Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present Beyond Image and Dreams, the first solo exhibition of works by Indonesian artist Gatot Pujiarto (b. 1970) in mainland China. Expanding upon his narrative of revealing overlooked realities in everyday life, Pujiarto’s new body of work further emphasizes imminent issues in contemporary life, especially environmental destruction. The title Beyond Image and Dreams conveys both a sense of hope and caution towards the future of mankind, expressing the universality of the artist’s concerns, as well as his unique approach of transforming trivial matters, weirdness, and abnormities into a new truth and reality that awaits discovering.
Pujiarto was born in 1970 in Malang, East Java in Indonesia, far away from art centres like Bandung and Yogyakarta. Being an outsider of mainstream art, he works in an intuitive manner and bases his practice mostly on personal reflections on the happenings around him or from his memories, dreams, and emotions that deeply haunt his mind. Tactile in nature and expressive in spirit, Pujiarto’s works feature fabric as their main medium; he creates textured images that stand out in Indonesia contemporary art.
The artist’s works often feature figures or situations. He adds texture by pasting, patching, layering, tearing, binding, and creating patterns with fabric. He also uses rough and spontaneous brushstrokes, dripping paint, and plays with the deformation of forms to channel unseen scenarios related to a specific theme or perspective. Pujiarto ‘s works are infused with what he describes as “the wild and chaotic circumstances of the inner mind”.