SPARE + SOS#4

MARTIN ASBÆK PROJECTS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT TWO SOLO EXHIBITIONS
BY BRITISH ARTIST BEN NASON AND THAI ARTIST PILAIPORN PETHRITH


Ben Nason
Spare
24 May – 30 June 2007



Ben Nason (b.1968) is from London and currently lives in Paris, France. He had his first solo show at the Kerrigan Campbell Gallery in New York in 2005.

In his previous work Night Diary Ben Nason searched for a kind of light that seemed to illuminate things from the inside, making the world appear hyper-real to him. In all these images there was a poignancy and a lyricism that conveyed above all a sense of the onlooker’s detachment from the world.

In Martin Asbæk Projects Nason presents the more recent series, entitled Spare, where he purposefully moves away from the lyricism and expressionism of his early work. Through the rigours of form and composition, he attempts to find a new way of capturing this alienation. For a year he has photographed an urban park in broad daylight, filled with people out walking.

The spare, washed-out ground of this public garden becomes a stage and the people, captured alone and together and always with their faces hidden or out of frame, become the players in an anonymous and therefore universal human drama.

Observing this dance over time, Nason sees a language emerging: these human beings - isolated in white space like words on a page with only their shadows as a kind of punctuation - become dramatic signifiers, poignant or comical or ridiculous, depending on their stance or their place in the composition.

Turning his lens on a scene, Nason isolates and strips away, paring the content down to its bare essence. These minimal compositions, which are all blown up in order to rub out definition, so convey the drama and pathos of being human.



Pilaiporn Pethrith
SOS#4 (Series of Situations)
24 May – 30 June 2007


SOS#4 (Series of Situations) is Thai artist Pilaiporn Pethrith’s fourth exhibition of “situations” with dramatic and global content. The first series was presented in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Pilaiporn (b. 1978) has exhibited widely on an international level. She is a graduate of Silapakorn University, Bangkok, 1997-2000, who went on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 2000-2007.