Saturday 30 November 2013
6pm until 8pm
30 November 2013 – 20 January 2014
This exhibition aims to raise questions regarding the power structures that assign value to art. In the contemporary world, it is no longer possible to articulate or explain art within the classic canons of knowledge since the definition art is no longer fixed. Sina considers art as a dynamic flow comprising all of our surroundings — art college drawing classes, museums, t-shirts, graffiti, galleries, a food stall next to my art college or even the sidewalk. It is the art from all these different venues which provide the aesthetics that drives and changes our society in every era. Each location and those behind it contribute to the assessment of the ‘value’ of the art in any period. For instance, art in the classic or modern periods was created for aesthetic pleasure for appreciation by those in high society whereas more contemporary art movements are not solely concerned with visually priorities, instead seeking to create a dialogue that interacts with the viewers as if meeting a long lost friend.
Embracing creative process without boundaries, this exhibition focuses on experimenting and searching for connections between two different spaces: the art community within an institution and those outside its walls. The objective of this show is to answer the question: "Has the community living right next to the first art college in Thailand, that has created and nurtured thousands of artists and creators, gained anything?” The exhibition does not aim to create conflicts within the institution, but intends to depict the diverse perspectives of the different groups of people and communities that are sharing the same fence. The exhibition will question the status of ‘art’ and ask whether art can be ‘understood’ or if it is self-deception. The artist hopes to discover a platform for aesthetic discussions that need not only be considered as a high value concept or only take place behind privileged doors. This is an invitation to all artists to be aware that art is no longer just about the creator, it should be seen as a functional device to help affect the real world.
A part of this exhibition is an art prize that does not aim to judge which art or type of art has the best aesthetics, but rather, to formulate a learning process for viewer and participants (artists) to understand the vastly variable standards in giving meaning to a concept or object to the point where we cannot remember the start of the discussion.
Everyone, the viewer and the creator, should realize the other (and others) exists in our society. Acknowledge the other can help open up the new door for searching for the true and infinite meaning of art. Unless you have different opinion?
Sina Wittayawiroj is a graduate student from Silpakorn University, majoring in New Media Art. His works have been exhibited at Lasalle College of Arts Singapore, Speedy Grandma Gallery, Pridi Banomyong Library, Thammasart University and TCDC.