06 May PRELUDE
Solo Exhibition by Wittawat Tongkeaw
at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok
During May 19th – July 1st, 2018
Opening Reception: May 19th, 2018 from 6:00 pm.
“… In a battle of thought attempting to contend for a meaning, in between moving forward and pulling back to reverse, they established a canny era in terms of thought and action. Among chaotic rumors within the discourse battle, no one knows that now is dawn or twilight or midnight that full of obscure darkness …
… Apart from the sincerity of what we do, being ourselves and doing what we feel are the things that artists must do. Everyone has diverse feelings for things around them. Everyone can do anything, think anything; but, one thing artists must realize is that artists must be responsible for what happens in the art history. As an artist, creating any works at any time is your choice; but when you do, those will be included in the national history. They are inscribed what you do in your own time.”
Artist Statement | WITTAWAT TONGKEAW- April 2018
Having spent more than three years creating exquisite works of art, artist WITTAWAT TONGKEAW returns to the Bangkok art scene with his latest solo exhibition, entitled PRELUDE. In this series, he has immersed himself in literary and field research including meetings and interviews with victims who have effects and suffer from political and governing problems in Thailand and the conflict of opinion among Thai people.
All tragic experiences that the artist has learned are expressed through paintings, sculptures and installations. The subject in this series is still an investigation into the systems and regimes in Thailand—a place that is rich in beliefs and faiths. Since Thailand’s society is driven primarily by discourse and myth, the artist invites audiences to explore a bit the various phenomena occurring within Thailand’s social strata. It’s an exploration that weaves its way through a variety of symbolic objects, as if to remind people to set forth questions pertaining to their own beliefs… and of the possible consequences of those beliefs.
You are cordially invited to join the opening reception of exhibition PRELUDE on May 19th, 2018 from 6:00 pm. at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre. The exhibition is curated by Suphita Charoenwattanamongkol and on display during May 19 – July 1, 2018. Follow the exhibition with the official hashtag: #PRELUDE
Wittawat Tongkeaw was born in 1974, in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated BFA, MFA and Ph.D. in Visual Arts from Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. With his outstanding skill, Tongkeaw has won plenty of Art Awards in Thailand. His works have been purchased and prized by Thai and international collectors as well as collected and installed at significant institutes, such as Bank of Thailand, Head office of KRUNGTHAI Bank, etc. The social crisis and political unrest that has been happening consistently in Thailand for over decade (and up until the present), has had an impact on the artist, cementing his intention to reflect on this systemic chronic problem once again through his unique artworks.