The Eko Chamber: Recent works by Eko Nugroho
18 NOVEMBER TO 29 JANUARY
For the first time the Art Gallery of South Australia will exhibit the work of Contemporary Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho (b.1977). The Eko Chamber, on display from November 18th 2011 to January 29th 2012, will include two suites of large embroidered wall hangings from 2009 and 2011.
The works included in The Eko Chamber epitomize the eclectic nature of Nugroho’s practice which is influenced as much by wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre) as comic books and graffiti on the streets of his hometown of Yogyakarta. Eko Nugroho’s work evokes a sense of play while simultaneously confronting the challenges of contemporary life in his country. This is best illustrated by his polychromatic embroidered works from 2011 which combine hybrid cartoon creatures depicted in day-glo colours and slogans in Indonesian.
Included in the The Eko Chamber is Invasions, first exhibited in 2009 in Beyond the Dutch at the Centraal Museum, Utrecth, Netherlands. While Invasions includes a wide range of iconographic staples of Nugroho’s visual vocabulary, such as masked heads and truncated robotic limbs, the absence of colour and the title of the work reference the Dutch colonization of Indonesia and the unaddressed trauma of this history which Nugroho believes continue to haunt his society.
Currently Eko Nugroho is an artist in residence in Paris creating a solo exhibition for the Musee d’Art Moderne de le Ville de Paris (2012) and is included in Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture in Asia a travelling exhibition in Australia. His work was also included in Closing the Gap at Melbourne International Fine Art (2011) and has participated in a number of major international shows, including the Busan Biennale in Korea (2008); Wind from the East at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (2007); The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia (2006).
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at 12 noon, (as per scheduled tours for Beneath the winds: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian art)
The Eko Chamber Art Space
Let's make some art! The Eko Chamber is an interactive art space inspired by the work of Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho. Immerse yourself in the vibrant, graphic world of this exciting contemporary artist. Visitors of all ages will be able to contribute to a large scale collaborative 'paste up' style drawing and create their own comic books and badges to take home. All materials supplied.
Location: Gallery 22
To coincide with the exhibition The Eko Chamber children have the chance to win exclusive merchandise designed by Eko Nugroho.
Download and complete one of the colouring-in competition illustrations and bring it along to START at the Gallery on Sunday 4 December 2011 or Sunday 1 January 2012 for your chance to win!
You can get the colouring-in illustrations here.
Tuesday 13 December