BAIK ART

Current L.A. Exhibition

Felix Art Fair 2019

by

  • Aliansyah Caniago
  • Heri Dono
  • Mella Jaarsma
  • Eddy Susanto

Dates
Feb 14 — 17, 2019
Location
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd

Press Release

Baik + Khneysser is pleased to present works by Aliansyah Caniago, Heri Dono, Mella Jaarsma, and Eddie Susanto at the inaugural iteration of the Felix Art Fair in Los Angeles. This group exhibition provides contemporary insights into the burgeoning Indonesian art scene through artistic practices that grapples with foreign influence, racial mystification, and geopolitical tensions. These works will be on display for the duration of the fair, from February 14- 17, 2019.

Despite featuring works localized to Indonesia, the discourses around these pieces extend well beyond any specific geography. Confronting questions such as what it means to belong to a nation? Or how a disapproving republic can comply with its partisan leaders? The works featured here deal with the subsequent complications of multi-culturalism and globalization. This multi-disciplinary display looks to topical conversations on America’s relationship to the East and emphasizes various dynamics of cultural exchange, orientalism, and nationalistic conformity.

Heri Dono’s depiction of infamous political radicals and recent U.S. presidential candidates satirically deconstructs the austerity of patriotic allegiances and one’s own cultural customs. By utilizing the historical Javanese practice of Wayang puppetry, a tradition of allegorical storytelling, the artist likens contemporary world conflicts to antiquated fables, mythologies, and folklore. An act of mindful recollection, that further signifies Indonesia’s post-colonial past and the broader resurgence of nationalism and intercontinental trade restrictions.

Larger two-dimensional works by Eddy Susanto delve into the social stigmas of the proverbial “other” as they relate to the fears and splendors of foreign assimilation. Sourcing Euro-centric compositions filled with exaggerated and fetishized anatomies, Susanto recreates these renditions out of writings which trace the exploitations of Eastern and Western societies. The paintings mystified portrayal of nondescript South-East Asian iconographies unearths problematic narratives of orientalism and the institutional preservation of these flawed histories. The artist’s reference to “Asia in the Making of Europe” highlight the co-dependence of trans-pacific partners and questions how fair-exchange can contribute to the betterment of civilizations.

Other works including, Point of Return Project delve into the ramifications of such international partnerships and the volatile nature of haste transitions into modernization. Aliansyah Caniago’s often performative practice investigates the impacts of urbanization and the displacement of civilian bodies within shifting cultural topographies. His utilization of transient materials provides a glimpse into the diasporic experience and the hurdles of cultural-homogenization and rapid economic expansion.

Contemplations of the body are equally informed by both the selected artists and the venue itself. Considering the hotel-room as a vessel for domestic and international travel, visitors may examine how differing identities can co-exist within a singular environment, as well as the circumstances that allow one to be there. Artworks from Mella Jaarsma’s “Domain Series” echo the functions of this pseudo-domestic space while collaging assorted bodily attributes. These sculptural garments allude to the implications of uniformity and the political rein over civil subjects. Jaarsma, along with the other artists in this exhibition, works to challenge the archetypal conformities of a given people and the powers which govern when, where, and how they’re allowed to interact.