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To compare with, the artwork ‘Buffalo, 2017’ by Naruepon Bamrungruan,

To compare with, the artwork ‘Buffalo, 2017’ by Naruepon Bamrungruan,

 

Also known as ‘Rectus’, despite his animal form of works are not influenced by animals and cows in a tank of formaldehyde by world famous British artist ‘Damien Hirst’, they share many things in common, such as, Death.

In ‘Natural History’ series by Damien Hirst, an artist and [1]a shocking showman who is best known for suspending a 17ft tiger shark in a tank of formaldehyde and sawing and pickling dead cows, sheep and pigs. On the other hands, not to bisect, the buffalo by Rectus is not to shock audiences and it is combined with several parts of second hand bags and leathers to form a new life.

According to theguardian.com[1], Hirst once said all his formaldehyde animals represented the crucifixion. Moreover, in an interview with Han Ulrich Obrist[2], Hirst said “I just imagined a zoo of dead animals. I keep thinking that I’m done with that, but then I recently had the idea for the crucifixions…”. Unlikely, Rectus’ Buffalo is not intended to remind audiences to religious aspects or believes but [3] to counterfeit any fancy products that are popular among people. His artwork acts as a kind of new handbags which create a meaning of sensation in order to imply that tons of animals have suffered from humans’ endless desire. On its lifeless appearance, it literally comes from one’s valuable life.

 

In the aspect of inspiration, when Orbrist asked Hirst in the interview “Were you inspired by science museums?” Hirst replied “Yes. I love them: science museums, natural history museums, anything that takes your mind off death, really, or focuses your mind on it.” On the contrary, Rectus’ leather sculptures in animal forms are inspired by shops and department stores where leather products are shown for sale. In parallel, they also share the mindfulness of death which the Buffalo by Rectus serves as the reflection of death in terms of materialism that humans brutalize animals to death for leather products.

[4] In Damien Hirst’s website, it shows the text about the artwork that the cows are removed from nature, both through their unorthodox presence within a gallery setting, and by death. The artist explains, “In a way, you understand more about living people by dealing with dead people. It’s sad but you feel more … my cows cut up in formaldehyde have more personality than any cows walking about in fields.” Whereas, Rectus’ Buffalo seems to be alive with stepping slowly like usual buffalo but not in the field; in a shop or department store as a displayed leather-product. Mother and Child (Divided), 1993’

While Hirst thinks that [4] the cows, tragic in that they’re amongst “the most slaughtered animals ever”, are used to demonstrate, “an emotional thing which you are dealing with in a very brutal, unemotional way.”, Rectus thinks about buffaloes, cows and other animals are slew in brutality to serve humans’ desire. Then, he wants to show that the sculptures although are in unemotional expression as they stand still without life in the exhibition space, the context of the animals killed for leather industry is lively as it is an emotional tragedy.

References:
[1] the guardian/Carrie O’Grady. 2011. Turner prize 2004: 20 years of the Turner prize/Damien Hirst (winner 1995). [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/…/20yearsoftheturnerprize.turne…. [Accessed 27 December 2017].
[2] Hans Ulrich Obrist/Damien Hirst. 2007. An Interview Hans Ulrich Obrist and Damien Hirst, 2007. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.damienhirst.com/texts/20071/feb–huo. [Accessed 27 December 2017].
[3] Charoenwattanamongkol, S., (2017). Naruepon Bamrungruan. In Dissecting Desire. S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, 14 Dec. 2017-21 Jan 2018. Bangkok: S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre. 1-4.
[4] Damien Hirst. 2012. Mother and Child (Divided), 1993. [ONLINE] Available at: http://damienhirst.com/mother-and-child-divided-1. [Accessed 27 December 2017].

**The artwork ‘Buffalo’ by Naruepon Bamrungruan is one of works on display in his exhibition DISSECTING DESIRE at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, during 14 Dec. 17- 21 Jan 18.**