Entang Wiharso, Double Protection, 2015

Entang Wiharso

New York

Marc Straus Gallery

Entang Wiharso, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Rhode Island, titled his recent show “Promising Land.” It’s not clear if this referenced terrain is American or Indonesian, but most likely Wiharso is referring to the dream of affluence and ease identified with the U.S. and now emulated around the world. His recent work has increasingly turned toward a critique of the Americanization of global culture, looking askance at the heightened materialism that threatens to overwhelm the spiritual insight associated with Asian tradition. His low reliefs often incorporate brightly colored cars from the past, when the American dream seemed innocent, but they are also dense with trepidation and confusion, crowded with randomly distributed figures, whose skewed positions feel like a declaration of moral anarchy. …see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.

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