12 May I’ll be back
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SAC Gallery in collaboration with Rosewood Bangkok
I’ll be back
a solo exhibition by
at Art Connection – 3rd floor (BTS Ploenchit exit 1)
Rosewood Bangkok Hotel
1 June – 31 August 2021
Preyawit Nilachulaka is a contemporary artist whose practice has reached a new level of depth and intensity, both in terms of his technique and philosophy. Drawing from his personal experience and observation of contemporary society, Preyawit turns his attention to what is closest to him, identifying life itself as a subject-matter to be explored, filled with questions that are yet to be answered. Death in particular remains a mystery. Departing from a detailed study of unusual manners of death in today’s context, the artist looks inward as he contemplates his own passing, speculating on possible causes and circumstances. Art allows for death to be presented as an adventure, a dark comedy in which the audience plays a part, while bringing about a deeper exchange of views.
Say Cheese!!, 2021, Acrylic on linen, 50 x 75 cm
This imaginative body of works by Preyawit Nilachulaka questions humans’ mode of existence and contemporary civilisation through zombie characters that know neither life or death, or rather find themselves situated at a half-point between these two states. Their immortality renders their existence meaningless, making them lifeless moving beings. In popular movies, their presence is often coupled with apocalyptic scenarii—the confluence of walking corpses and society’s collapse often leading to survival efforts that can feel like one has passed the point of no-return while being unable to reach one’s destination.
Ummmmm….huhuhu, 2021, Acrylic on linen, 90 x 120 cm
Focusing on the brief instant during which a particular zombie is able to choose the manner of their demise, this series pictures near-death situations that bring colour to zombies’ rather dull lives and illustrates our own existential questions and search for meaning. The brief instant during which zombies are able to bring their bodies to a death-adjacent state might be the only flash of life they can experience.
Train of love, 2021, Acrylic on linen, 90 x 120 cm
I’ll Be Back presents Preyawit Nilachulaka’s humorous outlook on death. Omnipresent in the exhibition, death is also colourful and movie-like, with viewers invited to join in on an escapade away from an empty life. The artist’s personal reflections on death and the multiple pathways that can lead towards an instantaneous demise prompts the audience to similarly ponder on their own existence. Although some of these questions may never be fully answered, such interrogations are what differentiates humans from the other beings they coexist with.
I’ll be back, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 97 x 136 cm
The exhibition I’ll be back is on view from 1 June – 31 August 2021 at Art Connection (BTS Ploenchit Exit 1), 3rd floor, Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Ploenchit road, Bangkok. For more information, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 02-258-5580 dial 401.
For the entirety of the exhibition, please visit our Artsy Exhibition.
Art Connection open hour: Sunday – Saturday, 8.00 AM – 10.00 PM