FX Harsono

In the Studio with FX Harsoso

10/09/2020

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR NEW STUDIO?

FXH/ My new studio in Yogyakarta is a workshop space but I want it to be comfortable at the same time. Aside from using the studio to create and store my works, I’m also planning to make a living space for myself in the near future.

My studio is also designed to be a meeting space for discussions with other artists and people within the art community. It is also a place to meet for an informal chat or to watch a movie.

 

YOU’RE ALSO BASED IN JAKARTA, WHY CHOOSE JOGJAKARTA AS YOUR MAIN STUDIO LOCATION?

FXH/ Recently, I’ve found it unpleasant to work in Jakarta. It is much more costly to find a spacious place to work for a reasonable cost. Another reason is that it is not as easy to find a reliable Studio Manager or Assistant. Cost aside, time is also an issue and there is a sense that I’m always running out of time when travelling through Jakarta’s notorious traffic.

 

YOUR MAKING PROCESS SEEMS TO DEVELOP FROM INITIAL RIGOROUS RESEARCH YOU’VE CONDUCTED. WHAT DOES THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE FROM IDEA TO STUDIO?

FXH/ Prior to conducting research, I usually like to have a discussion. This is why Yogyakarta is an enjoyable city for me. It is very accommodating for my practice and I can easily have discussions with friends and artists. Travelling to my research areas is relatively easier from Yogyakarta compared to Jakarta.

 

ON A TYPICAL DAY, HOW LONG DO YOU USUALLY STAY IN THE STUDIO?

FXH/ My day in the studio usually starts from 9am until 5pm. I guess I like to keep working, which is why I’ve been planning to move into the studio. This will allow me to work even more. These days, after spending the day in my studio, I still like to work at home.

 

TELL US YOUR IDEAL STUDIO ‘MUST HAVES’

FXH/ My studio is not completely finished yet but my eventual goal is to work and live there. I’ve been wanting to build a room dedicated for artists residencies for artists from outside Yogyakarta or even Indonesia, but this is still a plan for now. A good studio interior is a must for me, it is indeed a workshop space but I want to be able to present my works in my own studio in a nice set up.


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ON NOW

14/06/2019

FUTURE PAST
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
until 6 July 2019

Including: Gonkar Gyatso, FX Harsono, Irfan Hendrian, Latthapon Korkiatarkul, KRACK STUDIO, Lindy Lee, Dawn Ng, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Eko Nugroho, Albert Jonathan Setyawan, Jeremy Sharma, Jakkai Siributr, Adeela Suleman and Yang Yongliang

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COMING UP

14/06/2019

FX HARSONO
Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
21 June - 27 October 2019

FX Harsono is included is in Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia with his installation Gazing on Collective Memory (2016). This major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art will showcase 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Featuring recent works and large-scale commissions, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia explores the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s close neighbour in the turbulent post-Reformasi era: the fall of the Suharto regime through to the present day.

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ATTEND

14/06/2019

FX HARSONO
Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s - 1990s
National Gallery Singapore

Until 15 September 2019

This exhibition investigates how experimental artists acted as catalysts for change during some of Asia’s most turbulent decades. It spotlights artistic responses to major global events such as the Cold War, and explores how artists challenged political, social and artistic conventions.

Co-organised by National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Awakenings draws connections across Asia through over 150 artworks by important artists from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

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ATTEND

31/05/2019

PANEL DISCUSSION
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
Saturday, 29 June 2019, 3pm

Please join Dr Paul Gladston, inaugural UNSW Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art, as we share in conversation with artists FX Harsono and Albert Yonathan Setyawan, as part of the FUTURE PAST exhibition.

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INVITATION

17/05/2019

FUTURE PAST: TRADITION AND TRANSGRESSION IN CONTEMPORARY ART IN ASIA
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
1 June - 6 July 2019

Featuring the works of Gonkar Gyatso, FX Harsono, Irfan Hendrian, Latthapon Korkiatarkul, Lindy Lee, Dawn Ng, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Eko Nugroho, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Jeremy Sharma, Jakkai Siributr, KRACK STUDIO, Adeela Suleman and Yang Yongliang

Future Past: Tradition and Transgression in Contemporary Art in Asia, brings together fourteen contemporary artists working across East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific to consider the ways in which current art practices in the region interface with and extend beyond the limits of historically determined artistic and cultural boundaries, where they transgress and how these collisions of past and present might inform one another to create an art of the future.

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GO SEE

17/05/2019

FX HARSONO
SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art From Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Galleries 101-105, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Until 1 September 2019

FX Harsono is part of SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. The exhibition focusses on the most striking contemporary art in Southeast Asia, co-organised by the Mori Art Museum, Japan. Since the 1980s, the development of contemporary art in respective countries has reflected the changes and complexities of ethical, political, economics, cultural and historical issues of the region.

The 'sunshower' in the title refers to a meteorological phenomenon often seen in Southeast Asia, while serving as a poetic metaphor for its complex, torturous history and the vicissitudes of the region. The post-WWII decolonization throughout the world led the countries in the region to democratization and internationalization. They have undergone periods of colonization, of autocratic or military dictatorship, of economic growth and collapses. Despite the tumultuous past, the rapid economic and urban development in more recent years came truly drastic changes.

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INVITATION

01/02/2019

ANNUAL SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
8 - 16 February 2019

Opening Friday, 8 February 2019, 6 - 8pm

To celebrate the first exhibition of our exciting 2019 program, join for the S+S Sydney Annual Summer Group Show next Friday, 8th February from 6pm.

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GO SEE

09/11/2018

FX HARSONO
Moving Pledges: Art & Action in Southeast Asia
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE College of the Arts
Until 23 January 2019

FX Harsono is included in Moving Pledges: Art & Action in Southeast Asia. Curated by Iola Lenzi, the exhibition presents works by Southeast Asian artists who use art as a means to probe social and political power structures. FX Harsono presents his pistol-shaped rice cracker installation, 'Apa yang anda lakukan jika krupuk ini adalah pistol beneran? (What would you do if these crackers were real pistols?)', 1977, one of the region's earliest participatory artworks.

This exhibition is supported by the Cultural Matching Fund, Singapore

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GO SEE

14/10/2018

FX HARSONO
Moving Pledges: Art & Action in Southeast Asia

Institute of Contemporary Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
20 October 2018 - 23 January 2019

Guest curator: Iola Lenzi

FX Harsono is included in Moving Pledges, an exhibition presenting works by Southeast Asian artists who use art as a means to probe social and political power structures. The exhibition comprises participatory and performance art, photography, video and installation. Works employ aesthetics and conceptual frameworks—sometimes borrowed from the state—to prompt discussion about the systems of authority that regulate daily life. Produced over four decades (1977–2018), the works show the artists’ persistent belief in art as a conduit for social and political empowerment. FX Harsono presents his pistol-shaped rice cracker installation (1977), one of the region’s earliest participatory artworks.

Supported by the Cultural Matching Fund, Singapore.

Cover image: Bui Cong Khanh, Stamp on Me, 2004, performance with 2 two stamps—"Yes" and "No", 2 hours, NIPPAF Festival, Japan © Courtesy the artist.

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FINAL WEEKEND

23/09/2018

FX HARSONO
Reminiscence
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore

Extended to Sunday, 30 September 2018.

We are pleased to announce that Reminiscence, a solo exhibition by seminal Indonesian artist FX Harsono, will be extended to Sunday, 30 September 2018.

"History also records the darker moments of loss and downfall. Oftentimes, the victims of persecution find it hard to share their pain with descendants, or discuss their history at all. Revealing the truth feels like reopening old wounds. The perpetrators of historical violence have a tendency to edit history; their actions are erased like flaws to be covered over. A great nation learns from the past. Acknowledging history, even when it's painful, will help future generations to avoid making the same mistakes; whereas, denying the past will allow history to repeat itself." - FX Harsono, 2018

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ON VIEW NOW

01/09/2018

FX HARSONO
Reminiscence
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
Until 23 September 2018

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22/08/2018

Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts

Until 10 October 2018

FX Harsono and eX de Medici are included in Two houses, a presentation of two significant private collections at the ICA Singapore.

John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang have assembled significant collections of contemporary art over 20 and 30 years respectively. The catalyst for Two houses was the companionable relationship between the younger Dr Chia and his friend and mentor, Mr Yeap. Both belong to a new group of art collectors in Southeast Asia whose partnerships have enlarged the reach of contemporary artists’ practices beyond the independent studio and gallery and helped foster alternative art-historical narratives.

Two houses explores themes of civic life—social justice, labour politics, human rights and nationhood—through 40 works or groups of works made by 35 artists between 1986 and 2018.

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INVITATION

21/08/2018

FX HARSONO
Reminiscence
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
25 August - 23 September 2018

Opening reception in the presence of the artist on Saturday 25 August, 5-7pm.

History is not always glorious; it does not always narrate victories and acts of nobility.” — FX Harsono, 2018.

Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present a solo exhibition by seminal Indonesian artist FX Harsono at its Singapore gallery next month. This exhibition presents the artist’s longstanding major project that investigates the genocide and mass graves of ethnic Chinese-Indonesians in Java, Indonesia from 1947 to 1949. Part documentary and part commemoration, the exhibition will see a new series of works alongside two major installations that confronts the truth of this history.

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COMING UP

14/08/2018

FX HARSONO
Reminiscence
Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
25 August - 23 September 2018

Opening reception in the presence of the artist on Saturday 25 August, 5-7pm.

History is not always glorious; it does not always narrate victories and acts of nobility.” — FX Harsono, 2018.

Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present a solo exhibition by seminal Indonesian artist FX Harsono at its Singapore gallery next month. This exhibition presents the artist’s longstanding major project that investigates the genocide and mass graves of ethnic Chinese-Indonesians in Java, Indonesia from 1947 to 1949. Part documentary and part commemoration, the exhibition will see a new series of drawings alongside two major installations that confronts the truth of this history.

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GO SEE

13/07/2018

EX DE MEDICI & FX HARSONO
Two Houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts
21 July - 10 October 2018

Opening reception on Friday 20 July, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Exhibition tour led by Bala Starr and Melanie Pocock with John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang

eX de Medici's Ruger Blackhawk (2016) is included in Two Houses, a presentation of two significant private collections at the ICA Singapore. Committed collectors John Chia and Leap Lam Yang have assembled significant collections of contemporary art over 20 and 30 years respectively. Dr Chia and Mr Yeap share a focus on contemporary Southeast Asian art, but their acquisitions reflect their different personalities and interests.

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