Bangkok—Serindia Gallery is delighted to present SURRENDER in the 2017 edition of Art Stage Singapore, taking place from 12-15 of January. This exhibition at booth H10 will feature a solo artist, Douglas Diaz.
Originally from the United States, Mr Diaz created the work for this show during a two year residency in the mountain side of Nara, Japan. There he created works that investigated his own identity and challenged the fears that lurk in the shadows of his psyche. The quest to create this work in binary in nature; on one side it is personal and individualistic, while on the other it explores themes that make any of us human.
In SURRENDER, he writes: “Surrendering is the hardest thing I’ve faced in my lifetime. Letting go of the perception of who I think I am — how I define myself, how I make “sense” of the world — is a challenge I must face in order to accept the reality of life. I’m learning how to accept my own humanity by submitting myself to this reality. This process allows me to become more compassionate and find inner peace, and to do so is to strive towards the realization that I am connected to everything in the Universe.”
The work is dominated by intense and repetitive markings of graphite and oil, suggesting a near primitive state in which the work was realized. This reductive approach of simple yet organic forms speaks to the honesty discovered through the quest. Whether in the oversized format of the canvas pieces or the more intimate scale of his books, we find evidence of a struggle to simply let go. This evidence invites us to look at our own relationship to things outside of our control, and to consider acceptance and surrender.
Douglas Diaz (b. 1972) is a Brooklyn, New York born artist. His work explores questions of his own humanity, challenging preconceptions and thoughts, embracing fears and the darkness that lies deep within the unconscious in an attempt to gain spiritual equanimity. This exploration takes shape in the form of graphite drawings that occur after a short zazen. Douglas currently lives and works in Bangkok Thailand.