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  • Press Release


    UH-OH UH-OH UH-OH (the world complaining):

    Eko Nugroho Solo Exhibition

    Exhibition Duration 2016. 9. 10 (Saturday) - 2016. 10. 28 (Friday)

    Opening Reception 2016. 9. 10 (Saturday), 5PM-7PM

    Address #7, Lane 890, Hengshan Road, Shanghai, China

  • Exhibition Overview

    ARARIO GALLERY is proud to present UH-OH UH-OH UH-OH (the world complaining),

    a solo exhibition of an internationally renowned Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho (b. 1977).

    This exhibition will show the artist's most recent works in various mediums including

    embroidery, sculpture, works on paper, and site-specific mural painting.

    Nugroho and his body of works differentiate themselves from the previous generation of

    Indonesian artists whom, during the Reformasi period. These Indonesian artists have heavily

    focused on political messages. Their works captured the tumultuous socio-economic period in

    Indonesia's modern history since their independence in 1945 that continued to the subsequent

    experienced relocation and re-assimilation due to a fast progressing modernization of Jakarta

    where much of the culture and art were carefully controlled by President Suherto for almost

    30 years under his "New Order" campaign. However, with more stabilized economy and

    political setting, the younger generation of contemporary artists embody a positive and

    energetic young spirit of post-Reformasi, transforming the country's culture into a more

    vibrant and exciting one.

    Such zeitgeist can be easily found in Nugroho's witty and uplifting works. Many of the visual

    elements that the artist utilizes visually attracts by the viewers. His captivating works were

    inspired by the Japanese manga which he first came in to contact during his childhood.

    Nugroho translates the core characteristic of manga into a simple and chic, often in black and

    white palette paintings. Such approach not only fruitions into the artist's original signature

    aesthetics but also at the same time touches upon Indonesia's history of Japanese colonialism.

    Furthermore, the artist is interested in experimenting in various unconventional mediums

    such as mural paintings, which has its' basis on graffiti art, conveying the artist's interest in

    the urban life. Nugrohon also works with Indonesia's traditional embroidery, which connotes

    to his attachment to his own legacy as an Indonesian and its' tradition. Furthermore, the

    artist's rather colorful works have an obviously apparent closer relation to his country's rich

    fauna and bright colored nature. Nugroho, therefore, continues to carry on the same level or,

    further yet, more intensified acumen and insight of Indonesia's culture and history compared

    to the previous generation of artists, which are conveyed through his effortlessly cool


    As one can easily discover through viewing the works, Nugroho is concerned not only in

    regards to the country's history but also explores the idea of collective memories and about an

    individual's identity within a society. The repeated element of 'mask' found in his works

    represents different roles and identities of people in a society. Another continuing theme the

    artist uses are UFOs and aliens making the works look even science fiction-like. These

    devices also signify detachment of the society that the development of modernity has brought

    to humanity rather than a stylistic approach.

    Nugroho ceaselessly communicates with his audience through his works and attempts to

    create a dialogue that everyone can participate and relate. The exhibition will continue from

    September 10th to October 28th, 2016.

  • About the Artist

    EKO NUGROHO b.1977, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


    2015 LANDSCAPE ANOMALY, Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia. 2013 WE CONCERN ABOUT NOTHING , ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul Samcheong, Korea

    We are what we hide, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 2012 TEMOIN HYBRIDE, Musee d'Art Moderne Paris, France THREAT AS A FLAVOUR, ARNDT, Berlin, Germany 2011 THIS REPUBLIC NEED MORE SEMELEH, Ark Galerie, Jakarta, Indonesia SNOBS BEHIND KETCHUP, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA THE EKO CHAMBER, Art Gallery of South Australia North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 2009 SOLO EXHIBITION OF EKO NUGROHO , Galerie Nouvelles Image, Den Haag, The Netherlands UNDER THE SHADOW, Pekin Fine Art, Beijing, China IN THE NAME OF PATING TLECEK (Curated by Enin Supriyanto), Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia HIDDEN VIOLENCE (Curated by Alia Swastika). Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2008 MULTICRISIS IS DELICIOUS (Curated by Rifki Effendi), Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia IT'S ALL ABOUT COALITION, National Museum of Singapore (commission Project), Singapore THE PLEASURES OF CHAOS (Curated by Jim Supangkat) , Ark gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia 2007 IN WONDERLAND (Curated by Adeline Ooi), Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2006 MERDEKA ATOE SMS (Curated by Farah Wardani), Toimoi, Jakarta, Indonesia 2005 SORRY I AM LATE TO CELEBRATE (Curated by Riffky Effendi), Artnivora Gallery, Jakarta, , Indonesia EKO NUGROHO, Artoteek, Den Haag, The Netherlands 2004 JAUH DI MATA DEKAT DI HAIT, workshop and exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan DRAWING ILLUSTRATION IN THE DAILY NEWSPAPER IN OUT, Kunstvlaai, Westerpark, Amsterdam WELCOM BACK MAYONIASE, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2003 FIGHT ME, Via-via caf, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2002 BERCEROBONG (Like A chimney), Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2001 INDONESIA VS TELEVISE, Mural Exhibition for Public Space at Panembahan no 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2000 HERK Mural Exhibition at apotik Komik gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016 Love Me In My Batik: Modern Batik Art From Malaysia and Beyond, Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2015 Belum Ada Judul, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia OZ Asia Festival, Art Gallery of South Asia, Adelaide, Austrailia Bitter Sweet, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia ROOT: Indonesian Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kuntstverein, Kunst Museum, Frankfurt, Germany Tapisserie? De Picasso A Messager", Musees d'Angers, France PUBLIC-Street Art Festival", Perth, Australia Encounters Project", Art Basel Hongkong2014 Burning Down The House, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea Pertunjukan Wayang Bocor, Hikayat Agar-Agar Bertanduk, Ritz-Carlton Pasific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia Venice Biennale, Art For Cancer, Museum Seni Rupa Dan Kerami Jl. Pos Kota No.2 Jakarta Barat, Indonesia 2013 Indonesia Pavilion for Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy California Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art. California, USA 2012 FANTASY ISLANDS, Louis Vuitton Singapore MIGRATION, Museum Art Contemporary, Sidney, Australia GRAND OPENING OF ESA SAMPOERNA MUSEUM, Surabaya, Indonesia 2011 CLOSE THE GAP: INDONESIA ART TODAY, MiFA gallery, Melbourne, Australia ISLES OF A CITY NAMED JOGJA, Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy INDONESIA INTERNATIONAL FIBER ART EXHIBITION 2011, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta TRANSFIGURATION & CONTEMPORARY MYTHOLOGIES, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France ASIA : LOOKING EAST, Arndt Gallery, Berlin BEYOND THE EAST, MACRO (Rome Museum of Contemporary Art), Rome, Italy THE GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY, ART WORLDS AFTER 1989, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany BEYOND THE SELF: CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITURE FROM ASIA. Travelling exhibition: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Victoria; Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide; Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Northern Territory, Australia ARTJOG11, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia BEASTLY, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia EKSPANSI, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia MEER AND TEKENEN, Galerie Nouvelles Image, Den Haag, The Netherlands DECOMPRESSION #10: Ruang Rupa Anniversary, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia ART STAGE SINGAPORE, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 1001 DOORS: REINTERPRETING TRADITIONS, Ciputra Marketing Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia PAMERAN ILUSTRASI CERPEN KOMPAS 2011, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia. Fantasy Islands at Louis Vuitton Maison 5 Canton Road, Tsimshatsuim, Hongkong 2010 LONARTE 10 FESTIVAL, alongside the beach in Calheta, Madeira Island, Portugal THE 2010 NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL: THE ULTIMATE TIME LAPSE MEGAMIX, Melbourne, Australia PARALINEAR, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China LIHAT! VIDEO ART FROM INDONESIA, Galera Jess Gallardo, Leon Mexico. Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch SPACE AND IMAGE, Ciputra World Marketing Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia. HEAT WAVE, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA PAMERAN ILUSTRASI CERPEN KOMPAS 2009, Travelling Exhibition: Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Balai Soedjatmoko-Solo, Bentara Budaya Bali, Indonesia

  • Selected Works

    Eko Nugroho

    Illusion of Hope 2016

    Manual Embroidery 314.5 x 220 cm

  • Selected Works

    Eko Nugroho The Dance Corps Series "The World in Phobia"

    2016 Fiberglass painted with acrylic, manual embroidery

    159 x 62 x 31 cm

  • Selected W