12.22, 2018 - 02.20, 2019
Beijing 1st Space
Tang Contemporary Art is proud to announce the opening of a self-titled solo exhibition for Thai artist Sakarin Krue-on in the gallery’s first Beijing space on December 22, 2018. Krue-on is an internationally-respected Thai contemporary artist who has never shied away from different creative media in his artistic practice. Traditional Thai wall paintings, folk customs, dramas, and historical, geographical, social, and cultural environments have been both inspiration and source material for the work. Krue-on brings traditional culture into the contemporary context, reflecting on the immense changes that have taken place in Thailand in the course of globalization and the crises and challenges faced by all of human society.
b.1965 Mae Hong Sorn, Thailand
Sakarin Krue-On is a contemporary Thai visual artist. His works are often site-specific installations with traditional Thai cultural influences. The art of Sakarin Krue-On involves a variety of approaches, from highly planned terraces based on traditional farming techniques to digital media installations. A key figure in establishing the media department at Silpakorn University, Thailand's premier training ground for artists and art historians, Krue-On was one of the seven representatives selected for the first-ever Thai Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), and he was the first Thai artist to participate in Documenta (2007). His Terraced Rice Field and Nang Fa (Angel), both site-specific installations at the 2007 Kassel exhibition, exemplify his interests in process art as well as traditional Thai painting. Similarly, Circle of Hope (2003), a single-screen video projection that depicts multiple images of a traditional Thai goddess in a rotating, pulsating circle of blue, pink, green, and purple concentric circles against a black background, is a compelling mix of technological imagery, somatic effect, and traditional Thai motifs.
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