The widely exhibited Japanese artist Soichiro Shimizu, based in Bangkok, re-looks and offers a second life to abandoned photos at the point of deletion taken by reputable photographers he knows or admires.
The photographers are all Thai and willing participants in this challenging project: Pahparn Sirima Chaipreechawit, Sam Cochaputsup, Boung Dhanarachwattana, Benya Hegenbarth, Piyata Hemmatat, Tada Hengsapkul, Cattleya Katie Jaruthavee, Lek Kiatsirikajorn, Sirichoke Lertyaso, Tawatchai Pattanaporn, Miti Ruangkritya, Surat Setsaeng, Soopakorn Srisakul, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Phasin Sudjai, Pokchat Worasub, Tunn Chalitaporn Yamoon.
Curated by Dr. Prapon (Joe) Kumjim.
After YenakArt Villa, Re-Look will be exhibited in the Italian museum Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive - Spoletto, from 15th of October to 11th of December 2016. All photos are printed with Epson Professional Printers: Epson SureColor P-7000 and Epson Stylus Pro 9890.
"Soichiro Shimizu's art practice emerged from the modern painting and printmaking traditions, where his education and lived experiences include Tokyo, New York, London and Bangkok, these kaleidoscopic cultural collisions enrich his artistic palette. In this RELOOKS exhibition he embarks on a new conceptual challenge and choice of medium.
Soichiro invited seventeen highly accomplished Thai photographer friends and colleagues to participate in this one-off project where he asked to utilize their deleted digital photographic files. Soichiro's recent paintings are labor-intensive processes that involves intricate technique of building up several layers of painted surfaces and then he scrapes it away, so his mark-making becomes a paradoxical act of deletion and revelation.
Seventeen new artworks have been produced with each piece accredited to a photographic participant. Soichiro have turned the bins of photographic images into contemporary printmaking masterpieces by means of re-looking, re-composing and re-incarnating the previously deleted digital files. In gaining support from one of the world’s leading printer manufacturers. The fine art prints are powered by Epson's very latest archival inkjet innovations. The prints are then hung in a scroll-like epic painting format. Revealing Soichiro's on-going investigation into the relationship between contemporary painting and printmaking practices."
Dr. Prapon (Joe) Kumjim