Bangkok Post reviews
The art of science
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 13, 2013 at 8:15 am
By Prasert Yodkeaw.
New works by two emerging voices in Thai contemporary art _ Prasert Yodkeaw and Manit Kantasak _ are about to go on show at Whitespace Gallery Bangkok's "Soul Sciences" exhibition.
Nearly scientific processes are involved in both Manit's meticulous dissections of tree parts, presented as an installation of specimen jars, and Prasert's two- and three-dimensional sketches of mythical inventions.
Comprising wood sculptures, the installations of the Chiang Rai-based Manit aim to inspire viewers to consider our inextricable relationship with nature _ and to look beyond the superficial, for deeper understanding and, ultimately, wisdom.
Each piece is meant to represent both concrete and Buddhist philosophical figures which express the truth of nature.
Prasert's art, meanwhile, raises questions about culture and technology, the past, present and future, and also reflect on the role of fantasy and dreams, imagination and spirituality.
The Songkhla native intends to confront viewers with paradoxical designs of devices, creatures, and 3D deconstructions of traditional architecture mixed with biological specimens.
He blends Western engineering with mostly Thai elements.
Soul Sciences will be on display at Whitespace Gallery Bangkok from Saturday until Oct 13. The opening reception is on Saturday at 6.30pm. The gallery is located on Sala Daeng Soi 1 off Rama IV Road and opens Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6pm. Call 081-699-5298.
By Manit Kantasak.