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Acrylic on linen
Dimensions: 65cm (H) x 80cm (W) / 25.6" (H) x 31.5" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
We Dance Together is the first solo exhibition of Sumatra-born painter and sculptor Lugas Syllabus with Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore. As an artist, Lugas Syllabus draws upon ideas found in parables, anecdotes and traditions ranging from Islamic, Hellenistic and, in particular, Minangkabau-associated origins of Southeast Asia in reference to his Sumatran heritage. Through paintings and sculptures, Lugas borrows and juxtaposes iconic modern-day elements such as electronic gadgets, neon billboards, and precious golds and jewels against a background of lush flora and fauna.
Lugas’ animalistic forms are often playfully hybridised, conjuring its various associated symbolic meanings and powers. These forms, like the reconstructed betta or Siamese ornamental guppies, deer antlers, parts of birds, snakes and horses are conjoined into eclectic, otherworldly forms. Amongst these animated forms, one also find extraterrestrial objects such as brightly-coloured eggs with skins reminiscent of traditional songket textiles referencing birth and creation resting amongst a composition of streams and flowering trees.
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Based in: Yogyakarta
Lugas Syllabus (b. 1987, Indonesia) earned an undergraduate degree in painting from the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta. He is widely known for his paintings and sculptures that address the ironies and contradictions in modern and contemporary society. Woven into his pieces are narratives and iconography from pop culture, media and technology; coupled with memories and folklore. His exhibitions include Tomorrow Must Be Better at Element Art Space, Shanghai, China (2017); Natural Born Worker at Finale Art File in the Philippines (2017) and The Garden of Triumph at Art Stage Singapore (2016). He has participated in artist-in-residency programmes in Passau, Germany; Brisbane, Australia; and Singapore. Awards he has garnered include the Artmajeur Art Award (Silver) in 2009 and the Second Heritage Winner for Portraits of Indonesia at the National Museum of Indonesia. His recent exhibitions include ArtJog MMXIX: Arts in Common in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019); Polyphony: Southeast Asia at the Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts in Nanjing, China (2019) and his solo exhibition, We Dance Together, at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore (2018).
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