Melancholic Trance at Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok (1992)

Melancholic Trance at Visual Dhamma Gallery

visual dhamma gallery
Front cover of brochure accompanying exhibition Melancholic Trance at Visual Dhamma Gallery (23 May - 30 June 1992).

The following Internet pages linked below show the text and images of the artist pages in the brochure accompany the exhibition Melancholic Trance organized by Alfred Pawlin at Visual Dhamma Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand in 1992. Below is the introduction in the brochure written by Alfred Pawlin.

The rapture of now

Art has been described as the tradition of the new. But what about the glories of the past? Can they be lost in the moment of trance forever? The teacher is not always right, and so a new space is opened for the young generation to experiment, question and fulfill what has been left out or left undone by artists who came before. If “Thai” means “free”, this is an event which deserves to be called “Thai”. But will it be understood? It does not matter as the trance is so wonderful to the one who experiences it; [those] opinions, interpretations and standards of value and market are of less importance. And this trance or rapture, induced by unknown inspirations, by awareness through careful analyses or by whatever means, is always at the core of art: being in the center of Now, understanding the various expressions of the past and aiming at the audience of the yet unmanifested future.

Installation, mixed media, fluxus, beyond the frame, virtual reality, video art, performance, sound sculpture, all these forms of expression do not belong to some esoteric [avant-garde] circles. They have become the mainstream and probably the most essential contributions to art in the second half of the 20th century. I am extremely happy that this group of young artists has understood [this]. The future belongs to them. I hope they might help you too to awaken to the trance of living in the present.

Bright moments,

ALFRED PAWLIN
Bangkok, May 1992


adool booncham art
Adool Booncham art: Stress & strain (1991). Mixed technique on zinc plate, 80 x 80 cm.

ADOOL BOONCHAM

BORN: 1970 in Nakhonrajchasima

EDUCATION: Currently 4th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:
(1991) “Bring the good things to life”, Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd.
(1992) Top award winner, the 14th Contemporary Art Competition


chatchawan nilsakul art
Chatchawan Nilsakul art: Record of life (1991). Mixed media, 80 x 150 cm.

CHATCHAWAN NILSAKUL

BORN: 1970 in Ayuttaya

EDUCATION: Currently 4th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1991) The 8th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists on the occasion of “Silpa Bhirasri Day”, Bangkok

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
I’d like to record my everyday life in the work that I present, instead of writing [words].


kade javanalikikorn art
Kade Javanalikikorn art: When the air got dirty and the sex got clean (c. 1992). Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 195 cm.

KADE JAVANALIKIKORN

BORN: 1961 in Bangkok

EDUCATION: BFA, North Texas State University, USA

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:
(1989) “From the outside looking in”, National Gallery, Bangkok
(1989) “10 Working Artists”, USIS Chiang Mai
(1990) Bangkok Fine Arts Center

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
The turtle and the rabbit are two animals that have different characteristics. From the old story, they raced each other to the finish line and the turtle won by a split second. The rabbit who can run very fast but took his time making a stop every time he saw something interesting. The turtle went very slow using up all his energy crossing the finish line without making any stops. He had not experienced anything on the way, so can we really say that the rabbit had lost?

In visual art, can we really say what is right and what is wrong? Are we really sure that all the theory we know and use can create great works of art? A good work of art cannot be created with only art theory. An artist needs to learn about himself and experience his surroundings. He must use his feelings and not just theories realising that there are many ways to solve the same problem.


kanchalee suksomran art
Kanchalee Suksomran art: The tender movement of transparent forms and structure in space (1992). Mixed media, 150 x 200 cm.

KANCHALEE SUKSOMRAN

BORN: 1969 in Nontaburee

EDUCATION: BFA (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1992) Graduation show, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University


montien boonma art
Montien Boonma art: The Annunciation (1991-92). Mixed media, dimensions variable.

MONTIEN BOONMA

BORN: 1953 in Bangkok

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1989
> “Story from the farm”, National Gallery, Bangkok

1990
> “THAIAHT” (“Thai-Thai”), National Gallery, Bangkok
> “Form and material”, Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok

1991
> “Montien Boonma, The Pagoda & Cosmos Drawn with Earth”, The Japan Foundation Asian Culture Center Gallery, Tokyo and at Mitsubishi-Jisho “Artium”, Fukuoka, Japan

1992
> “AUM”, Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok
> “ARTE AMAZONAS”, Goethe Institute, Bangkok

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1992) “ARTE AMAZONAS”, Museu de Janiero, Brazil.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
The “Spiritual Image” may be an abstract idea which performed or represented its image in various kinds of materials in different objects’ forms. In my works, I’d like to play with the functions and forms of these objects about the holy spirit.


navin rawanchaikul art
Navin Rawanchaikul art: Rawanchaikul 1991 (1991). Mixed technique on iron plate, 100 x 100 cm.

NAVIN RAWANCHAIKUL

BORN: 1971 in Chiang Mai

EDUCATION: Currently 4th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

1991
> Sapporo International Print Biennial, Sapporo, Japan
> The Exhibition of Modern Drawing by “Postline Group”, National Library, Chiang Mai

1992
> The 14th Contemporary Art Competition

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
Many things in this society have been [regulated] from the start to the end. Sometimes, we can neither ask the questions nor refuse the regulations. This is [the] basic concept of my work: to question and also to refuse those things which are in progress.


sakchai deethum art
Sakchai Deethum art: The real dream (1991). Mixed media, 6 m.

SAKCHAI DEETHUM

BORN: 1968 in Konkaen

EDUCATION: Currently 5th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

1991
> The Exhibition of Modern Drawing by “Postline Group”, National Library, Chiang Mai
> “Bring the good things to life” by Toshiba Thailand Co., Ltd.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
In the cold night
the night with the warmth
as the mother’s love

With the works
height, height
higher than any ants could reach
creating the difference in feeling


supachai satsara art
Supachai Satsara art: Waiting the better day (1992). Mixed media, 127 x 249 cm.

SUPACHAI SATSARA

BORN: 1968 in Ayuttaya

EDUCATION: Currently 5th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

1992
> Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition ’92, Japan
> “An ARXAEOLOGICAL DIG THAILAND”, Australia & Regional Artists Exchange (ARX’92)

1991
> Silpa Bhirasri Gold Medal Award, The 8th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists on the Occasion of Silpa Bhirasri Day

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
All things in the world have been developing very fast in terms of materialism. These developments effect both the good and bad. If we are concerned about human beings, they cannot be developed in the way of materialism. This expresses my feelings and concepts in art.


suriya meechai art
Suriya Meechai art: Vital form and structure in deterioration (1992). Steel, 200 x 200 cm.

SURIYA MEECHAI

BORN: 1968 in Nakonsritamarat

EDUCATION: BFA (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1992) Graduation show, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
I’m examining the change of living things—from start to end. This expresses my own feelings and concepts in art.


tawatchai punsawat art
Tawatchai Punsawat art: Roof and eaves (1991). Oil and plastic colour, 170 x 93 x 100 cm.

TAWATCHAI PUNSAWAT

BORN: 1971 in Bangkok

EDUCATION: Currently 4th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1991) The 15th Bualuang Exhibition of Painting

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
The relationship between the structure of the building and its shadow, which in two dimensions and three dimensions inspire me to express my feeling and concept in art.


tawatchai hongpaeng art
Tawatchai Hongpaeng art: Negative & positive (1992). Mixed media, 90 x 150 cm.

TAWATCHAI HONGPAENG

BORN: 1968 in Luay

EDUCATION: BFA Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

1990
> 2nd Prize, Silver Medal (Sculpture), The 36th National Exhibition of Art

1991
> Award Winner, The 13th Contemporary Art Competition
> 2nd Prize, Silver Medal (Sculpture), The 37th National Exhibition of Art

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
The present problems in this society made me feel tension. But they also inspire me in my art in which I use materials that have both function and meaning relating to my own feelings.


udom chimpuckdee art
Udom Chimpuckdee art: Record of rolling (1991). Mixed media, 133 x 153 cm.

UDOM CHIMPUCKDEE

BORN: 1969 in Surattanee

EDUCATION: Currently 4th year student, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University

RECENT EXHIBITION:
(1989-91) The 1st-3rd exhibition of art by the students of Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
“Artist tools” are used as equipment for representing artists’ imaginations. But for me their forms and functions play the most important parts of work and directly express the artist’s imagination.