Pollution By Gongkan x Naraphat Sakarthornsap

POLLUTION
By Gongkan + Naraphat Sakarthornsap
 
/pəˈluːʃn/ noun the presence of blemish or poisonous substances caused by the dirtiness of the environments
 
Pollution is in the surroundings that we can never avoid. It is slowly ravaging and damaging us. At the same time, the people around us can also produce pollution in their different manners and directions, with the direct or indirect effects of the environments. In some cases, people can cause pollution to the mind, effecting the feelings with certain actions. Whether or not they were done intentionally.
 
As an imperfect human with history of mistakes, we want to create a space for people to ponder upon the things around them, the things they did in the past, intentionally or unintentionally. The actions that have put out pollution to the people and things around us, wounding us from inside out, becoming traumas that hardly fade away. It is impossible to turn back time to fix the history we don’t like and these are the reminders for us to prevent the causes of those pollution in the future.
 
“If we start changing something for the better from this moment on, the seeds we are planting will have the chance to grow and blossom in the better environments.”

Gongkan (Kantapon Metheekul) graduated from the school of arts at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Shortly thereafter, Gonkarn moved to New York where he spent 3 years working in creative departments of advertising agencies. In his spare time, he created street art and illustrations centered on the idea of him being transported through time and space to his homeland. His work, which he named “Teleport Art”, gained notoriety in the New York street art scene. Living in New York, he witnessed everyday life in the material world: people striving for a better life, gender and equality. The hope in an ultimate utopia being found by the subject of his art being found through a black hole.
Gongkan’s art incorporates unique symbols; black space, black circle, subtly implied or overlaid in his work. In his drawings of US President Donald Trump and the leader of the Democratic People’s republic of Korea (North Korea) Kim Jong-Un, the pair are teleported to a newly found dimension, kissing each other, despite a stark difference in ideology between the two nations.
Gongkan works in various media and materials: sculptures, paintings, street art, paint, fiberglass, metal… and even ice-cream. His work has been shown around the world, in New York, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and Bangkok, to name but a few.

Naraphat Sakarthornsap (b. 1991, Bangkok, Thailand) lives and works in Bangkok. In many of his works, Naraphat Sakarthornsap presents stories of inequality in the society through photography and installation art, in which flowers play the leading roles. Many kinds of flowers that Naraphat uses usually comes with profound meanings. Those flowers have become the keys to finding the answers that are neatly hidden in the works of art. And sometimes the photographs of these delicate flowers of Naraphat may possibly come from the deepest part of his devastated heart.
Naraphat’s early works presented the challenge against nature in trying to prolong the freshness of the flower before he develops the ideas to become the challenge against power and influence in the society through the pictures of these flowers. Therefore, do not believe in what the flowers in front of you appear to be. But look for the messages these flowers are hiding. Perhaps, what Naraphat is facing and trying to present is the same as the ones many others are inevitably struggling with, over the standards in the society, where inequalities are all around them.