Art fans have a handful of reasons to fend off Bangkok’s early monsoon rains. There are hot openings at galleries across the city, bridging media and technique, as well as some cutting-edge exhibitions sending the long-standing La Fête off in style. So grab your umbrellas and check out these five while you still have time.
French artist-architect Bruno Tanquerel’s imagery celebrates fantasy through a blurred pastiche of styles. Drawing from those influential to European modernism, including the Dada spirit of Marcel Duchamp and the childlike qualities in Paul Klee’s art, his gestural overlap of figuration and abstraction surfaces with both humour and sadness as he attempts to capture the essence of human relationships and personal encounters.
Jun 8 – Aug 6
GF Sofitel Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd | 09 3582 6588 | Daily 10am-10pm | BTS Asok/Nana
Bridge Art Space
Entr’Ecoles – Regards croisés
Thailand’s Kanjana Chonsiri and Alexandre Poisson from France are two students selected in 2015 for an exchange between Silpakorn University and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris. Part of the last ever La Fête, they present a cross-continental dialogue through individual works created during their respective residencies.
Jun 5 – 21
Charoen Krung Soi 51 | 08 7682 2221, 08 6986 9421 | 10am-12am I facebook.com/bridgeartspace | BTS Saphan Taksin
Titled after David Bowie’s 1969 moon landing inspired song, this playful exhibition features intergalactic illustrations and sculptures by Yui Abe from Japan and Thailand’s Jitti Jumnianwai. Jitti who has previously exhibited at Art Gorillas in Siam Square, builds detailed layers through dry point to capture happy childhood memories when marveling at the cosmos, while the younger 29-year-old Tokyo based Abe fantasises through celestially derived compositions.
Until Jun 24
5/2 Pridi Banomyong Soi 3, Soi 71 Sukhumvit Rd | 08 5848 7576 | Wed-Mon 12pm-12am | facebook.com/gojaphrakanong
Subhashok The Arts Centre (S.A.C)
Executed in Chinese ink, Surapong Sutat Na Ayutthaya’s social realist paintings of blue-collar workers are bold and expressive in their depictions of toil and labour by unsung ‘heroes’. Stylised with giant hands and feet to evoke cartoon superheroes, the painter champions these beasts of burden for providing the real foundations of society.
Until Jun 30
160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 33 I 0 2662 0299 | Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6.30pm | www.sacbangkok.com | BTS Phrom Phong
Gathering Bangkok resident and overseas artists, this group exhibition focuses on the initial marks made by an artist at the moment of inspiration. Often this creative seed, whether an artist’s sketch or scribble on a paper scrap, becomes obscured (and in some instances muted) by subsequent deliberations. Particpating artists include;Justin Mills, Joe Delaney, Michelle Roberts, Hannah Theodorou, Jeff Ross, JP Pempasorn, and Karma Sirikogar.
Jun 19 – Jul 20
1395 Sukhumvit Soi 77 Bangkok | 08 7703 0448, 08 5483 7675 I 1pm-1am | brownstonestudio.webs.com