In Boredom Therapy, both Gatot Indrajati and Nano Warsono want to reflect the world in this troubled time (pandemic), the new normal, from a view from a small place they called home. How to heal ourselves from the fears and worries of our everyday life? How to deal with depressed lives and livelihoods? Gatot and Nano believed that art to us and making art to the artist is one of the solutions to comforts the grim and gloom, to relieve fatigue and that good things still prevailed in our society. Creating creative ideas can adapt to the changing aspects of life, explaining the different perspective of life and shifting phycological burdens into creativities. Hopefully, arts can resonance the effects of this pandemic and moving forward, new, unexpected norms and opportunities will appear in the horizons.
In the artworks of Boredom Therapy, they have created a fictional world that brings surreal and imaginative experiences to the audience. These creative stories and journeys make out from this pandemic situation, make us believe that this world is still a better place to stay. In Gatot’s Alprazoland, it’s his quirky take from the name of a medicine, Alprazolam used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. He wants to illustrate that there are positive sides of things that occur during this worldwide pandemic. While, we human being feel the pressure of social and economic depressions and our society suffered, on the other hand, mother nature become picturesque and clean, our environment and animals thrive. A solemn reminder to all, the importance of coexistence and the fragile eco-system of thisplanet we all live.
Nano’s God Of Medicine is about the irony of life and the ambiguity during this pandemic and the race to produce the first Covid-19 vaccine. Back to the past, every culture has their mythology and their gods, in the likes of Asclepius,ancient Greek God of Medicine, and Baosheng Dadi, Chinese God of Medicine, and closer to home, Java Bathara Aswan from the traditional puppet show. They all came into play in this painting, in Nano’s fusions of repertoire; a profusion of metaphors, juxtaposing the myth, the history and the fiction with all the modern characters and symbols. A similar topic but yet an un-similar works from the two artists.
Venue: Art Seasons, 50 Genting Lane, #03-02, Cideco Industrial Complex, Singapore 349558
When: 17 Oct - 13 Nov 2020, Monday to Friday 11am – 7pm