Lugas Syllabus uses the parallels between human civilization and nature to emphasize that no matter how advanced the former is, it must rely on the latter for survival.
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Step of Life 'Into the World', 'The Ocean Coming' (2020)
by Lugas SYLLABUS
Step of Life ‘In to the World’, Step of Life ‘The Ocean coming’, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 180 ×130 cm
Commissioned by 2021 ACC Posthuman Ensemble
Lugas Syllabus uses the parallels between human civilization and nature to emphasize that no matter how advanced the former is, it must rely on the latter for survival. In his series Moon, Syllabus uses blue and yellow moons to represent change, while a massive tree represents the source of life. His contributions to this exhibition are paintings and sculptures that symbolically represent the integration and connection of human knowledge and life using the deep sea, sky, and Milky Way as figures out of human reach. His work emphasizes that even posthumans need family, which is the orientation point that humanity walks toward.
The definition of “family” here is limited to blood relations and extended to friends, partners, and other beings in nature.
Lugas Syllabus (b. 1987, Indonesia) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is widely known for his paintings and sculptures that address the ironies and contradictions in modern and contemporary society. Woven into his pieces are narratives and iconography from pop culture, media and technology, coupled with memories and folklore. The artist completed his undergraduate degree in painting at the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta.
His Selected Solo exhibitions include Yes We Still Have Time, Beijing Art Week, Linda Gallery, China (2021) We Dance Together, Chanhori contemporary, Singapore (2019); Wild Legend, Chan Hori Contemporary, ArtJakarta,(2018) . He has participated in artist-in-residency programs in Passau, Germany, Brisbane, Australia, Korea, Singapore, and other countries. He won the Artmajeur Art Award (Silver) in 2009, 20 Best Comic Strip Goethe Institute Jakarta and the Second Heritage Winner for Portraits of Indonesia at the National Museum of Indonesia.