Top#1 Singapore. Keep Calm and Shut Up! and Indonesian Painting IV

Top#1 Singapore. Keep Calm and Shut Up! and Indonesian Painting IV
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Top#1 Singapore. Keep Calm and Shut Up! Solo exhibition by Oky Rey Montha. Project Room, 4 April – 18 May 2014. And Indonesian Painting IV at the Main Gallery, 25 April – 18 May 2014. Equator Art Projects.

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Keep Calm and Shut Up! Solo exhibition by Oky Rey Montha.


Oky Rey Montha, elephant, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm

Equator Art Projects is pleased to present KEEP CALM AND SHUT UP!, a solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Oky Rey Montha. A rising star emerging from Indonesian art scene, the artist will be showing a small group of paintings in acrylic on canvas. These new works reflect the artist’s wild imagination, tongue-in-cheek humour and the transformation of his painterly style, revealing a greater degree of expressiveness and fluidity.

Oky Rey Montha (born 1986) studied at the Indonesia Institute of The Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta and graduated with a Major in Design Visual Communication. Since graduating, he has established an international career, exhibiting extensively in Indonesia, Singapore, Italy and Switzerland. He has held solo shows at Galeri Canna, Jakarta Primo Marella Gallery, Milan and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Art Stage Singapore (2014), Scope Basel (2011, 2012), ArtJog (2010, 2011), Galeri Nasional, Jakarta (2010). He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta.


Joy Mallari, Laot, 2014, Dry pigment, paper and oil paint on canvas, 91.5 x 61 cm

Indonesian Painting IV: You Look The Same As Us But You Don’t Speak The Same. Language – Indonesian & Filipino Painters. Curated by Tony Godfrey. Main Gallery, 25 April – 18 May 2014.

Equator Art Projects is pleased to present Indonesian Painting IV, a group show featuring works by eight artists from Indonesian and the Philippines. The artists are: Alfredo Esquillo, Mark Justiniani, Joy Mallari, Arturo Sanchez Jr. (Philippines), Indieguerillas, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Srihadi Soedarsono and Entang Wiharso (Indonesia). This is the fourth exhibition of a series that examines the current state of contemporary Indonesian painting.

Indonesia and the Philippines form two of the largest artistic communities in Southeast Asia. Separated geographically and also by the lack of a common language and hugely diverging cultural practices, they are seemingly different on the surface. However, there is a strong tradition of painting in both countries, who were exposed to European schools and methods of painting through colonisation. We ask: is it possible for these painters from such diverse backgrounds to communicate across these boundaries? Is a national identity reflected? How do they react to innovation or tradition? Can there be similarities in their work?

About Equator Art Projects:

Equator Art Projects developed out of Langgeng Art Gallery, Magelang and Jakarta, which for nine years held exhibitions of the best Indonesian artists. Tony Godfrey, ex-Head of Research from Sotheby’s Institute and author of several books on contemporary art, has combined with Deddy Irianto, founder of Langgeng Art Gallery and the non-profit Langgeng Art Foundation Yogyakarta, to make a gallery based in Singapore that will: (a) act as an international showcase for Indonesian artists, (b) be a forum for discussion, experimentation and research, (c) show art from other countries especially The Philippines, Singapore and England. Other than the main gallery space, there are two project spaces. We are also proposing a dynamic programme of talks and publications. Our recent exhibitions include Looking at the past, making for the future: Indonesian Painting III (works by Jumaldi Alfi, Ivan Sagita and Sunaryo), Painting in Singapore (works by nine artists including Milenko Prvacki, Ian Woo, Jeremy Sharma, Jane Lee and Tan Guo-Liang) and solo projects by Yuli Prayitno, Sunaryo, J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra, Wiyoga Muhardanto, Maria Jeona Zoleta, Jason Lim, Arturo Sanchez Jr. and Adam Derums.

EQUATOR ART PROJECTS 47 Malan Road #01-21 Gillman Barracks Singapore 109444.

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