For this year's Moniker Art Fair Scream are pleased to present a solo installation by Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan - The Everybody Project.
Silaphan investigates the cultural icon, be it as a symbol, logo, face or person that represents an object or concept that, for better or worse, have made an impact on contemporary culture. His ‘icons’ are timeless and have been imprinted on to the universal collective consciousness. He addresses a cultural globalization or worldwide homogenisation of culture through a collection of identifiable signs and symbols.
For The Everybody Project Silaphan creates large grids reminiscent of periodic tables or world maps. The charts are populated with multiple small found images of faces from the vast pool of every day mass media, including everyone from celebrities, politicians, cartoons and the general public. Each of them is painted over with another symbol or iconic global reference, these range from Mickey Mouse ears, Batman masks, Warhol fright-wigs, or Basquiat's spiky hair style. Some are deliberately more obscure than others, here Silaphan once again addresses his perspective as an ‘outsider’. He talks of having seen Warhol’s image in Thailand but not knowing who he was until he came to the West, he mentions that he had initially thought he was some kind of mad scientist because of his eccentric hairstyle! This is one of the side-effects of globalization, images or concepts can often become lost in translation, or begin to take on additional or different perspectives.
These works have universal appeal as people from all backgrounds will recognise and identify with the array of figures presented at Moniker – an intriguing and humorous discovery and through this recognition Silaphan's ideas of globalisation and the reach of mass media are realised and extended.
Pakpoom has also produced a new sculpture and his signature collages on metal advertising signs will be on show. There will be 2 limited edition prints made exclusively for Moniker that will be available.