Pinaree Sanpitak: Hanging by a Thread

When 19 Apr 2012 - 1 Jun 2012
Where Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 West 20 Street, 10W
New York, NY 10011
United States

Pinaree Sanpitak, Bare Silhouette, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art

April 19 – June 1 2012

Opening Reception: April 19, from 6-8 pm

Press Release:

We are pleased to present Pinaree Sanpitak’s second solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, taking place from April 19 through June 1, 2012. Pinaree is one of the most compelling and respected Thai artists of her generation, and her work can be counted among the most powerful explorations of women’s experience in all of Southeast Asia. For well over twenty years, her primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality.

Entitled Hanging by a Thread, the exhibition centers on a installation of the same title that is the artist’s response to the recent flooding in Bangkok, where she lives and works. Using traditional Thai printed cotton Paa-Lai fabrics of the type that were included in the royal sponsored relief bags, Pinaree has constructed a group of woven hammocks that will be suspended in the gallery from slender threads. These quite, cocoon-like forms evoke a sense of nurturing, refuge, and contemplation, as well as the precariousness of life. Pinaree explains that “the Paa-Lai hammocks represent the situation of precarious times balancing traditional and modern values. The hammocks are presence of the body, bare and contemplating. The body waiting to slow down. The body floating. The body just hanging by a thread. Thus a situation I believe we all share.” Also included in the exhibition is Bare Silhouettes, a new series of embroidered works on silk panels that reference Pinaree’s 1998-99 Womanly Abstract series through the bare female form of these simple patterns.

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