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AS IS | Kantapon Metheekul (Gongkan)

From Gongkan

Based in Bangkok (Thailand) / NYC (US)

We talked with inventive and incredible Gongkan about his art journey, ways to look at art, questions to ask, things to change, and much more

"Leave it behind"

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

K: My journey had started in 2007 at Silpakorn University on the Faculty of Decorative Arts. Since 2011 I was working and residing in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduating from Silpakorn University, I moved to New York City, where I spent 3 years working in creative departments of advertising agencies. In my spare time, I was creating street art and illustrations centered around the idea of me being transported through time and space to my homeland. Now, I name my works “Teleport Art”...

A: What inspires you the most?

K: My experience and the society

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

K: I pray sometimes when there is an important event. For example, the gallery opening day.

A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

K: You have to start with an open mind and see art as something that is in your life. Let art represent your life.

A: What are your top 3 adjectives related to art?

K: Passionate, fascinating, and optimistic.

photo by John Tods

A: The best angle to look at art is from ..?

K: Open - minded and non-judgmental

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

K: What kind of art do you like?/Who is your favorite artist?

A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?

K: I think every book can develop your imagination. As for me, I like to read books about the supernatural.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

K: Punch jealous people who like to destroy other people's work with unreasonable criticism.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

K: The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Thank you!

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