SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol. 7, 2007

Re aesthetic and dialectic in intertextual analysis of painting

Sayan Daengklom




Abstract


Natee Utarit opposes two groups of paintings in the same exhibition called Reason and Monsters Project (2002). The first one concerns figurative paintings which represent the post modern appropriation – what I name the re aesthetic - of the very well known Western old masters. Showing only some details from originals, details covered later by enamel, these works raise a problem of cultural and visual perception. In contrast, the second group is abstract paintings which represent a frame in a frame, a kind of mise en abyme. The article discusses how the two groups completely different can be significatively related by mean of intertextual analysis and dialectical thinking which help to overcome a visual gap of the two different aspects. The re aesthetic as represented by figurative paintings and the tendency to nothingness in abstract group cannot be, in this show, separately considered as their meanings depend on a dialectical and intertextual construction by the beholder.

Key Words: appropriation; intertextuality; dialectic; aesthetic

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