“Sweet Crude, Black Gold”
Acrylic on wooden board
In collaboration with: Victor Ehikhamenor
In “Sweet Crude, Black Gold,” Maryanto underlines the irony that has emerged since man found oil, where wealth and destruction come hand in hand. Not only is he focusing on the environmental damage, this work emphasizes on the tragedy faced by former colonies such as Indonesia and Nigeria. In the presence of oil politics, a nation’s independence becomes crude. Humanity becomes increasingly cheap and common welfare sounds like a luxury. However, one thing remains: discussing the issue of oil in Indonesia and Nigeria means digging for a similar fortune while looking for that light at the end of the tunnel in determining a shared destiny.
Maryanto was born in 1977, Jakarta. In 2005 he graduated from Faculty of Fine Art, Indonesia Institute of the Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He mainly uses drawings and he has explored several mediums as installation and community art project. He derives his inspiration from many sources including industrialization, globalization, exploitation, social transformation, postcolonialism and urbanism. He usually conducts research to support his creative process. He believes that an artist should take her/his political position. By taking position doesn’t mean to choose between the black and white, but with creativity, an artist should intensify social discussion and inspire people. He has participated in exhibitions in Indonesia and internationally, both in group and solo. In 2012 – 2013 he attended residency program from Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Nederland. He currently lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.