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Warin Lab Contemporary
One Generation Plants the Trees, Another Gets the Shade
Artist: Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon
Curator: Angkrit Atchariyasophon
Warin Lab Contemporary
15 July – 15 September 2021
Warin Lab Contemporary is pleased to announce a new art exhibition titled “One Generation Plants the Trees, Another Gets the Shade,” by a Chiangmai based artist, Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon.
Taken from a Chinese proverb, “One Generation Plants the Trees, Another Gets the Shade,” captures the topical issue of air pollution resulting from Thaiwijit’s first hand experience as a resident in the North of Thailand where smog from farmland burning filled the air at certain times of the year. The exhibition also incorporates Thaiwijit’s interest in scrap materials, while repurposing them he also gives a new meaning to these materials in his work.
In the exhibition, a variety of media including paintings, sculptures, and installation art occupy the gallery space housed in a 100-year old former residence of a Thai conservationist, Dr. Boonsong Lekagul, located in O.P. Garden, Soi Charoenkrung 36.
When one thinks of Thaiwijit’s style, the genre of ‘abstract expressionism’ comes to mind. The distinctive rhythm of colors, lines, shapes and compositions creates spontaneity, aesthetics, and freedom of expression – all of which points to the language of modernism. Apart from his remarkable abstract paintings, Thaiwijit also experiments in 3 dimensional artwork with functional usage or so called ‘a functional design of sculpture.’
In “One Generation Plants the Trees, Another Gets the Shade” Thaiwijit continues to incorporate disposed materials in his art creation. He uses cardboard paper from air conditioner boxes to create a series of posters campaigning for the end of agricultural burning in open spaces. Through his figurative functional sculpture, he suggests that individuals can eliminate household pollution by storing dry leaves instead of burning them. He reminds viewers of a day of fresh air through his landscape painting accompanied by the song ‘Blowing in the Wind.’
The exhibition “One Generation Plants the Trees, Another Gets the Shade” presents a hypothesis of the root cause of the air pollution issue in the Northern part of Thailand. Inevitably, the critical issue lies in humankind’s consumption habits which cannot be resolved by art or a single person. This exhibition attempts to shed light on the issue through art created by the artist who is a victim of poor air quality.
About the artist
Born in 1959 in Pattani province, Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He obtained a bachelor’s degree (Graphic Arts) from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University in 1984, before pursuing his study in graphic arts at Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland in 1985.
Thaiwijit earns his reputation from his abstract expressionism with outstanding compositions and color applications. He loves to experiment with different materials to create a unique style of art. Thaiwijit had several group and solo exhibitions in Thailand and overseas. His artwork was part of Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 displayed at The Parq Building, Bangkok.
The exhibition is on view from 15 July to 15 September 2021 at Warin Lab Contemporary, located at the O.P. Garden, Soi Charoenkrung 36. Opening hours – Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 – 19.30 hrs.
Tree of Life, plant in mixed media crafted pot, 19 x 22 x 53 cm
Real Fine (1), framed painting on cardboard, 119 x 88 cm
Real Fine (2), framed painting on cardboard, 93 x 74 cm
Blowing in the Wind, painting on cardboard and used rug, 229 x 167 cm