Wiharso, Entang b.1969 / Undermind
about this work
In the work of Entang Wiharso the artist’s personal experiences are combined with a deep analysis of the socio-political conditions of his country. The creation is away of understanding the human condition, to strengthen our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems such as love, hatred, fanaticism, religion and ideology.
The complex artistic language used is composed of symbols and characters that evoke the history and the mythology of his country and in particular the island of Java.

“My works speak about the condition of human beings who are often divided by politics, ethnics, racial and religion: they still coexist even if their communication is limited and indirect.

I deliberately use my own personal narratives as a point of departure to go much further back along the timeline, linking events and small actions to an historical and geological history that we feel we no longer remember.
I attempt to trace personal and collective experiences leading to specific occurrences, exploring how the history of ideas, land, migration, and ecology are contained within our actions today.

As I explored the reasons behind feelings and motivations, other stories emerged to reveal another reality, one that reflects immigration, social justice, survival strategies, geography and political systems. These kinds of stories, anecdotes that link to the larger geo-political narrative, are at the core of my current work. I want to put these ideas forward in many contexts to test our perceptions which often are formed by incomplete information, propaganda, generalizations or prejudice”.
(Etang Wiharso) 

"Entang’s efforts to bring contrasting values into sharper focus reverberate through his use of aluminum. For instance, the strange forms or figures are created using complicated cutting and drilling techniques, which seem almost decorative, as the works are full of engraved detail. The aluminum metal he opts for indicates robustness, hardness, and sharpness while the ornamental compositions he creates appear to conquer the material’s character. Entang’s work present paradoxes, symbolizing look-alike, false realities we encounter on a day to day basis which are full of disguises in which appearances belie meanings, behaviors or values contained within.” 
(Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Entang Wiharso: Love me or Die, Canna Gallery, 2010, p. 73)

Entang Wiharso (b.1969, Indonesia)

Undermind, 2012

Cast aluminium
Edition: 2/3
250 x 300 cm.
98 7/16 x 118 1/8 in.
Provenance:
Primo Marella Gallery, Milano, Italy Current Location:
Hong Kong - S Mixed Media Wall WorkSouth Asia

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