Upon entrance into the gallery the variety within the installation is apparent, on one wall sit four traditional canvas paintings, on another floor to ceiling depictions of monster/alien hybrids exist and in several places abstract text are visible.
Although Nugroho’s work can seem cryptic, the references to his homeland are apparent. The textiles utilized in the piece “Overwhelming”, a sculpture composed of a pile of hand sewn badges with two legs protruding outwards, references the badges worn by Indonesian gang members and government officials. The portions of the installation that include text : “Stop thinking and just plant something...Relax and enjoy your pressure” also reference the problems within Indonesian society.
Instead of being obvious, Nugroho leaves the meaning up to the viewer. He suggests the dysfunctional nature of modern Indonesian society while also alluding to the problems that span globally. “Snobs Behind Ketchup” immerses the viewer in a whimsical world filled with surrealistic characters, while subtly pulsing the artists sentiments. Not to mention that the backroom of the gallery is transformed into a Pop-up Daging Tumbuh Comic Collective store complete with items for sale.