Pinaree Sanpitak

Ma-lai

September 10, 2015 — October 24, 2015


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Ma-lai, 2015

toile fabric

dimensions variable

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Ma-lai Connected, 2015

cast aluminum, stainless steel wire, flowers

two pieces: 10 x 21 ½ x 9 ¾ in. (25.5 x 55 x 25 cm), 10 ½ x 24 ½ x 11 in. (27 x 62 x 28 cm), edition of 8

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Ma-lai Connected, 2015

cast aluminum, stainless steel wire, flowers

two pieces: 10 x 21 ½ x 9 ¾ in. (25.5 x 55 x 25 cm), 10 ½ x 24 ½ x 11 in. (27 x 62 x 28 cm), edition of 8

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Ma-lai 1, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 2, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 3, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 4, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 5, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 6, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 7, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Ma-lai 8, 2015

acrylic, pencil, dried flowers on canvas

51 x 51 in. (130 x 130 cm)

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Installation View of "Ma-lai" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 10 - October 24, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Ma-lai" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 10 - October 24, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Ma-lai" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 10 - October 24, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Ma-lai" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 10 - October 24, 2015

 

 

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Installation View of "Ma-lai" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 10 - October 24, 2015

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

We are pleased to present Ma-lai, Pinaree Sanpitak’s third solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, taking place from September 10 through October 24, 2015. Pinaree is one of the most compelling and respected Thai artists of her generation, and her work can be counted among the most powerful explorations of women’s experience in all of Southeast Asia. Her primary inspiration over the past twenty-five years has been the female body, distilled to its most basic forms and imbued with an ethereal spirituality. Her work in a wide variety of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, performance, and culinary arts, to name but a few – is informed by a quiet minimalism that owes something to her training in Japan and sets it apart from the colorful intensity of much Thai art. Often called a feminist or Buddhist artist, she resists such easy categorizations, preferring to let her work speak to each viewer directly, to the heart and soul, with the most basic language of form, color, and texture.

The exhibition centers on a hanging fabric installation, alongside a related series of paintings and sculptures, all taking inspiration from ma-lai floral garlands, which play a symbolic role in Thai ceremonial occasions from birth to death, from exuberant celebrations to quiet personal contemplation. It is an art form originally taught to women in the Thai royal court, who created intricate designs of great refinement. Pinaree’s installation, with its large-scale garlands that are at once delicate and monumental, evokes the female body, intimately linked to a sense of the enduring bonds of cultural traditions, family, and spirituality. “Ma-lai is a subtle comment on the conditions of life, not only to cherish the wonders but also to pay respect to the struggles and losses,” Pinaree explains. “I started working with ma-lai over a year ago, finding a way to transform small fabric pieces into petal patterns, and it finally evolved into three different elements, starting with the geometrical construction of ma-lai in toile, then the organic paintings in acrylic with pencil and dried flowers, and the cast metal sculptures of my breast cloud forms connected with garlands of actual flowers. The ‘body’ of ma-lai transforms, portraying certain mindsets and emotions.”

Pinaree’s work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe over the past twenty years, and she has participated in major biennials in Australia, Italy, Japan, and Korea. A selection of her works from 1995-2013 was recently seen in a solo exhibition at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, Australia (2014). In 2013, she presented two solo exhibitions at US museums: at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring her large-scale installation, Hanging By a Thread; and at the Contemporary Austin, with another large-scale installation, Temporary Insanity, which was also exhibited in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia (2012). At the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) she showed a large-scale installation, Anything Can Break, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Subsequently on view at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio (2014-15), the installation comprises thousands of origami “flying cubes” and breast-shaped glass clouds suspended from the ceiling, with musical motifs triggered by motion sensors in response to the audience’s movements. Stainless steel sculptures from her Breast Stupa Topiary series were featured in the group exhibition, Female Power, at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands (2013) and are currently on view in front of ILHAM art gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

The New York Times, Pinaree Sanpitak: ‘Ma-lai’

October, 2015


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Artillery, Pinaree Sanpitak: Ma-Lai at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

September, 2015


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GENERAL PRESS

Bangkok Post, The sex ceiling

September, 2015


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Prestige, Body Art

May, 2015


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Art Loft, Why Southeast Asian Art Now?

December, 2014


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The Blade, ‘Breast artist’ brings exhibit to the Toledo Museum of Art

November, 2014


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Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Collection+ Pinaree Sanpitak

September, 2014


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Artshub, The female breast inspires contemporary art

September, 2014


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The Straits Times, Art to smell and cuddle

August, 2014


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The Phnom Penh Post, An artistic tale of two cities

July, 2014


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The Wall Street Journal, Meet Thailand’s ‘Breast Artist’

January, 2014


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Singapore Art Museum – Sensorium 360°

2014


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Art Asia Pacific, Pinaree Sanpitak, Temporary Insanity

October, 2013


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Los Angeles Magazine, DO: ART: Look But Don’t Nap in These Hammocks

September, 2013


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Art Asia Pacific, Finding Balance: Interview with Pinaree Sanpitak

August, 2013


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Austin American-Statesman, Last week to catch ‘Temporary Insanity’

June, 2013


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Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pinaree Sanpitak: Hanging by a Thread

June, 2013


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Austin Museum Of Art – Arthouse, Temporary Insanity, Pinaree Sanpitak

April, 2013


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The Huffington Post, 10 International Artists To Watch In 2013

January, 2013


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The Huffington Post, 2013 Art Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated Exhibitions Of The New Year

December, 2012


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Best-ever Biennale as record audiences engage with the unexpected

September, 2012


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Blouin Art Info, Sydney Biennale Highlights, From Interactive Architecture to Animated Aboriginal Paintings

July, 2012


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The Sydney Morning Herald, Titles will unlock Biennale’s beauty

June, 2012


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Moira Roth’s Gleanings, Gleanings #15: Pinaree Sanpitak

April, 2012


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18th Biennale of Sydney

February, 2012


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Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Thai Artists, Resisting the Age of Spectacle

2012


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The Examiner San Francisco, Modern ‘Buddha Presence’ at Asian Art Museum

September, 2011


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Art Asia Pacific – Questionnaire, Pinaree Sanpitak

September, 2011


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Art Journal, Art without History? Southeast Asian Artists and Their Communities in the Face of Geography

July, 2011


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C-Arts, Negotiating Home, History and Nation: 2 Decades of SE Asian Contemporary Art

March, 2011


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Treasures (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Magazine), Here/Not Here

January, 2011


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Roundabout exhibition catalogue

September, 2010


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Art in America, Bangkok Report

June, 2010


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C-Arts, Pinaree Sanpitak, “Quietly Floating”

April, 2010


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Bangkok Post, Femininity on a Plate

March, 2009


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C-Arts, Pinaree Sanpitak: Art through the Breast

March, 2008


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Global Feminisms, Women Artists Then and Now: Painting, Sculpture, and the Image of the Self

2007


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Art Asia Pacific, Pinaree Sanpitak

January, 2006


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Temporary Insanity, Pinaree Sanpitak

2004


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Flavours – Thai Contemporary Art, Pinaree Sanpitak

2003


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Art Asia Pacific, Pinaree Sanpitak

June, 2002


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Artwise, Pinaree Sanpitak

2002


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Asian Art News – Thailand Feature, Making Offerings

November, 1999


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Art Asia Pacific, Body and Soul, Pinaree Sanpitak’s art of life

September, 1999


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Art in Southeast Asia 1997: Glimpses in the Future

1997


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Southeast Asian Art Today, Pinaree Sanpitak

1996


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