THE GARDENER (2018)
The artist will walk while holding plastic flowers in a tray with his two hands in the giving posture and carrying a bag of soil from his house to the gallery at BACC about four and a half hours, approximately 21 kilometers for three weeks starting at noon each day. This ritualized walk will be in different routes each day through busy streets with the invisible walls of urban structure of Bangkok. The walk will be live broadcast through Facebook Live, which simultaneously plays on a television screen at the artist’s performance space.
This physical devotion symbolizes the internal connection between spiritual belief and transformation lifestyle and belief of contemporary Thai culture. The performance questions the transformations of cultural and internal belief from the genuine to the replica, from community to individuality of this dehumanized living. In addition, the act of walking and carrying plastic flowers and real soil from artist’s home in the nature to the BACC (city) represents and questions the conceptual idea of bringing back the sense of being a human in this fast moving and isolated world. The live broadcasting on television screen signifies the virtual reality of today lifestyles.
Taweesak Molsawat is an artist and researcher based in Bangkok, Thailand conducting exhibitions, performances, lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.
He is a former Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Design & Art History at San Diego State University, California; a Visiting Assistant Professor/ Area Coordinator of Metals program at The School of Art, Northern Illinois University, Illinois; a Professor, School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA. including an Instructor, Department of Industrial Design, King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang; a Visiting art thesis adviser, Department of Visual Arts, Bangkok University; an Instructor, Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University in Thailand. He holds an MFA with Honors from The University of Kansas, USA and a BArch from King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand.
Mr. Molsawat’s work has been featured internationally including Bangkok Bienniel 2018, a series of Performance art, “Body politic”, Thailand; Performance and exhibition of the remains of performance, "Body Politic: David Molsawat” by Taweesak Molsawat” Angkrit Gallery in Speedy Grandma, Thailand; Performance, a/part: the existing of the nonexistence: Cross, Buddha statue, Nang Kwak, The University of Kansas, USA; SCHMUCK 2018-2016, Frame, presented by ATTA Gallery, Munich, Germany; Performance and exhibition Ausgezeichnet! most excellent! Schmuck_Kunst für Helden/ Jewellery_Art for Heroes, Chemnitz, Germany; Performance and exhibition, Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial 2017 and 2015, Melbourne, Australia; Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery at Design Museum in London, England and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; Performance and exhibition, “a/part: the existing of the nonexistence” (2017), “ดีconstructing เดอะ ดีconstruction : How can I dismantle the social and capital constructed illusion of jewelry?” (2015), “dis/appear: Blurring Image between Cultural Hierarchy and Reality” (2014), Atta Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand; ELEPHANT PARADE SINGAPORE 2011, International public art exhibition in Singapore.