David Armi Putra solo exhibition “Pembual/Loudmouth”: fantasies confront and confound

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Indonesian artist David Armi Putra recently wrapped up his solo show, “Pembual/Loudmouth”, at the Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung. The exhibition, which was organised in collaboration with Valentine Willie Fine Art, ran from 20 April to 11 May 2012.

David Armi Putra, 'Cerita Tak Bertuan', 2012, fiberglass, epoclay, toys, found objects, wood, stone, fabric, car paint. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

“Pembual/Loudmouth” was the culmination of two years of work, and featured several sculptural pieces which highlight Putra’s talent for narrative deconstruction. According to curator Agung Hujatnika (a.k.a Agung Hujatnikajennong), “David’s concept of work is to textually, orally and visually narrate an interrelation between object, figure, plot, time, and event, both factual and fictitious. From the year 2008, David’s paintings and installations accentuate the visualisation of his highly imaginative and bizarre characters in equally strange and absurd story lines.”

David Armi Putra, "Cerita Tak Bertuan (plot: Truk)", 2012, fiberglass, epoclay, toys, found objects, wood, stone, fabric, car paint. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

David Armi Putra, "Cerita Tak Bertuan (plot: Truk)", 2012, fiberglass, epoclay, toys, found objects, wood, stone, fabric, car paint. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

David Armi Putra, 'Cerita Tak Bertuan (plot: Ranting)', 2012, fiberglass, epoclay, toys, found objects, wood, stone, fabric, car paint. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

David Armi Putra, 'Malena Belluci', 2012, airbrush, vinyl, multiplex. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

David Armi Putra, 'A Day Like a Year, a Day Like a Month, a Day Like a Week', 2012, fabric, canvas, wood, mica and acrylic paint. Image courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

Despite the artist’s emphasis on narrative, he does not aim to present a unified, linear or unidimensional story line. Instead, Putra confronts the viewer with a jumble of signs and images, like the “delirious nonsense of a loud-mouthed person.”

About David Armi Putra

David Armi Putra was born in Batusangkar in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Indonesia, and has been producing narrative-based painting and installations since 2000. He has participated in several group exhibitions around Southeast Asia, including shows at Galeri Semarang and Valentine Willie Fine Art Singapore.

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