Republic
Quo Vadis
Seven Seas
Investigation #7
Man On The Moon (Leon)
Investigation #10
Berlin
1987
Carpe Diem

FENDRY EKEL

Born

1971, Jakarta, Java, IDN)

 

studied fine art at the GerritRietveld Academy and the esteemed Rijksakademie van beeldendekunsten in Amsterdam. As an outcome of his solo exhibition in HVCCA in New York in 2010, he was invited to participate in the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York in 2011. Ekel has been dubbed a pictordoctus, who critically investigates the power of art, figuration and representation by appropriating images from our collective memory. His multilayered monumental paintings after existing photographic pictures explore the relation between man and memory. This year a comprehensive monograph with contributions by several international art historians will be presented by Black Cat Publishing, Berlin. Fendry Ekel has exhibited his work internationally and has had reoccurring solo shows in Amsterdam, Jakarta, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and New York. Ekel lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Berlin, Germany.

 

Education

 

2011 International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, US

1999 Progetto Arte, Cittadellarte, FondazionePistoletto, Biella, Italy

1998 – 2000 Rijksakademie van beeldendekunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1993 – 1997 GerritRietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2014

Investigation, OFCA International, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2011 

To Sweet Delight, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

Fortune Tellers, Open Studio ISCP, New York, US

Fruits From Babylon, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2010 

Fendry Ekel Paintings, duo show with Chris Jones, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, US

Fruits From Babylon, Metis Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2009 

The Witness, Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art, New York, US

2008 

Mirror and The Cross, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain

2007

Century 21, OFFICE: Contemporary Art Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004

F.E.A.R., Lontar Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2003

Flow Resolution, SchoneKunsten Gallery, Haarlem, Netherlands

2002

One Man Shows, Kunstliga, Den Helder, Netherlands

2001

A Key Coming From the Overseas, Art Project Space Leiden, Netherlands

2000

Rules of Art, art project and lecture, De Badcuyp foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2015

Double Exposure, Berlin Open Studio #2, Berlin, Germany

Six Degrees of Separation, Canna Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Archive, Yogyakarta Open Studio #3, Fendry Ekel Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Archive, Yogyakarta Open Studio #3, Black Goat Studios, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2014

Hospitality, Berlin Open Studio #1, Fendry Ekel Studio, Berlin, Germany

International Relation, Yogyakarta Open Studio #2, PartNER Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Pandora Box #2, curated by DioPamola, OFCA International, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Art Stage Singapore with ARNDT Gallery, Singapore

2013 

Map of Association, Yogyakarta Open Studio #1, OFCA International, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Annual art exhibition Stiftung Starke, Löwenpalais Berlin, Germany

Istanbul Art Fair with Yavuz Fine Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Sydney Contemporary 13 with Yafuz Fine Art, Sydney, Australia

Indonesian Pavilion, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

Kindred By Choice I with JumaldiAlfi, Martin Kippenberger, Andy Warhol, EntangWiharso, Daniel Richter, ARNDT Gallery, Singapore

Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, curated by Nicola Trezzi, Prague, Czech Republic

2012 

A Sign of Absence, curated by Aminudin TH Siregar,  Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2×2, Eileen Kaminsky Foundation, New York, US

Estate, curated by Lucie Fontaine Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US

Yogyakarta: Five Artists From Indonesia, Marc Straus Gallery, New York, US

Grand Opening, Rachel Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2011 

Incongruent Sum, curated by Astrid Honold, Leroy 111, New York, US

Metropolitan Wonderland, curated by Astrid Honold, ISCP, New York, US

Summer Show, André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

ARCO Madrid with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Art Paris with André Simoens Gallery, Paris, France

2010 

Rijksakademie Endowment Fund, Sotheby’s Auction House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art Amsterdam with Metis Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art Brussel with André Simoens Gallery, Brussel, Belgium

ZonaMaco with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

Art Paris with André Simoens Gallery, Paris, France

MiArt with Metis Gallery, Milan, Italy

2009 

Higher Ground, curated by Astrid Honold, Metis Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Rhetoric of Doubt, curated by Astrid Honold, André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Art Brussels with André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

ARCO Madrid with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Madrid, Spain

ARTE Fiera Bologna with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Bologna, Italy

ZonaMaco Art Fair with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico

2008 

Shanghai Contemporary 08 with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Shanghai, China 

Double Diplomacy, Neon Parc Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Double Diplomacy, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

MACO Mexico with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Mexico City

Roma Contemporary with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Rome, Italy

ARCO Madrid with Luis Adelantado Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Against Nature, curated by Astrid Honold, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain

2007

SCOPE Art Fair Miami with PriskaJuschka Fine Art, Miami, US

Chronic #2, curated by Astrid Honold, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium

A Human Touch, The Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Chronic. Handmade Nightmares in Red, Yellow and Blue, curated by Astrid Honold, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, US

2006

Nederland 1, curated by TiongAng, Museum Gouda, Netherlands

Shared History, curated by Sophie Berrebi, W139 and ArtietAmicitae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Human Touch, Bund 18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China

2005

GRID #2, curated by KerenDetton, éof Gallery, Paris, France

Durban Video Festival, Pulse, Durban, South Africa

Simply droog, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands

2004

Salón de Los Inmigrantes, curated by Dirk Jan Jager, De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

& CO, exhibition of collaborative projects of visual artist TiongAng, Outline Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Go Slow, organized by droog, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Première Vue, curated by Michel Nuridsany, Passages de Retz, Paris, France

Simply droog, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany

Open Borders, European Cultural Capital, Lille, France

Mi Casa Su Casa, presentation Space For Artists at Visite, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Speed Climbers, organized by Bureau Des Videos Paris, MPOH, Tokyo, Japan

2003

GRID, project presentation and catalog launch, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Transit 8, Umbrella Studios, Townsville, Australia

HERE! We Go, Babylon Club project space, Space For Artists foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Transit 8, 24 HR Art, Darwin, Australia

De Grote Verbeelding, De Grote Kerk, Den Haag, Netherlands

GRID, a collaborative art project, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, Indonesia

2002

City Jam Projectiemobiel, art center Hooghuis, Arnhem, Netherlands

GRID, a collaborative art project, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

bav~NAF #1, new media art festival, Jejaring Networkers, Bandung, Indonesia

PlekVoor Blanco, SchoneKunsten Gallery, Haarlem, Netherlands

Looping, organized by Art Project Space Leiden, Netherlands

2001

New Holland Festival, De Badkcuyp foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reistafel, Rietveldnaar de Beurs, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Surprise – Wishful Thinking, organized by Street Level, Dresden, Germany

City Jam #2, organized by art center Hooghuis, Arnhem, Netherlands

Study For Portrait of a Hunger Striker, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands

2000  

Co-founder of Space For Artists foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I Think So…, video art commission with visual artist TiongAng, De Badcuyp foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nemo, organized by gallery Vertrek&Verblijf, Science Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rituals, Infocus stage for film and video art, De Badcuyp foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1999 

Interior, Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldendekunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Recognition of the Place, art project, Skoki, Poland

Progetto Arte, Cittadellarte, FondazionePistoletto, Biella, Italy

1998

Network, Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldendekunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art Amsterdam with SchoneKunsten Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Come-Back, curated by Ton Berends, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Bibliography

 

2014

PacoBarragán, Conversation with Matthias Arndt, image, RES Art World/World Art Nr. 11, October 2014

2012

HerrySuhendra, Tanda Yang Hilang, Bisnis Indonesia Weekend, 16 December 2012

SofianDwi, Citraandalam Visual SeniRupa Modern, Seputar Indonesia, 9 December 2012

Indah Setiawati, Showcase of Indonesian Art, Jakarta Post, 28 October 2012

Aminudin TH Siregar, A Sign of Absence, exhibition catalog, Jakarta: Edwin’s Gallery, 2012

Christine Cocca, The Sultans of Indonesian Art. Taking Stock of Seven Contemporary Trailblazers.Flash Art International, January/February 2012

2011 

DamianoGullì, Folkert de Jong. Fendry Ekel, Flash Art Italy, May 2011

Marco Tagliafierro, A Condenser of Emotion, exhibition catalog, Milan: Brand New Gallery, 2011

GiulioCattaneo, Folkert de Jong & Fendry Ekel: doppiapersonalealla Brand New Gallery, Ars Key Magazine, 18 March 2011

2010

Christophe Van Gerrewey, Chess Problems. On the Paintings of Fendry Ekel, Amsterdam: Black Cat Publishing, 2010

Eva Coster, Fendry Ekel. Fruits From Babylon, Kunstbeeld #9, 2010

Lilly Wei, Fate’s Carnival, Art In America, April 2010

Lynn Berger, Double Touch, Flash Art International, January/February 2010

Benjamin Genocchio, A Dutch Painter, Works With Much to Say, The New York Times, 24 January 2010

2009

Lynn Berger, Speels en dromerig, met eenkritischeondertoon, de Volkskrant, 7 October 2009

Marc J. Straus, Christophe Van Gerrewey, Double Dutch, exhibition catalog, New York: HVCCA, 2009

Tanguy Eeckhout, M.J. Straus, Fendry Ekel. Witness, works on paper, monograph, Amsterdam: Black Cat Publishing, 2009

Rosa Ulpiano, Mirror And The Cross, Flash Art International, April/May 2009

Rosa Ulpiano, Intersección de significados. Folkert de Jong y Fendry Ekel, Levante El MercantilValenciano, 27 February 2009

Gustavo Marrone, Folkert de Jong y Fendry Ekel, B-guided #38, 2009

2008 

Rosa Ulpiano, Against Nature, PD Arte, Levante El MercantilValenciano, 2008

Tristan Koenig, Tanguy Eeckhout, Double Diplomacy, exhibition catalog, Amsterdam: Black Cat Publishing, 2008

Tanguy Eeckhout, Chronic, Handmade Nightmares …, Museum Doordacht magazine #6, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2008

MachteldLeij, Verbeelding van Macht, Kunstbeeld #4, 2008

2007

JoostDeclercq, Chronic, Museum Doordacht magazine #5, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2007

Jan Dietvorst, Slow Art, Museum Doordacht magazine #5, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2007

Kitty Zijlmans, Astrid Honold, Chronic. Handmade Nightmares in Red, Yellow and Blue, exhibition catalog, Amsterdam: Black Cat Publishing, 2007

2006 

ChristelVesters, Nederland 1, Metropolis M Nr. 3, June/July 2006

Ivette Reyes Matturano, Dislocation,  scientific thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2006

Sophie Berrebi, Shared History. Decolonizing the Image, exhibition catalog, Amsterdam: W139 and ArtietAmicitiae, 2006

Marina de Vries, De NederlanderAlsVreemdeStijve Vogel, de Volkskrant, 23 March 2006

2005

KerenDetton, GRID # 2, exhibition catalog, Paris: eof Gallery, 2005

Asikin Hassan, Jan van Heemst, Bert Steevensz, HendroWiyanto, Fendry EkelF.E.A.R., monograph, Jakarta: Lontar Gallery, 2005

HendroWiyanto, Micropolitik Sang Bunglon, Tempo magazine No. 3, January 2005

2004

Paul F. Agusta, Fendry Ekel makes music tangible through installations, The Jakarta Post, 23 December 2004

Sihar Ramses Simatupang, Pameran New Media Art F.E.A.R., SinarHarapan, December 2004

Michel Nuridsany, Premiere Vue, 3rd Edition, exhibition catalog, Paris: Passages de Retz, 2004

2003

Galerieselectie, Fendry Ekel, Flow Resolution, NRC Handelsblad, 13 November 2003

Geert van de Wetering, Broedplaatstegen Amsterdam Disneyland, de Volkskrant, 15 August 2003

Haagse Grote Kerkdomeinbeeldhouwers, de Volkskrant, 23 July 2003

2002

IenekeSuidman, Aantypografiegeengebrek, Compres, Vol. 27, 2002

2001

IngePollet, City Jam, Metropolis M #5, 2001

Coen Polack, Fendry Ekel: de kunstenaaralshongerstaker, LeidschDagblad, 17 October 2001

Bart Jungmann, Uit de stadgejaagd, de Volkskrant, 4 October 2001

ManjaHalee, Fendry Ekel zetruimte van Kunstliganaarzijn hand, NoordhollandscheDagblad, 30 October 2001

2000

Tafelgesprek, Skrien magazine #8, 2000

1999

Lucetteter Borg, Jongekunstenaarsblijvendichtbijzichzelf, de Volkskrant, 26 November 1999

La cittadell’arte die Biella, Flash Art Italia, #217, Summer 1999

 

Lectures

 

2010 

Visiting artist and lecture with Folkert de Jong and Astrid Honold, MFA Fine Arts, Brooklyn College, New York, US

2007 

Visiting artist and lecture with Dylan Graham and Folkert de Jong, University of Chicago, US

2006 

Artist talk with TiongAng, Museum Gouda, Gouda, Netherlands

2003 

One Way Ticket, Department of Art History, University of Leiden, Netherlands

2000 

A Journey Without Destination, La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore

Rules of Art, De Badcuyp foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1999

Work presentation and lecture, Dutch Institute, Rome, Italy

 

Collections

 

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) New York, Museum DhondtDhaenens, Belgium, Plancius Art Collection Netherlands, ARC Collection Netherlands, private and corporate collections in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Indonesia and The United States

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