Agugn’s Natural Mystic

thatismeIndonesian artist Agugn Prabowo at the opening of his solo show Natural Mystic.

I started following Agugn’s tumblr a while back (I suggest you do the same). Like a lot of tumblrs, I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled upon it.  I am sure I wasn’t searching for amazing Indonesian linocut prints but that’s exactly what I found. Agugn Prabowo is an Indonesian artist who uses reductive linocut to create colorful pictographs on handmade paper. The iconic images depict the relationship between man and nature, the real and the spiritual. Agugn grapples with what feel like big, abstract ideas in a clear, succinct, and charming way.

In his artist statement Agugn says, “ Graphic art, for me, is a means of contemplation that helps me to find solace, a state of calm, a moment of freedom from the storm of fear. In arts, I can be submerged in a repetitive pattern of artistic work (which feels spiritual, almost like a mantra) as well as an intense use of hand skills (which feels self-releasing and actualizing).” The work in the show is an exploration of fear but by all accounts, it’s being viewed through  joyful and contemplative lens.

Agugn’s show is touring Indonesia from Bentara Budaya Jakarta to Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta to Bentara BudayaBali and finally, Balai Soedjatmoko Solo. Most of us won’t be able to see it in person but here’s a link to the catalog and we have a pretty strong array of photos here to give you a sense of the exhibition…

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4. Blue Print of Pseudo Science

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3. Natural Mystic

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2. Family Matters

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1. NirhengkaranirhengkaraNirhengkara (Without Ill Intent)nircenggamiNircenggami (Without Fear, Without Worry)

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Don’t Mind the Man Behind the Curtain

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