Sutthirat Supararinya: Hypothetical
|When||6 Oct 2011 - 10 Dec 2011|
1355 Park Ave. corner store
New York, NY 10029
October 6 – December 10 2011
Opening Reception: October 6, 6-8pm
Thai artist Sutthirat Supaparinya critiques how we know and what we know, challenging us to re-imagine the world and the cosmos. Three installations, Constellations, Shooting Stars, and Dotscape, are powerful metaphors of the artist’s search for truth and the individual’s push for freedom against a pre-ordered, pre-determined, man-made universe.
Visitors to the gallery enter a galaxy of luminous bodies through which they must navigate, mapping their own constellations and course. The pinging sound of metal at irregular intervals draws attention to a framed darkness where the eye is incapable of discerning, amid the sporadic flashes of light, the source until the jarring truth. A trip by rail through the countryside between Bangkok and Chiang Mai becomes an improbable idyll, where the view is mediated by train wrap ads filtering the landscape.
According to Supaparinya: “People try hard to know and understand information –but do not try to challenge, to change or turn it around. All this official knowledge is like god for someone. I like to criticize or comment on knowledge, media, the news – what we think are facts.”
Sutthirat Supaparinya is a video and installation artist who has exhibited in group and solo shows in Thailand, Australia, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States. She was co-curator for the 2009 International Incheon Woman Artists’ Biennale in Incheon, South Korea, and co-organizer of Lifescapes: Southeast Asian Film Festival 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Supaparinya is an Asian Cultural Council grantee and an artist-in-residence at ISCP-International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York.
Sutthirat Supaparinya earned a BFA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University in Thailand; and a postgraduate degree in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. She lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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