While the visual styles of these three artists may be disparate on the surface, the common thread that runs across the works of all three is the invitation to re-examine our daily lives, in our own respective environments, which we so easily take for granted. Be it because of us being absorbed in our work, or too busy with the necessary daily activities that sustain us, we often lose sight of the fact that the life we live contains subtle wonderments that easily evade our attention.
Borrowing the philosophical observation of Greek philosopher Socrates, that “a life unexamined is a life not worth living”, we invite the audience, through the collection of works by these 3 artists, to re-examine our own lives in order to uncover how special each and everyone’s existence really is.
Combining his savvy in color composition, naïve expressionism and text, Dedy Sufriadi’s works are visually compelling, often expressing a deeper existentialist philosophical view of the simplest and most common of experiences. He is able to find moments of inspiration within every day life, particularly in the innocent wonderment he sees in young children.
A storyteller at heart, each of Indra Dodi’s works tells a tale, presented in a visual language that allows a simple story to extrapolate itself into many possible yarns, creating visual diaries of the artist’s life experiences. Often taken from personal encounters with events, objects, and people, Indra takes us on visual excursions presented through his naïve-styled treatment of the subjects he depicts.
History repeats itself in Lu Fang’s works but in more contemporary, neoclassicist terms. Skillfully painted in iconic European Renaissance style, this emerging artist from Taiwan adds contemporary “what-ifs” in a manner that’s disarming, often incorporating what he sees in modern day Taiwan as elements. The resulting works are imagery juxtaposing a geographically distant European past, with what could be common subjects or occurrences in present times, from places much closer to home.