Dono, Heri b.1960 / The Skeleton Angel
about this work

The 'Skeleton Angel' depicts a figure that relates to the artist’s iconic 'Flying Angels' series, and some other sculptures, that combine figures from Javanese mythology, as depicted in the traditional Javanese wooden puppet theater, with a kind of retro-futurism seen, for example, in the 1930's Flash Gordon cartoons, in which a now quaint vision of a future world of space travelers is presented. 

Dono's distinctive style came out of an exploration of Javanese puppet theatre. Drawing on traditional aspects of Indonesian culture and art marketing, his immersive multi-media installations and paintings speak to the plurality in global contemporary art. Beneath a playful approach through combining storytelling, mythology, machines, and animation, there is a poignant socio-political comment on the situation in Indonesia, as well as the fraught interrelationship between the local and the global.  

Heri Dono (b.1960, Indonesia)

The Skeleton Angel, 2008

Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm.
78 3/4 x 59 1/16 in.
Provenance:
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York NY, USA  Current Location:
USA - New Jersey S - M PaintingSouth Asia

exhibitions

The World and I
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York NY, USA
October 2014 - December 2014

The World and I: Heri Dono's Art Odyssey
Art:1 New Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
2014

Post-Ethnology Museum
Gaya Art Space, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
December 2008 - January 2009

publications

The World and I: Heri Dono's Art Odyssey
(Catalogue), 2014

Artwork History
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