Korakot Aromdee: Tie the Knot
Thai artist Korakot Aromdee is a product of his surroundings. His art pairs one of his home town's most abundant resources with the time-honored Asian art of kite-flying. In creating his large scale sculptures and hanging lighting, he employs the "tie and knot" technique from kite construction, which he learned from his grandfather. He uses only bamboo, and specifically bamboo that is aged more that three years and properly smoked to ensure strength and pliability. He chose the material due to its renewable nature and the fact that it contributes back to his community. He also supports them by employing teams of up to 30 locals to build the actual artwork.
The exhibition is striking in its intricate detailing and grand proportions. "Tie the Knot" includes both sculptures and lighting pieces and will be shown at Establishment from 18 May to 15 June 2008, which coincides with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.