“Beauty, Now or Later” explores the correlations between beauty and time through the eyes of three young Thai artists.
Art-lovers headed to the Thai capital in the next two months can add another stop to an itinerary taking in Bangkok’s ever-evolving Creative District. Run in partnership with the Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok), the Art Space at the riverside Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok has just opened its second exhibition since the hotel’s debut last December.
Titled “Beauty, Now or Later,” the showcase is curated by MOCA Bangkok managing director Kanachai Bencharongkul. “As a society, our ideals and perspectives are in constant flux,” he said in a statement. “There is no fixed, timeless interpretation of ideal beauty. It is a dynamic definition, shifting constantly across cultures and epochs. But despite this, society at large has always placed the concept of beauty on a pedestal — and that’s what I wanted to explore with this exhibition, with three uniquely invigorating Thai artists.”
“Beauty, Now or Later” features the works of Chayanin Kwangkaew, Jiranan Julrabot, and Parada Wiratsawee; each one dives into the correlations between beauty and time from their personal perspectives. As a whole, the exhibition seeks to both ask and answer questions about whether the value of beauty lies in the present or the future.
Kwangkaew’s artwork looks at the relationship of time and movement in everyday life and how objects evolve together and separately over time. In his still life pieces, flower arrangements form the focal point, surrounded by fragmenting everyday objects. Meanwhile, Julrabot uses paper as her medium, incorporating natural dyes and molds made from fruit and vegetables into her work, avoiding chemicals and synthetic materials. She said the series was primarily inspired by nature. “Beauty comes not from birth or death, but from growing up,” the artist added.
Wiratsawee has worked with alum salt crystals and iron structures to create installations meant to transform over time to deliver what he calls “uncontrollable beauty.” He explained the concept behind the artworks in this way: “Beauty changes with time — although we try to control the structure, we cannot control all the details.”
Running through January 2022, “Beauty, Now or Later” is free of charge for all hotel guests and visitors at Four Seasons Bangkok Art Space. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis, so Bangkok residents and returning Four Seasons guests can view new collections several times a year.
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