Close to Home: Entang Wiharso

“People expect a certain language from you, but I like contradictions.” – Entang Wiharso

Indonesian-born, US-based artist Entang Wiharso has a multi-disciplinary practice and speaks with urgency through any cogent channel that fits his immediate need, be it painting, sculpture, video, installation or performance. 

Entang Wiharso, ‘Home Sweet Home’, 2015

A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, he is widely regarded for his unique depictions of contemporary life that employ a dramatic visual language, creating artworks that exist in relation to the mythologies of a centuries-old animist past and the high-speed, hyper-connected lifestyle of the 21st century.

Entang Wiharso, ‘Art History: Blue Moon #1’, 2015

The diversity and scale of Wiharso’s oeuvre is clearly evident from the diverse artworks produced while in residency with STPI. On a technical level, alternative methods and materials like balloons, yarn, wires and nails were used in the print and papermaking process. 

Entang Wiharso, (left to right) ‘Decoded: Dream’, ‘Decoded: Setengah’ and ‘Decoded: Reflection’, 2015

His explorations with the multifaceted medium led to a comprehensive body of work that projects customary themes through his trademark visual vocabulary of contorted, hybrid bodies—with slogans and icons of tropical plants, weapons and fences, amongst other things—as well as forms never before seen in his artistic oeuvre.

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Exhibitions at STPI

Turning the Axis of the World (2020)
Allegories & Identities (2017)
Entang Wiharso: Never Say No (2015)


Publication and Prints

The catalogue ‘Entang Wiharso: Never Say No’, was published on the occasion of his solo exhibition with STPI. It contains essays by Melissa Chiu and Agung Hujatnikajennong.

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Read more about the artist and his time at STPI

Entang Wiharso says yes
Today, 25 April 2015

Interview with Entang Wiharso on his STPI Residency
LuxArtAsia, 30 December 2014

Interview with Entang Wiharso
The Artling, 23 December 2014

Entang Wiharso
Ocula, 11 October 2014

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