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A Symphony of Pauses

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S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre

proudly presents


A Symphony of Pauses

curated by Linjie ZHOU


a solo exhibition by



at Art Centre Bldg. – 2nd floor

Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok

11 January – 16 February 2020

Opening Reception: 11 January 2020, 6:00 PM




If treated with the utmost sincerity, if we could just focus on the idea that a stationary object could be the main focus in a moment of time, this could actually contain the knowledge of that which is the explanation of life, the illusion of time.



As life plays out in front of our eyes, millions of tiny details are hidden in the context, some passing by before we ever understand their importance. Quite often our emotions can move around quickly, focused on the spacing of time more than the stationary objects in our surroundings. Whether consciously evaluated or not, the continual juxtaposition of these fluid and solid elements in life brings confusion and conflict.


A Moment, 2018, Oil and Acrylic on linen, 200 x 135 cm.


Kwangkaew’s solo exhibition “A Symphony of Pauses” extends his previous concept about daily life to the one that places the objects in his daily life as the main characters in his compositions. Life can run by us in a blur as an abstract, an illusion, a fogginess.  The pace with which we experience life will periodically pause when an image or object breaks the rhythm where everything else can fade away and time can seem to stop. Our nature draws us to aesthetics that possess the power to override the other stimuli and provide a reason for our vision to exist. The freezing of a moment is the ultimate wish of a dreamer. Our brains scramble to actively contain a fleeting experience, both in an urge to feel wholly that which excites us while also preserving an image which can sustain us. The unreliability we take from our broken attention is constant and only predicated on our tastes which we can anticipate but strangely continue to surprise us.


Enthusiasm and Sculpture No.1, 2019, Oil and Acrylic on linen, 140 x 101 cm.


Our daily lives hide that which is important and great. Kwangkaew’s new series focuses on those ordinary things as time can changes rapidly before our eyes, quite often faster than we realize. The unspoken desire to stop the hands of the clock and savor all the moments would be desirable If we even knew which parts would be important to us in hindsight. His desire to be able to study each memorable moment in search of the answers to life is emphasized in the compositions he presents in this series. There are things that can change, growing with time and things that cannot be locked into a state of stability. A range of sounds and movements, reminiscent of a symphony. The visual world is ephemeral, the mental world is seemingly eternal. The symphony of the elements that combine to create our memories is timeless. The symphony is one that starts when we acknowledge that sentiment is welcome in our day to day activities. An image frozen can appear to manage conflicts that we notice can coexist in an interesting way.


Wind, 2019, Oil and Acrylic on linen, 170 x 114 cm.


Kwangkaew’s brushstrokes that project super realism are the slow moments in life or rather the object of attention, the main character.  The blurred images are those moments that are going by quickly around this focus. This concept of time plays out continuously but it’s quite often too fast for us to see. Many times in life we feel something happening in our surrounding only to see nothing as we suddenly turn around. Some things change to fast to see, leaving behind traces of what was and questions of what could be.


While…, 2019, Oil and Acrylic on linen, 180 x 120 cm.


When we are still, things are changing, as those things remain still then we realize that we are changing. Movies have the ability to play out emotions through the speed of the background compared to that of the protagonist. It’s in these moments that tension and suspense are lifted and emotional content is gleaned from this manipulation of speed. The increased use of abstract movement in the latest artworks of Chayanin is to emphasize the cinematic quality of these changes and to reassemble what constitutes a moment or object of importance in life.If treated with the utmost sincerity, If we could just focus on the idea that a stationary object could be the main focus in a moment of time, this could actually contain the knowledge of that which is the explanation of life, the illusion of time.


Air Dance, 2019, Oil and Acrylic on linen, 114 x 112 cm.


As a flower changes quickly in its brief life, Kwangkaew’s paintings become the flowers time. From the perception of the flowers concept of time, it is unaware of its own quick blossom and ending. It too sees the fast movement of its surroundings and can’t even enjoy its ephemeral beauty. So too do durable and inanimate objects such as statues, that can survive the passing of numerous generations making time seem not fleeting but instead constant. The human figures are represented as the control group, most closely tied to our own perceptions of time, neither minute nor endurable but equally intangible as they are outwardly observed to the viewer as consistently going through change.



Subhashok The Arts Centre is delighted to invite you to the opening of “A Symphony of Pauses” on January 11 2020 at 6:00 PM, Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39 (Phrom Phong BTS station), Art Centre Bldg., 2nd floor from 11st January – 16th February 2020 Map



Opening Night & Installation View


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About the Artist

Chayanin Kwangkaew (Born in 1990), graduate from B.F.A and M.F.A of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He won Second place, Krung Thai Art Awards 3 in Thailand in 2017, was highlighted in some group exhibitions in Malaysia and joined the Art Expo 2016 – 2018 in Malaysia, Featured in the 4th UOB Painting of the Year competition and Singapore Art Stage 2017.