‘OBLIVION’ by Arin Rungjang – Nova Contemporary


Nova Contemporary

Oct 28, 2021 - Feb 05, 2022

All images courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary

Nova Contemporary dedicates exclusively to the solo exhibition of Arin Rungjang. Oblivion, a site-specific exhibition, brings together the video, installation, and paintings to physicalize the metaphysical existence of being and the state of nothingness and its relations to the inherent desire and freedom. Through the memories of King Rama VI, the uncle miner, and himself, Arin Rungjang creates the space of becoming, reflecting the universality of the human's emotions, regardless of the social identities, a situation of the encounter of equals. 

The loss of his sister and the drastic limitations of individual freedom during the age of deprivation is the nexus of Arin Rungjang's new series of works. These experiences drive Rungjang's desire to reconfigure, reframe, and re-establish the subject/object, space / time, material / immaterial, and the senses/perception. Oblivion is a search of self and the other, of the becoming, return, and its de-subjugation.

In Oblivion, Arin Rungjang deploys the radical subjectivities, deliberates the nothingness, and sublimates the narratives. He expands his artistic practice of revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across time, places, and language to tap the psychological aspects of humanity as history. To materialise the existence of being, Rungjang orchestrates Oblivion in making of a multi-sensory discourse to ignite the non-optical senses: the smell of perfume of his late sister and the iron ores, natural earthy textures of the paintings, abstract form of the installation, and participatory sound initiated by viewers from the piano. He purposively silences the narratives to initiate the nothingness allowing viewers to be surrounded and evocative by their sensations and memories. The open-end structure in Oblivion enables the viewers to instill their interpretations, to reach the augment of the existence of the being. Through these apparatuses, Arin tries to negotiate space for the arbitrary/the otherness. In the end, the viewer experiences the self-becoming into a new self, the process of freedom, free from the past apparitions. 

Arin Rungjang instruments the olfactory sensorium in Oblivion to conjoin the immateriality of memories and the materiality of objects: the letter of King Rama VI, the clothes of his sister, the metals, the paintings, and the piano. His objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his ontological quest. They represent the archival presence of the absence/nothingness, the binary relationships between reality and memory, the residual and lost. In the installation and paintings, the concreteness of metal instantiates the abstraction of the desire to be human. The minimal video is Rungjang's literal act to provide temporality of his search for the truth of being, poetic yet unsettling. The violent intensity implicitly embeds in the works is imbued with the uncanny memories of King Rama VI, the uncle miner and artist himself, earthy, metallic, bitter, and sweet.

Oblivion phenomenologically constructs a medial sphere, like an invitation for viewers to enter Arin Rungjang's small-deal-in-big-details sovereign. In this sovereign, there are no answers but questions. In the end, what is left for the viewers are their interpretations. If an inversion of a thing is seen as a political act, Arin Rungjang's Oblivion will be one, the act in the hope of awaking a collective consciousness by stimulating the viewer's accustomed senses and minds, like a revolution within the self, to embrace the otherness.

About the Artist

  • Arin Rungjang

Arin Rungjang (born 1975, Bangkok; lives and works in Bangkok) is known for deftly revisiting historical material, overlapping major and minor narratives across multiple times, places, and languages. His interest lies in lesser-known aspects of Thai history and their intersection with the present in the sites and contexts of his practice. Objects, which can draw together distant events across time and space, are central to his investigations. He has a practice that spans different media and often involves video and site-specific installation. In his exploration of history and everyday life experiences he artfully dissects material and revisits master-narratives through the agency of small events.

Recent exhibitions include "Ravisara", DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2020); "Arin Rungjang: They Beat Your Father", ShanghART Singapore, Singapore (2019); "Spectrosynthesis II - Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in SEA", Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2019); “Bengawan Solo”, Portikus, Germany (2018); “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now”, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Japan (2017); “Documenta 14”, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017); “Mongkut”, Satellite 8 Programme, Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris and CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2015); “APB Foundation Signature Art Prize”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2014).

He has also participated in the “12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress”, Shanghai, China (2018); “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018”, Japan; and represented Thailand at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013).

Whole Installation incl.
Sculpture: metal sling, brass
Painting: metal dusts on linen
Video: Single Channel with Sound
Objects: Piano, Replicated letter King Rama VI, Booklet
Sculpture: W300 x L300 x H300 cm
Painting: H240 x L300 cm ( H100 x W80 cm Each)
Video: 18.13 minutes
Objects: Size variable

Credit: Oblivion, Arin Rungjang, Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, Thailand



Oct 28, 2021 - Feb 05, 2022
会 場
Nova Contemporary
1 Soi Mahadlek-Luang 3, Rajdamri Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok THAILAND 10330
電 話
+66 90 910 6863
11.00 - 19.00 Tuesday - Saturday

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation