Opens Tomorrow, Mar 3, 6-8p:
”Writing in the Rain”
Tyler Rollins Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC
Harsono has been a central figure of the Indonesian art scene since the early 1970s. The position of minorities in Indonesia, especially his own Chinese Indonesian community, has been a major focus of his work as he investigates his own family history and the way it reflects broader issues in Indonesian society.
Writing in the Rain centers on a new video of the same title, a stark depiction of the artist with an ink brush writing his name in Chinese characters as rain slowly washes the ink away. It is a powerful meditation on loss, remembrance, and the endurance of personal and cultural identity. A series of seven paintings features images taken from the video with added quotations from legal documents, poetry, and books relating to the history of the Chinese Indonesian community. - thru Apr 14