Apr 23 - Jun 19, 2022
All images courtesy of Gallery VER
Humankind always asks about the perfection of life. Religious beliefs, society values, exalt us to be the perfect creation, higher than the rest of all species, applying different rules. Some may say that we were created by God. Some may even say we came from Mars or Venus. This concept can cause a tragic world war, a holocaust, inhumanly treating each other, racism. But only it was challenged by the fact that life is life. Nothing is higher or lower. Every life is connected with nature’s law, not the perfection we always seek for.
GOLEM2022-Uncanny is a solo exhibition by Ruangsak Anuwatwimon which is a continuation of GOLEM2022-Embodying the Monster at SAC Gallery. The exhibition takes inspiration from the legend of the golem, a mythical creature in Jewish folklore made of clay, animating with magic or holy spell to protect and support the pure desire of the maker. The golem has appeared in many works of oral literature, legends, and mythologies from different areas and stories. However, the concurrence from all stories is the description of appearance; a human-like figure with stronger physical abilities is better than mortal humans, and the maker can still deform the golem to the original material when it is out of control, reflecting the law of creation and destruction.
The exhibition at Gallery VER will consist of four performances spanning the length of the exhibition. Each performance is an assembly of art pieces created from the ashes of different species of animals and plants to form human anatomy by performers from different fields of work.
Edited excerpt from text by Chol Janepraphaphan and Nattanon and Nattanon Dungsunenarn.
Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (b. 1975, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand) focuses his practice on the idea of spirituality and superstitions as a set of rules and governing power. Ruangsak Anuwatwimon’s almost apostolic approach in his preparation of materials is reminiscent of human crematory rituals.