Thursday 19 April 2012, 7pm
The exhibition has been conceptualized over the last 6 years during his art residency programmes and participation in artistic activities throughout Europe and Asia. For this show he created over 120 interactive ceramic sculpture of human heads that were created at Thao Hong Thai ceramic factory in Ratchaburi.
Jakraphun articulates the concept of changes in human behavior, influenced by fast moving technology through varied personas of human types presented in his sculpture and interactive elements. Inspired by the rapid increase of human’s virtual interaction with social media, rather than face-to-face, he expresses his concerns on obscurity, deception, soullessness, obsession and addiction or even the lack of good judgement that seems to flourish via these networks today. While the real time and virtual aspects in social networks has become a crucial communication tool and beneficial to many commercial and mass information endeavors, it can also stimulate the divisions within society, often with distorted truths. Extreme opinions have been formed based on “facts” other people ‘share’, regardless of the truth or without careful examination of the origins. The question is whether what we see or hear or have been presented by this new and dominant social world is real. How much truth is there in the faces we see in this computer-generated society? What is the real objective of each individual’s projection and statements?
The artist incorporates his craftsmanship in individually hand painting of each sculptural heads, portraying a spectrum of varied characters, from extreme to neutral. Each head signifies a major element or player that he has witnessed in the virtual society —whether real or artificial.
Jakraphun Thanateeranon is an artist, curator, art activist and a writer. He’s been working with several youth art projects in Asia and has attended over 10 art residency programmes all over the world. The exhibition is the continuation works from his pervious shows titled 13.31 and Spirit of Japan which were created and exhibited in Japan in 2008. The content of the shows were focusing on human masks, tapping into the topics of deception vs truth, realistic vs fear, ghost vs god and religious vs belief.
The exhibition will be on view at WTF gallery from 19 April – 18 May 2012.