Subtle yet haunting sounds, reminiscent of chants in a Buddhist temple, are apparent before even entering Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s exhibit at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City. The meditative sounds reverberating around the cavernous exhibit, which investigates subjects including women, animals, the mentally ill, rural villagers, monks and the deceased — members of society who are alienated and pushed to the sidelines, Rasdjarmrearnsook says — almost creates a rare shrine to her subjects. The pieces presented span more than 10 years of the artist’s work.
The space is calming and frenetic at once; upon walking in, viewers see a large projected grayscale film of a dog, legs bound, attempting to trot around a backyard. On the ground, a projected video shows a woman who appears to be adorning a dead body with layers of dresses. Another video rapidly transitions between scenes of happiness, with a rescued dog being prepared for a party, and scenes of travesty, in which Thai men hurl dogs into trucks with caged beds.