Eko Nugroho (b. 1977, Yogyakarta) is an internationally-renowned contemporary artist based in Yogyakarta. His background in street art and community-based artwork is the quintessential aspect of his expanded body of work. While his works are deeply anchored in both local traditions and urban environment, his trademark consists of a new visual language where political messages are playfully intertwined with appropriated aesthetics of street art, graffiti, and comics.
This year, presented by Arario Gallery, Eko Nugroho will show two of his works at Art Jakarta Spot: The manual embroidery work “Moving Landscape”, along with the sculpture “Happy to be Alienated”. The embroidery work stands as a metaphor for the dynamics of the society within the city sphere and urbanity as a shaper of culture; it becomes a symbol of modernity and growth in the life of a society which at the same time creates alienation and estrangement. The sculpture is a criticism of the phenomenon of alienation found in our society, which made visible by the advent of technology. Intentionally made large and massive, the work aims to intimidate the audience and perhaps challenge the space itself.
489 x 313 cm
Happy to be Alienated
Fiberglass Painted with Acrylic, Manual Embroidery
182 x 56 x 83 cm