It is said that in 24 hours, we are only fully aware of the condition of our bodies 5% of the time. Beyond that, our bodies are on autopilot, and we often forget that they perform an extraordinary range of motion. Thumbs scrolling, siting down, tying shoes, feeling the cold sensation of the floor on the soles of our feet, wiping sweat from the forehead–movements that seem simple are often taken for granted and escape our gratitude. But this is not the case for those who have difficulty moving because of the pain in their bodies.
indieguerillas imagine that all the characters in the painting are in motion–waving and flowing consciously along with the rhythm of the universe, like dancing a dance of the soul. Through this works, the artists are inviting us to be grateful for the health of our bodies that allows us to move freely, and to love ourselves.
Alongside influence from the pop culture and traditional Javanese imageries, the paintings is also influenced by Modernist works of the 20th century, likely as the results of indieguerillas’ six-month stay in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2018, which exposed them to Western art
history within a relatively short period of time. Elements like rejection of perspective echoes traditional wayang kulit, where everything appears fat and two-dimensional. Object abstraction in the works are manifestations of their current interest in learning to feel the essence of things. The selection of colours in the work was made to support the mood to celebrate life–the optimistic life filled with happiness. As Javanese, indieguerillas are taught to be sumarah; to accept and surrender in a positive way. Thus, bright, vivid, and bold colours are used to express joy.
About the Artist
indieguerillas is a husband-and-wife artist duo consisting of Dyatmiko Lancur Bawono and Santi Ariestyowanti. Founded in 1999 as a graphic design firm, indieguerillas’ philosophy of “constantly in guerrilla to find new possibilities” has led them to become full-time artists in 2007. Nevertheless, design still plays a very important role as it allows for them to explore the use of unconventional media and techniques as part of their artistic statement. In addition to their proficiency at visual effects and inter- media experimentation, their works are also recognized for its folklore influences. The unique intertwine between traditional values and contemporary culture has brought indieguerillas to numerous important exhibitions around the globe. (Mizuma Gallery)