Palettes <-> Plates <-> Palates
"The physical sensations we experience as we peer into a painting come not only from what the eyes behold. What derives from ocular sense may at times ‘sing’ like a cacophony in our ears, or induce feelings of nausea like an aroma of spices, coffee or instant noodles. Can this process--taking visual cues that cause physiological effects--be reversed? Can there be an attempt to perpetuate physical sensations we otherwise obtain from our tastebuds into a physical form?
My works in this iteration represent traces of intersections between the act of ‘painting’ and my attempt to expand my artistic practice into an enquiry of pan-sensual experience."
Imagine you are slicing a lemon in half. The juice begins to spill out and a zesty odour emanates from the fruit's fragrant flesh. You take a bite – your tongue clenches on the sharp acidity. Close your eyes and remember that distinctive sourness. The visualisation of eating a lemon results in a physiological reaction whereby your mouth puckers and glands immediately produce extra saliva – a reactionary muscle memory preparation to dilute the (hypothetically) consumed lemon.
After Taste is Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo’s first solo exhibition in Australia, presented by Sullivan+Strumpf in partnership with ROH Projects (Indonesia). This dynamic new work explores the interrelationship of our different senses with specific emphasis on how visual information informs taste, and vice versa. Sunaryo asks – how can sensorial experiences of the world be adequately translated into visual material? Through video, sculpture, and painting, Sunaryo reconfigures the experiential human palate by using material and visual methodologies of the artist’s "palette." Apparently mundane memories and experiences – eating a lemon, biting into a chilli, or sipping on bitter coffee – are translated into abstract painterly gesticulations that distil and preserve sensations. The result is a proprioceptive articulation – enticing the viewer to let an aesthetic experience tingle the taste buds.
Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978, Indonesia) is one of Indonesia’s most renowned artists and is the only contemporary Indonesian artist to have works in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collection. He earned an MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (2015) and studied Fine Art at Bandung Institute of Technology. Recent solo exhibitions include Silent Salvo, ARDNT Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2015); and Karat, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Shared Co-ordinates, The Arts House, Singapore (2017); Lines of Flight, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong (2016); Prudential Eye Zone, ArtScience Museum, Singapore (2015); Mooi Indie, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia (2014); and No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013).