Agus Suwage

Tembok Toleransi #2, 2013
tin cans and car audio systems
138½ x 179¼ x 7½ in. (358 x 457 x 16 cm)
Ave Mariam #2, 2013
oil and graphite on zinc and aluminum
shaped panel approximately: 70½ x 25 ½ x 1¼ in. (179 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm)
Malaikat Yang Menjaga Hankamnas #3 (The Angel Guard of Hankamnas #3), 2012
oil and gold leaf on zinc and aluminum
shaped panel approximately: 46 x 34¼ x 1¼ in. (117 x 87 x 3.5 cm)
Death is Certain, Life is Not, 2012
oil, silver leaf and bitumen on zinc and aluminum
shaped panel approximately: 48¼ x 34¼ x 1¼. (123 x 87 x 3.5 cm)
Paradiso – Inferno #5, 2012
oil, silver leaf and bitumen on zinc and aluminum
shaped panel approximately: 53½ x 35 x 1¼ in. (136 x 89 x 3.5 cm)
Social Mirrors, 2013
brass cornet, copper figure, wood base, and car audio system
size including base: 47 x 27½ x 9½ in. (119 x 70 x 24 cm)
Tolerance #1, 2012
oil, acrylic and bitumen on canvas
59 x 79 in. (150 x 200 cm)
Tolerance #2, 2012
oil, acrylic and bitumen on canvas
59 x 79 in. (150 x 200 cm)
View of the installation at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
VIew of the Installation at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
view of the installation at tyler rollins fine art
view of the installation at tyler rollins fine art
view of the installation at tyler rollins fine art
The Kiss #3, 2010
Oil on Zinc
27 1/2 x 36 in. (70 x 92 cm)
Landscape with Man and Skeleton, 2010
Oil on zinc
36 x 47 in (91.5 x 119 cm)
An Offering to Ego #3, 2010
Oil on zinc
36 x 47 in (91.5 x 119 cm)
Happiness is a Warm Gun, 2011
Zinc, acrylic, iron and LED lightbox
53 x 47 x 63 in (135 x 120 x 160 cm)
An Offering to Ego #2, 2010
Oil on zinc
36 x 47 in (91.5 x 119 cm)
Cleaning the Mirror #2, 2010
Oil and asphaltum on zinc
47 x 36 in (119 x 91.5 cm)
Eros Kai Thanatos #3, 2010
Oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on zinc
47 x 36 in (119 x 91.5 cm)
Still Alive, 2010
Oil on zinc panel with copper and zinc sculpture
Painting: 47 x 36 in (119.5 x 91.5 cm); Guitar sculpture: 43 1/4 x 16 x 5 in (110 x 41 x 12 cm)
Beautiful Dead #2, 2010
oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on zinc
27 1/2 x 36 in. (70 x 92 cm)
Suwung, 2010
oil on zinc panel with graphite and polyester skeleton
27 1/2 x 36 in. (70 x 91.5 cm)
Ego Worship, 2010
Oil on Zinc
27 1/2 x 36 in. (70 x 92 cm)
Nine, 2010
Oil on Zinc
27 1/2 x 36 in. (70 x 92 cm)
Installation view of The End is Just Beginning is the End at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
March 3 - April 23, 2011
Installation view of The End is Just Beginning is the End at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
March 3 - April 23, 2011
Installation view of The End is Just Beginning is the End at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
March 3 - April 23, 2011
monumen yang menjaga hankamnas, 2012
graphite on resin, gold-plated brass, cloth, steel, beer bottles, led lights, acrylic box and flourescent lights
125 x 125 x 102 in. (320 x 260 x 260 cm)
Tembok Toleransi, 2012
zinc, gold-plated brass, led lights and sounds
125 x 184 in (318 x 468 cm)
Ave Maryam, 2012
digital print and oil paint on zinc plate, light bulbs, led lights, electrical wire
76 x 25 in (194 x 64 cm)
Pemandangan duniawi, 2012
oil paint and asphaltum on zinc
72 x 187 in (183 x 475 cm)
Siklus, 2012
Backdrop: digital print on aluminum, 90 pcs. 11 x 16 in (30 x 40 cm) (each)
Front piece: zinc bucket, graphite on resin, light bulbs. approx. 25.5 x 41 x 31 in (65 x 105 x 80 cm)
Man of the Year #4, 2011
oil on galvanized zinc, small sculptures, and found objects
360 1/4 x 177 in. (915 x 450 cm)
The Kiss #4, 2011
oil and acrylic on canvas
78 3/4 x 98 1/2 in. (200 x 250 cm)
Eros Kai Thanatos #1, 2010
watercolor and tobacco juice on paper
16 panels; overall dimensions 89.75 x 89.75 in. (228 x 228 cm)
8 BAB 44 PASAL #5, 2009
Lithography, acrylic, two layers of handcut, pigment stained and stencil washed STPI handmade paper
51 x 41 x .2 in (128.3 x 102.9 x .6 cm)
Aku Mendengar, 2009
Lithography, etching, pigment stained and stencil washed STPI handmade paper assembled with lithography on Fabriano paper
50 x 40 x .75 in (127 x 101.6 x 1.9 cm)
Abel, 2009
Lithography, embossing and pigment stained STPI handmade paper
40 x 51 in (101.6 x 128.3 cm)
Fool in Love, 2009
Graphite and duct tape
Dimensions Variable
Luxury Crime, 2009
Stainless steel, gold plated brass, and rice
49 x 30 x 20 in (124 x 77 52 cm) (3rd edition)
Man of the Year, 2009
Oil on linen
79 x 98 in (200 x 250 cm)
Passion Play, 2009
Steel bars and six pieces lifesize sculptures, polyester resin, polyurethane, acrylic paint, and iron
Dimensions Variable
Toys 'S' Us #7, 2009
Polyester resin, stainless steel, aluminum, and acrylic paint
71 x 45 x 68 in (180 x 115 x 172 cm)
Vox Mortis, Vox Orbis, 2009
Life-size sculptures, mixed media aluminum, silver plated, resin and oil paint
Dimensions Variable
Too Young to Die, Too Old to Rock N' Roll #1, 2009
Acrylic, cigarette butts, aluminum
20 x 47 x 6 in (52 x 119 x 16 cm)
After Gilbert and George, 2008
Oil on canvas
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)
Aku Ingin Hidup Seribu Tahun Lagi (King Liar), 2008
OIl on canvas
59 x 47 in (150 x 120 cm)
After Jana Sterbak, 2008
Oil on canvas
79 x 59 in (200 x 150 cm)
Andy Warhol, 2008
Silver, silicone
6 x 4 x 28 in (14 x 10 x 70 cm)
Art of Punishment #2, 2008
Watercolor on paper
45 x 61 in (115 x 155 cm)
Bush, 2008
Acrylic on cardboard
102 x 61 in (260 x 154 cm)
Dalai Lama #4, 2008
Oil on canvas
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)
Edgar Allan Poe, 2008
Aluminum, wood, iron
14 x 12 x 27 in (35 x 30 x 68 cm)
Holy Beer dan Kawan-Kawan, 2008
Acrylic and digital print on Hahnemühle canvas
74 x 37 in (187 x 93 cm) (5 pieces)
Part of An Offering to Ego #4, 2008
Charcoal and graphite on paper
43 x 60 in (110 x 152 cm)
The Times They Are A Changing Series (The Beatles), 2007
Oil on linen
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)
David Hockney, 2007
Oil on canvas
59 x 47 in (150 x 120 cm)
Act Naturally, 2007
Iron and wood
7 x 37 x 2 in (17 x 95 x 5 cm)
After Tania Bruguera, 2007
Oil on canvas
79 x 59 in (200 x 150 cm)
An Offering to Ego, 2007
Graphite
dimensions Variable
Are You Going with Me?, 2007
Resin, aluminum, roller skates, leather
Dimensions Variable
Coexist #2, 2007
Oil on canvas
79 x 197 in (200 x 500 cm)
I Want to Live Another Thousand Years Series, 2007
Oil on canvas
59 x 47 in (150 x 120 cm) (27 pieces)
Spa, 2007
OIl on canvas
79 x 79 in (200 x 200 cm)
Menjaga Malam, 2007
Resin, vinyl, and stainless steel
137 x 98 x 16 in (350 x 250 x 40 cm)
Cross Road i. Collaboration work for the Singapore Biennale by Titarubi and Agus Suwage, 2006
Iron, wood, lontar leaf, handmade flowers, and ceramics
dimensions Variable
Cross Road. Collaboration work for the Singapore Biennale by Titarubi and Agus Suwage, 2006
Iron, wood, lontar leaf, handmade flowers, and ceramics
Dimensions Variable
Pinkswing Park. Collaboration work for CP Biennale by Agus Suwage and Davy Linggar, 2006
Modified pedicab, digital print on paper, and stone
Dimensions Variable
Pinkswing Park Frame - Tengah, 2006
Digital print on paper
Dimensions Variable
Nikotin Glamor, 2006
Aluminum, stainless steel, resin, cigarette butts, and blank discs
8 x 15 x 15 in (21 x 37 x 37 cm)
Tahta Untuk Rakyat, 2006
Oil on canvas
83 x 197 in (210 x 500 cm)
Tahta Untuk Rakyat I, 2006
Mixed media
Dimensions Variable
The Times They Are A Changing Series (Bob Dylan), 2006
Oil on canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
The Times They Are A Changing Series (Madonna), 2006
Oil on canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
Nowhere Land #4, 2006
Oil on canvas
59 x 79 in (150 x 200 cm)
Aku Ingin Hidup Seribu Tahun Lagi, 2005
Modified pedicab, cigarette butts, and watercolor on paper
30 x 22 in (75 x 55 cm) (27 pieces)
Air Seni, 2005
Mixed media
130 x 110 in (330 x 280 cm)
All My Life I Gave You Nothing and Still You Ask For More, 2005
Oil on Canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
Artist's Plan, 2005
Resin, plastic,and acrylic
24 x 16 x 16 in (60 x 40 x 40 cm)
Man Bites Man, Pig Eats Pig, 2005
Oil on Canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
Memperagakan Herman Nitsch, 2005
Watercolor and nicotine on paper
22 x 28 in (57 x 70 cm)
Self Healing Series, 2005
Watercolor and nicotine on paper
dimensions Variable
Swarga Nunut, 2005
Stainless steel, plastic, digital print
64 x 35 x 24 in (162.5 x 90 x 62 cm)
Blues Untuk Allah II, 2005
Oil on Canvas
65 x 79 in (165 x 200 cm)
Oh Plastik Oh Daging, 2005
Oil on Canvas
59 x 79 in (150 x 200 cm)
Art of Punishment #3, 2004
Oil on canvas
59 x 79 in (150 x 200 cm)
Across the Universe, 2004
Painted brass, oil on canvas, wood, vinyl
13 x 7 x 6 in (33 x 17 x 15 cm) (4 pieces)
Holy Dog, 2004
Oil on canvas
57 x 55 in (145 x 140 cm)
Mengasong Barang Kontemporer, 2004
Chrome, aluminum, cigarette butts
13 x 7 x 7 in (33 x 17 x 18 cm)
Totem X'Ray, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
57 x 55 in (145 x 140 cm)
Playing the Fool, 2004
Chrome, aluminum, wood, vinyl, magnetic chess
13 x 7 x 6 in (33 x 17 x 15 cm)
Sekedar Memperagakan Apa yang Sedang Dilakukan Oleh Si Dia, 2004
Oil on canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
Sol & Luna #4, 2004
Oil on wood
7 x 11 in (18.5 x 29.5 cm)
Sol & Luna #7, 2004
Oil on wood
12 x 6 in (29.5 x 16.5 cm)
Teruskan Semakin Sakit Semakin Baik, 2004
Oil on Canvas
59 x 57 in (150 x 145 cm)
Love Bomb, 2003
Wrought iron, iron, and neon sign
47.25 x 67 x 41 in (120 x 170 x 105 cm)
Holy Beer dan Kawan-Kawan, 2003
Digital print on canvas
79 x 40 in (200 x 100 cm) (5 pieces)
Meditation # 1, 2003
Digital Print
18 x 18 x 2 in (45 x 45 x 4.5 cm)
Moral Skin Fables, 2003
Oil, acrylic, and goat's leather mounted on board
24 in (60 cm) diameter (24 pieces)
Paradiso-Inferno PP, 2003
Digital print on canvas
79 x 40 in (200 x 100 cm) (each, 2 panels)
Potret Diri Sebagai Nero # 2, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
59 x 79 in (150 x 200 cm)
Potret Diri Sebagai Nero, 2003
Mixed media
dimensions Variable
Toys 'S' Us #2, 2003
Photo, zinc plate, metal string
12 x 16 x 2 in (31 x 40 x 5 cm)
Toys 'S' Us #5, 2003
Photo, zinc plate, chain
14 x 8 x .75 in (35 x 19.5 x 2 cm)
Yin Yang, 2003
Photo, zinc plate, motor
9 x 12 x 4 in (24 x 30 x 10 cm)

One of Indonesia’s most revered and internationally active contemporary artists, Agus Suwage has been featured in approximately 150 museum and gallery exhibitions around the world, and his works are included in most comprehensive collections of Southeast Asian contemporary art. Over the past few decades, he has exhibited in a number of international biennials, such as the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia (1996), the Gwangju Biennial (2000), the Singapore Biennial (2006), and the Jogja Biennale (2007 and 2013). In the United States, his work was recently featured in the international contemporary art biennial, Prospect New Orleans (October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015). In 2009, the Jogja National Museum in Indonesia devoted all three floors of its building to a major retrospective of Suwage’s works of the past 25 years, including paintings, sculptures, and installations. A 670-page monograph of his work, Still Crazy After All These Years, was published in conjunction with this landmark exhibition.

In 2013, Tyler Rollins Fine Art presented Suwage’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, entitled CYCLE No. 2. Curated by Enin Supriyanto, one of Indonesia’s leading independent curators, the exhibition marked the second stage of a major new body of work to be shown in three cities around the world – Jakarta, New York, and Berlin. These exhibitions focused on the theme of the cycle of life and death, an ongoing preoccupation of the artist, and represented a very personal reflection on this cycle, referencing Suwage’s own mixed Javanese and Chinese background and his experience as a Christian convert to Islam, while also alluding to Java’s Hindu, Buddhist, and animist spiritual traditions. Although grounded in this personal vision, the works exhibited a deep socio-political engagement, an important aspect of the artist’s work since the 1990s. Suwage’s works have often made critiques – sometimes pointed, sometimes veiled – of various forms of intolerance (social, religious, or political) and of the attempt to impose a single rigid, monolithic structure on society, whether by the Suharto regime in the 1990s or more recently by the rise of a more fundamentalist strain of Islam in Indonesia.

The works in CYCLE No. 2 directly incorporated religious motifs – the Virgin Mary, Muslim prayer attire, angels and demons – as well as the actual sounds of prayers. Yet they also contained many references to motifs seen in Suwage’s own works over the years, reflecting his longstanding concern with artistic influence and the process of artistic inspiration, and with the role of the artist in society. The self-portrait remained a central focus, with the artist’s image appearing in various disguises and permutations throughout the works. Suwage continued to make use of zinc panels, one of his primary media in the past few years, exploring the expressive possibilities of their rugged patina and monochromatic surfaces, a process begun with The End Is Just Beginning Is the End (2011) at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, his first solo exhibition in the United States.

Recent museum exhibitions include: Manifesto V: Arus, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (2016); After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2015); Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012); Beyond the East, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy (2011); Beyond the Self, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia (2011); Ekspansi: Contemporary Sculptures, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (2011); Negotiating Home, History, and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum (2011).