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Gajah Gallery Present Navigating Entropy A Sculptural Group Show In partnership with Yogya Art Lab

July 23, 2022 August 21, 2022 WIB

Presents the second edition of Navigating Entropy – a group show  gathering artists who have partnered with Yogya Art Lab (YAL), Gajah’s art space and  foundry set in Indonesia’s vibrant artistic and cultural capital, Yogyakarta. In November 2020,  Gajah Gallery Singapore staged the first edition of Navigating Entropy, showcasing the  diverse and innovative three-dimensional works of renowned Southeast Asian artists. The  second edition in Jakarta similarly turns the spotlight on artists across Asia who have long  been making sculptures, or have recently expanded to three-dimensional forms through the  foundry. 

Founded in 2012 by Gajah Gallery’s director Jasdeep Sandhu and the Yogyakarta-based artist  Yunizar, YAL is a rare platform for artists to experiment with unconventional mediums, and  work closely with expert craftsmen. Constantly evolving based on the needs of the artists,  the team at YAL has worked with materials ranging from paper, aluminum, ceramics to  Fresnel lenses, and specialises particularly in bronze. For 10 years, YAL has empowered  artists to explore new forms in their work. Artists who had previously focused purely on  paintings have been challenged to create bold, sculptural pieces that have since marked  crucial expansions in their oeuvre. Artists who had largely worked in the isolation of their  studios learned to partake in the process of collaboration and involving many hands in the  creation of a work.

For this show, Yunizar presents a significant collection of recent and past bronze sculptures,  revealing his range in a form he’s been exploring with YAL for a decade now. From his  expansive, symbolically-charged Garuda sculpture to whimsical animals that blur the line  between predator and prey, the works are testaments to the artist’s ever-expanding  imagination. Ashley Bickerton is showcasing refined cast bronze sculptures, one of which is  titled Shark, revealing the graceful lines and curves of a manta shark. Building on his  nuanced commentaries on the environment, the work speak to the harmonious chain of life  and how each member of the environment uniquely affects it, and on a larger scale, the  world. Suzann Victor continues a motif she has been exploring since the early 1990s: phallic  brinjals. Using the aluminium medium to capture the fine details of the decomposing fruits,  Victor captures the beauty in their “imperfection and abjectness”. Other artists who are  presenting critical, intricately crafted works in the show are Jane Lee, Wei Ligang, Jogen  Chowdhury, Handiwirman Saputra, and Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro. 

As they collaborated with the foundry to create these works, the artists ultimately embraced  a philosophy that embraces risks and uncertainties, the organic transformations of materials  and forms, and the chaos that informs some of the most fruitful creative processes. While  the participating artists come from different contexts and artistic traditions across the  region, what ties them together is that by partaking in residencies at YAL, they have all, in  varying degrees, navigated entropy.

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