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Proposal for new work in 2013/14 presented by

SHERYO www.sheryoart.com

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the yok www.THEYOK.com


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Artists Bio

The Yok, grew up in Perth, Australia, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree and helped pioneer the Perth street art movement before moving to Africa and South East Asia to explore idea’s and new cultures. These travels and explorations have had a long lasting effect on his work. In addition to being accomplished with the spraypaint medium, he also delivers a sophisticated illustration style to his canvas work. Sheryo hails from Singapore and started painting in the streets in 2005. During her formative years, she developed a distinctive style and subsequently emerged as one of Singapore’s top street artists. In 2008, she started her travels and moved to Cambodia in 2011. Working from a home studio in the red light district of Phnom Penh, she delved deeper into her twisted world of exquisite lines and quirky mythology. Since moving to New York, the duo have been painting their way up the burgeoning street art scene - Complex magazine’s “Top 10 street artists to watch out in 2013” & CBS NY’s “6 women street artists you should know”. Sticking close to their roots, the duo experiment with ancient artisan techniques from lost eras and remix them with their bold styles, their inspirations usually come from their vast travels, to create a beautiful cacophony of old and contemporary. They hope to inject their streetart sensibilities into elegant pieces of art.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Batik

We propose to create a body of work that portrays the modern world but the twist will be using an ancient technique. A traditional handicraft from the islands of Indonesia called Batik. Batik is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Just as the Indonesian people used batik to tell stories of there everyday lives, myths and folklores we too will be doing the same thing. We will be using this ancient technique as a vehicle to tell our story of our lives in Brooklyn and our misadventures to South East Asia. Taking our distinctive style and lending it to the Batik process will give us a beautiful old meet’s new juxtaposition. A beautiful of interplay of east and west and an almost taboo mixing of styles. Working in the very artisan studios that have been creating these intricate Batiks for years we will bring our personal stories, beliefs and invented folklore to life. Creating a unique and bold body of work that could only be imagined by us.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Batik

Examples of traditional Batik work from Java.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Batik

Examples from Sheryo and The Yok


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

To enhance the exhibition we will exploring another ancient art of story telling “Wayang kulit “which is the rich world of shadow puppetry. This not only will create an atmospheric installation to compliment the show but also exquisite puppets as a result. Shadow puppet theatre is called Wayang kulit in Indonesia and it is particularly popular on the island of Java. The term derived from the word wayang literally means shadow or imagination in Javanese, also connotes “spirit”. The word kulit means skin, as the material from which the puppet is made is thin perforated leather sheets made from buffalo skin. Using the unique cast of characters that we paint on walls in Brooklyn, we will bring them to life with this old world traditional craft. Instead of Hindi gods gracing the arena it will be a mix of, hotdogs, moustached Mexicans and pizza dudes on motorcycles. Telling stories of our personal journeys both emotional and physical. In another intriguing mix of the old and the new.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

Sheryo x The Yok 2013 London

Working together as a team now we have built up a number of themes the most recent being the notion of an endless summer, We are building a kind of graphic language that will form the basis narration to the Shadow puppetry. ‘ Our signature reversed out style is made for shadow puppetry. The dark colour palate and bold white outlines lends it’s self so well to this ancient form of story telling -Wayand Kulit. It’s uncanny how this recent wall in London (above) looks like a shadow puppet play waiting to commence. Sheryo x The Yok 2013 Australia


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

Sheryo x The Yok 2012 Mexico

Sheryo x The Yok 2013 London


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

Sheryo x The Yok 2012 Melbourne

Sheryo x The Yok 2013 Atlanta


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

I can easily see our unique characters translating well into the Wayang Kulit style.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Kulit

Characters by Sheryo and The Yok


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 Wayang Beber

Original prints and sketches will accompany the show to tell the story of the shadow puppet installation in a printed form. Wayang beber relies on scroll-painted presentations of the stories being told. [7] Wayang beber has strong similarities to narratives in the form of illustrated ballads that were common at annual fairs in medieval and early modern Europe. They have also been subject to the same fate—they have nearly vanished although there are still some groups of artists who support wayang beber in places such as Surakarta (Solo) in Central Java.[8]


Proposal for new work in 2013/14

These very puppets will form the basis of miniture clay scuptures.


Proposal for new work in 2013/14 History

A QUICK BACKGROUND This new exhibition is an extension of the successful “Pipe Dreams” show in 2013 at Krause gallery LES, Manhattan. Which was a show ase of porcelain vases and plates, hand painted in local villages north of Hanoi, Vietnam.


Thank you for your time. Any questions, please contact us on The Yok yok@theyok.com Sheryo sheryo@gmail.com


2014 Proposal