'The End Is Just Beginning Is the End' is the title of this series of paintings by the acclaimed Indonesian artist Agus Suwage.
This contemporary artist makes unusual choices in terms of canvas. For this exhibition, Suwage uses sheets of zinc as the base of these surreal skeletal paintings. The choice of this monotonous material has its purpose; it creates dark contrasting spots in the paintings that act as a rocky beach backdrop.
The result is something that embodies wisdom, as the style of art seems ancient when drawn on the rocky slabs; almost as if one were witnessing the discovery of some ancient tablet or hieroglyph. This is not to say, however, that the series seems dated. On the contrary, this series is very old school-meets-avant garde, which will never go out of style.
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