They Have Brought Erasers With Them



05 March 2020 - 28 March 2020
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present They Have Brought Erasers With Them, an exhibition showcasing works by artists, Aracha Cholitgul, Kamolros Wonguthum, Pakinee Srijaroensuk, Prae Pupityastaporn, Orawan Arunrak and Unchalee Anantawat. Drawing has always been intimate and honest and we put this exhibition together simply because of that. Drawing can be traced back to Neolithic marks on cave walls to our present dream of where home is. As school children we made marks to interrelate our presences with the environment. As adults, drawing gives value to thought and its desire to articulate memories and visions. From grocery shopping list to conceptually mapping a city, we constantly have drawn and redrawn to navigate the everyday.


In “They Have Brought Erasers With Them,” Dusadee asked six artists, whose practices are grounded in drawing, to come south— roughly 1,500 kilometers south of Bangkok where they are mostly based, to Kuala Lumpur to make a calling. It is a calling to the medium that is rare but abundant around our part of the world.



This exhibition is in collaboration with Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Gallery Ver and Nova Contemporary.


They Have Brought Erasers With Them

Covid-19 and Drawing:


This is a crazy time. 
Myself and the five, there are six in total, other artists in this exhibition can’t even go to our own show. We have already bought the tickets. My university announced that traveling to countries on the restricted list would put us at risk of the Covid-19 virus; Malaysia included. We were super excited at first but later scared about traveling, and so decided to go to Malaysia just before the university made their announcements. At the time, we were listening to the news and looking at the restrictions on various embassy alerts. A few days before the trip, we decided not to travel to not put the public at risk if we were to become carriers and spreaders of the Covid-19 virus. However, the exhibition must go on. So, instead of carrying art into Malaysia, we had to ship everything. As I’m writing this, the show opens tomorrow and things have still not yet arrived.

My first visit to Malaysia had the great (late) Ise take me out to Kampung Baru. A few other friends also took me to amazing barbecue pork places, where the head chef came out only to cut the pork and then left the kitchen. There were more amazing noodles and sweets than I could imagine. At a later time, during an Architecture Seminar hosted by UC Berkeley in Kuala Lumpur, I brought my wife to Kampung Baru to look at old houses and somehow with the kindness of the owner, we were given the opportunity to go inside an old yellow house. We were left feeling very grateful to get to know the walled city in relation to Malaysia’s vision on urban planning. I have always wanted to come back.

Before Covid-19, there was PM 2.5, a shooting at the Terminal 21 Mall, The Coup and its questionable and insufficient government, droughts, floods, unfair labor practices and wealth distribution, multiple corruption cases, the killing of Qasem Soleimani and Trump’s policies, protests in Hong Kong and it’s relationship to China, climate change, shift in sourcing/producing regenerative energy and food production, and the list goes on. However, COVID-19 makes me certain that we, living in Southeast Asia, deserve better public infrastructure. Corrupted policies must be abolished as well as we must imprison corrupted public officials. I really wish that justice is truly on the people’s side. Best public policies must be written asking and accomplishing what we want/need. What do we want?

When I started talking to Joshua of A+ Works of Art, the conversation was about how it was rare to see a show devoted to the practice of drawing in this part of the world. There are probably thousands of reasons why that would make sense. I told him that I have always wanted to put on an exhibition that has to do with drawing together. This was because I believe that drawing has to do with how we value the dreams of our children. As Emma Dexter said, “Drawing is everywhere”, this makes me see the world even more. By spreading tales of drawing from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, we hope to spread visions based on a medium that is as old as thinking. I know that our “They have brought erasers with them,” comes at a crazy time, as this writing might as well be a drawing, our exhibition has the stories above and so much more.

DH 
March/29/2020

They Have Brought Erasers With Them

05 March 2020 - 28 March 2020
A+ Works of Art

A+ Works of Art is proud to present They Have Brought Erasers With Them, an exhibition showcasing works by artists, Aracha Cholitgul, Kamolros Wonguthum, Pakinee Srijaroensuk, Prae Pupityastaporn, Orawan Arunrak and Unchalee Anantawat. Drawing has always been intimate and honest and we put this exhibition together simply because of that. Drawing can be traced back to Neolithic marks on cave walls to our present dream of where home is. As school children we made marks to interrelate our presences with the environment. As adults, drawing gives value to thought and its desire to articulate memories and visions. From grocery shopping list to conceptually mapping a city, we constantly have drawn and redrawn to navigate the everyday.


In “They Have Brought Erasers With Them,” Dusadee asked six artists, whose practices are grounded in drawing, to come south— roughly 1,500 kilometers south of Bangkok where they are mostly based, to Kuala Lumpur to make a calling. It is a calling to the medium that is rare but abundant around our part of the world.



This exhibition is in collaboration with Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Gallery Ver and Nova Contemporary.


They Have Brought Erasers With Them