Typojanchi 2021: A Turtle and A Crane

Tnop Wangsillapakun

Tnop Wangsillapakun is a founder and design director of TNOP DESIGN, a Bangkok-based design studio that focuses on creating a perfect balance between art and design. Tnop believes that a sharp design is about the critical balance of conceptual work and a relevant craftsmanship. His philosophy is to create a unique design that can represent client’s culture through distinct contemporary executions, materials, and production techniques. He’s also a fulltime professor of the Master of Fine Art in Design program at Rangsit University and an active member of AGI since 2016.

The Dead Godfather Shrine

The idea was to recreate the Thai Yantra cloth in today context. Tnop Wangsillapakun wanted to challenge the idea of social acceptance; is being rich, being seen, being powerful is what young people dream of these days? The design kept the essential elements of the traditional Thai Yantra cloth but incorporated modern elements such as emoticons to represent the online platform that the young generation is born into and as well as famous brand logos representing the idea of materialistic lifestyle.

One top of that, the main focal point is the Thai typography in the middle reads “ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสีย” which literally means “Dead Godfather’s Shrine” critiquing the Thai culture of elite connection. This idea of powerful connection inherited from generation to generation of rich families is really causing trouble in the modern day Thai society as young people grow up seeing the lavish lifestyle of rich kids as seen on their social media accounts. But at the same time, the fearless rich kids are also causing trouble as we can see from recent news about serious crimes committed by drunk rich kids and apparently they’ve gotten away with it because their dads have connections with the law enforcement.

  • Pigment print
  • 2200 × 1200 mm
  • 2021
  • The Dead Godfather Shrine
    Tnop Wangsillapakun, The Dead Godfather Shrine
  • The Dead Godfather Shrine
    Tnop Wangsillapakun, The Dead Godfather Shrine

1. A Sacred Tree

Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. “A Sacred Tree” deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both joy and sadness (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Mano An), the balance between destiny and desire (O.OO), a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing the world (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five-colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find their wishes captured in the works and enjoy them together.

1. A Sacred Tree
With a turtle
With a crane
Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane