22 Jan Ancestral Facade
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S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre
curated by Suphita Charoenwattanamongkhol
a 5th solo exhibition by
at Art Centre Bldg. – 1st floor
Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok
15 February – 15 March 2020
Opening Reception: 15 February 2020, 6:00 PM
“… And these clay houses are the reminder, the catalyst of loves and bonds.
Impressed at first glances, wept as I back to where I once belonged …”
— Songwoot Kaewvisit, artist
The creations from this collection were inspired by nostalgia, warm touches from family and simplified daily practices in childhood interwoven in this nostalgic recall so hard to truncate. All of these considered to be great motivations for Kaewvisit in delivering one of the best art piece series of his life which marks that the wanderer is back to his hometown once more and be able to retrace the route of his ancestry.
Home is an important provenance of ancestral identity for all living things; nevertheless, home is not only defined as a place of shelter but the story of the livings where they share both joy and sorrow within that particular space instead, and that is the genuine meaning. Songwoot Kaewvisit, a Thai artist whose ancestors were Chinese immigrants settled in the North-Eastern part of Thailand. To the artist, his home is a symbol of honour that is not to declare any social status or wealth but to honour the most human struggling for the longevity life quality of their offspring. Prior to the creating process, Kaewvisit examined countless insights gathered from both research papers and site visits, at that very moment, he first discovered himself magnetized by the allurement of bygone days and their past. He felt in love with an old house from 200 years ago in Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani and Mueng District, Yasothon—as they were originally built to serve the purpose of trading since then and until now. A reflection from the great ancestors through this antique architecture is an inspiration for the artist in creating symbolism for this series.
Back in the Rattanakosin era, a group of Chinese migrated from the land of China to flee from poverty and famine, they travelled across land and sea just to battle another harsh livelihood in Siam. One of the havens that the Chinese caravan found is in the northeastern part of Thailand where, as the time passed by, shows a profound conjugation between two subcultures that share both pieces of knowledge and ethnic integration. Northeastern Chinese-style clay buildings and Chinese-Western style buildings were built from the knowledge of Chinese immigrants where structure laying, wedging and cogging are all done meticulously. Construction materials are composed of hardwood, raw clay bricks, clay bricks, terracotta tiles and galvanized sheet. These old buildings hold an unimaginable amount of historical traces, social implications, economy, politics, government, and most importantly human relations. Kaewvisit choosesto portray the aesthetic of painting through the view of houses’ facades which their gables are similar to facades from the ancient architecture. Doors and windows opened wide seem like a lifelong theatre. Even simple corners are unique with its Chinese aesthetic that tell the story of long-lasting trade to make a living. Goods are left messily, light shines glimmering through the facade and fades into the deeper space.
Great changes have been emerging throughout the entire 20 years in the artistic journey of Songwoot Kaewvisit, who is widely accepted as a realistic painter that raises discussion about social; acclaimed by national awards and solo exhibitions in United States, Singapore and Thailand but this time he portrays the world with the eyes of a 40-years old man who went through relentless voyage. His willingness is to delivering works that honour his ancestors as a response to his inner soul for once.
Kaewvisit leaves behind his pristine working practice—from euphemistic brushstrokes and straightforward colour palette, to shift and adjust for a new self-challenging working practice to depict “life – identity – origin”. The artist used a trowel to smear paints that appear like a clod into layers on a surface full of harsh brushstrokes, it seems like he was trying to bring back stories from 200 years ago to life again through this “Ancestral Facade”
Subhashok The Arts Centre is delighted to invite you to the opening of “Ancestral Facade” on February 15 2020 at 6:00 PM, Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39 (Phrom Phong BTS station), Art Centre Bldg., 1st floor from 15th February – 15th March 2020 Map
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About the artist
Songwoot Kaewvisit (Born 1977), graduated Ph.D. in Art and Cultural Research from Khon Kaen University; and Master and Bachelor of Fine Art from Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University.
Kaewvisit’s artworks are well known and he has had many exhibitions in Thailand and abroad while achieving several awards, such as the best prize subject king of democracy for install the new building Council Thailand Bangkok in 2012, Awarded the best prize contemporary painting Panasonic Thailand 15th in 2013. In 2017, he had a solo exhibition ‘Live a Life’ with S.A.C., whereas ‘Ancestral Facade’ at S.A.C. in 2020 is Kaewvisit’s 5th solo exhibition. Currently, Kaewvisit is an art lecturer in Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon Kaen University.