Leonard Suryajaya Novi, Dear
Oct 31, 2019–Jan 11, 2020
Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1/4: Little Sissy
2/4: Virtual Reality
Leonard Suryajaya uses photography to test the boundaries of intimacy, community, and family. In elaborately staged photographs bursting with patterns and colors, Suryajaya creates absurd and affectionate tableaux featuring his family, strangers, and friends. The results are photographs that are tender and critical, bound up as they are with the struggles of familial authority and self identity. Suryajaya’s work is rooted in this upbringing as an Indonesian citizen of Chinese descent, as a Buddhist educated in Christian schools in a Muslim-majority country, and as someone who departed from his family and his culture’s definitions of love and family. His dazzling photography explore the tensions of everyday interaction, culturally-coded objects, and in the disruptions stirred by queer relations.
Leonard Suryajaya's work explores the intricate and complicated layers of selfhood in the context of cultural background, intimacy, sexual preference, and personal displacement. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 and BFA from California State University, Fullerton in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA; Expo Chicago, IL; Chicago Artist Coalition, IL; The Center for Fine Arts Photography, CO; Roy G Biv Gallery, OH. Leonard’s work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection and his publications include Lenscratch; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Magazine; South Side Weekly.