Tawatchai Puntusawasdi: Superfold



14 March 2019 - 06 April 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present Superfold, an exhibition showcasing works by Thai artist Tawatchai Puntusawasdi. Known for his monumental sculptures made from metal and organic materials, Puntusawasdi will be displaying a body of preliminary works that were the basis for his site-specific commission at the 2018 Bangkok Biennale, and for his exhibition, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., which is currently being held at National Gallery Singapore, organised in tandem with ArtScience Museum Singapore (16 November 2018 - 14 April 2019). Including sketches, metal plate etchings, prototypes and experiments of his latest works, Superfold intends to provide insight into the rarely shown inner workings of the artist’s studio.


Like illusions, Puntusawasdi’s sculptures skew our perception of volume, space and time to manifest an ephemeral reality, capturing a state of transition in-between time, provoking the viewer to consider alternative states of being. His sculptures challenge the interaction between object and absence, making space an integral element of his work. His works exceed their physical boundaries to reinterpret and merge themselves with their environments, making every piece interactive in nature and uniquely site-specific.


While the sculptures themselves pertain to minimalist aesthetics, the process that leads to their creation is anything but minimal. The physicality of his sculptures are the deduced manifestations of strings of calculations and detailed sketches that Puntusawasdi makes, inspired by orthographic projection; the method of representing three-dimensional objects in two-dimensional drawings that lie on a perpendicular plane to the view of the object. 



Superfold alludes to Puntusawasdi’s current practice of folding geometric shapes out of paper and, with the use of mathematical calculations and manipulations, producing sketches that are eventually realised as the monumental sculptures, indicative of his work. The prototypes themselves are then further considered to determine its finalised material. With every step of the process, a series of repetitions is necessary of Puntusawasdi’s exploration, and experimentation key to its development. His sketches are reminiscent of architectural blueprints, with intersecting lines drawn with careful precision, depicting both orthographic drawings of the object in two-dimensional form, and its imaginary shadows. Resulting in the amalgamation of the real and the imagined, to depict a new reality, one that the artist refers to as “a unique perspective sculpture.”


As important documents of his process, these materials provide a candid perspective into the intricacies of his research and the development and fabrication of his ambitious works.


Tawatchai Puntusawasdi: Superfold

Tawatchai Puntusawasdi: Superfold

14 March 2019 - 06 April 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present Superfold, an exhibition showcasing works by Thai artist Tawatchai Puntusawasdi. Known for his monumental sculptures made from metal and organic materials, Puntusawasdi will be displaying a body of preliminary works that were the basis for his site-specific commission at the 2018 Bangkok Biennale, and for his exhibition, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., which is currently being held at National Gallery Singapore, organised in tandem with ArtScience Museum Singapore (16 November 2018 - 14 April 2019). Including sketches, metal plate etchings, prototypes and experiments of his latest works, Superfold intends to provide insight into the rarely shown inner workings of the artist’s studio.


Like illusions, Puntusawasdi’s sculptures skew our perception of volume, space and time to manifest an ephemeral reality, capturing a state of transition in-between time, provoking the viewer to consider alternative states of being. His sculptures challenge the interaction between object and absence, making space an integral element of his work. His works exceed their physical boundaries to reinterpret and merge themselves with their environments, making every piece interactive in nature and uniquely site-specific.


While the sculptures themselves pertain to minimalist aesthetics, the process that leads to their creation is anything but minimal. The physicality of his sculptures are the deduced manifestations of strings of calculations and detailed sketches that Puntusawasdi makes, inspired by orthographic projection; the method of representing three-dimensional objects in two-dimensional drawings that lie on a perpendicular plane to the view of the object. 



Superfold alludes to Puntusawasdi’s current practice of folding geometric shapes out of paper and, with the use of mathematical calculations and manipulations, producing sketches that are eventually realised as the monumental sculptures, indicative of his work. The prototypes themselves are then further considered to determine its finalised material. With every step of the process, a series of repetitions is necessary of Puntusawasdi’s exploration, and experimentation key to its development. His sketches are reminiscent of architectural blueprints, with intersecting lines drawn with careful precision, depicting both orthographic drawings of the object in two-dimensional form, and its imaginary shadows. Resulting in the amalgamation of the real and the imagined, to depict a new reality, one that the artist refers to as “a unique perspective sculpture.”


As important documents of his process, these materials provide a candid perspective into the intricacies of his research and the development and fabrication of his ambitious works.


Tawatchai Puntusawasdi: Superfold