Thinkspace is excited to present new work by Benzilla, born Parinya Sirisinsuk. ‘Alter Ego’ challenges boundaries, ignites contemplation, and humbly invites viewers to explore the intricate complexities of our world. With his signature 3-eyed alien “LOOOK,” Benzilla guides viewers through an exploration of paradox. Within the depths of each of us exists both the fiercest enemy and the most loyal companion. In these works that span mediums, Benzilla urges viewers to engage in a conversation with their inner selves, listening intently for answers. Weaving together traditional painting, spray paint, and graphic art, Benzilla welcomes audiences to delve into the realm of curiosity and embark on an enlightening journey through the artistic.
Our interview with Benzilla explains the inspiration behind his recent solo show with Thinkspace, the birth of his signature three-eyed alien “LOOOK,” and how living in Bangkok has encouraged the act of introspection.
Can you share a little about your background and how you first heard of Thinkspace?
I was born and raised in downtown Bangkok, living in a modest house. Growing up, I was exposed to rock and hip-hop music from the US and Japan, which influenced my interest. Pop Culture activities were also a significant part of my childhood and sparked my interest in creating things.
After graduating from a design school, I have been involved in painting, street art, and exploring various fields of art, including typography and character design. I first learned about Thinkspace through social media a few years ago and noticed their collaborations with talented artists.
What was the inspiration behind this body of work? What was the most challenging piece?
For this exhibition ALTER EGO, my aim is to incorporate thought-provoking messages beneath my colorful artwork. I want to capture the essence of our social media-driven society, where we often lose control of our minds as we spend hours on screens and compare ourselves to others. Drawing inspiration from my Buddhist upbringing, I’ve created two characters as metaphors for the inner workings of the mind. The completion of my first piece, “Inside,” was particularly challenging, and it sets the tone for the rest of the collection, reminding viewers of the motto that guides me: “being mindful of our own mind.”
What does a day in the studio look like for you? How do you structure your days?
Normally I paint day and night. Breakfast and tea and jump to morning paint session, Someday going out for lunch that helps to relax. The most productive time is at night but I want to move the main session to an early morning. It might be better to work with a fresh brain.
Do you have any rituals that help you tap into a creative flow?
First thing I will search for something to listen to. I love to listen history documentary or sport podcasts while painting. It helps to keep a focus
What is your most favorite and least favorite part of the creative process?
I like putting the finishing touches on a painting—it’s my favorite part. However, I find it difficult to deal with a blank canvas when time is running out—that’s my least favorite part.
Who are some of your creative influences?
One of my teacher when I was in university. At that time I was a bottom rank in the class. He taught how to open the a doors of possibility to create anything.
When did you first start to develop what would eventually become your signature three-eyed alien “LOOOK”? What advice would you give to artists working on fostering a creative voice?
I created the Loook character about 10 years ago when I had difficulty connecting with friends who shared similar hobbies, interests, and perspectives. I wanted to convey the concept of being an outsider.
The Loook character doesn’t resemble a human or animal; it’s a creature from another realm. Its distinctive feature is three large eyes that symbolize its ability to observe and understand the complexities of our society and the chaotic nature of the world. The creative voice within me plays a crucial role in my work and daily life, providing motivation to create a meaningful body of work.
If you could have any skill or topic downloaded into your brain, what would you want to be able to do/ be an expert at?
I want to have a time travel skill to see how is a legendary artist work on their canvas
Your work encourages the act of introspection. What have you found to be your guiding principles for how you move through life?
I live in an unstable city affected by economic and political problems, which have a significant impact on people’s lives. Our world is going through many changes, including potential crises like food and water scarcity and ongoing conflicts. In this situation, I want to develop a peaceful mindset as a core principle of life and share it with my daughter. Through my work, I aim to communicate this message, while also considering other ideas for the future.
Who would be on the guest list if you could throw a dinner party for five people, dead or alive? What would be on the menu? What would be the icebreaker question?
- Henri Matisse
- David Hockney
- Keith Haring
- Stanley Kubrick
Thai spicy dinner would be great and I will ask them about the movie they love to watch.
Exhibition on view July 8 – July 29, 2023 at:
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90016