Masters Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY, USA, November 2015
Press: Mass Appeal , Brooklyn Street Art , WeHeart It
PHOTOS BY GEOFF FORTUNE & ROSS CLUGSTON
It all started out as a surf trip to discover some secret spots throughout Java... We weren’t planning to do any art on this trip but then somehow while riding our motorbike and in between taking breaks, we chanced upon Master Jono’s “Java Jungle” studio, set in the middle of some beautiful rice padi fields.
Despite our abrupt intrusion into the quiet village and his beautiful daily life, he welcomed us 2 strange strangers anyway with generous open arms.
We ended up taking residency in his beautiful home for 2 weeks, where we created sculptures out of clay found from java riverbeds, kneading away to eventually create 5 creatures from our head that all met on the beach in Java:
1. A grim reaper with a surfboard sipping a coconut with rum after catching some waves
2. A new york pizza with an attitude, an adventurous urbanite who soon finds himself in strange scenarios due to the difference in culture and language
3. A bunnyip (an aboriginal mythical creature from Australia) gronk (slang for a not very bright person) who communicates through grunting noises. He doesn’t have legs and has been washed up on the beach since the early 80s. He really doesn’t mind the solitude, he loves it! but people seem to be turning up to this secret beach now... and he wonders why. He thinks people are mispronouncing the term “to ogle” with “google”.
4. A satan. He appears to be sitting on his surfboard in the water. The satan and grim reaper are on their annual “Death’s Day Off” paid vacation time.
5. Pina colada dude. A pineapple guy donning sunglasses, never sober, full of rum, vacationing hard. He’s been on vacation since “he can’t remember” and has a tiny bit of “Australian english” left in him, but mostly he just speaks broken english with random indonesian words to the locals.