Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

dOCUMENTA (13) Installation, Karlsaue Park, Kassel, 2012
dOCUMENTA (13) Installation, Karlsau Park, Kassel, 2012
The Treachery of the moon, 2012
video
Pray, bless us with rice and curry our great moon., 2012
video
Village and elsewhere, 2012
painted photo on metal box
Village and Elsewhere: Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Beheading Holofernes, Jeff Koons' Untitled, and Thai Villagers, 2011
video, 19:40 minutes, edition of 7
photograph, 28 x 41 in. (71 x 104 cm), edition of 9
Village and Elsewhere: Jeff Koons' Untitled, Cindy Sherman's Untitled, and Thai Villagers, 2011
video, 14:25 minutes, edition of 7
photograph, 28 x 38 in. (71 x 96 cm), edition of 9
Village and Elsewhere: Jeff Koons' Wolfman in Pakoitai Market and Sunday Market, 2011
video, 9 minutes, edition of 7
photo, 20 ½ x 35 ¼ in. (52 x 89.5 cm), edition of 9
Village and Elsewhere, 2011
single channel video
25:30 minutes
Village and Elsewhere: Thai Villagers and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 2011
digital pigment print
28 ¾ x 35 ¼ in. (73 x 89.5 cm)
Village and Elsewhere: Thai Villagers and Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith and Holofernes, 2011
digital pigment print
28 ¾ x 38 ¾ in. (73 x 98.5 cm)
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 12 - February 25, 2012
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 12 - February 25, 2012
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 12 - February 25, 2012
In reinterpreting old landscape we may have to endure repetitions of the same old karma, 2009
single channel video
Afterwards, regret rises in our memory even for bygone hardships, 2009
single channel video
Two Planets: Manet's Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai Villagers, 2008
video, 16 minutes, edition of 5
photograph, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (75.5 x 75.5 cm), edition of 9
Two Planeets: Millet's The Gleaners and the Thai Farmers, 2008
video, 15 minutes, edition of 5
photograph, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (75.5 x 75.5 cm), edition of 9
Two Planets: Renoir's Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and the Thai Villagers, 2008
video, 10 minutes, edition of 5
photograph, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (75.5 x 75.5 cm), edition of 9
Two Planets: Van Gogh's The Midday Sleep and the Thai Villagers, 2008
video, 16 minutes, edition of 5
photograph, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (75.5 x 75.5 cm), edition of 9
Two Planets: Renoir's Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and the Thai Villagers, 2008
photograph, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (75.5 x 75.5 cm), edition of 9
VIEW OF THE EXHIBITION, TWO PLANETS / VILLAGE AND ELSEWHERE, AT TYLER ROLLINS FINE ART
JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 25, 2012
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
January 12 - February 25, 2012
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Storytellers of the Village, 2006
five channel video
Storytellers of the Village, 2006
five channel video
Storytellers of the Village, 2006
five channel video
Faces, Life, Love, Lust, 2006
video
In Blur of Desire, 2006
video
Installation view of the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005
Conversation I, The Class, This is Our Creation
video
Installation view at Dojima River Biennale 2013
Installation view at Dojima River Biennale 2013
Installation view at Asian Art Biennial 2013
Installation view at Asian Art Biennial 2013
View of the exhibition, Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art
JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Installation view at the Bass Museum of art, Miami, Florida., 2012
Installation view at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland., 2012
The Class, 2005
video
The Class II, 2005
video
The Class III, 2005
video
Death Seminar A, 2005
single channel video
Death Seminar B, 2005
single channel video
The Nine-Days Pregnancy of a Single, Middle-Aged Associate Professor, 2005
video
A Walk, 2002
video
Im Living, 2002
single channel video
Im Living, 2002
single channel video
Sudsiri and Araya, 2002
two channel video
Sudsiri and Araya, 2002
two channel video
White Princess White Birds, 2002
single channel video
Thai Medley I, 2002
three channel video
Thai Medley II, 2002
three channel video
Thai Medley III, 2002
three channel video
Three female scapes, 2002
three channel video
Three female scapes, 2002
three channel video
Three female scapes, 2002
three channel video
Lament, 1998
video
Reading for One Female Corpse, 1998
single channel video
Reading for Three Female Corpses, 1998
single channel video
Buang (Trap), 1995
installations with wood, metal plates, stone, clay, and fiberglass
approx. 197 x 315 x 177 in. (500 x 800 x 450 cm)
Buang (Trap), 1995
installations with wood, metal plates, stone, clay, and fiberglass
approx. 197 x 315 x 177 in. (500 x 800 x 450 cm)
Buang (Trap), 1995
installations with wood, metal plates, stone, clay, and fiberglass
approx. 197 x 315 x 177 in. (500 x 800 x 450 cm)
Buang (Trap), 1995
installations with wood, metal plates, stone, clay, and fiberglass
approx. 197 x 315 x 177 in. (500 x 800 x 450 cm)
Life in Landscape, 1980
intaglio
24 1/4 x 20 in. (61.5 X 51 cm)
Photo of Women I, 1990
resin and etching ink on zinc
36 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. (93 x 93 cm)
The Parting II, 1990
relief etching and aquatint
23 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (60 x 92 cm)
The Dream of Mother, 1990
aquatint
15 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. (39 x 92 cm)

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook is universally recognized as one of the leading video artists from Southeast Asia. For the past 25 years, her video, installation, and graphic works have been regularly shown in institutions in her native Thailand and throughout the world. Araya will have an exhibition at the Sculpture Center, New York in 2015, and recently had three solo exhibitions: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: Recent Video Works, Denver Art Museum, Colorado (2014); Storytellers of the Town, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney (2014); and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook – The Village and Elsewhere, University of Sydney (2014). Her work was also included in the Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2013 – 2014).

In 2013, Araya was included in the California Pacific Triennial, which took place from June 30 to November 17, 2013 at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA, as well as the Dojima River Biennial, Osaka, Japan (July 20 – August 18, 2013) and two group exhibitions: The Floating Eternity Project at Para Site in Hong Kong (September 15 – November 10, 2013) and Lunch with Olympia at the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT (September 21 – November 21, 2013). She was also featured in a group exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, entitled No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (February 22 – May 22, 2013), which traveled to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong (October 30, 2013 – February 16, 2014). In 2012, she was a participating artist in dOCUMENTA (13) (June 9 – September 16, 2012) in Kassel, Germany, where her work was on view in Karlsaue Park, and she was featured in solo exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (December 6, 2012 – March 17, 2013), and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (August 11 – November 18, 2012). Tyler Rollins Fine Art also presented Two Planets / Village and Elsewhere, the first solo show of Araya’s work in the United States, which took place at our gallery in New York from January 12 to February 25, 2012. The exhibition featured the world premiere of her latest video, Village and Elsewhere: Jeff Koons’ Wolfman in Pakoitai Market and Sunday Market, as well as the first US showing of three other recent videos from her Village and Elsewhere and Two Planets series (Village and Elsewhere: Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, Jeff Koons’ Untitled, and Thai Villagers; Two Planets: Millet’s The Gleaners and Thai Farmers; and Two Planets: Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai Villagers). The videos are installed with a group of related photographs.

Araya’s video works have a meditative, ritualistic quality, and, like many of humanity’s important rituals, they are often focused on the idea of communication between different realms. Her earlier works, for example, have explored the connection between the living and the dead, between the insane and “normal” people, and between humans and animals. Over the past few years, Araya has focused on art itself and the way the viewer interacts with a work of art. In the videos she presented in her most recent exhibition at the gallery, Araya placed framed reproductions of iconic Western artworks in settings that are radically different from the art museum, specifically in rural villages, markets, and Buddhist temples in Thailand, where she filmed groups of farmers or working class people discussing the artworks. The scenes were shot from the perspective of a member of the crowd, thereby incorporating the viewer into the flow of conversation. With the four videos screening simultaneously in the gallery, the various soundtracks seemed to meld together as a constant barrage of different voices buzzes in the air, with English subtitles providing a selective translation of the Thai dialogue, suggestive of the artist’s own attempt to manage, organize, and make sense of the unfolding events. These videos show the meeting of two different worlds: “high art” and everyday life; the personal and private spheres; elite vs. mass culture; art and commerce; East and West. While issues of class and cultural differences, exoticization of the “other,” etc., are invoked, these videos also convey a sense of curiosity, humor, and joy that emphasize a common humanity.

Araya’s works have been shown in numerous international museum exhibitions on five continents, including the groundbreaking exhibition, Traditions/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia, organized by the Asia Society, New York, in 1996. In 2011 alone, her work was featured in group exhibitions at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; the Musée de l’Objet, Blois, France; the Zentrum für Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; the Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway; the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; MDE11 (Encuentro Internacional de Medellin), Medellin, Colombia; the Changwon Asian Art Festival, Gyeongnam, South Korea; and the Singapore Art Museum. Araya’s work has been regularly featured in international biennials; she represented Thailand at the Venice Biennale (2005) and was featured in the Sydney Biennale (2010 and 1996), the Nanjing Biennale (2010), the International Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv (2010), the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (2010), the Incheon Women Artists Biennale (2009), the Taipei Biennial (2006), the Gwangju Biennale (2006), the Carnegie International (2005), the Istanbul Biennial (2003), the Johannesburg Biennial (1995), and the Asia Pacific Triennial (1993). She was also an artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio (1998-1999).