The Echo of Footsteps
Curated by : Latthapon Korkiatarkul
Artists: Jaitip Jaidee ,Tanatchai Bandasak,Thakol Khaosa-ad and Viriya Chotpanyavisut
15 June - 6 August, 2017
The four artists participating in this exhibition were not chosen based on the content or subject of their works which certainly go in the same direction. All four artists, Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Tanatchai Bandasak, Thakol Kao sa-ad, and Jaitip Jaidee have interests in different subjects and each artist’s work is clearly influenced by their own unique character.
In this exhibition, Viriya selected photographs of objects that can be found in public areas, taken with a watchful eye and at the right moment, to reveal something that most people never notice, and to find a link to his notion of “looking outward through the inside”. The photos quickly taken of the object and its surrounding have a special meaning that is meant to open up new emotional space for the viewers.
Tanatchai is interested in the relationship between space-time and our perception. His works usually arise from a series of coincidences he finds in his everyday life. Some events arouse his curiosity, making him question his experience and leads to “breaking down the event” to discover the relationship among the things that lead up to that moment. Through his experience and contemplation, he transforms and passes on these things through a variety of media, such as moving image, photography, and three-dimensional objects, as tools for his narrative.
Thakol’s paintings come from his photos that have been modified in a systematic way in line with his thought process. His works are characteristically abstract as result of this creative process, and usually invite the viewers to interpret them in many ways.
From the constant and rhythmic stroke of her pen, meticulously filling up the space of the canvas to other works that have their special positions in the exhibition, many of Jaitip’s works require a lot of concentration and patience to create.
The exhibition highlights how the identity of the artists can also be clearly presented and revealed through their methods and thought process, rather than through the “style”, “form,” or the physical works themselves.
Text © Nova Contemporary
NOVA Contemporary, Bangkok
(As at June,2017)
I’d like you all to tell us about some of the things that you are interested in, or fascinated by, including your thought process, ideas, or methods that resulted in the works presented in this exhibition
Truth be told, I’m not very good at answering these types of questions. In my process and method throughout my work, including the works presented here, I always try to indirectly address, or even avoid the point I’m trying to express because I’m interested in the notion of “blank space,” where something is left out. The lack of clarity, or “vagueness” allows thoughts and ideas to arise through my own observations, or the viewer’s observations.
I’m interested my points of view on different surroundings and situations. Sometimes the starting point of my work, or the first thing that is seen, or the thing that gives direction to the work, is the situation and place. Sometimes I view the way I work as being connected to other issues/stories. These
“other issues/stories,” are, of course, not about the state of the country, or society, but rather about “something” that isn’t concrete, something that is directionless, or even intangible. If we talk about interests, I’m usually interested in the microcosm of things, or things that are a part of something larger.
I would like you to talk about each of your works in the exhibition.
Both of my works in this exhibition represent two different stories, or rather two different directions. The first series is called BASE(-MENT). It is a series of work that deals with the idea of the ‘foundation/base’ of something – not only the foundation of art, but of other crafts and disciplines that is relevant to the physical aspects of everyday life. The series is comprised of 7 “parts” and each part relates to the “something” I’ve been searching for, or that I am interested in.
1. Aluminum frame used for printing photos and other photography work.
2. Wood frame that I have chosen in terms of size and the way it was put together, and that I use to present myown artwork.
3.& 4. Two wooden frames (panels) that I picked up while traveling in Japan to look for raw materials and objects to use in my various works
5. The text that explain the word ‘Base(-ment)’, for me, they are interesting because the word got wide range of definition. Regarding the text, my first intention is to describe the word from the dictionary which show the meanings of the objects that I’ve selected. This meaning from the word Base(-ment) answered what I’d like to present as artwork which is the possibility of different interpretation to the audience.
6. Paper, or sheets of paper which I choose to exhibit for 3 possible reasons:
6.1 I’ve always had an interest in paper and writing on paper.
6.2 Paper is usually the starting point of something. It is the original work whether it is art, or not.
6.3 One of the artists in this exhibition used paper, or a pile of paper with their message printed on it, so I thought that it would be fun to play with this point with the artist.
7. The final part is a wooden box to keep and collect all the other parts in one place, and is presented in the exhibition as part of my work.
The second series is called the Blue series. The work that is a part of an ongoing process of my other work entitled ‘Messages for Understanding’. This work was created under the thinking and working process that does not mix with my personality and the work itself. This set of work was made as a continue action without any fix idea.
From the paper and the tools in my hands, I have brought in my inner self as a hoarder this give me many perspectives to use varieties of materials to examine my work further on. I couldn’t argue that scratching is a human nature that I often do it while this create an art work without me realizing it. When I keep scratching this over and over again it built a new distinctive form that I discover the style which I am satisfied. All this process that I mention is completely different to the BASE (-ment) series.
What outcome does it lead to when you are not putting your inner-self into the work?
For me it is a way of working without limits, or without expecting the results. It may be a way of working in which I rely on the weight of the materials,
or objects – meaning that if the pen runs out, I use a new pen; if the space is filled up, I look for new space. Therefore, what is shown in one particular space depends on the materials and space used. My inner-self has been rejected by the process.
Sometimes I’m over thinking and never quite satisfied while working on something new, so I often go back and re-examine my work to find someway to better and improve the context, format, or method. In my opinion, everything I do can always change and when something change, its meaning and perception are certainly changed.
Artworks in this exhibition
Series : #BASE(-MENT), 2017
Artworks in this exhibition
Series : BLUE(SERIES), 2017