TOYS "S" US Agus Suwage
Nov 6th - Nov 30th 2004
Solo Exhibition by Agus Suwage
Gaya Fusion of Senses, the leading contemporary art space in Bali, will host a solo exhibition by Agus Suwage entitled TOYS ?S? US. The opening will be held on Saturday November 6th 2004 7 pm. The show will run until the end of November 2004.
The art project of ?TOYS ?S? US (toys as us) is inspired by Suwage?s conversation with one of his friends, a Japanese artist who incidentally often creates works based on children?s Toys. Suwage, who is also interested in the children?s traditional games and toys of Indonesia, is reminded of his childhood-the past that gave him the feeling of security and happiness. The conversation turned into discussion and finally triggered his awareness about how the ways the children play, and their playthings, in many cultures of the world are similar to each other. Children wherever they are, seem to share similar joy, sadness and balances. Suwage is certain that traditional children games, just like folklores, have been interacting with each other, from one culture to another. As we respond to the current situation of the world, amid tensions arising from the culture differences and the shadowing of potential clashes of civilizations, we can actually find a situation of the point zero in children?s games and toys (of the world). Suwage then start to imagine?..
Suwage starts to design various functional children?s toys. However, he is not merely thinking and reminiscing about his childhood. Suwage , perhaps just like other artist or even other human being in general, living amid the situations of the contemporary global societies is confined by myriad of problem-socially, politically , economically, and cultural,. Suwage then starts to combine the models of toys with his habit of creating works of self-portraits. One thing he keeps in mind as he is creating the works, however, is the choice of the simple and manual operational system of the toys .
?TOYS ?S? US? contains an effort to engineer something. Suwage seem to be building an illusive wall separating ?plaything? and ?playing?, exploring the puns contained in the matter of ?plaything? and ?playing? and even triggering the existence of the critical position differentiating ?the player? and ?the audience?. As we understand the self-portrait tendencies. Suwage has so far been exploring, we see that in the art project of ?TOUS ?S? US?. Suwage has actually taken a risk, putting the feelings of childhood happiness and excitement in danger of a bitter situation. In these works, the matter of identification of the ?self? ?the subject,? and the ?Identity?, is presented in the form of interaction and experience (of the audience) in encountering the art works directly. At this point, Suwage seems to want to state a conclusion about the (human) body. He seems to be touching on the statement of Elizabeth Grosz, one of the interpreters on Freud?s thoughts: ?the body is, so to speak, organically/ biologically/ naturally ?incomplete?; it is indeterminate, amorphous, a series of uncoordinated potentialities which require social triggering, ordering, and long term ?administration??.
A press conference was held at Gaya gallery, in relation to the show. It was attended by some journalists from major press in Bali and also some students from art school.
The speakers in the press conference (from left to right): Made (moderator), Mr. Confessa (Italian Honorary Consulates), Mr Birit (Director of Gaya Gallery), Agus Suwage (artist) and Rizki Zaelani (Curator)
A journalist was enthusiastically asking about the show.
The show opening was crowded by many art lovers, students, collectors and others. Filippo Sciascia (in red) who is the gallery consultant, was conversating about the show with Mr. Birit (in white), the gallery director.
Holy Beers & friends, the only "not toys" in the show but digital print on canvas, were attract visitors. As seen on the picture, two visitors were very enthuisatic toward the paintings.
Murni, a famous female artist from Bali, was trying to "interact" with one of the toys called D.I.Y means Do It Yourself
A visitor was curious about Mickey Is Dead so "let me have a look", she said imaginary.
A collector interacts with one toy called Mickey Is Dead
Some young artists are interested toward the show since it could inspired them.
The artwork of "Dart Father" attract not only adult people but children as well.