At first glance, one thinks this is a painting or a photograph. Upon closer inspection, the detail takes your breath away: it’s old jeans as a landscape painting!
Painting or Photograph?
The artist creates his work with a pair of scissors, his substitute for a paintbrush, and denim fabric, his color, a rough, durable material used for jeans.
Capture of light
Born in 1988, Pongsakul has been collecting used jeans for years.
The recycled jeans are meticulously cut and torn into pieces the artist uses to puzzle landscapes of his thoughts on canvas.
Using a kind of collage technique, he pastes the denim pieces together, building layer upon layer, as with an oil painting.
Suggestion of shadow
Bunditpatanasilpa Institute of Painting in Bangkok is where the artist studied Art, but fabric collage is a self-taught practice.
The collages are inspired by the socio-cultural scenes of Bangkok and its surroundings.
The artist outlines and immortalizes the quest for an intangible landscape. He mirrors these ideas through all possible hues and contrasts of light and shadow with the combination of various strips of denim, never resting until he finds the right shades, the right reflections in the canals, the right textures.
Reflections on the water
Medium of both technique and concept, the pieces of clothing, the epitome of casual wear, transcend all generations, cultures, styles, and classes.
The artist questions and reinvents the nature of denim.
Artist at work with piles of jeans
Pongsakul Chalao is fascinated by the use of fibers to create works.
“As the son of a tailor, I have become absorbed in the art of using fabric,” the artist says.
“I collage my life experiences and surrounding on my work, and I see simplicity in complexity.”
Layer upon layer
The artist creates at a very slow pace, and every year only a few words will come out.
Art to Art is most delighted to offer this rare opportunity to acquire such an intricate and captivating “work of art of exception”.