A firm believer of borderless art, Entang Wiharso creates provocative works that speak volumes about the universal issues of power, dreams, loss and love – exploring broad catagories of ideology, philosophy and identity through ancient narrative tools and contemporary materials.
Instantly recognisable, his visual vocabulary of distorted human figures interconnected by tongues, tails and intestines, masterfully weaves concepts with social commentary and personal reflections, delivering a most raw and compelling representation of the world and humanity as he sees it.
At STPI, Entang translates his large-scale fantastical prose in the realm of print – reinvigorating methods by incorporating alternative materials like wires and nails in the print and papermaking process. Having discovered the possibilities of the multifaceted medium, the artist has also embarked on a different trajectory, producing artworks that explore strong socio-political concerns and the idea of borders, division and differences in new forms that employ acrylic and paper pulp – both never before seen in the artist’s oeuvre.
As one of Indonesia’s most active artist today, Entang has participated in Art Stage Singapore (2014), the 55th Venice Biennale, Prague Biennale 6, Yogyakarta Biennale XI and Indonesia 2nd Open Terra Cotta Biennale (2007). His works are part of notable collections such as The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; OHD Museum of Modern & Contemporary Indonesian Art, Magelang, Indonesia; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Indonesia Art Institute and Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He lives and works in Rhode Island, USA and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Exhibition: Never Say No
Dates: 25 April – 30 May 2015
Venue: STPI, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236
Hours: Tue – Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 9am – 6pm, Closed on Sun and PH