Plot Elements : Story Going on
It was about seven years ago for my first time reading “Nitan Isara”, a book written by Uten Mahamid. I decided to write about his work and publish it on a journal. I had a chance having a short talk with him through Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Uten’s host and co-worker. I could not remember much about our conversation that day, but I say it was the beginning of our relationship which has been going on well until the present.
I believe that some people have never read Uten’s short stories books and poetry. The way he creates his works bases on non-prosody art and that makes it hard to tell whether his work is literary writing or art. However, it does not that matter to find out whether he is an artist or a writer because the way he works is a challenge to both sciences.
This experimental project originated from my idea to provide the spaces for exciting creativity. The artists who would like to participate this event do not need to be famous as I simply wish this place to be beneficial for the artists with excellent potential to gather, share ideas, and work together. It can be defined as a collaboration of creative curators or between the artists. What I expect from this project is that we will come up with something new, challenging, and extraordinary. Besides, everyone grows and learns.
Talking about Surrealism, there are many artists calling themselves Surrealist, but it is not so often for me to meet the artists who really understand the concept of Surrealism. What I would like to say is that it is not that important whether we follow the path of western arts history or not. In fact, in the field of contemporary art, whatever can be used or created and it still suits the present time, that thing is valuable. In addition, we all know that “to play” with ideal of Surrealism is learning and understanding of the language tricks and there is no other shortcuts except putting yourself into the confusing complexity of alphabet. The Surrealism is not a haste makes waste and then you call it art. Therefore, it was very ordinary for the artist like Uten to be alone with himself, concentrate on his ideal and work, and fight with the limitation of literature for years. Honestly, I have never met anyone trying hard to deal with Thai language like him.
His contemporary vocabulary exists and does its part well in every sentences and lines. Language usage is considerably good as if it came from a documentary, comedy, and textbook. His outstanding technique “Found Poetry” may be simply defined as “Language Borrowing” and it guides us the ways to perceive various kind of senses in literary writings. Therefore, this project is selecting some of Uten’s works and re-arranging them in new sequences. Apart from the books, Uten and I started this project with language conveyor tools that we could find around us. We did not know what was waiting us, but whatever would happen, the most important thing was that we would enjoy it.
Chol Janepraphaphan, 2017
Chol Janepraphaphan graduated from Silpakorn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Art Theory, 2006. After his study, he worked as a research
assistant for Dr. Toeingam Guptabutra,
and also wrote news, a review for an art exhibition, and a documentary. He as well wrote some art criticisms that were occasionally published in several magazines or agendas. Then, he had the opportunity of being an invited artist as well as an assistant curator for the project “From (Different) Horizons of Rockshelter” in 2007. This project was the art exhibition that created the relationship between the community and archaeological sites in Pang Mapha District, Mae Hong Son Province under
the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rassamee Chusongdate, the project leader.
Chol Janepraphaphan then started to be interested in creating an artwork as well ascomposing a space of art. He therefore experimented with creating the space of art titled
“Merz Art space” for young artists in order to be a small gallery in Banglampoo District, 2009. That he was selected to take part in the project “Brand New” held by Bangkok University Gallery in 2010 was the turning point in his solemn careers, a curator and writer for an art
Currently, Chol Janepraphaphan is pursuing his Master’s degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Mixed-Media Art at Silpakorn University. He is also a freelance columnist, writing an art article for Photo Art Contemporary & Fine Art Photography Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine (Thai Edition), Art 4 D Magazine and Fine Art Magazine . His articles have been occasionally published in Art 4D Magazine, Fine Art Magazine, etc. He is a freelance curator as well.
2015 M.F.A. (Visual Arts), Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts,
Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2007 B.F.A. (Art Theory), Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts,
Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2003 College of Fine Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 the ‘Mental Jungle’ at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, French
2011 Tropical Lab (5) 2011, Laselle Callage of The Arts, Singapore
2010 “Brand New”, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
“A Journey of Fire-flies”, Amphawa, Samutsongkhram, Thailand
2008 “From (Different) Horizons of Rockshelter”, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
“Krungthep 226”, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2005 “What Where When Why”, Hemlock Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai – Vietnam Exchange Students Exhibition, Rocky Feller Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand
2003 Thesis Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
“Inspire the Next”, 7th Hitachi Art Competition, Bangkok, Thailand