Greg Sindana began his first exhibition on September 2008, it’s called THE ICONISATION OF CARDBOARD AND THE SUPERVISUAL CULTURE. Before he publicly shown his prime works, he worked for three months to prepare. The exhibition took place in the Banyan Tree of Soekarno, Realino, Sanata Dharma University.

Sindana put around thirty cardboard-paintings in a big triplex wall and arranged them like a collage. Mainly, he painted in black-and-white, and all of his paintings are portraits of well-known figures such as Soekarno, Gandhi, Nietzsche, Frida Kahlo, Jimi Hendrix, and so on.

The idea using used-cardboard instead canvas or paper also became the part of his concept. Cardboard is mainly used as a container box, a wrapping, a package. By painting several well-known figures on the used-cardboard he collected from grocery shops, he criticizes the idol-making, which he believes, it is fragile, like a cardboard. It is like you buy a package of Gandhi and worship him, then you eat up ‘the packaged concept’.

Therefore his exhibition tells about the fragile iconisation of wrapping and the packaging of ideology. Sindana also said that the supervisual culture happens nowadays is a culture where a lot of concepts are being packaged and manufactured and then consumed by the masses.



Greg Sindana, born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on December 9, 1983. He takes English Education as his major in Sanata Dharma University. Before seriously drawing and painting, he engaged in punk communities and lived his life in the city-streets. He had several music performances in many gigs in town. Now, he resides in Yogya and still drawing five hours everyday and doing some music projects, singing, songwriting and music-composing with Mardi Robots and Kathok Kain Kompani, but mostly he performs on his own.

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