08 Sep S.A.C. Gallery in START Art Fair | feature: Pichai Pongsasaovapark (Booth 7.1)
S.A.C. Gallery Bangkok joins START Art Fair 2018 at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, during 13- 16 September 2018; features two remarkable artists. One of our featured artists is Pichai Pongsasaovapark, a Bangkok-based artist who is represented by the Subhashok Arts Centre (Bangkok), shows his works at Booth 7.1 in START Art fair 2018.
In START Art fair, Pongsasaovapark presents the Poison Flower series, to show that carbon emissions in exhaust fumes from various vehicles and machines on the street and in operation in Thailand are a constant and ubiquitous source of air pollution, even when rarely seen, I created the work by holding canvasses to exhaust pipes, which resulted in eerily beautiful flower-like images. Other works were created by capturing the exhaust smoke to achieve a more three-dimensional image to make it a more tangible experience for the viewer skeptical of the dangers represented by seeming floral landscapes.
The series Why Did You Go Away?, done on canvasses of actual carbon emissions, is a comment on the global and political scope of climate change. The work, Why Did You Go Away? (Diptych) lists those nations that belong to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, juxtaposed with the United States of America, which has withdrawn from the Agreement and the global consensus.
In this work, Why Did You Go Away? (Circle), represents the countries that negotiated and signed the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, but with a vacant space for where the United States of America, which has withdrawn from the Agreement, would have been listed. The use of a circle reflects my view that all countries are interdependent and that if they do not confront and solve the problem of air pollution and climate change together, the whole world will suffer the consequences. No country has a right to not be a part of this global effort.
In these two works, Macro and Micro, reflect my view that meeting and solving the challenge of air pollution and climate change must be done on both the global, macro level, and the individual, micro level. No one solution exists, and all – from individuals to nations – must take prompt action to save the planet. We no longer have the luxury to sit at the stoplight waiting for someone else to proceed and do it for us. We must turn all lights green and go forward together.
Pichai Pongsasaovapark is a Bangkok-based artist who uses acrylics, mixed media, and photography to create textured and visually complex abstract and conceptual work, who is represented by the Subhashok Arts Centre (Bangkok). His artwork is in several permanent collections, including the Luciano Benetton Foundation in Milan, Italy, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and included in the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s landmark volume, Thailand: Spiritual & Material – Contemporary Artists from Thailand (2015).
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Photo Album: S.A.C. Gallery Bangkok in START Art Fair | Booth 7.1 : Pichai Pongsasaovapark
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