02 Sep COERCION
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a solo exhibition by
at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Gallery Bldg.
During 6 October – 18 November 2018.
Opening Reception: October 6th, 2018 from 6:00 pm.
Coercion (n.) (/kəʊˈəːʃ(ə)n/) – the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.
After four years work, Kittisak Kaewduk finally brings us Coercion, a sculpture exhibition, the result of his ongoing art project which began in 2014. Its development coincides with his career as an art teacher at the new Fine and Applied Arts department of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University. Facing the challenge of creating an effective art curriculum under the Quality Assurance in Higher Education guidelines, Kaewduk started to question its use of the same criteria to regulate all academic departments, without considering the unique nature and purpose of each program.
This dissatisfaction is the grounding of Coercion, a series of sculpture works in metal and wooden forms. In this series, Kaewduk explores Thai art education through his artistic creativity. The pressure from the rigid rules and old-fashioned education system is ingeniously represented through stiff and rusty discarded metal instruments, restructured to act as a tool to compress, clench and secure. Beautiful natural wood is juxtaposed against standard plywood to challenge opinions and perceptions. The remarkable illusion of matter shifting from solid to liquid, a signature of Kaewduk’s works, signifies an individual’s state of mind.
In this exhibition, through the symbolic use of artistic forms, viewers are encouraged to feel and recognize the signs of repression, in relation to their personal situation.
You are cordially invited to join the opening reception on 6th October 2018, 6:00 PM at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok. With a great honor from a Chairperson, Mr. Wattanachot Tungateja-Managing Director at QUARTET Graphics Corp., Ltd., come to deliver an opening remark. The exhibition will be displayed during 6th October – 18th November 2018, at Gallery Bldg. The show is curated by Nim Niyomsin. For more information, please contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. +66 2 662 0299, +662 258 5580 ext. 401.
Kittisak Kaewduk (b.1981) is a co-founder of the Chaopraya Artist Group and currently a lecturer at Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University. He helped develop a curriculum for the new Fine and Applied Arts department and is very active in the development of the local art scene.
Kaewduk received a Master of Fine Arts from Silpakorn University. His sculptural signature is a remarkable transformation of hard material to something reminiscent of a liquid form as a way to represent the human mind. His artworks are a response to social condition and Thailand’s art education system.
He has been part of International and national exhibitions and workshops including Hanoi March Connecting 3rd, University of Industrial Fine Arts, Hanoi (2018), Andaman International Art Exhibition 2018, Andaman Art Museum, Krabi (2018) ‘Thinker – Thinking’, Chamchuri Art Gallery, Bangkok (2017), Akarasilpin Nua Klao, Ratchadamnoen Art Center (2016), Thai Artists 2015: Contemporary Artists Award, Los Angeles (2015). His works were selected as part of The 53rd and 54th National Exhibition of Art (2007-8) and he received a 3rd Prize, sculpture category, 60th year reign Amata Art Award (2006).