A solo show by Pratchaya Phinthong
gb agency, Paris
From March 9 to May 4, 2019
Social Sculpture Project, an ongoing and open-ended series, emerged from the artist’s journeys throughout Bangkok and are evidence of the importance Pratchaya Phinthong attributes to modest objects, details of everyday life, and especially to the people.
Social Sculpture Project is a collection of found objects used in streets to save parking spots. ‘Unwitting’ ephemeral sculptures from repurposed items of everyday life, the pieces from Social Sculpture Project reveal a creativity at once spontaneous and under constant rejuvenation in the occupation of the public space. Through equivalence and flux, Pratchaya Phinthong creates an ensemble of tensions between two positions and explores these exchanges between the collective and the individual, the intimate and the public, the functional and not functional. Social Sculpture Project questions the status of the artwork as a unique original piece in the representational space of art and as a multiple in real life. The series also reveals the role of the author, as the ‘maker’ of human exchanges and transgressor of limits between life and art through an almost invisible gesture.