November, 2015

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong: Traverse

November 25th, 2015
28 November – 30 December 2014
Opening reception: Saturday 28 November 2015, 1900h
Artist Talk: Saturday 28 November 2015, 2200h
The exhibition will be part of the closing party of Galleries’ Night organised by Embassy of France Thailand
The site-specific installations in this exhibition are inspired by the artist’s experience of walking through a 2.5 km road tunnel. At first he was fearful of the darkness and silence and the sense that the tunnel stretched on into infinity. But after 20 minutes he found himself slowing his pace and a strange calm overcame him, filling him with a certainty that there would be light at the other end. Logic had nothing to do with it: any road tunnel has two ends. It was the strength of his feelings that surprised him. 
In the gallery, Jedsada has built two covered passageways from different materials. Some are reused, recycled materials from other artworks, if only to reduce waste and the sheer amount of stuff that litters the art world.
The complex passageways use every inch of the small exhibition spaces to prolong the viewer’s engagement with the work, promoting mindfulness and positive thinking.
Bangkok based artist, Jedsada graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA (1999). And an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK (2006). 
His work is often site-specific and he undertakes extensive research before articulating the format and concept, with inspirations drawn from multiple sources. One work builds on another as he tries to formulate his ideas more fully, and he frequently reuses materials to achieve greater sustainability. His materials are often humble, including wood, fibre, wire, tin, string, paper and a plethora of found objects.
Long-term preoccupations include the integration of works into architectural structures, with a view to encouraging viewers to explore and interact intimately with the surroundings and allowing them to explore their unexpected beauty.
His works has been exhibited extensively both in Thailand and abroad since 2007. His solo shows include Clutch – Gallery Seescape Chiang Mai (2015), Swing – Tadu Contemporary Art Bangkok (2014), Shatter – H Gallery Chiang Mai (2014), Downfall – Bangkok University, Bangkok (2013), Stand and Fall – KunstDoc Project Space, Seoul Korea (2009). 
He also participated in group exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world including Distance Between The Journeys: Surface Arts, Sluice Art, South Bank, London (2015), Beyond Walled Enclosure: The 9th Taehwa River Eco Art Festival Ulsan, Korea (2015), Secret Archipelago – Palais de Tokyo Paris (2015), Art Stage Singapore  (2015), Hotel Art Fair – H Gallery, Bangkok (2014),  Nava 13 – Espacio de Creacion Contemporanea, Cadiz Span (2013).
Visitor information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila, Tanya Yodsrimueng
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246,