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…These Things That Divide The World In Two…

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Saun Santipreecha - Three Elegies

Opening This Week: May 25 – June 22, 2024

Reisig and Taylor Contemporary in the Culver City Arts District present …These Things That Divide The World In Two… an exhibit by Los Angeles based Artist Saun Santipreecha

This interdisciplinary, multi-media installation is Santipreecha’s second exhibition at Reisig and Taylor, and the third presentation of his work by the gallery (following his recent solo presentation in Rome). The immersive work combines sculpture, sound, surface, video, and (live) performance, transforming the gallery into a spontaneously and relationally composed encounter that will endlessly change in response to bodies’ pathways along the space over time.

Beginning at its title, the work draws inspiration from the writings of Samuel Beckett, with a particular investment in the works of The Trilogy (1951-3); namely, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. With this connection in mind, the timing of the exhibition accounts for Samuel Beckett Society‘s 2024 Beckett Conference, Beckett and Justice, which is taking place June 6 – 8 at California State University, Los Angeles. Santipreecha is set to present at the Conference, and will be speaking about the engagement of his artistic practice with the works of Beckett. Referencing his text on the ethical, sound-derived concept of “relational modularity,” Santipreecha will discuss his work in response to the metamorphic structures of language, materiality, sensation, and embodiment in Beckett’s works.

“My work is grounded in the position of questioning—or rather the questioning of position—in relation to frames and systems while acknowledging the inevitable necessity for frame and form to carry intent and meaning, to enable dialogue—ouroboros; the act of breaking myth being itself a form of myth-making.

My work as a whole is the form and process through and within which many of my inquires take, the oscillation between ideas and emotions, the investigation of our need to find meaning which leads to the theme of mythology and myth-making, itself another kind of frame and form which shapes and molds our perceptions of the world.”

Saun Santipreecha

Saun Santipreecha is an interdisciplinary artist from Thailand who works in both visual and aural mediums. His artistic route in both disciplines began simultaneously, studying privately with two Thai Silpathorn Award recipients for Thai contemporary artists, visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and classical pianist/composer Nat Yontararak amongst other tutors and mentors. In 2008 he moved to Los Angeles where he pursued a career in music composition for film, collaborating with artists from multiple disciplines including fashion and video games while also working independently on projects culminating in the experimental album Dandelye (2022). His compositional work in film, TV, and fashion has been screened in over thirty film festivals worldwide including the Cannes Film Festival as well as at New York, Paris and LA Fashion Weeks. He has also worked in numerous capacities in the music department for a number of composers including John Debney, Danny Elfman, The Newton Brothers and Abel Korzeniowski.

“Diagrammatic Score for …These Things That Divide The World In Two… Saun Santipreecha

His debut exhibition, Dandelye—or, Beneath this River’s Tempo’d Time We Walk was in July of 2023 at Reisig and Taylor Contemporary. His first international solo exhibition, Per/formative Cities | A Nest of Triptychal Performances, inspired by three Italo Calvino novels through a multimedia sound installation in Rome, Italy, February through March 2024. His second solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Reisig and Taylor Contemporary, …These Things That Divide The World In Two… opens May 25th and coincides with his participation as a panel speaker at the 9th Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett SocietyBeckett and Justice—at California State University, Los Angeles.

His work has been in various group exhibitions in Incheon National University, South Korea, New York, and Los Angeles, and he continues to work with artists and specialists across disciplines.

PER/FORMATIVE CITIES | A Nest of Triptychal Performances

Regular Hours during Open Exhibitions:

+ Sunday – Tuesday: By Appointment.

+ Wednesday: 10AM – 6PM

+ Thursday: 10AM – 6PM

+ Friday: 10AM – 6PM

+ Saturday: 10AM – 6PM

Reisig and Taylor Contemporary (2680 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034)

*Information for this article from Reisig and Taylor Contemporary’s site.

Learn more at their website reisigandtaylorcontemporary.com

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