Dr. Prapon (Joe) Kumjim, curator of RE-LOOK, about the exhibition:
"Soichiro Shimizu's art practice emerged from the modern painting and printmaking traditions, where his education
and lived experiences include Tokyo, New York, London and Bangkok, these kaleidoscopic cultural collisions enrich
his artistic palette. In this RE-LOOKS exhibition he embarks on a new conceptual challenge and choice of medium.
Soichiro invited seventeen highly accomplished Thai photographer friends and colleagues to participate in this
one-off project where he asked to utilize their deleted digital photographic files.
Soichiro's recent paintings are labor-intensive processes that involves intricate technique of building up
several layers of painted surfaces and then he scrapes it away, so his mark-making becomes a paradoxical
act of deletion and revelation.
Seventeen new artworks have been produced with each piece accredited to a photographic participant.
Soichiro have turned the bins of photographic images into contemporary printmaking masterpieces by means
of re-looking, re-composing and re-incarnating the previously deleted digital files. In gaining support from
one of the world’s leading printer manufacturers. The fine art prints are powered by Epson's very latest archival inkjet
innovations. The prints are then hung in a scroll-like epic painting format. Revealing Soichiro's on-going investigation
into the relationship between contemporary painting and printmaking practices."