August 20-October 30
Numthong Gallery at Aree
A fixture on the Thai art scene for over 40 years, Numthong Sae Tang has the “instinct” to perceive significant artworks. There are often times when a piece of art is picked and added to his collection with the simple explanation that the piece is “talking” to him. When he feels the piece is just right, he obtains it. This exhibition shows various works accumulated using this instinct, including a drawing by Niti Wattuya, the Murano glass by Pinnaree Sanpitak, the clogs by Jakapan Vilasineekul, a portrait by Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, and chairs by Makha Sanewong na Ayuthaya.
Nakhon Chai Si
August 20-September 10
3rd Rock Gallery
The show entitled ‘Nakhon Chai Si’ is an imaginary movie in the form of a photography exhibition—the first solo show by half-Swiss, half-Malaysian fashion photographer Lee Wei Swee. In the “film”, which is narrated by Lee and set in the idyllic Thai province of Nakhon Pathom, an artist’s driver kills time waiting for his boss by daydreaming; about everything from trucks wearing more make-up and jewellery than the he(s) becoming she(s) for a night, couples kissing at traffic lights, and a monster made out of flower crowns walking by the side of the road, giving himself away to strangers until the very last petal.
August 13-October 2
This exhibit is an on-going project by photographer Ralf Tooten. The title, which translates to “waves at night”, explores the enigma of the ocean through low light photography—using the camera to reveal the nothingness that is hidden from the human eye. The artist’s visual narrative moves into abstract territory as he tells of moonless nights spent on beaches. His camera stares into near impenetrable darkness, broken only by rare wave crests glittering in the distance, and these moments represent the grand scale of nature, making us reflect on our primal fear of the dark as we contemplate what lies beneath the black surface.
August 10-September 10
Sathorn 11 Art Space
This solo exhibition by Nukoon Panyadee—who is often cited as one of the best watercolour expressionist artists in Thailand—follows the artist’s travels through Eastern Europe and beyond. During his extensive career Nukoon has had many exhibitions, not only in Thailand, but also international showings in Vietnam, Japan, Poland, and many other countries. He left Thailand about three years ago to pursue his personal journey and to gain new perspectives in art. He spent three years (from 2013 to 2016) living and traveling across different regions of Europe—with stops in Poland, Croatia, Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands and many more locales.
August 9-September 1
Ardel’s Third Place Gallery
This latest exhibit by Japanese artist Hisashi Kurachi displays monochrome prints with pictures of items from everyday life as the main subject of the artworks. The artist creates imaginative narratives by exploring the expressive possibilities presented by the art of printmaking. The objects appearing in the works are simple and clear-cut in their structure, yet their production inevitably accompanies noise and ambiguity. Hisashi is a multiple award-winning artist who was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1961 and studied at the prestigious Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Don’t miss this opportunity to see his dynamic photographic works in an intimate gallery setting.
July 23-September 10
Kathmandu Photo Gallery, H Gallery, and Tang Contemporary Art
This ambitious showcase by Manit Sriwanichpoom, one of Thailand’s leading photographers, consists of ten new photo series and two video works, being shown concurrently in three galleries in Bangkok (as well as the Yavuz Gallery in Singapore). The images metaphorically address the darkening future of Thailand, and were produced between Thailand’s last election in 2011 and the recent solar eclipse of March 9, 2016—with the 2014 staged coup d’etat by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) as an obvious centerpoint. The iconography includes cool but weighty references to the three pillars of Thai identity—nation, religion, and monarchy—and the depiction of crowds and queues.
Number 1 Gallery
In this exhibition the works of Suporn Kaewda—known as the “Crayon Artist” because of his painting style using crayons—are on display and each reflects the mindset of Buddhism philosophy that teaches human beings to realize the mortality of things in the universe. When we are out of grieving, we should keep ourselves in right mindfulness to consider things as they are in nature, and let our mind state be free of any distress. The artworks, created in 2015 and 2016, illustrate the concept of training one’s mind to move incessantly as things keep changing.
August 5-September 23
This group show features the talents of Alexandre Lavet (a French artist), New-territories/M4 (a French architectural firm), Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (a Thai artist), and Thomas Merret (another French artist). The show itself is an esoteric mélange of stylistic intermediaries. Between latency for a black carbon monolith—the vertex between intimacy and voyeurism— the filmed fragile body and the invisible frontiers of the natural forces become artefacts of a never ending conflict, and codes representing sacred neutrality. In turn the gallery becomes a vault where toxicity, fears, and alienation will find shelter. In… in-situ… inter… inbetweens… all are intertwined. Make of it what you dare.
The Big Nowhere
August 5 – 15
Three New Zealand artists Harry Culy, Robyn Daly, and Max Scott – Murray explore the world’s diverse social landscapes, responding to the notion of escapism in modern life, and the desolate comfort within. Using the photographic vernacular to explore their own notions of social digest, the artists set upon their own explorative journeys, tightly focusing their lenses on the cultures around them. Bridging the worlds of documentary and art photography, these artists utilise the photographic gaze to explore the in between moments, lost between a blur of social ebb and flow in this era of excess and impatience.
Until August 14
S.A.C Subhashok the Arts Centre
In this show the gallery space is used as a battleground between two skilled and experienced artists—Gumsak Atipiboonsin and Taweesak Ujugatanond. They present their own set of unique abstract paintings together, “battling” each other, as it were. Gumsak reduces and abandons forms and stories in his paintings, leaving only the power of the colours remaining on the canvas. Taweesak finds truth in the power of nature, absorbing the movement of the wind, the water, the earth, the sky, the fields, the clouds and the mountains— revealing a smouldering heat burning under the cooling tone of his colours.
Until August 31
Koi Art Gallery
Lifelines is a solo exhibition showcasing the latest artworks by Thai artist Kamol Tamseewan, examining the silent moments of people through fragmented brushstrokes. The artist delves into translating people’s emotions, actions and everyday interactions into abstract portraits emphasizing a single moment where they emanate their strongest sentiment. He examines further the lines that truly display the experiences that people have gone through—ones that show on their face and not just the palms. With every face that the artist explores— from his home and in the charming town of Chiang Mai— the true “self” is exposed.
Until August 31
This mixed media series by Thai-Japanese artist Luke Satoru—artist and owner of the tattoo studio Black Pig Tattoo BKK—takes its cue from pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Calligrapher stones, commonly known as ‘Dream Stones’, often depict scenes of mountainscapes and forests within the natural matrix of the stone. Using film photography and paint, this series is part of an ongoing artistic project exploring visual possibilities for the viewer to interpret themselves.
Blood Sweat & Beers
July 29-August 31
Kalwit Studio & Gallery
Drinking (beer or spirits) has been in Thai culture ever since we can remember. Thais from all walks of life use it as an excuse, answer, or ending to all of their questions, on all occasions. Either to celebrate or to suffer, to them, drinking can make a day go by faster. This even leads up to the catchy taglines like “Whatever happens… we drink”. This eventually becomes the concept that interests the seven artists in this group show. This exhibition conveys their perspectives on short-lived happiness in Thai culture and will hopefully inspire visitors to contemplate the origin of this idea in our society.
August 6-October 6
Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld
If you think art doesn’t belong in a hotel that’s attached to a shopping mall, perhaps the exhibition by Surachai ‘Niam’ Mawornkanong—a talented colourblind Thai artist—will change your mind. The show is being staged in the Sky Lobby, on the hotel’s 23rd floor, and part of the proceeds will be donated to The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand. This exhibit presents semi-abstract acrylic paintings on canvas, but the artist’s unique techniques make them seem like oil paintings. They tell their stories through minimon monsters, revealing hidden meanings.
Cé La Vi
In a daring merger of nightclub and art gallery, Cé La Vi (formerly Ku De Ta) presents a weekly art series entitled Canvas Thursday. The once-a-week events will promote art and music in a fun social environment, encompassing everything from the traditional to the avant-garde, and showcasing both local and international artists—including fine artists, photographers, musicians, performers, and dancers. During the month of August two exhibitions will be displayed. Nightlife, curated by Rebel Art Space, will launch on August 4th with a live performance, and on August 18th Theekawut Boonvijit will exhibit his solo exhibition Zato.