Art as Solace: Pinaree Sanpitak

I love installation art, and I really with I could see Pinaree Sanpitak’s conceptual tribute to the Thailand peoples who suffered during that tragic 2011 Monsoon. Snapitak’s art may take after Eva Hesse in style, but her completed hammocks are distinguished from her predecessor by its religious (Theravada Buddhism common in Thialand) over tones and Thai aesthetics. She also has a singular dipping/drapping curve shape to her art, that embodies all of the warmth, grace and security of a mother’s breast while recalling the motions of the rising, consuming waters of a typhoon. If you have the opportunity to see this powerful exhibit you really would be remiss to not go.

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In her installation Hanging by a Thread, Pinaree Sanpitak, a Thai conceptual artist, honors a national tragedy (the 2011 Monsoon floods). The work uses a flowers-patterned fabric, a textile very common in Thailand, which Pinaree stated “ . . . proved soothing, and brought back a sense of nostalgia . . . the ordinary. The local.”

On the fourth floor of the Ahmanson Building, 18 hammocks hang in a dark gallery. They look like rare exotic vegetation crafted from the printed cotton textile, the paa-lai. It’s easy to imagine them as forms of the monsoon: terrifying, consuming waters transforming the Chao Phraya River that snakes through Bangkok like some mythic creature. But of course, Pinaree’s art allows all manner of imagery to be contained, and is sometimes so simple as to reveal and mystify all at once.

The hammocks yield to the curvature of the breast, a constant…

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Kustaa Saksi

Wow. Behold the psychedelic tapestries of Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi.

In his his current series, “Hypnopompic,” the thread master combines surreal imagery with the traditional practice of jacquard weaving, resulting in a series of wild textile artworks that mimic that semi-dream state we all experience right before we wake up. And man, some of the creatures in these dreams would make me want to wake up. But they are so beautiful, the graphic quality is stellar, the patterns are hypnotic, and the medium, weaving, gives the final result an incredible richness. I love his color statements too. I think my favorites are the ones with grasshopper. I like the elegant lines made by their long antenna and thin legs. Has anybody else picked out a favorite?

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