In order to understand “what the state of before birth and after death is like?” or “what is past and future?”, I have considered “present moment” which is the truth connecting state of before and after together.
The goal of my creation of art is finding the meaning and value of living through artworks and culture, including drawing, sculpting, meditating, reading, considering, recording, molding tea cup, riding bicycle, interacting with others, and observing own mind and thought until I found that everything happens in “present moment” since present is the future for the past and is the past for future. Present exists, prevails and perishes so fast that we could feel the existence and cessation at the same time as the state of “timeless”.
This set of artwork makes me understands the value and purpose of life and Buddhism, which is to stay in the present moment and to conduct every action with a mind full of compassion. It is a goal without a goal, timeless, without border lines between the giver (Subjective) and the receiver (Objective). Whether we are helping others on land or in the water, which might look different physically, there is no difference at all spiritually. Because compassion is both the cause and the effect, the goal and the method in itself. And it is compassion that is the timeless present moment.
Artist, 1964, Lop Buri, Thailand
Kamin Lertchaiprasert has worked in a variety of media including painting, installation, printmaking, and sculpture. Acquired by the Guggenheim in 2012, Sitting (Money) (2004–2006). Lertchaiprasert has had solo exhibitions at the Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2017); Art U-Room, Japan (2002, 2005, 2009 and 2014). MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2016).a
Notable group exhibitions include the Sydney Biennial (1993 and 2012); Utopia Station, Venice Biennale (2003); Busan Biennial, South Korea (2008); Meta-question: Back to the Museum Per Se, Guangzhou Triennial, China (2011); Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia 1991–2011, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2011) and Secret Archipelago, Palais de Tokyo, France (2015).
Lertchaiprasert’s interest in collaborative art led him to cofound the land foundation (1998)—which involved the conversion of rice fields into a place for artistic engagement. He found the 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit (2008)—which involved the conversion of body and mind into a place for artistic engagement (our body is our museum and spirit is art).
• MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 25 September 2016 – 6 February 2017
• Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand on 24 Feb – 5 May 2017
• Art Stage Singapore 2018 on 26 – 28 Jan 2018