Two young artists ask provocative questions

Artwork by Aitoy. (Photos courtesy of Joyman Gallery)

Two young buddies have let loose their political perspectives through fantastic artwork during the "Worms | Land | Anthem" exhibition, which is running at Joyman Gallery until Oct 3.

The exhibition features paintings, prints and installations created over the year by Bobby Leash and Aitoy, who raise questions about dreams and beliefs, bravery and liberty, struggles in society and the dangers in the rise of collectivism.

Inspired by Japanese manga and video games, self-taught Bobby Leash reflects emotions and anxieties everyone seems to struggle with in society through portraits of cute but melancholy young boys and girls with pale and lonely eyes.

Raising an uncomfortable question about the freedom of speech, his works will challenge viewers to ponder what humanity would become if children live in a world where they are raised suppressed and manipulated.

"If you are a citizen of the free world, you know the tree of liberty needs to be watered with blood. My question is, are we really ready to pay for it?" he said.

Also touching on the same issue, Aitoy reflects the so-called "ideal society of patriotism" driven by ego and bias through oil paintings, sculptures and over-the-top installation work. He believes that everyone should have the right to make a proclamation in good faith.

"Humans need to be liberated from the authority imposed. We should not be ruled by dead people," he said.

Joyman Gallery is on Mahachai Road, Samranrat (MRT Sam Yot station, exit 1) and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registrations are required.


Painting by Bobby Leash. Joyman Gallery

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