Gregorian, an exhibition by Kitikong Tilokwattanotai is reminiscent of that historical moment in 1582. Using monoprint approach, the artist worked daily to create prints that reflected his states of mind and life events. The prints became his journal since the beginning of 2018.
S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre is proud to present Gregorian a solo exhibition by Kitikong Tilokwattanotai in August 2018 showcasing his new series of works Back in the 16TH century, Pope Gregory XIII introduced a calendar system to the world. The Gregorian calendar was introduced in order to replace the Julian calendar system that did not account for the fact that the earth revolves around the sun. Pope Gregory XIII’s decision made a dramatic impact upon the society, removing an entire ten days from the calendar in the switch over, which made the day following the 4th of October 1582 not the 5th, but the 15th. Although symbolically there were 10 days lost during the transition, time, in fact, was not lost. Gregorian, an exhibition by Kitikong Tilokwattanotai is reminiscent of that historical moment in 1582. Using monoprint approach, the artist worked daily to create prints that reflected his states of mind, thoughts and life events. The prints thus became his diary or journal that he’d kept since the beginning of 2018. While some days were left blank, the monoprints are presented in the calendar format that embodies concepts of time from an artistic approach, ticking along with the Gregorian system that we all now use. As an abstract artist, Tilokwattanotai improvises each day of his calendar through vivid colour stains without any sketches or plans, exuding the sense of immediacy and freshness of each day he had recorded. The issue that challenges him as well as distinguishes monoprint as a process is that each print can only be created once. This has drawn Kitikong's interest as he becomes more mature. He has devoted years and years to refining his monoprint skills along with other techniques. As a result, the breath-taking details that appear on each print along with the colour exploitation, magnify the years he committed to practicing the technique. Tilokwattanotai had created his own rhythm and pace, reflecting on his individuality whose days are sometimes left blank and some times compensated; like the idea that time is not absolute but is relative.