Kokok P. Sancoko
(b. 1974 in Nganjuk, East Java, Indonesia)

Kokok P. Sancoko studied painting at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (Institut Seni Indonesia). Throughout his artistic practice Kokok has been deeply dedicated to exploring the possibilities of the painting surface through the dissection and intersection of forms and colour, often reducing the image of a concrete object such as an apple or a flower to its most essential planes: in a sense a kind of ‘abstract realism’. In a recent experiment with installation Kokok even attempted to incorporate real human figures within a three-dimensional space into a ‘painting plane’ through the use of a kind of mathematically deduced illusion. In his recent paintings Kokok pushes his explorations further, in an attempt to create a visual, two-dimensional mapping of the multidimensional gradients of the psyche. The juxtaposed images in these atmospheric, gorgeously coloured paintings, rendered in varying degrees of concreteness and translucence, comprise a kind of virtual world of memories, perceptions and impressions of the past, the present and the future.

This approach is compellingly evident in recent paintings such as Aku Mendut, executed in oils, charcoal and pencil on canvas, in which the image of a rough-looking Javanese street singer (and possible prostitute) playing a guitar is accompanied by the ghostly classical figure of a western woman playing the lute, appropriated from a painting by the Italian Baroque-period artist Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652). Gentileschi’s own history as a strong female figure--a successful artist at a time when few women were accepted as such, and also a victim of rape who prosecuted her attacker—seems to be part of the layered psychological narrative of this work, a kind of visual palimpsest in which time, space and memory are simultaneously revealed and compressed.

Has been with Sin Sin Fine Art since 2009.

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Artworks

KOKOK P. SANCOKO drawerafter burned wood, polish, engraved glass, soil, sand, water, fan, LED lamp 120 x 45 x 45 cm | 2013 in 10 Years After | 13 Sep - 31 Oct 2013 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO 03:45:15 oil, charcoal, pencil on canvas 200 x 200 cm | 2011 in Earthly Evocations: Indonesian Art Now | 17 May - 17 Jun 2012 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Aku Mendut oil, charcoal, pencil on canvas 200 x 200 cm | 2011 in Earthly Evocations: Indonesian Art Now | 17 May - 17 Jun 2012 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Emerald Green Pthalo Blue Oil, acrylic, ink, pencil on canvas 110 x 110 cm | 2010 in Double Happiness | 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 | a group exhibition in Group Show | 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2010 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Red Medium Yellow Light Oil, acrylic, ink, pencil on canvas 110 x 110 cm | 2010 in Double Happiness | 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 | a group exhibition in Group Show | 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2010 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Painting #26 Oil, acrylic, ink, pencil on canvas 110 x 110 cm | 2010 in Double Happiness | 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 | a group exhibition in Group Show | 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2010 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Painting #25 Oil, acrylic, ink, pencil on canvas 110 x 110 cm | 2010 in Double Happiness | 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 | a group exhibition in Group Show | 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2010 | a group exhibition
KOKOK P. SANCOKO Was Art Oil, acrylic, ink, pencil on canvas 110 x 110 cm | 2010 in Double Happiness | 8 Jan - 28 Feb 2014 | a group exhibition in Group Show | 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2010 | a group exhibition