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From Surface to Origin:JOURNEYS THROUGH RECENT ART FROM INDIA AND THAILAND

Be Takerng Pattanopas,Benitha Perciyal,Biju Joze,Books by Soulflower,George Martin PJ,Nipan Oranniwesna,Pinaree Sanpitak
14 Mar 2008 to 14 Apr 2008


Be Takerng Pattanopas


For over the past ten years I have been defining and redefining ‘temples’ of my own with combinations of three major elements: space, light and the presence or absence of the human body.
My sculptural practice began in 1996 with an attempt to understand a type of illusion I called `counter-form illusions`. Here sculptures that were an equivalent to a mould of the human body were lit in a very specific way and resulted in concave space being perceived as convex. These works necessitated the creation of installations to control viewing points, in order to maximize the illusion, while also positing my work in spiritual and cultural contexts through the use of tapered tunnels. Recently the tunnel has become more significant as I am aware that the tunnel itself can represent the human body, or parts of it, and this is evident in the work HAL-O.
The HAL-O series, began in 2007, makes a quantum leap from installations; installations rely heavily on the gallery space and its lighting conditions while now my free-standing sculptures have almost total control of their own internal spaces and light.
The exterior of HAL-O suggests a solid object and the work appears mysterious. My inspiration is the monolith from Stanley Kubrick`s 2001: Space Odyssey, as well Piranesi`s imaginary prisons and Kurt Schwitter`s Merzbau. HAL-O is the monolith being penetrated, to reveal a haunting space. The move from concealed to revealed space challenges the viewer to consider what it means to treat revelation as a form of truth.
My works are typically balanced on a hocus-pocus tightrope as they seduce the visual perceptions of the audience and engage them with seductive spatial experiences. But with everything in its right place, audiences become aware that what I have done is simply invite them to contemplate their own bodies and, ultimately, their own impermanence.


 
Painting by : Be Takerng Pattanopas / Space of 10 light years Space of 10 light years
Books
17cm x 36cm
26 pages
2008
Limited edition of 69
edition #2 and #3


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Painting by : Be Takerng Pattanopas / Detail of Lower tunnel Detail of Lower tunnel
HAL-O [2:2008]


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Painting by : Be Takerng Pattanopas / Detail of Upper  tunnel Detail of Upper tunnel
HAL-O [2:2008]

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Painting by : Be Takerng Pattanopas / HAL-O [2:2008] HAL-O [2:2008]
Outside view
SteelSiliconeresinfiberglass and light
25cm x 90cm x 200cm
2008
Id: BTP-01

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Benitha Perciyal


The last 8 months have been an experience for me, raising my little squirrel named Jerry. I watch this tiny little soul grow and am amazed at the joy and movement it brings to my life: a beautiful understanding of the process of living. Jerry has changed my routine. We have developed a bond, a mutual affection and attachment for each other. We don’t speak the same language, we don’t have a dialogue with words, but I have grown to understand and appreciate his presence, his habits, his feelings and his mood swings. I have adapted myself to become patient with Jerry, which is not typically me. My world revolves around his well-being.

These artworks are a glimpse of the experience I’ve had with Jerry. My work is now more crafted, preparing pigments, tearing paper, dying paper and fitting the pieces together to form a whole. I also want people take away souvenirs of us.



 
Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on waterford
22" X 60"(55cm X 150cm)
2008
Id: BPK-06

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Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / Growing Inwards is growth Reaching inwards is Growth Growing Inwards is growth Reaching inwards is Growth
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on waterford
22" X 30"(55cm X 75cm)
2008
Id: BPK-05

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Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / The Original Fall The Original Fall
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on waterford
60" X 22"(150cm X 55cm)

Id: BPK-04

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Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / The Lord will keep you from all harm,He will watch over your life The Lord will keep you from all harm,He will watch over your life
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on waterford
22" X 30"(55cm X 75cm)

Id: BPK-03

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Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / With luck one grows old With luck one grows old
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on paper pulp
5" diameter(12.5cm diameter)

Id: BPK-02

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Painting by : Benitha Perciyal / The death of the seed The death of the seed
Natural pigmentrice paperfixative on paper pulp
5" diameter(12.5cm diameter)

Id: BPK-01

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Biju Joze


My work at present is driven by ethical and moral concerns regarding ecology, technology and science, and arises out of my experience of an urban/global yet cultural Indian context. Animal rights, genetic engineering, hybridizing techniques are some issues that spur me on. My concepts often grow out of an activism against these experiences – frequently a kind of record comprising visual representations of my encounters with real situations. I unconsciously use metaphors and symbols from memory as equivalents of an observed reality; that these are from my cultural background reiterates the Indian-ness of my work. Irony and paradox become tools with which I engage with the audience and they also make my subjects visually palatable.
Each of the four works in From Surface to Origin carry themes I have explored earlier. Soup Bowl and Mock(iv)ory are both about my concern with violence against animals – they stage a mock reality through their physical appearance. Spirituality and faith are the focus of Faith Fossils and Japamala, the organic shapes of the former are moulded from wax scraped off the floor of a miraculous church thronged by thousands of multi-religious people.



 
Painting by : Biju Joze / Mock (Iv)ory Mock (Iv)ory
ceramic toys and fiberglass containing 4 tusks and 2 elephant chains
Dimensions variable
2008
Id: BJ-01

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Soup Bowl Soup Bowl
Nylon Luffa
4`-10" x 4`-10" x 1`-0"
(145cm X 145cm X 30cm)
2008
Id: BJ-02

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Soup Bowl Detail Soup Bowl Detail

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Faith Fossils detail Faith Fossils detail
wax flouresecent lamps and plastic boxes (12 boxes)
dimensions variable
2008
Id: BJ-03

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Faith Fossils Faith Fossils
wax flouresecent lamps and plastic boxes (12 boxes)
dimensions variable
2008
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Painting by : Biju Joze / Rosary (Japamala 2) Rosary (Japamala 2)
viagra tablets and string
1`-4" x 0`-6"(40cm X 15cm)
2008
Id: BJ-04

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Rosary(Japamala 1) Rosary(Japamala 1)
Aspirin delayed release tablets and string
1`-4" x 0`-6"(40cm X 15cm)
2008
Id: BJ-05

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Painting by : Biju Joze / Mock(Iv)ory Installation View Mock(Iv)ory Installation View
ceramic toys and fiberglass containing 4 tusks and elephant chains
Dimensions variable
2008




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George Martin PJ


My work always realm of freedom in which the artist own all the infinite riches of the world and this delights us and excites our admiration by the miracle of creative exploration of the world. My works exists somewhere between objects and images. As both site and site-specific experience they appear as autonomous, self-contained entities, decidedly abstract yet devices. Experienced with mind, they become monumental shapes of space, their opening invite the viewer to become a visitor, physically entering the work of art to experience it not as a thing but as a place.
The viewer is part of my work I tried to communicate with him by stimulating his memory. The viewer has the right to interpret the work of art as he like to make his own work of art, for me it is enough simply to give him this sign, to communicate with him with out trying to teach or direct him. I want to bring out the viewers interiors and invisible powers.
The invention of the new context seems to me the invention of reality, in other words the radical discovery the contrast with the view of the world image is the only important thing. Since then art objects are no longer represents reality but is itself reality (produced by it self) and something or other it will again be question of denying the value of this reality in order to produce picture of a better world (as before)..
George Martin P.J.



 
Painting by : George Martin PJ / A Splatter of Red A Splatter of Red
Acrylic on Canvas
58" x 58"(145cm x 145cm)
2008

Id: GM-01

 
Painting by : George Martin PJ / The Void Within The Void Within
Acrylic on Canvas
58" x 58"(145cm x 145cm)
2008
Id: GM-02

 
Painting by : George Martin PJ / Palette People Palette People
Wood vinyl holograms and automobile colours
size variable

2008
Id: GM-03

 
Painting by : George Martin PJ / Palette People Palette People
Wood vinyl holograms and automobile colours
Dimensions variable

2008
Id: GM-03

Nipan Oranniwesna


Individual thoughts and experiences can be seen as marks or traces that vary in the information they offer. Sometimes individual thoughts and experiences seem similar to layer sheets of paper kept in drawers. Mostly my works initially spring from personal moments of contemplation and memories, to be expanded in terms of dialogue with other, surrounding, phenomena. Moments and memories exist in the layers of doubts and questions I have about the dramatic and dynamic changes society is currently undergoing.

I often exploit the physical properties of materials that are fragile, raw and temporary; easy to change and easy to break apart. I frequently employ traditional techniques.

My artworks reveal process and the momentary situations of their production. I believe the viewer’s experience and knowledge of particular situations leads to wider answers. Reflections will always transfer back to the drawers; the memories of mine and of the audiences.

Nipan is currently showing at the Thai pavilion at the Venice Biennale

 
Painting by : Nipan Oranniwesna / Muddy River Muddy River
Mix Media(pigment on Japanese paper,wire)
81" X 80"(203cm X 200cm)
1995-2007
The image was created from Thai alphabetic character "KOR-KHON" khon means man,human being
Id: NO-02

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Painting by : Nipan Oranniwesna / To The Ground To The Ground
Mix Media(pigment on Japanese paper,wire)
81" X 78"(202cm X 195cm)
1995-2007
Id: NO-03

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Painting by : Nipan Oranniwesna / Cloud Cloud
Mix Media(pigment on Japanese paper)
200" X 111"(500cm X 278cm)
1997-2007
Id: NO-01

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