20.4.07

Tropical Paradise G929


The second installment of the Tropical Paradise series was done for NumThong Gallery's 4 Young Contemporaries. Spent a week in Bangkok installing this piece, with the help of a very good friend, Wasan Riaoklang. I had such fun doing this, and I am very pleased with the result. I suppose (like in all of my previous works) there are always details I wish I could change, but that is the lesson I am learning: decisions have to be made, and you just have to live with the results. Live and learn, I suppose.

For those who might not be familiar with Thai imageries; the design consists of Muay Thai boxers,elephants, Buddah, Thai architecture (Sala Thai), Thai angels (or u might recognise them as dancers) and Red Bull (yes. its from Thailand). *and tuktuks - but i think its quite hidden.

While visiting the temples in Bangkok, I realised that Thailand has a very long history in wallpaper designs. There is even an entire room in the Grand Palace that is HANDPAINTED WALLPAPER! amazing! i admire Thai craftmanship, and there is no way I will ever be able to match that. But I suppose this work is not about that. Its graffitti/stenciling. Its about speed. Its about convenience. Issues that are so relevant to contemporary urban living.

But to be honest, I am quite tired of this series. At the moment, I am preparing for the third installment of this series here in Singapore (wish me luck!) Like I've said after the first Tropical Paradise AG32; I really don't know how much further I can stretch this series. It is time to move on.......but I hope you'll enjoy this piece as much as I did making it.









1 comment:

Elia said...

People should read this.