Finding inspiration in cyberspace Young Thai artist claims that while artificial intelligence will increase artistic creation, it will never replace human contact
Below Napaphol Uruchada and his first solo exhibition ‘CyberSoul’. Pornprom Satrabhaya
The important role that technology plays in society is reflected in the number of gadgets that people depend on. In the art industry, not only is technology used as a tool for artistic creation, it also unleashes inspiration. For his first “CyberSoul” gallery exhibition, Napaphol Uruchada, better known as BestBetter, created 11 paintings inspired by technology and the cyber world. “Using technology, artists can create art in various forms. In the past, we painted on canvas or created prints or sculptures. Currently, we can create 3D works of art or paintings with computers or tablets. Technology has given artists the means to create their work more easily. I also use a camera to take photos of cityscapes and develop them into sketches on a computer before using a brush to create a physical painting. “CyberSoul” illustrates that advanced technology has become a vital part of our lives. I can’t go a day without a computer or cell phone, even on weekends, because I also use them for entertainment, ”Napaphol said. “CyberSoul” is Napaphol’s first solo exhibition, so he decided to present his works from his days as a third year student at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, in 2015 until he graduated from the Faculty of Visual Arts at King Mongkut Institute of Technology in Ladkrabang with a master’s degree.
Beyond The Future 3, left, and Beyond The Future 2.
Growing up in the capital, Napaphol has always found the movement of light in Bangkok fascinating. His paintings in 2015, City n ° 2 and City n ° 3 were inspired by the landscapes of Bangkok that were part of his daily routes from home to college. “I was interested in the movement of light in the city because this movement gave Bangkok the appearance of a city that does not sleep. I took pictures of places I passed and rearranged compositions into photos using Photoshop before developing them into physical paintings. One of the artwork in this collection depicts every place I have interacted with, from my home in Siam Square to Chula, ”he said. A year after collecting the city, Napaphol became more interested in abstract composition and rearrangement. He was a trainee with an artist who advised him on composition. He also saw more abstract works of art and learned various styles from different artists. “My first collection has a realistic composition, but in 2016 I wanted to try something new. Thus, the paintings of 2016 Beyond the future 1-4 are in abstract and geometric forms. I didn’t have to draw a building to look like the original. I sometimes used a building’s shadow or reflection and rearranged its composition to be something different. I’ve always gone out to take photos of buildings, but had to search the internet for more photos because I wanted to use bird’s-eye perspective photos that feature crisp lines and intriguing angles. I like to create abstract painting. I think that creating an abstract painting does not require fixed methods. An abstract composition will never repeat the previous ones, so I can create a new painting endlessly, ”said the artist.
Left without limit 3.
As a young artist, Napaphol always experimented with new things and was open to new ideas. In 2018, his instructor suggested that he reduce the details in his work. Accordingly, his works, Unlimited No 1-4 had less detail than Beyond the future. Cyberspace, In the cyberworld and The shadow of cyber are three new paintings that he created especially for this exhibition. These three paintings look like 3D works of art. “Cyberspace, In the cyberworld and The shadow of cyber were created based on a square format, inspired by pixels on the display of electronic devices such as computers and cell phones. It also represents a corner of a building. I intended to add a sculptural perspective to the paintings, so that they had layers and depths. To make the exhibition more interesting, a video shows my paintings, but I used a projector to create light, shadows and movement on the paintings, ”Napaphol explained. Even though Napaphol is a techie, he prefers to create physical paintings over digital art. “When I create a work of art, I would like to interact with it physically. It’s like when I buy a model, I would rather buy a model kit that I can build myself rather than a finished product. So, I want to pick the colors and use the brush painting to create the physical artwork rather than seeing it from a computer screen, ”Napaphol said.
The City No.3 is inspired by the landscapes of Bangkok
In today’s digital age, some AIs are programmed to create art. Is it possible that AI will replace artists in the future?
“I don’t think so. AI can paint because people input data into it. AI won’t know on its own how to draw something. Especially since abstract art comes from the movements of our minds. , only humans can create it. I don’t think we’ll reach an era where AI can create art on its own. Humans designed AI, so we are able to control it, “he said. said Napaphol.
“CyberSoul” is taking place at Kalwit Studio & Gallery, Ruamrudee 2, Phloenchit Road, until August 8th. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the exhibit can be viewed online at facebook.com/kalwitgallery and tinyurl.com/wtde3mxj.
Three new paintings Into The Cyber World, The Shade of Cyber and Cyberspace
Limitless No.3 and Beyond The Future 2