Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Kamol Tassananchalee

By Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015

At the Thai National Pavilion, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture has invited Kamol Tassananchalee to welcome visitors to reflect upon the theme of the 56th Biennale di Venezia, "All the Worlds Futures"

Artist, Kamol Tassananchalee (2015) by Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

The Artist & the Concept

The Representative for Thailand at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia, Dr. Kamol Tassananchalee in the Thai National Pavilion.

Kamol Tassananchalee; Artist, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Thai National Artist, Dr. Kamol Tassananchalee has chosen for the theme of his presentation at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia the four primary elements of nature, Earth, Air, Fire & Water.

Thai Pavilion; Paradiso Gallery, Giardini della Biennale, Sculpture; Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Thai Pavilion, Four Elements, Series #1, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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The concept behind Tassananchalee's choice of his theme is, that regardless of how far the world has progressed and regardless what paths "All the World's Futures" may take, the basic constituent elements of life are eternal.

Artist, Kamol Tassananchalee (2015) by Photo; Wattanachot TungatejaThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Having developed the imagry of his concept through mixed media paintings, Tassananchalee morphs his symbols for Earth, Air, Fire & Water into large, hydro and Laser-cut, stainless steel, aluminium & neon light sculpture.

Detail, Earth, Air, Fire & Water Series #1 (2014)Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015

The Art & the Exhibition

 Stainless Steel, Aluminium & Neon Lights are the materials supporting the images representing Earth, Air, Fire & Watter

Detail Four Elements Series #1, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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These large Sculptures, presented in the Thai National Pavilion are metaphors for Time and the World.

Gallery 1 and 2, Four Elements, Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Series #7, #9, # ,#10 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

In many classical world views four basic elements are believed to constitute the essential components of which everything consists. Earth, Air, Fire & Water.

Gallery 1, Series #7, #9, #12.5, #8 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Wattanachot TungatejaThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Gallery 1, Four Elements, Series # 9, #12.5 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Usually these classical elements relate to ancient philosophical concepts which today are generally compared to the contemporary "states of matter". The solid state, gaseous state, plasma and liquid state.

Detail, Series #7, #9, #12.5, Kamol Tassananchalee, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Progressive manifestations of the world evolve through the interactions of its fundamental elements.

Gallery 1, Four Elements, Series #12.5, #9, #7, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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In Buddhist philosophy the four elements are viewed not as substances but rather as categories of sensory experience.

Four Elements Series #8, # 14 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Light and shadow play a central roll in these works. Illuminated with ambient and tinted, shaped, neon lights, the laser and hydro-cut compositions of elemental symbols are irradiated in the metal plates projected and cast.

Detail, Four Elements, Series #12.5, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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View, Four Elements Series, #7, #9, #12.5, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Wattanachot Tungateja, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Series #7, #9, Kamol Tassananchalee, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series #12.5, Kamol Tassananchalee; Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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The use of hi-tech processes, such as Hydro and Laser-Cutting the Aluminium and Stainless Steel in producing these images, is representative of technology and its developmental role in the world's futures.

Detail View, Four Elements Series #7 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

The lightning-bolt shaped, tinted, neon lights represent
fire and technology and also symbolize the world's futures.

Detail, Four Elements Series #7, #9, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Four Elements Series #11 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

The ink roller, a recurring motif in the art of Tassananchalee, who has a graduate degree in Printmaking, symbolizes in the current context cyclical time and the world.

Detail, Four Elements, Series #9, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements, Series #7, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series #9, Kamol Tassananchalee,, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series #9, Kamol Tassananchalee,, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements, Series #9, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series #12.5, Kamol Tassananchalee / Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series, #8, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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The Triangular shaped rollers are abstractions created for compositional variation and contrast.

Detail, Four Elements Series # 8, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 2, Four Elements, Series #15, #10, #14 (2014/2015) by Kamol Tassananchalee Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Four Elements, Series #15, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Printmaking was also employed in the development of imagery for the sculpture as exemplified by the two Woodcuts in Gallery 2.

Four Elements Series #14, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Four Elements, Series #10, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Series #10, First State, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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During the installation several sculptures were reconfigured to accommodate the gallery environment. An example, Series #10, the rollers handle was repositioned and the lighting was changed.

Detail, Four Elements Series # 10, Hydro-Cut Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements Series #10, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Wattanachot Tungateja, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 3, Four Elements Series #13 (2014) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Gallery 3 includes a variety of compositional variations and materials, including Series #13 which extends the length of the gallery and Series #4 & #11 made of hydro-cut copper.

Gallery 3, with view of mezzanine, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 3, Four Elements, Series #13, #16, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014/2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 3 also includes the large Painting, Series #16.

Gallery 3, Four Elements Series #13 & #16, Kamol Tassananchalee,, 2014/2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 3, Arial View, Series #4, #13, #16, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014/2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Aerial Detail, Four Elements Series #13, Kamol Tassananchalee,, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Four Elements, Earth, Air, Fire & Water, Series #16 (2015) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

The large, four panel, acrylic painting in Gallery 3, Series # 16 was done in one 4 hour session, after the completion of the sculpture, in response to the totality of the imagery of the sculptures.

Gallery 3 with Artist; Kamol Tassanancalee, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Gallery 3, Detail, View, Four Elements Series #13, #3, & Roller with Lightning, Roller with Wind, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements, Series #13, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Four Elements, Series #3, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin, 2014, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Roller with Lightning / Roller with Wind (2013) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Laser-cut stencil compositions in the sculptures cast images, representing the Four elements, in the manner of the ancient Thai Shadow Puppet, another recurring motif in the artists oeuvre.

Detail, Roller with Wind, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2013, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Detail, Roller with Clouds, Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2013, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Four Elements Series # 11, Kamol Tassananchalee / Photo; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Another reference to his Printmaking background, Copper, a traditional material used in Etching and Engraving, has been used in two of the sculptures.

Curator & Artist (2015) by Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

People & the Installation

Some of the people involved with the Thai Pavilion and the installation of the exhibition.                                                                   The Curator & Artist

Artist Kamol Tassananchalee meeting Marina Bertoldini & Fabio Marafatto (2015) by Photo; StaffThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Kamol Tassananchalee meeting Marina Bertoldini, Presedent of Concilio Europeo dell' Arte and Fabio Marafatto, Director of Paradiso Limited, hosts of The Thai National Pavilion at Paradiso Gallery

la Biennale di Venezia Curator, Okwui Enwezor, meeting Artist; Kamol Tassananchalee (2015) by Photo; Anuchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Kamol is introduced to Okwui Enwezor, Curator of the 56th la Biennale di Venezia, by Marina Bertoldini, Presedent of Concilio Europeo dell' Arte in Paradiso Gallery during installation of Kamol's show.

Curator, la Biennale di Venezia; Okwui Enwezor, visiting the Pavilion (2015) by Photo; Aunchai SecharunputongThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

National Artist, Kamol Tassananchalee, Curator, Richard David Garst and la Biennale Curator, Okwui Enwezor.

Artist & Staff (2015) by Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Assistant Curator; Pongdej Chaiyakut, Curator; Richard David Garst, Artist; Kamol Tassananchalee & Artist Assistant; Peerapong Doungkeaw

Artist & Staff (2015)Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Artist Assistant; Wattanachot Tungateja, Artist; Kamol Tassananchalee, Journalist; Rossalin Garst, Artist Assistant; Peerapong Doungkeaw & Assistant Curator; Pongdej Chaiyakut.

Staff (1015) by Photo; Wattanachot TungatejaThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Artist Assistant; Trirat Sriburin, Assistant Curator; Pongdej Chaiyakut, Photographeer; Anuchai Secharunputong, Artist Assistant; Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya, Graphic Designer; Techa Tungateja

Artist & Staff installing show, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Kamol Tassananchalee, Peerapong Doungkeaw, Wattanachot Tungateja, Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya,
Anuchai Secharunputong

Staff Assembling #8 (2015) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Staff, Photo; Rossalin Garst, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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Constructing the Plinth (2015) by Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Artist Assistant; Trirat Sriburin, Graphic Designer; Techa Tungateja, Artist Assiatant; Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya

Staff Assembling Four Elements Series #16 (2015) by Kamol Tassananchalee, Photo; Rossalin GarstThailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Artist & Staff in front of Thai Pavilion, Paradiso Gallery (2015)Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015

Staff; Techa Tungateja, Pongdej Chaiyakut, Wattanachot Tungateja, Anuchai Secharunputong, Rossalin Garst, Nuansri Tassananchalee, Somporn Phanthong, Kamol Tassananchalee, Peerapong Doungkeaw, Trirat Sriburin, Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya, PanidaThothong, Somchai Samutvongviriya

Kamol Tassananchalee; la Biennale di Venezia, Film Director; Anuchai Secharunputong, 2015, From the collection of: Thailand - Biennale Arte 2015
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This a short biographical documentary about National Artist of Thailand, and Thai Representative to the 56th La Biennale di Venezia, Kamol Tassananchalee.

Credits: Story

Thai Pavilion
Paradiso Gallery
Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260

Commissioner:
Chai Nakhonchai
Director-General, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture

Artist:
Kamol Tassananchalee

Curator:
Richard David Garst

Assistant Curator:
Pongdej Chaiyakut

Artist Assistants:
Peerapong Doungkeaw
Wattanachot Tungateja
Trirat Sriburin
Surapong Sudasna Na Ayudhya

Journalist:
Rossalin Garst

Photographer:
Anuchai Secharunputong

Graphic Designer:
Techa Tungateja

Coordinator in Thailand:
Somporn Phanthong

Coordinator in Italy:
Jirinrat Kongkamnerd

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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