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Latest Exhibition Debuts At The Art Space At Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

The ART Space by MOCA BANGKOK at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River debuts its latest exhibition Timeless Path, by Thai artist Torlap Larpjaroensook, exploring the linearity of time.

A topic assumed by various fields, from philosophy to religion to science, time can take on many forms and meanings.

In Timeless Path past, present and future co-exist. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Voyager (2022). Launched in 1977, the year Larpjaroensook was born, Voyager I is now the most distant man-made object. As of December 2022, it is 14.8 billion miles (23.8 billion kilometres) away from Earth. Displayed with this work is a screen showing real-time information on Voyager I from NASA on a wooden frame that was once part of the artist’s old family boat. Every signal received from the spacecraft is from the past, its present is our future.

Timeless Path demonstrates the artist’s attempt to connect to something beyond our world, into the deep space beyond our common logic and perception,” says MOCA BANGKOK Managing Director and exhibition co-curator Kanachai Bencharongkul. “This exhibition is an extension of Larpjaroensook’s previous dual show, Out of this World with Tawee Ratchaneekorn, at MOCA BANGKOK. While that exhibition presented an outlook and a comparison of two artists and practices, this one includes additional work and uncovers how Larpjaroensook is trying to deconstruct the timeline within the context of his artwork, to reflect on his thought, life and society.”

Signal (2022), one of the new art pieces for this show, reminds guests of a time prior to the invention of smartphones, when people needed to write down phone numbers and remembered the numbers of those close to them by heart. An old phone dial links to a light on the screen revealing an image of the artist’s childhood home where he lived with his grandmother in Ayutthaya.

Many works displayed, including three additional pieces from the Spiritual Spaceship series (2019), are made from found and household objects widely used in the past. Some of these readymade objects were collected from the artist’s old house. Objects of memory have been rearranged and assembled to replicate a spaceship, suggesting their new purpose and significance.

Personal and collective memories play a crucial role in Larpjaroensook’s ongoing artistic practice. Viewers may spot their grandma’s pots and other utensils in the work, similar to the ones they grew up with. Yet, each burn, mark and bend represent the different path and story of each individual.

Timeless Path demonstrates the artist’s attempt to connect to something beyond our world, into the deep space beyond our common logic and perception. In interstellar space and as in this exhibition, the past, present and future are intertwined, leaving viewers to ponder their life and position within this particular moment, space and time.

Timeless Path is a complementary exhibit for all guests and patrons at the Four Seasons Bangkok ART Space curated by Nim Niyomsin and Bencharongkul. Exhibits rotate regularly, so Bangkok residents and returning Four Seasons guests can view new collections several times a year. Stay up to date on the latest from Four Seasons Bangkok and the ART Space on Instagram.

About the ART Space by MOCA Bangkok at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

The innovative ART Space at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River has emerged from a partnership with MOCA BANGKOK. Located in the Bangkok Creative District, art and creativity take centre stage as imaginative Thai artists offer guests a unique opportunity to immerse in the local creative landscape without leaving the Hotel.

Under the joint initiative, the Hotel displays a selection of impeccably curated Thai works of art by MOCA BANGKOK. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis, so Bangkok residents as well as returning Four Seasons guests can view new collections several times a year. The showcase at the Hotel is an extension of the museum, a chance to appreciate fine art in an unconventional ambience.

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