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Four Countries

April 07, 2014
The Road Less Travelled
Visual artist and poet Chath Piersath is certainly no stranger to travel, but not in the happy circumstance we might normally associate with the term. After fleeing Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge at the tender age of 11 he lived in Thailand, sought refuge in the US in 1981, and later spent time in Turkey – a collective experience he has drawn on for his latest portfolio. Now at the H Project Space, an experimental platform adjunct to Bangkok’s H Gallery, Piersath presents ‘Four Countries’, a noir collection of on-paper works examining his ephemeral experiences in the aforementioned places.

Piersath’s surreal, dreamlike landscapes are almost reminiscent of Chagall, with his use of dark acrylics and the way they seem to capture the muddied relationship between memories and dreams, however, his strategic use of collage – pasted into the scenery like abstract fragments of thoughts – render them rather more macabre. Piersath also admits that he is not only preoccupied by the way one can be transformed through travel, but also by the transient nature of the mind, and how a rush of new experiences can so easily supersede older memories. Travel, like you’ve never travelled before...

Until 25 May, 2014.

2/F / H Gallery / 201 Sathorn Soi 12 / +66 8 5021 5508 / 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Wed-Mon, closed Tue / hgallerybkk.com
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