Time: April 11, 2011 to April 18, 2011
Location: Whitespace Gallery
Street: Room 260 / Floor 2 Lock 16 Siam Square Soi 3 Rama 1 Road., Pathumwan
Website or Map: http://www.whitesp-ce.com
Phone: 02 252 2900
Event Type: art, exhibition, painting
Latest Activity: Apr 12, 2011
Event: Art Exhibition: Sound of Silence
Venue: V9 Wine and Dining
37th floor, Sofitel Bangkok Silom
Dates: Now – April 18th, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm. - 2:00 am.
Artist: Sujin Watanawongchai
Sujin Watanawongchai is a 41-year-old Thai artist, graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, with a BA in Art Education and a postgraduate of Fort Hays State University, USA, with a MFA in Fine Art, spent 5 years in New York City to study for a Master Degree while holding art exhibitions there. He has been invited as an art instructor in various universities such as Silpakorn University International College, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Assumption University.
For "Sound of Silence" – his latest solo exhibition in Bangkok - Sujin offers 10 paintings of vivid colours, inspired by text of both languages, Thai and English; which combine all kind of media that the audience can experience in its everyday life, such as billboard, newspaper and TV.
Sujin has always been interested in all elements composing his environment, ranging from small details of his routine life experiences to big images or the impact of the sound that leave him to question himself on different issues. One of his significant inspirations came from the monks chanting, something he witnesses on a daily basis that is also one of his favourite activities. Surprisingly, the chanting of the monks has been around for thousands of years but it still perfectly fits into our contemporary society and era.
“I was inspired by the Thai language and Bali Sanskrit’s sound that the Thai monks use when chanting”, said Sujin. The Bali Sanskrit chanting is the heart and soul of Buddhism. Instead of painting a picture of the Lord Buddha in a various different poses, I chose the most popular chants to stencil onto the canvas. The process of making art becomes then a meditation exercise as I work from one painting to another in pure sensation of calmness and voidness.