never raise white flags
Solo exhibition by S. Teddy Darmawan
23 January - 22 February 2015, Project Room
Equator Art Projects is delighted to be opening its 2015 Exhibition Programme with never raise white flags, a solo show by Indonesian artist S. Teddy Darmawan.
A prominent figure in the Yogyakarta art scene, S. Teddy has exhibited extensively in Indonesia and abroad since 1998 and has been involved in several art projects based in local communities in Yogya. Although he studied painting, S. Teddy has developed a multidisciplinary practice, shifting between drawing, painting, assemblage, sculpture, installation and performance art.
For his first solo presentation at the gallery, S. Teddy has created a series of paintings which will be displayed in the Project Room and an outdoor installation of batik flags. The artist is inspired by flags for their simplicity in design, as well as for their harmonious and structured composition, which creates a striking visual effect. Although flags tend to be weighed down by nationalistic and political connotations, S. Teddy is drawn to the potential of this unusual format as an alternative solution to painting. In these new works, the composition is the most crucial element and the artist focuses closely on the proportions of the work, delicately balancing the imagery in relation to the negative space. These are intimate pictures awash with symbolism, often depicting ordinary people or self-portraits as the central motif. Self-portraiture is an integral part of S. Teddy’s practice and for him, it is a mode of self-expression. The recurring use of the colour red denotes a sense of optimism for the artist. His facial features are reduced to a myriad of expressive lines or dots, varying in thickness and size, giving the bare outlines of his face.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Tony Godfrey.
S. Teddy Darmawan (b. 1970, Padang - Indonesia) studied painting at the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta. The artist participated in a residency at Ludwig Art Forum in Aachen, Germany in 2000 and was shortly after awarded the prize for sculpture at the Twelve Choise Lucky Strike Young Talented hosted by Gedung 28 in Jakarta. Major exhibitions include: Love Tank (The Temple), National Museum of Singapore (2009); Drawing in Emotion, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2008); Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); Jogja Biennale (2003, 2007), Osaka Triennale (2001), Awas! Recent Art from Indonesia, an international touring exhibition (1999- 2002) and 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial (1999). The artist currently lives and works in Yogyakarta.
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