Named as "Young Artist of the Year" in 1987 by Silpakorn University, Kamin Lertchaiprasert went on to become one of the few Southeast Asian artists invited to the prestigious 50th Venice Biennale 2003.
For his first solo show in Kuala Lumpur, Kamin Lertchaiprasert will be exhibiting a series of large sculptures and woodcut prints. These works were inspired by the charcoal drawings the artist made after his meditation session, each day, during 2004. Thus in each piece, the figure(s) is seated in contemplation, and the given title refers to the date and subject of the meditation. '9-2-04, The more you keep, the more you suffer, if you don't let go' , '23-3-04, Contributing is the heart of the community' are some of the works to be shown here in Kuala Lumpur after having toured Bangkok University Gallery and Art-U Room in Tokyo. At the end of Kamin Lertchaiprasert's long personal and spiritual journey, are artworks and words that are worthwhile for everyone to look and ponder upon…sitting.
Brief artist profile:
Kamin Lertchaiprasert (b. 1964) was trained at College of Fine Arts, Bangkok from 1978-81 and received a BFA in Printmaking from Silpakorn University Bangkok in 1987. Upon completing his degree, Kamin spent several years working between Bangkok and New York until his permanent return to Thailand in 1992. Working in a wide range of media such as drawing, etching, painting, photography and with installation art; the impetus in Kamin's work lies in his question of the role of art in society. So profoundly affected by Daoist and Buddhist philosophy, it led him to seek answers in a monastery for a period of time in 1990. His art is closely related to his lived experience. Drawing on personal history, ideas and beliefs, his artistic process weaves his philosophy and practice to a degree where art and life become inseparable. Kamin has been exhibiting actively in Thailand since the early 1990's with 17 solo exhibitions thus far. His works have represented Thailand at many international art exhibitions such as, The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland, Australia in 1996, 50th International Venice Biennale in 2003 and " Identities Vs. Globalization?" Dahlem Museum, Berlin.
Kamin Lertchaiprasert's solo exhibition will be open to the public from 10 March till 2 April 2005 at Valentine Willie Fine Art, 1st Floor No. 17, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur 59100.
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