Constructive Interference

Curated by Sarana Wiriyaprasit

Interference is a phenomenon that happens when two waveforms with the same frequency and phase meet and interfere with each other while traveling on the same medium. This results in two possible outcomes: constructive interference and destructive interference. In the case of constructive interference, if it is a light wave, you would see alternating bright and dark bands. If it is a sound wave, you would hear alternating loud and soft sounds.

In Constructive Interference, the abstract ideas of three artists are presented, each showcasing distinct techniques and creative approaches. The pieces are tied together thematically by the concept of interference, which magnifies the visual elements of the works and even generates new meanings.

Curator's Talk

In his first series of works, Trinnapat Chaisitthisak examines the role of perspective in human visual perception. He uses black ink pens to draw straight lines that repeat and intersect along the two-dimensional plane of a canvas, creating a three-dimensional space. The lines’ varying density, determined by their frequency, produces a complex image that gradually deceives the viewer’s perception, as well as small and insignificant details that result from intensive work process. In contrast, his other series requires the artist to draw a large number of lines within a limited time frame to explore the fatigue state of the process, leading to discussions related to the products of time (temporality) within the context of contemporary social circumstances.

During his half-year stay in Thailand for medical treatment, Burmese artist Thar Gyi has produced a new series of artworks that reflect his signature style of creating three-dimensional painting through lines and colors, while incorporating new symbols during the creative process. The simplified figures of human meditating give the impression of a gathering of people participating in a ritual, seeking something through the cultivation of mindfulness. These artworks reflect the artist’s state of mind while contemplating the Dharma of life, which is unlikely to happen if it’s not amidst the uncertainty of life like this.

Similarly to self-taught artist Adisak Somkong, who took advantage of his free time during the work hiatus caused by COVID-19 to explore different aspects of his life, his Genesis series delves into the origin of living things. The artist poses questions about the notion of reality that may not be much more than an illusion that humans are trapped in. His paintings reveal a prominent circular shape created by pouring resin on oil painting, resulting in a mysterious dimension that transcends the turbulence of colors and brushstrokes. It seems like a realm of reality that can be accessed through the lens of imagination.

Each artist bring their own distinct story and artistic approach, offering viewers a diverse range of experiences and insights into the complexity of human existence and the power of artistic expression. Through their works, they invite us to explore new aspect of understanding and engage in the profound questions that shape our lives.

Trinnapat Chaisitthisak

1995 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

1710 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

2390 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

2875 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

3252 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

3180 lines, 2017–18
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

8 hours, 2023
Pen on canvas, 72 × 88 cm

22 hours, 2023
Pen on canvas, 60 × 50 cm

56 hours, 2023
Pen on canvas, 120 × 100 cm

Thar Gyi

Meditation Group No. 1, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 2, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 3, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 4, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 5, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 6, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 7, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Meditation Group No. 8, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
84 × 71 cm

Adisak Somkong

Genesis I “Black in Black,” 2022
Oil on canvas, 130 × 110 cm

Genesis II “Mother,” 2022
Oil on canvas, 130 × 110 cm

Genesis IV, 2022
Oil and resin on canvas, 130 × 110 cm

Genesis III, 2022
Oil and resin on canvas, 130 × 110 cm

Genesis IV “Two Souls,” 2022
Oil and resin on canvas, 130 × 110 cm

Genesis V “The Second Hope,” 2010–22
Oil and resin on canvas, 100 × 100 cm