Bangkok, 20 June, 2018 – 100 Tonson Gallery has announced “There are More Monsoon Songs Elsewhere” by Dusadee Huntrakul. The exhibition features works on paper, found photographs and special installation by the artist in collaboration with Naroot Pitisongswat of Flo Furniture.
“There are More Monsoon Songs Elsewhere” (2018) is a series of hyper-real drawings of prehistoric Ban Chiang bracelets that dated back 3,000 years ago. The original bracelets are now in the collection of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angeles.
These prehistoric Ban Chiang artefacts were accidentally found by an American student who were researching for his senior thesis during the summer of 1966 in the northeastern part of Thailand. This discovery was considered to be a major breakthrough in Southeast Asian archaeology as it predicated Southeast Asian as an autonomous Bronze Age that weren’t owed its metallurgy advancement from its neighbouring countries like India and China.
Even though the artefacts has been surfaced before but it was brought to attention by the help of the United States government which led to major archaeological excavations of the site and further studies, however this could be seen as a Post-Vietnam by-product of US imperialism as well as to serve their geopolitical agenda of replacing Indochina governments with liberal democracies to win against the inﬂuence of communism.
Along with the drawings of Ban Chiang bracelets and bangles, Dusadee also presents a series of photographs “Artifacts” (2007) of which he accidentally found in a drawer of an old cabinet in a thrift store on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The photographs depict women leisurely laid on the beach in their bikinis captured by then periodic gaze of technology and its bearer. While the identity of these women remained unclear but together with the prehistoric bracelets, evoke the sense of its wearer and perhaps mirroring simultaneously a parallel egalitarian lives with leisurelaced capitalism of both ancient and recent where they can all be envisioned as skilled huntergatherers, taxpayers, and both actively participated.
In this exhibition Dusadee also present his new ceramic pieces with sculpture installation designed by Naroot Pitisongswat of Flo Furniture. Dusadee came across Flo’s famous design “Dinsor (pencil)” which structurally composed of hexagon wood proﬁles that resembles pencils, a tool used for drawing, something fundamentally accessible and protean. As a cross-over between designed object and sculpture, Niroot offers visions of living and theatric of lives both inside and outside. When as Dusadee’s ceramic works, as the artist stated “I make objects to remember the lives of those around me and clay has potential to open up how becoming addresses its materiality, economy, technology of the making. With hand built ﬁgurines, I want to suggest that information and empathy can be realised through represented touch”
About Dusadee Huntrakul
Dusadee Huntrakul (b.1978, Bangkok) Lives and works in Bangkok. He received his MFA from University of California Berkley in 2013. His solo exhibition has been held at Chulalongkorn Art Center in Thailand, Chan+ Hori Contemporary in Singapore and selected as a part of Brandnew Art Project, Thailand. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Mori Art Museum, Japan (2017); Oakland Art Museum co-organized by SFMOMA, USA (2014); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2013); ICA Lasalle organised by Palais de Tokyo in Singapore (2015) Berkley Art Museum, USA (2013) and the ﬁrst edition of Thailand Biennale (upcoming)