Residency and Exhibition
Show runs January 12 – February 24, 2018
February 24, 4-7 pm: Exhibition and Reception
Thai artist, Sudrak Khongpuang is visiting Los Angeles from her home in Thailand seeking creative ideas, concepts and media to add to her art practice. She will be working in Zask Studios in Rancho Palos Verdes for the month of January and will complete her residency and art exhibition in February at SoLA Gallery. Visitors will be welcome to visit the artist at Zask Studios in January and at SoLA Gallery in February as part of SBC SoLA residency program.
This is the second residency and exhibition with SBC for Sudrak Khongpuang.
Contact: 310 429 0973 Peggy Sivert Zask, Director
February 8 – 24 Sudrak Khongpuang: A Tale of Two Shores, Residency & Exhibition
ZASK STUDIO: Guests are welcome by appointment to visit and observe the artist at Zask Studios in Portuguese Bend, Sundays – Wednesdays (call 310 429 0973 to arrange visit)
SoLA GALLERY: Guests are welcome to visit and observe the artist at work at SoLA Gallery on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm.
RECEPTION AT SoLA GALLERY:
A reception for the exhibition will be held February 24, 4-7pm.
South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles.
Sudrak Khongpuang: A Tale of Two Shores, Residency & Exhibition
With a vivid visual memory and oil colors in various earthy shades, Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang approaches her canvas, intent on creating the lush landscape that has brought her happiness since childhood. She devoted the first six years of her career to discovering the medium and content that she produces now: surreal displays of nature with a vibrancy and attentiveness akin to viewing the world with young eyes. But she visits California from Thailand for a residency and exhibition with South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery to explore her skills, adopt new concepts, and, of course, acquire more memories to tap for inspiration.
“Both Ben [Zask] and I work with found objects in order to not consume so much,” said Peggy Sivert Zask, South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery executive director. “Sudrak has been influenced by that attitude, so rather than do sculpture, since she’s a painter, she’s taking found objects and painting on them, dimensionalizing the format she’s painting on.”
A Tale of Two Shores: Residency and Exhibition will express the connections and differences between Thailand and California, namely those that unite and separate them in nature. Khongpuang seeks discovery and practice in conveying LA’s arid landscape of blue and brown, a stark contrast to tropical green and yellow treetops in her work of Thailand.
In her temporary studio at Zask Studios in Portuguese Bend, Khongpuang has the rear casing of a guitar, front and back of a cello, a galvanized washboard, and a charcoal fire starter lined up for projects. On a painted canvas, a bird of paradise flower is set against a cloudy sky outlined in black, with deep blue lines running over the petals. Khongpuang holds a small wooden frame against the right corner with smooth beach stones inside showing how the piece will develop as she works. The story captured in this piece, she explains, originated from passing abundant birds of paradise flowers on a path to tide pools in Rancho Palos Verdes, where she observed seagulls on ocean shore rocks.
“I think an artist is a narrator,” said Khongpuang. “I want to get everything I meet every day, every impression I feel in my heart, and I want to express it through my art. Artists need to feel in themselves and their artwork in order to show it to other people.”
Khongpuang feels happiness when surrounded by nature, which she paints in hopes her audience will also feel happiness. Her simple unadulterated depictions of trees and bodies of water are juxtaposed to recent trends in competitive American art of expressive angst and rebellion. She maintains a disciplined focus on capturing joy through her artwork and attributes this guidance to her late father. Through the residency, she has implemented her surroundings and practices merging her feeling with the different elements, never losing sight of optimism while straying from her comfort zone.
Khongpuang will continue her residency at Portuguese Bend (visitors welcome by appointment: please call 310-429-0973) and will begin work at South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery starting February 8. Once at SoLA Gallery, guests are welcome to visit and observe the artist at work on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. A reception for the exhibition will be held February 24, 4-7pm. South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles.
Sivert Zask aims to host an interstate or international month-long artist-in-residence every two years at the gallery commonly referred to as SBC SoLA. The experience is consistent with the non-profit’s education mission and is designed for a dedicated, midcareer artist with a thorough portfolio and strong professional recommendation.
(interview written by Alyssa Wynne)