Indonesian hits from APT7 to tour Queensland

Saputro (aka Hahan), Uji Handoko Eko, Indonesia b.1983 / The Journey 2011 /Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

In the lead up to ‘The 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8), the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) today announced ‘Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7’ would be the next Gallery-curated exhibition to tour the state.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said ‘Indo Pop’ would visit 12 regional venues in advance of and concurrently with APT8, which opens at the Gallery in November 2015.

‘APT7 featured the Triennial’s largest representation to date of artists from Indonesia, and some of the outstanding pieces acquired for the Gallery’s world-leading contemporary Asian art collection will now tour as part of our commitment to regional Queensland,’ Mr Saines said.

‘The tour will start at Noosa Regional Gallery on 11 June and will visit venues across the state before concluding in Toowoomba in mid-2017.’

QAGOMA Associate Curator, Asian Art, Tarun Nagesh, said the nine works on the tour captured the vibrancy and humour of an emerging generation of contemporary Indonesian artists.

‘Drawing on one of the focus areas of APT7 (2012-13), ‘Indo Pop’ showcases a diverse group of works including the explosively coloured painting The Journey 2011 by Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan). These works in a variety of styles and media represent the exciting approaches that are earning these artists widespread international attention,’ he said.

Mr Nagesh said the works from Southeast Asia’s largest emerging art market discuss the artistic, political and social issues faced in Indonesia, one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

‘Edwin Roseno’s photographs of aluminium cans-cum-flower pots and Wedhar Riyadi’s fusing of historical portraits with pop-style imagery use humour and parody to question socio-political history and globalisation,’ Mr Nagesh said.

The regional tour of ‘Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7’ also includes video and digital works from artist collective Tromarama, and Tintin Wulia, who now resides in Queensland. Tromarama’s stop-motion animation in Wattt?! 2010, a favourite with young visitors when shown in APT7, brings lights and lamps to life in a humorous response to an unexpectedly-high electricity bill.

‘Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7’ tours Queensland from mid-2015 to 2017.

Noosa Regional Gallery | 11 June – 26 July 2015
Logan Art Gallery | 31 July – 13 September 2015
Redcliffe Art Gallery | 10 December 2015 – 23 January 2016
Gold Coast City Art Gallery | 6 February – 27 March 2016
Gympie Regional Art Gallery | 7 April – 28 May 2016
Rockhampton Art Gallery | 4 June – 17 July 2016
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery | 24 August – 16 October 2016
Artspace Mackay | 21 October – 4 December 2016
Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery | 27 January – 19 March 2017