The ladder of Success #2, 2017
Bronze Painted , 30 x 30 x 90 cm
About the artwork
Adi Gunawan shows a figure clad in a suit and sunglasses while holding a ladder in Ladder of Success II. The ladder symbolises progress, and ultimately, success, with each rung leading to an elevated state of achievement. The bulbous figure appears joyful and satisfied in his journey with the ladder. Together, they show how happiness and success do not have to be mutually exclusive.
About the artist
Adi was born in Yogyakarta in 1974, Indonesia and received his education at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. In his symbolic sculptures, Adi invokes euphoria and the significance of animals in his work due to his cultural background of growing up in an agrarian society. He uses his cultural positioning as a tool to visualize motions, gestures, characters and expressions of various subjects that he sculpts. He then conveys constructed meaning which, in and through his forms, figures and compositions, puts forth the issue of a mystical relationship between animals and humans. Adi’s highest accolade thus far was representing Indonesia at the Beijing Olympics 2008 Fine Arts Exhibition, where he was bestowed the further honor of an Olympic Torch Award. His sculpture toured Hong Kong, the United States, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and many other countries.