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Endless Boundaries

Dhanut Tungsuwan

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size of work: 160 x 120 cm

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To me, rockets represent hope, imagination and speculative futures. They represent vessels that thrusts us towards the future. They represent the peak of human ingenuity and collaboration. They are powerful objects that are a testament and continuation of the human tradition of exploring and discovery. They’re objects of celebration and are also in some way objects of the sublime. Delivering similar feelings felt by humans once an upon time ago whilst staring out and vast mountainous landscapes or when witnessing natural phenomena. However, where there’s light there must also be shadows. I also think about the inconceivable amounts of resources required to fund this undertaking of exploration and whether that’s really important in the world today. Is NASA’s achievement really all of ours. I can’t help but also think about the parallels that this notion has with the economic structures of many countries in the world where the top end get to pull off extraordinary feats of ‘scientific progression’ while many struggle to get by. As well as a vessel towards to future, they are also vessels of escape and forfeit.

About the Artist

Born in 1994 in Bangkok / Lives and works in Bangkok and London. 

Dhanut Tungsuwan has an incessant love for science-fiction films with a distinctive atmosphere and escapade engrossing him while watching such a form of art. The experience manifests in his anecdotal paintings which may recall sunken memories. Dhanut’s subject matter is also drawn from his life in the era of over-saturated information which he acquired sources in making his paintings. The outcome is a juxtaposition of familiar and outlandish images traversing times and spaces.