Chitti Kasemkitvatana would like to dedicate this exhibition to his beloved teacher, Aleks Danko. Without him there would never be Chitti Kasemkitvatana as an artist. Danko is his first sculpture teacher at Swinbourne University, TAFE, Prahran campus, in Melbourne, 1992.
(This Exhibition responds to Aleks Danko’s installation piece entitled HEARTACHE AMID ABSTRACTION (For Chitti Kasemkitvatana), exhibited at Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, 2009.
MISSION / PROCESS
In this exhibition Kasemkitvatana wishes to respond to inquiries on his art practice, as an artist and curator, in relation to his practice as a Buddhist monk.
Essences and ideas of various pieces produced during 1992 – 2000 will be transmitted and given other forms. It’s not his intention to duplicate works from the past. He would rather work with ideas and experiences accumulated through years in both the arts and monkshood. The outcome of this approach will be the crystallization of artistic and spiritual life.
He believes what we have done in life is our own approach to spiritual construction. In fact, he feels there is no boundary between artistic and spiritual lives. If there is a boundary, that boundary is porous.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chitti Kasemkitvatana was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his B.A. in Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. From 1995 - 2001, He became actively involved in Bangkok art scene as artist, curator at About Studio/About Cafe, visiting lecturer, and co-editor of Ver magazine.
Kasemkitvatana’s solo exhibitions include Touch the Ground, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand (2000); when two become one / when 2 become 1, About Studio/About Café, Bangkok, Thailand (1997) and [ ... ], The Bangkok Playhouse, Bangkok, Thailand (1996).
Group exhibitions include With (in), Art In general, New York (2002), Alter Ego, Thai – EU Contemporary Art Project, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (1999); A Step Before…Blissful Retreat, Moulden Art Project (MAP), Moulden, NT, Australia (1999); Cities on the Move, which traveled to Succession, Vienna, Austria, Musee d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and Hayward Gallery, London, England (1997-99); and Do It: Thai Version, Bangkok University Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (1996). From 2003 - 2010, Kasemkitvatana left Bangkok to join a Thai Buddhist monastery in Northern Thailand. He is now an independent curator and artist based in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2011, Chitti Kasemkitvatana received a grant from About Art Foundation,Thailand.
Artist Talk by Chitti Kasemkitvatana and his guests (to be announced)
(* Discussion will be in Thai, with English summary)
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: from 6.00-8.00 pm.
At William Warren Library
(* 4th floor, Henry B. Thompson building, BTS: National Stadium)
For more information, please contact:
The Jim Thompson Art Center
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