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OBJECTIVE

Latthapon Korkaitarkul and Phornphop Sittiruk

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OBJECTIVE

Time & Location

29 ก.ย. 2562 18:00 – 17 พ.ย. 2562 19:00

1PROJECTS, Soi 28, Charoen Krung Road, 672/63 ถนน เจริญกรุง, แขวง บางรัก เขตบางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500, Thailand

About The Event

A duo exhibition by Latthapon Korkaitarkul and Phornphop Sittiruk

Opening reception: 29 September 2019 at 6-9pm

Exhibition: 30 September - 17 November 2019

Known for their use of everyday objects as the mediums of storytelling, Phornphop Sittiruk and Latthapon Korkiatarkul transport their artistic expressions with object as ordinary as ‘stone’ for their exhibition, ‘Objective’. Their artistic language evolves from the process that does not only change the materiality of an ‘object’ and ‘material’ but also its meaning. Through their own artistic processes, Sittiruk and Korkiatarkul embark upon endless experimentation, research and exploration for new creative possibilities.  

Korkiatarkul’s use of stone as the primary object takes the inspiration from Gliding Between The Vase Space, 2018, the series the artist created during his time as artist-in-residence at A. Farm Residency, in Vietnam last year. During his journey to different places in Hồ Chí Minh City, the artist picked up a number of stones and concrete scraps from debris of buildings demolished as a result of urban development. He took the salvaged materials back to his accommodation and through his own work process (transforming the materials’ physical qualities and giving them new meanings). With the originality of the material still being used as a point of reference, Korkiatarkul preserves the stones’ original appearance as much as possible. Nevertheless, defining them as ready-made or found object may not be as important as the objects’ ability to communicate stories.

With ‘Objective’, Korkiatarkul gets rid of the context surrounding to the works from the original series. He went out to find a new collection of stones and co-develop them with Sittiruk, who selected a number of Korkiatarkul’s salvaged stones and created their replicas using plaster casting mold. Sittiruk pays particular interest to the reproduction process and the regenerated value of the reproduced objects. In the exhibition ‘Two men look out through the same bars: ​one sees the mud, and one the star’ (2016) held at the Art Centre Silpakorn University (Wang Tha Phra), Sittiruk reproduced 24 new vases from one broken vase for the work titled Time & Accident, 2016. He questions the belief that the reproduction process destroys the value of the original, asking if the original object is incomplete (broken), would the reproduction ends up creating a mass amount of imperfection. 

While the primary subject of his work is about creating a replica, the concept, which is similar to that of Korkiatarkul’s work, Sittiruk does not intend to recreate Korkiatarkul’s direct experience with the original objects through the casting process. The method in which Sittiruk utilizes when he works with these objects is basically a linkage, serving as the objective of the reproduction itself. It causes the original meanings created by Korkiatarkul to disappear and makes ways for the new meanings that Sittiruk gives to the objects to emerge. In this sense, the final forms of the stones end up being highly similar. Nevertheless, the thought and production process carried out with the primary objects (stones) by the two artists are completely different. 

While the physical qualities of stones are strong and durable, Korkiatarkul and Sittiruk’ stones seem so weak and fragile to the point where they are protected by glass cabinets (although the glass cabinets could simply be used to prevent viewers from snatching the exhibited objects home without permission). In the midst of tens of stones of various forms being displayed, viewers could not help but scan the exhibited objects to find out who are their creators. In the meantime, they couldn’t help but question, ‘Why stones? ‘What are the significances of these particular stones?’ But are these questions worth contemplating when there are things such as the fac