015

We Went Wild
Krack Studio
opening: 7 pm Saturday 5 September 2015
the exhibition is until 5 October 2015
papermaking workshop 3 pm Saturday 12 September 2015

Curated by Roy Voragen

Jogja Contemporary and Krack Studio collaborate to show new works by Agugn Prabowo (Bandung, Indonesia, 1985; agugn.tmblr.com). He graduated in 2010 from the Institute of Technology Bandung’s art school, where he studied at the printmaking studio. Today, he is well known for his art utilizing the printmaking technique linocut.

In his previous artworks, the artist explored the ambiguous notion of fear; the ambiguity of fear revolves around the issue that fear, while generally unwanted, can have unexpected yet ultimately worthy consequences. The new body of work expands on this concept and centers on the idea of how paradoxical protection actually is. The artist became a father two years ago and fatherhood shed new light on his life and life’s priorities. He wants to protect the infant – named Lino Apta – and keep him safe from harm, however, he knows, in anxious anticipation, that protection has its limits, hence the paradox…

In his solo exhibition unguarded guards at Jogja Contemporary, he shows a new series of works using linocut, photolithography and a combination of the two techniques, printed on hand-made paper. And in his solo exhibition We Went Wild at Krack Studio, he shows a hand-made artist book (in an edition of 10, also available as a digital offset print version, and each page framed as well), which is a collaboration with his child, using linocut and letterpress techniques.

Jogja Contemporary
Kompleks Jogja National Museum
Jl. Prof. Ki Amri Yahya no. 1
Yogyakarta 55167
+62 85109881919
+62 818260134

Krack Studio
Jl.D.I. Pandjaitan
Yogyakarta 55141

unguarded guards - exhibition by Agugn Prabowo

unguarded guards is a solo exhibition by Agugn Prabowo at Jogja Contemporary, 3-23 September, 2015. For my catalog essay see here, and for the catalog see here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

looping loopholes - curatorial essay

Download the curatorial essay for looping loopholes here, looping loopholes is an exhibition by Duto Hardono, Muhammad Akbar and Rizki Resa Utama (aka OQ) at Yeo Workshop, Singapore, 24 April - 15 June, 2015.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

looping loopholes

Duto Hardono
Muhammad Akbar

Yeo Workshop, Singapore, 24 April – 15 June 2015

Opening: Friday 24 April, 6-9pm

Talk: Saturday 25 April, 2-3.30pm
moderated by Michael Lee 

Curated by Roy Voragen

Language in all its shapes and forms is what gives us body. We whisper, we yell, we argue, we declare, we state this and that. We listen, we pretend to listen. We look, gaze, stare. We are seen-not-seen. We try to understand. We don’t understand, no, not at all. We paint in lush brush strokes. We scribble notes on the city’s walls, we write dissertations on the fall of the re/public. We read philosophy, poetry and prose. We take, post and like photos. We read out loud. We wink, we show the finger. We contradict ourselves. We fail. We fail again. We start over…

Occasionally, we speak in riddles and tongues, including slips. Our streets are cacophonic. Voices and counter-voices inhabit our cities.

Specters of a past are here to haunt us, through movies or monuments immortalizing our sins.

A city without people is no longer a city. A city would turn quickly into a ruin of asphalt and concrete without us – merely a collection of potholes.

A city means many things. It also means this: to fail, to fail again and then try again.

The exhibition deals with the repetitive, reflexive interaction between people, space/place and time. With flair and a good sense of humor, the artists raise the question whether we can embrace mistakes as a blessing in disguise. Breaks and tears, chance and change are inevitable, even though only slightly visible/audible at first, when an action is – or: has to be – repeated over and over again. Failure and a deviation from perceived standards are common treads to who we are/can be(-come) in particular places and times (including how we are perceived and received by others in public and private instances).

Poster design by Endira FJ.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

booklet Dear Curator Curate Me/Yogyakarta

Download the Dear Curator Curate Me booklet here.
April/May 2014 Dear Curator Curate Me was organized in Yogyakarta in collaboration with Cemeti Art House and Ruang MES56. In Yogyakarta, three curators participated: Mira Asriningtyas, Pitra Hutomo and Grace Samboh. The booklet is designed by Arthel Tagnipez and handmade by ASNARUPA.