by Kamolros Wonguthum
15/07 — 17/09/2023
Opening Reception: 15 July 2023, 18:00-21:00
Gallery VER is pleased to present the exhibition “🎀” by our represented artist, Kamolros Wonguthum.
A cute rhizome formulates structures of substance, shiny emaciated luxury compositions – sketchy and recognisable topographical forms – archipelagos of wealth straddle the walls with their shiny chromatic skeins… layered flotsam and jetsam… mirroring our social precariousness.
All that glitters is ontological precarity and dark potentiality. The dialectics of aesthetics in our global saturated commodification, is a realm of discourse of an unconscious realism. A stratified plethora of neural sights, psychic renderings and feelings; embodied knowledge of pathways that waver into the imagination for pleasurable escapism. Ones that are constantly and implausibly equidistant, never seeming to be fully reachable, just out of sight, just out of attainment.
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, discusses the unconscious of a society in his post-pandemic work ‘The Third Unconscious’ (2021), where our unconscious connectedness is what fundamentally underpins the whole of the social world. For Berardi, ‘Freud, who conceived the Unconscious as the dark side of the well ordered framework of Rational Progress’ (Berardi, 9, 2021) is critical of this contradictory perceived development. A plurality of profit and unrecognised provocation. The codified dialectics of capital, bounce and play in terms of alternatives of uncertainty to direct meaning; values of desire act as a substrate from this psycho-social world. Kamolros’s new assembled work, pins down both poles of this dialectic: the aesthetic sales-ship of a sexy and glossy ambiguity, to an aware civil-comatose, wrapped up with ribbons and bows.
The exhibition encapsulates a knowledge of brinkmanship. Where cellar doorways mooch into the dark side of the subtleness of the soul. Meanings… as in the meanings we hold to knowledge and values, act like the psycho-social babble of lucrative and desperate sales pitches, incoherence: but specific of a deeper social understanding – the dialectics of capitals unconscious.
A publication alongside this exhibition features New York based writer and journalist, from SSENSE, VICE and Rolling Stone, Gaby Wilson’s cultural response.
About the artist:
Kamolros Wonguthum (b.1992, Bangkok, Thailand) Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Kamolros examines feminine forms and subjects, repositioning their cross-cultural and historical essences. She takes these pervasive structures and creates a dialogue around deeper power relations. Her work identifies the gap between ideological perception and the social unconscious of the wider usage of these conventional and pedestrian economic objects of aspiration. Her practice encompasses: installation, photography, video, writing, drawing, painting, poetry and collage on mixed media, the work often amalgamates together, sitting on the fringes of each discipline. Her choice in materiality, imagery and scale accentuates a starkly cute poetic of the social, teasing and daring us to indulge our imaginations.
Kamolros holds a masters degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University, London. She has participated in a class of Tobias Zielony at Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts, Austria; and a class of Olaf Nicolai and Carsten Nicolai at Autocenter Academy, Berlin. She is the recipient of BU Creative Scholarship. Her first poetry book, ‘Ros’ Floweras’, is published by LUMA Foundation.