BKKSR, Bangkok (TH)

25.02.2019 – 03.03.2019

Nicholas Hudson-Ellis (AU) and Sarinya Manamuti (TH)

Kay Walkowiak is working with different media, ranging from video art, photography to spatial installations with objects.  He loves to work in different settings and his studio is not limited to one place and city. Most of his inspiration comes from asian cultures in particular it´s rich history of art, architecture and philosophy.

In his work he draws on formal languages of Western art and cultural history found in the common picture archive and – following a modus of drawing playful contrasts – relates them to everyday situations in various cultural contexts, particularly those of the Asian region. He thereby exposes divergent spatial and temporal concepts, explores the cultural character of perception and deciphers visual forms as projection surfaces of narratives of Western cultural history and the utopias associated with them.

In his exhibition „The Shape of Absence" Kay Walkowiak approaches the question of how spirits of the past still influencing the present and how they manifest in virtual layers of reality. By referring to some of the most influential minimal artists of the 20th century, Kay Walkowiak opens up a cultural dialogue between the past and the present. As the compilation of works was created during a residency stay in Bangkok, BKKSR - was chosen for a site-specific presentation.

The exhibition is co-hosted by the Austrian Embassy Bangkok and supported by the Federal State of Austria and the city of Salzburg.

Text: BKKSR, Bangkok 2019
Photos: (c) Studio Kay Walkowiak