22 – 31 January 2021
Tanjong Pagar Distripark


Udomsak Krisanamis

Acrylic and collage on canvas
107 x 64 x 3 cm

Caravan was shown at Mori Art Museum’s “Sun Shower” exhibition in 2017. It is on a bamboo sheet collaged and painted with acrylic. Since his very first solo exhibition in 1996, Krisanamis has been using found materials such as bed-sheet, towels, styrofoams, instead of canvases to create his abstract paintings. The collages are often newspapers and or prints of his invitation cards recycled. The letters of O, P, Q, 6, 8, 9’s are painted with their circles (zeroes) left. Zeroes have always represented everything and nothing to him. Often one will see many zeroes floating on the surface of his work. Colours, circles and lines come together in his works, like jazz music. Krisanamis call his way of working improvisation. Rhythms and stops only happen once.

About the Artist

Udomsak Krisanamis' practice has long been characterised by his specific use of collage, creating obsessive patterns made from newspaper, noodles, cellophane and paint. Over the past two decades Krisanamis' work has maintained a distinct formal and conceptual clarity, offering a unique experimentation with the well-worn territories of the grid. While his paintings refuse to adhere to any particular context or obvious narrative, his imagery has undergone certain key transitions.

Earlier paintings comprise of densely layered textured grids that resemble stellar landscapes, satellite imagery, twinkling cityscapes and blinking digital universes. Viewed in detail, these works shift between the worldly and otherworldly, the sublime and the everyday. More recently, this intricate detail has been replaced by bold, reductive statements of monochrome colours such as hazard orange and fluorescent yellow, the surface of which is built up from wedges of found material embedded between layers of acrylic paint and paper.

Born and currently working in Bangkok, Krisanamis studied at Chulaongkorn University, Bangkok and the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2016; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, 2007, 2012; Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, 2011; VER Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, 2006; Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan, 2005; Giti Nourbakhsch Gallery, Berlin, 2004; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2003; Wexner Centre for the Arts, Columbus, 2000 and Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1999. His work has also been included in several group exhibitions at venues such as the Bangkok Art And Culture Center, 2012, 2014; CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, 2011; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, 2008; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2003; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2001 and Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1999.

Udomsak Krisanamis will be presenting his works at Gallery Side 2.