The Commitment (Illustration of the Crisis Series)

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  • Provenance

    Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
    Arndt Contemporary Art. Berlin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, ARNDT, Asia: Looking South, 10 September - 27 October 2011
    Sydney, CASSydney, Migration, 27 March - 10 July 2012

  • Literature

    Katerina Valdivia Bruch, Kathleen Suraya Warden, Thanes Wongyannava, Patrick D. Flores and Brian Curtin, Natee Utarit – Illustration of the Crisis, Kuala Lumpur, 2013, p. 98-99 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Natee Utarit’s world is one of imagined compositions and objects that traverse and obscure the line between reality and fiction. In The Commitment (Illustration of the Crisis Series), Utarit paints a still life with elements of the domestic and ordinary placed in tandem with the bizarre and fantastical. A stone-white bull’s head lies stagnant on a ceramic platter. There is a physical and sentimental weight to it, as if it is the decapitated segment of a grand statue. It is a sense of weight one can attribute equally to the living and to the dead. Western art history is commonly referenced by Utarit, and in this case, we are led towards Salome’s slaying of St John the Baptist, or Judith’s beheading of Holofernes. A head on a platter is both sacrificial and ceremonial.

    Although Utarit works with conventional compositions and high technicality, clearly influenced by the Old Masters, he is also able to juxtapose this with his own contemporary flair. In this piece, a jarringly flat background is achieved through a solid grey table and striped wallpaper. Void of dimension, its bright colours vibrate with the hypnotism of a TV test signal, boldly contrasting the objects in the foreground. Bangkok born and educated, the visual contradictions in Utarit’s works are representative of the contradictions within his personal cultural experience, as well as Thailand’s socio-political landscape. This work is not visually cluttered, but it is symbolically and thematically complex.

    Utarit’s work is characterised by a smart combination of capitalist satire meets cultural reflection meets memento mori, and an ability to balance the aesthetics of realism with Modernist critique. The Commitment epitomises this nuanced style that makes Utarit unique amongst his contemporaries.

  • Catalogue Essay

    納堤·尤塔瑞的世界充滿想象的構圖與物品,橫跨且模糊現實與虛幻的邊界。於《承諾》(危機例證系列)中,尤塔瑞將日常家居元素與光怪陸離的景象並置,描繪了一幅靜物圖。一隻石白色公牛頭死氣沉沉地躺在瓷盘上。營造出一種身心俱疲的沉重感,宛如一座宏偉雕塑被屍首分離。這種沉重感同等地歸因于生者與死者。尤塔瑞時常引用西方藝術史,在這件作品中,我們既能看到莎樂美屠殺施洗者約翰又能瞥見朱迪斯斬首荷羅孚尼。盤中顱首即有祭祀感又有儀式感。

    儘管尤塔瑞的作品構圖傳統、技巧高超,顯而易見受到早期繪畫大師的影響,他亦能將其與當代風情融合。於此件作品中,純灰色桌子與條紋狀牆紙形成完全扁平的背景。維度的缺失,鮮亮的色彩隨著宛若電視測試信號的催眠而跳躍,與前景中的物品形成鮮明對比。於曼谷出生、接受教育,尤塔瑞作品中的視覺矛盾與其個人文化經歷與泰國社會政治環境中的矛盾密不可分。本件作品視覺上並不擁擠,卻具有複雜的象徵意義與主旨。

    尤塔瑞作品的特點在於巧妙地結合資本主義反諷、文化反思與死亡預警,並能於寫實主義審美與現代主義批判中獲得平衡。《承諾》完美體現了尤塔瑞精妙的藝術風格,使他於同輩藝術家中顯得獨一無二。

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Property from an Important Contemporary Southeast Asian Collection

The Commitment (Illustration of the Crisis Series)

2011
signed, titled and dated 'Natee Utarit 2011 "Illustration of the crisis series"' on the reverse
oil on linen
140 x 170 cm. (55 1/8 x 66 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2011.

Estimate
HK$550,000 - 750,000 
€62,500-85,300
$70,500-96,200

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