11 May Shift Path: 2.5 PM
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The exhibition from S.A.C. Residency Program features Naomi Maury, Damien Fragnon, Patipat Chaiwitesh and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon
Curated by Tristan Deschamps and Chol Janepraphaphan
- During 21 May – 9 June 2019
- Opening Reception: 21 May 2019, 6:00 PM
- at 1st floor, Art Centre Bldg.
Shift Path: 2.5 PM is the conclusive exhibition of the S.A.C. Art Lab and Residency Program led by Naomi Maury and Damien Fragnon as artists and Tristan Deschamps as a curator. After three months spent at the residency site in Chiang Mai and a “mid-term” exhibition titled Face Mask, the residency group proposes their final exhibition in Bangkok at Subhashok the Arts Center, alongside the work of two major positions in the contemporary Thai art scene, Patipat Chaiwitesh and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon.
Amongst what is left of our decaying world, there is hope. That is the a leading idea in the work of Naomi Maury and Damien Fragnon, as their installations offer a post-apocalyptical vision of what is left, or is it maybe what is to come? Amongst what could be understood as shelters for other beings, Fragnon also exhibits sculptures that have been arranged in a systematic order, just as a scientist or a collector would do. Those bear the marks of natural processes that have began the recovering of what one day will be nature’s own.
The structures of Naomi Maury pushes the audience to be careful when approaching to take a closer look, stuck in a in-between situation we do not know whether they are in the building process or if they have been destroyed leaving us looking at the remnants of what might have been a flourishing world. Further installations by the artist are using mixed media and will give a sense of motion to the exhibition, pushing the audience in a stream, bringing us back to where it all began.
Patipat Chaiwitesh will bring into perspective with clear narratives what happens and what will continue to happen if we cannot change our path as a society. Presenting animal figures that have been merged with manufactured, manmade products, Chaiwitesh offers us a darker glimpse into what could become the norm.
The work of Ruangsak Anuwatwimon is closer to Damien Fragnon’s practice, gathering and collecting plants that are bearing the marks of an intensive and heavy industry, Anuwatwimon does not further study what he collects but uses it as a frame to mark the impact that we have. Gathered in a way that makes it explicit, the work series is an evaluation, a time capsule of what we have done.
The exhibition will also feature the release of an eponymous publication, Shift Path, featuring a conversation between Deschamps, Maury and Fragnon as well as a text by Chol Janepraphaphan and numerous drawings and sketches by the two artists, make sure to grab your copy and read it through our opening reception.
Subhashok The Art Centre cordially invite you to join the opening reception of Shift Path: 2.5 PM – the exhibition from S.A.C. Residency Program on 21st May 2019 at 18:00 PM. The exhibition will be shown from 21 May – 9 June 2019 at Art Centre Bldg., 1st floor, Subhashok the Arts Center, Bangkok. Curated by Tristan Deschamps and Chol Janepraphaphan. More inquiries, please contact: email@example.com or tel. +66 2 662 0299, +662 258 5580 ext. 401.
- Generously supported by INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, Ville de Lyon, Ambassade De France En Thaïlande, Federbräu | Thai Beverage Public Company Limited and PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING
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Naomi Maury (b. 1991, Bédarieux, France) lives and works in Lyon. She is a graduate of ESAAA Annecy.
Naomi Maury’s work is based on notions of sub-optimality such as slowness, redundancy, randomness, heterogeneity, inefficiency. They are the traces of his relationship to the world, partly due to his malformation of the feet. His work emanates from quasi-architectural forms where the notion of time is disturbed. We no longer know if what we see is the beginning of construction or destruction. We can contemplate the ambiguity of a foundation that is going through ruin.
She tries to immerse the spectator, to leave him a place – physical – where he can walk inside the families of sculptures. The behavior he adopts is the continuity of forms. It can find its place. To give him a place so that he can imagine that at any time these sculptures can come out of their resting state, stand up from their soft posture as when we disconnect from our screens to go back to more physical activity. These sculptures are flabby and tired like society.
Damien Fragnon, (b. 1987, Clermont-Ferrand, France) lives and works in Lyon. He is a graduate of ESAAA Annecy.
The era is one of performance, speed, and actions that produce events that are both media and ephemeral. Damien Fragnon creates living paradigms that confuse art and life. He creates forms through scientific discoveries, various facts, everyday gestures that he moves to give a new facet more poetic, more eccentric and sometimes more visionary. In a hybrid way between installation and narrative, he invents stories to reclaim. Each installation is a story module, allowing us to move from one here to another along a device.
Patipat Chaiwitesh completed his studies at Chulalongkorn University and École Supérieure des Beaux-arts TALM, Angers, France. It was there that his textile design was selected as one of the finalists of the Dare to Dream Design Award hosted by the celebrated design website, Designboom. His most recent work talks about the culture of plastic surgery through the adaptation of ordinary objects into something different, generating new possible perceptions.
Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (Born 31 March 1975) a Thai contemporary artist who based in Bangkok, Thailand. He passionate in Art & Nature and looking for the future evolution for human, in his works he wonders how human can resolve the problem, his work remind to “Regenerate Sculpture” concept. Like ‘Ash Heart Project’ a totally 270 heart-shaped artworks made from ashes for a wide range of 270 different species. Most of the specimens were found in the surrounding area and shape the sculptures into their final forms. And GOLEM project exhibited at BKK Art House in Bangkok and Palais de Tokyo. GOLEM concept is a construction of a utopian human being whose parts are made from ashes of animals and plants. His ash project reflects on the protagonist relationship humans have with our natural world. Ruangsak employs diverse mediums to express his ideas and challenge the perimeters of what constitutes an artwork. His conceptual projects explore social, cultural, and moral grounds of human societies. He travels to and takes up residencies in different countries to research about the cultural and natural ecology of each place, collecting specimens to contribute to his satirical “utopian human”.
About the Curators
Tristan Deschamps (b. 1992, Beuvry, France), is an independent curator and writer based in Berlin. Tristan studied at Maastricht University where he completed his MA in Arts and Heritage in 2015. He has since worked on several international exhibitions with diverse galleries and project spaces, including PS120, S.A.C. Bangkok, NgBK, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, and NON Berlin. Tristan also co-founded the project space +DEDE in 2018.
Chol Janepraphaphan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Art Theory from Silpakorn University in 2006. After graduated, he started to be interested in creating art as well as composing a space of art. He therefore experimented with the creation of art space titled “Merz Art space” for young artists, a small gallery in Banglampoo District, 2009. After that, he was selected to join the project “Brand New” held by Bangkok University Gallery (BUG) in 2010. It was the turning point of his career to become a curator and art writer.
During 2010-2014, Janepraphaphan began to work as a young curator at Numthong Gallery. He then earned a master’s degree in Mixed-Media Art from Silpakorn University in 2015. Currently, he works as curator at Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok.
-Director: Jongsuwat Angsuvarnsiri
-Residency Program Manager: Chol Janepraphaphan
-Curatorial Assistant: Ploy Charoenpol