Sense of belonging, sense of home, sometimes can be alienated. Some people spend their lifetime searching for a place they could call home, a peace of mind. Some people found what they think is a home, but never feel they belong. In another context home may not be a place, it can be a person, another being, an object, or merely a touch. This exhibition, Across the Universe (Close to You) features works by three artists in which their works takes us to tranquility of our imagination. Home is within us, we can be across the universe but also close to what is dear to us.
Nonthaporn (Pulp) Ketmanee AKA Code Monet has one foot as a creative director in advertising, another foot she steps into AI-coding that transform images into another form of artistic images. Style of her oeuvres are inspired by Claude Monet’s aesthetic; nature, color, and feeling, with a glimpse of dreaminess. Across the Universe (Close to You) shows two out of three series Code Monet has been making, ‘Madness of the Day’ and ‘Mind Travel’. Both series carry out the idea of separation between physical and mental spaces, yet, they also contradict to one another. ‘Madness of the Day’ focuses on her present. This series offer her moment of each day. Most of the days, she finds time to pay attention to herself, and during that time, she code-writes her minds, thoughts, fragments of images inside her head. Whereas, ‘Mind Travel’ takes the artist to her past, introducing audiences to traces of where she was but in perspectives that has been through her own artistic practice like coding. Artworks present through her coding resemble sophisticate abstract painting. Her working process itself is somehow therapeutic, by writing codes, she defragments herself as well as reconstruction images before her.
Painterly landscape paintings by Arissara Kruewan convey perplexing impressions. Her interest lies with abstraction. As of, she tends to communicate what she sees with her own eyes with deepest of her then-current sensations. Kruewan is an emerging artist who always in search of her consciousness. She paints on layer on top of another and another until she is indulged. To her, there isn’t one emotion, one feeling, one understanding; everything is complicated, but that is what makes us humans - how we know we are, what we are. Presenting in Across the Universe (Close to You), selected landscape oil on canvases do not specify where the sceneries take place, for that, paintings speak to everybody’s experiences. Nature is home, has always been everyone’s home. When one cannot find where one belong, just close the eyes, imagine the most beautiful landscape there is. The visions might be blurry like these paintings, but that’s where the comfort zone is, where one is supposed to be, or sometimes escaped to. The home is not far, it just needs recognition in oneself to fine it.
‘The Backbone of Night’ in ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’ by Carl Sagan is an inspiration to Kornpat Kotchabhakdi’s series of paintings with the same name. Artist draws on the content of this documentary about the world, the galaxy, the universe and interpret in his own way together with his curiosity. Kotchabhakdi’s paintings are his versions of present cosmology, things he could see as well as things in his imagination and beyond. Kotchabhakdi doubts if one day the earth as our now home can be expanded into the somewhere in the sky, beyond as far as eyes can see. Across the Universe (Close to You) in context of Kotchabhakdi’s painting implies possibility of human’s places outside the earth, will people find where they belong easier if the space is bigger? Of course, fascination of the space is undreamed of for most people, and that great distance is what bring people closer together, yet sometimes further away, or sometimes, that distance may not be far enough. The reachable distance may carry people to be content with their places on earth, but some people may always yearn for the beyond. ‘The Backbone of Night’ by Kornpat Kotchabhakdi takes viewers to unimaginable’s home, or that one can find happiness to be home
in this world.
Title of this exhibition, Across the Universe (Close to You) comes from titles of two songs; ‘Across the Universe’ by the Beetles, 1969, and ‘Close to You’ by the Carpenter, 1970. Listen to both songs, experience these works. Find your sense of self; a comfort space, in your own mind.
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