Entang Wiharso 2015 “Perfect Mirror” press release
Bernier/Eliades is pleased to announce the first solo show in Greece by Entang Wiharso “Perfect Mirror”, on Thursday January 22, 20:00-22:00.
Entang Wiharso (b.1967, Indonesia) belongs to the leading figures of Indonesian art scene. In 2014 he participated in Art Stage Singapore and in 2013 in the 55th Venice Biennial, Indonesian Pavillon, Venice,and in the Prague Biennale 6, Prague.
In his works Wiharso explores Indonesian socio-political issues through an intimate examination of human relationships, traditions and psyche. The basic theme of his works examines how the world, which is dominated by systemic contitions, supresses our individual and internal dreams and desires. This essential question is the foundation of the exploration in his work over the last several years. There is a consistent thread of themes in his work about power, loss, dreams and love- extending into an exploration of ideology, phislosophy and identity.
To him, creating work is a way of understanding the human condition, of heightening our ability to perceive, feel and understand human problems like love, hate, fanaticism, religion, and ideology. “I depict the condition of humans who are often divided by complex, multilayered political, ethnic, racial, and religious systems: they co-exist yet their communication is limited and indirect. Figures are interconnected by intuitive as well as intellectual linkages, including ornamental vegetation, tongues, tails, intestines, animal skin patterns, fences and detailed landscapes.“ (Entang Wiharso, 2011).
Entang Wiharso studied Painting at the Fine Art Department of the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Selected group shows incude: “From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2013), “Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia” at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012), “Beyond the East – Indonesian Contemporary Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy (2011), “Vault Portrait Series” at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA (2010) and “Wind from The East” at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2007).