“the center projection got a lot of attention, the model was naturally born that way….”- Natalie Pukasemvarangkoon Photography
A place where they pop bottles in the VIP, while the walls transform into an art gallery. Supperclub is known as an international nightlife experience from London, Amsterdam, San Francisco to Istanbul, but what makes the Los Angeles venue different is their initiative to bring an academic artistic approach to the dance floor. It has transcended into showcasing photography where celebrities, world-renowned djs and millionaires come to perform and enjoy themselves. Introducing the Supperclub Art Project exhibition from June 13th to July 18th.
For UCLA student, Natalie Pukasemvarangkoon, her collection entitled Discolor projected the skin-deep relationship between the female body and the color white. Using rice toners and milk baths as a source of inspiration, Natalie tells the audience a tale of her native Thailand. She states, “it was very relevant to my culture, my work came from that concept of the whitening routine… but my work itself is not a social critique of it.” Branching away from the stigmas of Asia’s standards of beauty reflected through a perfectly white skin tone, Natalie highlighted on the abstractness of being human entailing “your body is the most familiar thing you see everyday,” as many attendees try to guess whether the photos “are two sets of arms and legs.”
Coming from a traditional art background to the self-disciplinary university life, Natalie declares, “as a young artist, you are still trying to figure out what you do…. but it reached a point where I wanted to paint instinctively and experimenting is the risk you take while going to college.” The transition to a photography series turned out to be a gratifying experience for the artist as she was able to expand on her themes and means of deliverance.
Discussing Los Angeles as an advantageous city, Natalie considers the greatness of accessibility and defining new barriers to display her work. Living in the city for the past 3 years, she reflects “being in LA, there was one day I went to 27 galleries in a row.” When asked about what is in the near future, she replied “public art, here you have street art…in Thailand there is vandalism and graffiti everywhere, but using instillation..." to bring people together is her ultimate mission to turn around the way urban art is visualized.
Ignoring the criticisms of combining a gallery into a club, the possibility of bridging the gap between art and all people is what this exhibition can offer to many. Natalie explains the connection between her work and the venue's white space stating "blurring the lines of art, entertainment and cuisine…to reach a wider demographic...can be a positive thing," as “Supperclub was found by artists and writers, their 'all white' space is neutral enough."
To find out more about the Supperclub Art Project, check out the information posted on the flyer below. For more about the artist, turn to her facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/NataliePvArt