Liste ShowtimeListe Art Fair, Online14 - 20 September 2020
ROH Liste Showtime

In this year's edition of Liste Art Fair, we are pleased to share our participation in the first edition of Liste Showtime, a digital platform of the fair along with its poster project Liste Expedition, with a solo presentation of Maruto.


Everyday, our eyes stroll around an endless variety of ready-made products classified by their utility, size, and color. Each items designed with sets of rules based on our nature of consumption.⁣⁣

⁣Form, function, attitude.⁣⁣

In the world of mass produced goods exists an unconscious array of proportions and anchor points. Of measurements and standards— elements that originate from utility and in principle break way into small shadows— becoming aspirations regarding aesthetics derived from a certain modularity. Human life cycles produce as side effect images separated from form that lose a sense of meaning, transforming into arbitrary objects. The intersection between creation and utility fills Maruto’s imagination. He develops a technical, tactile, yet universally relatable diction in relation to the pattern building throughout his practice. 

His interest in objects— adjacency, level, equilibrium, formulate a perspective that attempts to establish a new cycle, or a sort of new organism, from fragments of residue left from activities and sediments of human activity. An abstraction of the cycle of function itself is abstracted, blurring the lines between production and consumption,  distributed in the midst of instruction, response, process, and become interconnected both in form and attitude. The residual material in and between the sub-conscious then comes forth to the surface.

Alongside our presentation at Liste Showtime, we also participate in this edition's program of Liste Expedition. 

The poster project titled "Rewriting Our Imaginations" is a collaboration with artists selected by the participating galleries.

Inspired by an essay written by science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson for The New Yorker magazine, each selected artist designed a poster at a time when life as we knew it was disrupted and what had previously existed only in imaginations became reality. Thus, “Rewriting Our Imaginations" asks what new imaginations and new futures might look like when what was previously fictional is transformed into something real. The 72 posters were on display in public spaces in Basel in 2020 and could be purchased in the Liste Shop.

Photography by Diana Pfammatter

Born 1992, Bandung, Indonesia
Lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia

Maruto Ardi is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who utilizes ready-mades and assemblage into building a complex lexicon that looks into the ontological nature of utility and function. There is an interest in the aesthetic of the mass produced, in relation to how one thereafter interacts as well as perceives, as well as how human behavior plays initially a role in defining the design of the objects around them, but also how these objects then permeate in turn our daily consciousness.

Maruto Ardi’s solo exhibitions include Luang, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia (2021); Liste Showtime, ROH Projects, Basel, Switzerland (2021); site-specific project at Jalan Surabaya 66, Jakarta, Indonesia (2019); and Gallery Specific #01: Lir Space, Lir Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018). Selected group exhibitions include Biennale Jogja 17: TITEN at Bibis Monument, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2023); Art Basel Hong Kong with ROH, Hong Kong (2023) Art Fair Asia Fukuoka, Japan (2022); To Draw A Line: Reflections on Drawing as Form, ADM Gallery NTU, Singapore (2021); Art Jakarta Virtual (2020-2021), S.E.A. Focus, ROH Projects, Singapore (2020); and ARTJOG MMXIX, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019). 

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