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I remember

Pattara Chanruechachai

Medium: Series of 20 charcoal drawings on newspaper
Size of work: 38 x 58 cm (each)

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Piyarat Piyapongwiwat and Pattara Chanruechachai both are a newer generation of Thai artists working in mediums that address their contemporary conditions, in texture and imagery, they find and refine their relationship to a world order, and question their existence within. Pattara’s chiaroscuro from his memory of the Luna landing, faintly moves over the underlying news of today’s apocalyptic malaise. How that faint memory of man’s great achievement needs a rethinking today. Piyarat draws from the same anxiety, questioning the privilege, we as mankind have been floating on, and asking, “where do we go from here”, with all advancement just fulfilling uncontested capitalism, where the developments of technologies and interconnected networks accommodate different forms of free market. Piyarat and Pattara, in their own methodology bring us both poetry and ennui, in both their artistic expressions asking us, the viewer, (do we dream under the same sky)?

About the Artist

Pattara Chanruechachai (b. 1971, Bangkok, TH) focuses on perception, visible truths, appearance, disappearance, and past and current issues. His work deals with renditions in photographic imagery, sculpture and installation as ways of transmitting ideas across boundaries. Chanruechachai explores and revisits memories through fragments of forgotten knowledge to create narratives that allow us to be a part of their construction. He has presented works in international group exhibitions including I know you, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); Safe Place in the Future (?) Dystopia Now Utopia Never, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2013); Temporary Storage, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok (2012); Asia Contemporary Art Project: City net Asia 2011, Seoul (2011); Bangkok Density, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence (2011); Fifteen, Collectif Nai Art Contemporain, Chateaulin (2008); Belief, Singapore Biennale, Tanglin Camp (2006).