Specializing in Thai & Asian Contemporary Art

RADU DIE 1 DAWN OF THE EVENING: ENTERING ACT V.

H Gallery Bangkok and H Project Space are very pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Michael Shaowanasai, his first in Thailand since 2010. Radu die 1. Dawn of the Evening: Entering Act V. is the result of a 2 year hiatus Michael took at his hideaways in various European cities in order to grapple with profound self-reflection. And represents a bittersweet exit to and embrace of the twilight world of the mid-career artist.

Memory is abstract being, it can weigh you down, make you stay put or make you whole. I chose to release it as a force to pVush me. As an artist, I am half full. As a man, I rather defy the saying ‘a man at a certain age must achieve and hold on to the glory and agony of his past’. Besides defying it, I am also screwing it. 
– Michael Shaowanasai

Michael is one of Thailand’s most established visual artists and holds an international reputation: he has twice represented his country at the Venice Biennale. Radu die 1. Dawn of the Evening: Entering Act V. is an eclectic body of works that ranges from painting to photography to participatory installation. The title refers to the latest period of the artist’s life from his childhood in Bangkok through to life in major American cities, art school, professional practice and now. Michael has worked as a leading multi-disciplinary artist for just under 2 decades and this exhibition also points to the belief that 16 years is an esteemed marker for make-it-or-break-it in any context.

Radu die 1.Dawn of the Evening: Entering Act V. re-invigorates long-standing themes in the artist’s practice that address sexuality, sensuality, identity, representation and provocation. Ephemera from a life lived extensively across continents – including memorabilia from sex arenas and dashed-off expressions of hopes for future relationships – form the core of this exhibition, alongside a startling installation that confronts us with a tenet of Michael’s oeuvre: the challenge to consider and re-consider our expectations, limits and boundaries as sexual beings.

 

New Works by Michael Shaowanasai
October 5 – November 4 2012
Curated by Brian Curtin