Description: Love is the eternal potion that makes the world go round, ever since Man had progressed from clubbing whichever female kind they fancied and dragging them to their cave home like a prized animal catch. Then again, even everybody’s favourite animation, The Flintstones, Fred And Barney, have their amorous flings. This work by Indonesian Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono treads on the Pop Art oeuvre of Roy Lichtenstein, showing a young couple in an intimate embrace, with the man looking down and protectively hugging his belle’s back. Like most insane love backdrops, a kind of formica floral prints, in pink no less, adds to the lovey-dovey theme. But untypically Lichtenstein, there are no speech balloons, then again, is there a need for one in this case? This work is from his two-man show called Narration with Malaysia’s Fawwaz Sukri at the Nadine Fine Art in Petaling Jaya in March 2016.Artist-activist Bambang is a founding member of Apotik Komik (Comics Apothecary) together with Popok Tri Wahyudi, Samuel Indratma and Ari Diyanto in 1995. He was the curator of ArtJog12 in 2015. He had taken part in the Yogyakarta Biennale in 2003 and the Asian Triennale in Manchester in 2011, and also artist’s residency in Liechtenstein (2003), New Delhi, India (2006) and Darwin, Australia (2008). He graduated with a Masters at the Bandung Institute of Technology in 2005. He has had several solos since his first, Pameran Kamar, in Yogyakarta in 1996.
Dimensions: 80cm x 130cm
Artist or Maker: BAMBANG 'TOKO' WITJAKSONO
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Kuala Lumpur
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