Thai artist Thaweesak Srithongdee presented his recent works in a solo show titled LOOP. The series of huge acrylic on canvas paintings depicting doll-like figures in nude ‘clothing’ is accompanied with a couple of drawings on paper and a video of the artist’s traveling band.
Srithongdee, whose work was also part of Jakarta Biennale XIII in 2009, explores the notion of famous individuals, particularly in the international music industry and how he as the artist sees them. This also becomes a reflection on the perception towards these figures, many seem to have become irrelevant and ‘dead’ in people’s memory and experiences.
The figures found in his works depict a lifeless blown up barbie-like dolls, unrealistic but tempting at the same time. They are as if staring blankly into the audience, a rather contrasting exchange from which the viewers may be viewing in fascination.
LOOP summarizes the cycle of life in commonplace and banality. Questioning the degree of importance of role and the position of music heroes in life, Srithongdee challenges viewers to confront their favorite artiste (if included in his paintings, which ranging from James Dean, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, etc) on an intimidating scale.
LOOP runs from 5 March to 17 April 2011 at Yavuz Fine Art. Check out more about the exhibition here. The artist has also designed and the catalogues, which is edition-ed of 600 which are free for collection at the gallery.