26 Sep The Marriage of Sang Thong
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S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre
The Marriage of Sang Thong
a solo exhibition by
at Art Centre Bldg. – 1st floor
Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok
23 November 2019 – 19 January 2020
Opening Reception: 23 November 2019, 6:00 PM
at Art Connection – 3rd floor
Rosewood Bangkok Hotel
6 November 2019 – 4 January 2020
Vipoo Srivilasa is back to host a new exhibition in Thailand for the first time in the last 4 years as a successor to the crowd-pleasing Red-eared Slider exhibition at Subhashok The Arts Centre (S.A.C.) in 2016 with the name of “The Marriage of Sang Thong”— an exhibition dense with global-stage controversies that touch upon same-sex marriage (LGBTQ) which has a direct impact to the artist, who meticulously portrayed the incident with a classic Thai mythology ‘Sang Thong’ where he narrates us through multidimensional story accompanied by a handful of adorable, mild and dream-like sculptures crafted with a combination of techniques and all-new materials including bronze, wood and solid glass in total of more than 50 pieces all the way from Australia. “The Marriage of Sang Thong” is a big-scale exhibition taken place both at Subhashok the Arts Centre from 23rd November 2019 – 19th January 2020 and Rosewood Bangkok hotel 6th November 2019 – 4th January 2020 with Art Afternoon Tea session.
Thai-born with Australian nationality, Vipoo Srivilasa lives and widely acclaimed from his artistic journey in Australia. He grasps international attention from worldwide extensiveness of exhibitions and grand prizes from countless international art contests such as 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize Ceramic, National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2018 and was a finalist of this year’s The Whitegold International Ceramic Prizes in England. Vipoo also appears on various global publications such as Art Review, a top-tier art magazine with subscriptions across the globe—Asian Art News, a front-row magazine in Asian art. This established artist is looked-after by 3 most renowned galleries in Australia and 1 in England. He often spends his time as a mentor in many workshops including International Ceramic Biennale in South Korea and currently has his art permanently displayed at ICONSIAM exclusively on large scale.
From the topic of gender and sexual diversity, comes a wide range of new materials selected besides ceramic which is the primary material of the artist since the beginning. Vipoo is inspired by the approval of same-sex marriage in Australia where he can lawfully get married—it urges him to bring Sang Thong as a foundation to recollect the story of a striving for undefeated love. Featured artworks in “The Marriage of Sang Thong” including carved bronze sculptures that individually convey 10 important incidents of same-sex marriage movements such as Stonewall incident—when a group of gay community created gay rights awareness in New York in 1969, and ‘Yes’ campaign of Australia in 2017. The artist also showcases a movement emerged within Thailand in the work called ‘1956’, and a follow-up that hopes to bring same-sex marriage to the country in ‘2020’. All the works are delicately crafted into numerous characters from Sang Thong.
In “The Marriage of Sang Thong”, visitors will be greeted by a parade of glamorous sculptures varied in shapes, colours and materials with a unique characteristic that brought the artist a global recognition. All characters are sculpted to convey dearness, liveliness and mildness—they represent a pure innocent of imagination, at the same time, reflect a strong spirit to bring equality toward every love. S.A.C. is proud to be in a collaboration with Rosewood Bangkok, a five-star hotel located in Bangkok’s downtown to introduce Art Afternoon Tea session that comes with assorted desserts by an french chef who reimagines Vipoo’s art pieces to celebrate a diversity of love. This special event took place on the 7th floor of the hotel with a display of various mesmerising sculptures on the 3rd floor.
Subhashok The Arts Centre is delighted to invite you to the opening of “The Marriage of Sang Thong” on Saturday 23 November 2019 at 18:00, Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok.
Subhashok The Arts Centre, Sukhumvit 39 (Phrom Phong BTS station), Art Centre Bldg., 1st floor from 23rd November 2019 – 19th January 2020 Map
Rosewood Bangkok, Phloen Chit Rd. (Phloen Chit BTS station), Devils and Deities exhibition at ART CONNECTION, 3rd floor from 6th November 2019 – 4th January 2020. Art Afternoon Tea at Lakorn European Brasserie on the 7th floor from 1st November – 7th December 2019 Map
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
About the Artist
A Thai born, Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist, Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics, creating contemporary porcelain sculptures exploring cross- cultural experiences. His work is a playful blend of historical figurative and decorative art practices with a healthy dose of contemporary culture.
Vipoo’s creations often touch on political and social issues such as the environment, migration and minority as well as Australian culture.
In 2017 he represented Australia in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea; won the 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize (Ceramics), and received a general skills and arts development grant from the Australian Council for the Arts to work with Sakarin Krue-On, a multi-disciplinary Thai artist, and Marije Vogelzang, in order to develop and create new interactive ceramic work for an exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery in 2019 and the S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre in Bangkok.