7 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
Krung Thep Fever Dream
January 13 – February 12
Viewing hours: Tues-Sun, from 11am-7pm
Tel: 097 049 1826 | www.facebook.com/galeria.sucio
Originally from Cali, Columbia, Robert Stratton is a digital artist, designer, and programmer who has lived in Bangkok for the last six years. In his artwork he uses software he wrote himself to manipulate photographs he has shot in and around Bangkok. The software “kaleidoscopes” and “fractalizes” the imagery, folding parts of the image into intricate symmetries in an iterative process that randomizes the parameters fed to the algorithm. At the core of the work is a tension between the photographic evocation of a time and place, and the re-shuffled shapes, colours and textures in the increasingly processed versions of the photo. These tensions—between order and disorder, pattern and image, structure and chaos—mirror contradictions inherent in the experience of Bangkok itself, and the result is a hallucinatory ode to the artist’s adopted home… a fractured dreamscape simultaneously dissonant and harmonious.
Half Degree of Separation
January 11-February 25
Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok
3F, Golden Place Plaza, 153 Rajdamri Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm
Tel: 02 652 2732 | www.tangcontemporary.com
As one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists, Entang Wiharso is particularly known for his large-scale paintings, wall sculptures, and installations. His work obstinately concentrates on his own personal experiences and culture, focusing on national identity, political states, and power conflicts. His pieces show ambiguous profiles, similar to the forms of giants in the myths of Java, and combines them with contemporary elements. Wiharso’s recent work continues focusing on themes related to migration and the Indonesian diaspora, as seen through the lens of family and history.
January 11-February 25
OP Garden, Unit 1109, 4-6, Soi 36 Charoen Krung Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 1pm-7:30pm, Sun, 1:30pm-6pm
Tel: 02 234 6422 | www.attagallery.com
The 12 selected jewellers for this exhibit all participated in the innovative mentoring and exhibition programme Handshake, developed by award-winning artist and jeweller Peter Deckers. For seven years now the project has been supporting emerging New Zealand jewellery artists, allowing them to develop ideas and artworks for a succession of exhibitions with the assistance of a chosen mentor. The artists taking part are Becky Bliss, Brendon Monson, Caroline Thomas, Jennifer Laracy, Kelly McDonald, Nadene Carr, Nadine Smith, Neke Moa, Nik Hanton, Raewyn Walsh, Renee Beven, and Sharon Fitness.
Narrative of Monuments
January 13-February 24
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Soi Pan (Silom Rd.)
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm
Tel: 02 234 6700 | www.kathmanduphotobkk.com
In the Thai context of waiting for the return to democracy, the photographs of Democracy Monument, taken by Kata Sangkhae, may inspire hope or despair according to the viewer’s interpretation. Against the night sky, at times blurry and then in sharp focus but without detail definition, his non-naturalistic images of blinding light on the monument—with four wings in four directions—convey tall white shapes invocative of disembodied spirits. In a collection that reflects upon the present faded state of historical memories, Victory Monument, and the King Taksin and King Rama I Memorials are also represented.
Explosion of Colours
January 13-February 24
Thavibu Art Gallery
4F, Jewelry Trade Center Building, Suite 435, 919/1 Silom Rd.
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
Tel: 02 266 5454 | www.thavibuart.com
We see colours everywhere, but do we consciously notice how they shape what we see? Do we question why colours influence our emotions, affect our moods, and bring back memories? In this show two artists employ the phenomena of light and colour as an emotional hook to pull the viewer in and engage them. Kyaw Soe depicts nature—particularly trees—in bold, vibrant colours, while the equally colourful, hyper-realistic paintings of Aung Kyaw Htet have a more calming and soothing effect upon the viewer. Both artists have exhibited extensively in their home country of Myanamar, as well as internationally.
January 13-February 28
La Lanta Fine Art
245/14, Sukhumvit Soi 31
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm, Sun by appointment
Tel: 02 260 5381 | www.lalanta.com
Artist Knakorn Kachecheewa unveils 13 female portraits which primarily use pale pink and purple tones—creating an illusion of flatness by removing the dimensions. He uses found images borrowed from different sources, such as cartoons or action figures, and in each of the paintings the viewer will notice that the eyes of the subject are either out of frame or looking to the side, perhaps as an attempt to access another dimension of truth. In most of the artworks there is also an unusual or inappropriate object added, such as a gun, cigarette, pair of sunglasses, helmet, or a black hand.
Early Years Project #2: Anticipation
Until March 11
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
939 Rama I Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-9pm
Tel: 02 214 6630-8 | www.bacc.or.th
Described as “an incubating project for young artists to take solid steps in producing creative works and establish sustainable developments” this exhibition continues in its noble mission. After calling for a new round of submissions, the jury selected 10 qualified artists: Kanich Khajohnsri, Jarasporn Chumsri, Chanon Dechasophon, Tanaphon Inthong, Yingyod Yenarkarn, Rungruang Sittirerk, Waret Khunacharoensap, Saroot Supasuthivech, Suhaidee Sata, and Alisa Chunchue. In the final stage, judges will select two artists to receive two different grants.