Erianto, a West Sumatran born artist based in Jogjakarta, paints cardboard packages as well as wooden crates of various sizes on canvas creating the illusion that the packages and crates are real—a feat that could signify the end of painting itself. Through this series, this 31 year old artist is portraying a studio of an artist after his or her unsold artworks are returned back to him or her from an exhibition at a gallery. bHe pushes the limits of painting in an exceptional manner, evoking a sense of urgency to rethink painting as it used to be practiced. His artworks blur the paintings with objects or two-dimensional artwork and three-dimensional artwork.
He cleverly uses his native language in his works as reminders of his roots and casual wisdom that he wants to hold close. The labels on his packages and crates paintings are his critique to the commercial dominance in Indonesian art scene. He wants the audience to enjoy his works in a fun way.
Erianto has enjoyed international success having won awards such as the Bandung Contemporary Art Awards, Finalist of Tujuh Bintang Art Award, and exhibited in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Germany and USA.
Hendra "HeHe" Harsono
Born in 1983 in Kediri, Indonesia, HeHe's works trace influences of pop culture, the indie movement, graphic novels, 'lowbrow art,' and pop surrealism that affects the sense of becoming the Indonesian young generation today.
"HeHe" embraces the invisible with friendliness and fun, a kind of acceptance and openness to new possibilities and potentials, while also still being aware of life's ironies. He is very instinctive when it comes to making works. He does what he knows. It is evident from his works that he loves comics and made his own characters of monsters and imaginary ‘friends’ or anything that pops into his mind all based on memory of everything that he has seen. He moves on with his existence in the real world that can be the same on one side but also completely different on the other, in terms of absurdities and abnormalities.
Hendra “Hehe” Harsono has exhibited in galleries across the globe such as Espace Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong, USA and France.