Pinaree Sanpitak: Paper Traces and Flying Cubes
Nov.19 - Dec.12, 2010
Art-U room is pleased to present the third solo exhibition in Tokyo by the leading Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak.
Sanpitak’s body of work has seen its gentle and multi-layered development over twenty years along the axis of the ‘female body’. Her iconic leitmotif of the ‘breast’ has engendered a fertile system of symbols by transforming itself into stupas (Buddhist shrines), vessels, containers, boats and clouds. She creates these images through a wide range of media – painting on canvas, sculptural installation works in textile, ceramic, cast metal, glass, extending to a collaborative culinary project. Sanpitak’s creation has constantly explored our primordial physical consciousness through different sensory interactions.
This exhibition, ‘Paper Traces and Flying Cubes’, consists of two series of works; her most recent drawings on paper and rattan sculptures.
Sanpitak states ‘ These works were done during an unsettling time, both from within and from my surroundings. I made these works while quietly observing and trying to make sense. I still am not able to grasp a total understanding but at least they have got me grounded once again and that is probably my best bet to offer.'
That is to say drawing would be deemed her most intimate way of expression that traces subtle undulation of her present state. As to ‘Flying Cubes’, Sanpitak found its original form in 'origami' in a restaurant during one of her previous visits to Tokyo. Later she adapted its intriguing shape for sculpture, without forgetting to add her generous sense of humor to it.
● Opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 12:00-19:00. Sun.12:00-17:00. / closed on Mon.
● Reception with the artist : November 19th, 18:30 - 20:30
JP / ENG
Introduction by Pinaree Sanpitak
I have been leaving traces, some tangible, some not. They are connected. They are evolving. Why I keep on doing it is because I believe they can leave an impression. They can make a difference however concrete or abstract.
These works were done during an unsettling time, both from within and from my surroundings. I made these works while quietly observing and trying to make sense. I still am not able to grasp a total understanding but at least they have got me grounded once again and that is probably my best bet to offer.
A few years back I became intrigued by an origami shape of these cubes with wings that I now call “Flying Cubes”. They were sitting on the counter at a restaurant in Tokyo and the restaurant owner gave my son and me one each as a souvenir. There was so much to see and feel from the shape of this simple folded piece of paper. Finally I am able to release them.
A time, which I feel I can contribute, share and still be hopeful.