28 Jul Bam Feb 2016
” Looking and seeing ”
Pichai Pongsasaovapark Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: January 21st 2017 6:00 pm.
Exhibition Duration: January 21st 2017 – February 26th 2017
This exhibition visualizes, through both digital photography and a process of simulating urban flooding and capturing exhaust emissions from motorized vehicles, the impact on human beings from global climate change, addressing issues such as flooding, drought, and air pollution.
In the Deluge series, the artist Pichai Pongsasaovapark simulated the impact of extensive flooding and rising sea levels on urban environments by soaking canvasses in tanks of water, mixed with pollutants, such as motor oil, clay, sludge, foodstuffs and beverages, household detergents, chemical products, plastics, and biological contaminants. The canvasses were then dried, painted, and placed in vats filled with water and clay, glue, synthetic plastic wrappings, botanicals, and acrylic paints to approximate conditions when urban areas are inundated. Finally removing, drying, and repainting with motor oil, the results are tapestry-like works reflecting the unsettling beauty from the flotsam and jetsam of urban floods.
In the Drought series, he overlaid photographs of drought-stricken rice farms and arid landscapes taken in northeast Thailand with photographs of the farmers most directly impacted by the unforgiving weather, capturing both their resignation and the heartbreaking sadness of their fading away with their land, their faces expressing a stoic acceptance of the harsh reality befallen them.
In The Air We Breathe series, he created stunningly beautiful images, seeming reproductions of a field of flowers, by capturing exhaust emissions from such motorized vehicles as motorcycles, automobiles, vans, trucks, tillers, and rice combines. However, when one realizes that what is on the canvas is actually the physical manifestation of something dangerous to our health and a contributor to global climate change, the impact is immediate in creating awareness of the threat caused by air pollution.
“I believe that everything in the world is interconnected,” says Khun Pichai, “and it is not too late to learn how to live and work together in balance with Nature. Of course, art itself cannot change the world, but sometimes, in looking at art, you see something that you did not anticipate. It is then, when art has moved us, making us think and feel, that it has transcended the canvas and made a difference in our lives.”