From my review of North Kingstown (RI) artist Entang Wiharso’s “Black Goat Is My Last Defense” at 5 Traverse in Providence:
Wiharo's tour de force is “Unspeakable Victim: The Story Behind Superhero and Black Goat, Part 3,” a mural filling three walls of the gallery's garage that he spent three days drawing and painting. He has a quick, ragged, urgent style well suited to his subjects. Most of the figures are tar black — as if burned, but also recalling traditional shadow puppets. A Batman has a long snaking neck. His penis is a wire or root or vein that plugs into a meaty red decapitated head. Wiharso says his surreal sexual symbolism addresses the pleasure people find in violence.Read the rest here.
Entang Wiharso’s “Black Goat Is My Last Defense” at 5 Traverse, 5 Traverse St., Providence, Nov. 1 to 22, 2008. Wiharso will also be performing at the gallery – get in touch with them for more info.
Pictured: Details of Entang Wiharso’s “Unspeakable Victim: The Story Behind Superhero and Black Goat, Part 3.”