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The Jim Thompson Art Center in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, Thailand, is proud to present Xawery Wolski’s Asian debut exhibition: ‘Into An Empty Sky’. The Polish sculptor who is based in Mexico City and New York creates works which are primarily concerned with timelessness and infinity. Taking into consideration cultural, historical, symbolic and philosophical factors, the artist builds layers of meanings based on both the past and present. He expresses these as geological structures forming essential compositions in space. Coming from a Judeo-Christian tradition, with a background enriched by pre-Columbian influences, Wolski who articulates his concepts in contemporary language, came to Thailand to enrich his sculptural vocabulary.

His work emerges as homage to and in gratitude for the inspirational gifts of many anonymous artists-magicians. The aim of this project is to build a bridge between past culture and the conceptualization and practices of contemporary art, thus creating a new link with the hope that the dialogue will continue over time so that new configurations can be found.

Wolski said about his exhibition at the Jim Thompson Art Center: “I would like to propose a small selection of works that have been created in Mexico and New York and juxtapose them with new works created during my stay in Thailand. By doing so, I will thus achieve a parallel departure point for the project. This provides a new perspective to this body of work involving different cultural contexts and will hopefully open a new dialogue between two inspirational sources, distant in terms of geography, but having a great deal in common in the area of anthropology and the use of sculptural materials and their functions. The work is intended to convey additional meaning to a location that is historically understood as one of the world’s most important centers of textile design, especially silk. This country is simultaneously contemporary and historical, and consciously carries the heritage of past generations.”

Upon the invitation of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation, Xawery Wolski became an artist in residence at the Art Center for one month. After visiting and conducting research in Bangkok, Nakhon Rachasima, Ratchaburi and Chiang Mai, he started to develop a new series of works including textile-based pieces using materials from the Jim Thompson factory in Pak Thong Chai, and ceramic and bronze sculptures created at various local kilns and foundries.

He referred to his trip in the following terms, “Textile heritage is an important part of Thai culture and is the most significant source of inspiration in my project. Textiles are often neglected and forgotten by countries which have had equally great achievements in the area of textiles the past. Here they are still alive and evolving, and have thus had a decisive influence on the choice of materials and motives for artwork. The silent, almost mute, laborious, repetitive, anonymous, time consuming process of weaving has run its course through generations. The art of weaving has had an influence on the choice of form and composition of my new sculptures as well as the way they will be displayed in the gallery space.”

This exhibition and special events are made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Mexico and the Mexican Embassy, Thailand, and the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.

About Xawery Wolski
Xawery Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1960. In the 1980s, he went to France to study visual arts at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, and later attended the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques, Paris. His works were included in group exhibitions such as ELAC, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France (acquisition) (1992); ‘Mostra da Gravura’, Museo Municipal de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil (1995); CAAM, Canary Islands, IVAM, Valencia, Spain; Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France; ‘Spring Selections’, The Drawing Center, New York, USA; FNAC, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca, Mexico; Museo de Osma, Lima, Peru (1996); Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, Festival del Centro Histórico, Mexico D.F., Mexico (1998); Escultura Mexicana de la Academia a la Instalación, Museo de Bellas Artes, Mexico (2001); ’The Drawing Center 25th Anniversary Benefit Selections Exhibition’, New York, U.S. (2002); ‘Poza’, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (2006); Espai2nou2, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain (2007).

Solo exhibitions include Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru (1996); ‘Humus’, Arthobler Gallery, Porto, Portugal, ‘Tattoo’, Galeria Pokaz, Warsaw, Poland, ‘Dust’, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2003 ‘Light, Body, Matter,’ Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Puebla, Mexico (2002); ‘Dust’, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles, Ca., U.S.A., (2004); Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2005); ‘Time, Here and There’, Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2006). Private and public collections include FNAC, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca, Mexico. The artist currently lives and works in New York and Mexico City.

For more information please contact:
Khun Penwadee Nophaket Manont
Exhibition Coordinator
Tel : 02-612-6741, 02-219-2911
E-mail: penwadee@jimthompsonhouse.com or artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com

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