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LIFT THE SPIRIT
May 16-July 15, 2023
Elang Sutajaya brought 12 paintings for this exhibition. The main character of the exhibition is the classic rabbit pilot image in the art world of Sutajaya. The anthropomorphic artistic expression carries one fascinating stories after another, and the imaginative expression infuses the picture with the aura of happiness. This time, the rabbit pilot lands in a brightly colored city for a peaceful and healing journey. The artist also reflects the endless journey of life in his paintings. We may encounter different views along the journey, but there are always moments worth recording. Whether it's a journey alone or a moment shared with friends and family, these moments happen to be something that lift the spirit.
What we could see in Sutajaya’s artworks is a fusion. It inherits many traditions: pop art, hyperrealism, and above all, an age-old narrative tradition. This last one, which may at first glance seem far away given the stylistic rift, is worth due consideration. It seems that we could find our own shadow in his art world. The combination of elaborate pictures and framed scenes presents a real or illusory existence, guiding the audience step by step into this world and producing a kind of experience like being in it.
As you may attracted by the eyes in Sutajaya’s artwork even at the first sight, this pure expression is also typical style that you may only see in his artworks. In this way, Sutajaya’s rabbit characters seems to come from Miyazaki Hayao’s world, with unique soul and happiness, which constitutes a highly recognizable thematic image and opens an art of storytelling for generalists. In each painting, the rabbit has an interaction with the surrounding area. They are in the fragrant flowers, on the sunny beach, and in the charming and beautiful underwater world, and each story is full of surrealistic romance and loveliness, providing you with the power of “Lift the spirit”.
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