Somboon Hormtientong – Recent Paintings
Until November 27
Venue: H Gallery
Shrouded in ethereal layers, the work of Somboon Hormtientong expresses a tendency towards minimalism with a keen consideration for colour as a break from stark spatial forms. The artist offers himself as a multivalent pillar of Thai contemporary art, wherein the viewers too must offer themselves to the ranges of intensity and tailored forms of minimalism that imbue his works—a one-way relationship could not exist. Hormtientong remains one of Thailand’s masters of painting, and his work in abstraction undertakes an honest consideration of European influence without wholly masking his roots in Southeast Asia.
Works on Paper
Until November 30
Venue: Serindia Gallery
This exhibition introduces Swiss-Tibetan artist Tashi Brauen and features his latest works on paper. Brauen—who lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland—admits his primary interest lies in observing the characteristics of objects in relation to people and everyday materials. It’s a study of materials and their surfaces reacting with different interventions, wherein he combines amorphous structures with geometrical forms. In the artist’s own words: “When I use a new material it’s always an experiment. I start with bending and folding the new material, observing its characteristics but keeping my interventions to a minimum.”
Until November 30
Venue: La Lanta Fine Art
This debut solo exhibition is the first in Thailand by young Thai artist Chamnan Chongpaiboon. Entitled ‘She’, the exhibition features the unsmiling faces of various women. The expressionless portraits do not give any indication as to the model’s emotions. However, the charm of these artworks comes in the vibrant colour palette and, most intriguingly, the artist’s technique of texture construction as each artwork consists of thousands of dots, dropped by hand, with an almost identical spacing. By merging pointillism and Aboriginal dotting technique, Chamnan creates artwork in his own unique style.
Until November 30
Venue: Chulalongkorn Art Centre
At the heart of this exhibition is the idea of “acculturation”, the attempt of a cultural outsider to adapt to a new cultural environment. Artists are the kind of people who are quick to adapt to a new environment, which leads to the switching of perspectives between insiders and outsiders. Artists Jakkai Siributr, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Piyatat Hemmatat have interpreted this idea but from vastly differing points of view—ranging from the experience of immigrant labourers to variations on Lanna folk arts and even objects from outer space (meteorites) in a film that contemplates unfamiliar surroundings.
Until December 31
Venue: Koi Art Gallery
This solo exhibition showcases the latest works by emerging Thai artist Anuchit Klinkulab. As divulged by the exhibition title, the artist uses his ingenuity to turn the canvas into his personal playing field. When seeing these works up close, abstract lines and colours are obvious. However, the magic happens when the viewer walks further away, or takes a picture. Suddenly famous celebrities or personas are revealed—painted within the lines of his canvas—creating a moment of awe when viewer realizes there is more to the paintings that meets the eye… literally!
November 4-December 9
Venue: RMA Institute
In this mixed-media art exhibition, Suebsang Sangwachirapiban examines specific notions regarding Thai “enculturation”, which contains and overlaps with multi-layered schemas of internal and external influences. In some sensitive communities, to speak openly in public inevitably incurs violence and conflict. By focussing on the significance of symbolic systems and communication, this exhibition explores literacy and how readability and comprehension of the symbolic system is distorted and reshaped by the reorganization of its visual system—which, in turn, extends audience perception and interpretation. Moreover, it will provoke viewer’s enthusiasm for finding the existing meanings.
Welcome to Opal’s World
Venue: Number 1 Gallery
This show by Chiang Rai artist Krissadank Intasorn blends content and technic, expressing the message of the artist through a mixture of Lanna-style folk art and pop culture sensibilities—to ultimately achieve a contemporary style aptly dubbed ‘Pop Art Lanna’. Because this world is not as beautiful as we wish it to be, and the fact that there are so many bad things surrounding us, imagination becomes the only solution to make Opal—and the audience—see the world in a more wonderful way, and escape from reality. This world has no limits!
November 11-January 15
Venue: The Gallery at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
This solo exhibition showcases the latest artworks by Pom Jitpratuk, a talented artist and designer, featuring ten artworks created using ink on paper techniques. The series being presented was inspired by the artist’s everyday life— from his childhood up until present day—through reading, seeing, feeling and sensing. His bizarre illustrative drawings tell stories from his life, and depict things both in organic and inorganic forms. All living and non-living components are placed together and the colourful yet serious sentiments are presented as fanciful and whimsical illustrations which can be enjoyed by viewers from all backgrounds.
November 12-December 28
Venue: Kathmandu Photo Gallery
If Edvard Munch (The Scream) had directed a music video, it might resemble this new exhibit by Ram Kanjanavanit. By blending painting and photography techniques—together with compositions that are uncomplicated but full of power—the artist creates another dimension of mystery and horror, as his pictures appear to bleed with colour and a strange intense vision of love. The series is seared with a great yearning to break free of ‘Designer Romance’ and all the lifestyle choices that it implies. For unenlightened souls embroiled in worldly expectations such a screaming longing is itself authenticity enough.
November 19-January 3
Venue: Kalwit Studio and Gallery
This photography exhibition presents the works of three artists, all depicting patterns of transient and fleeting life. Christian Hogue’s photos portray the cycle of life and death, which captures the beauty of tranquility from what death has left behind. The works of Yossawat Kasemthirakun expose animal sacrifices in different rituals. They reflect the raw instincts hidden in us all. Finally, Zuzanna Kowalska’s photography reflects on the devastation of nature, in particular the earthquake in Nepal, which occurred in April of 2015. In these images humans realize they cannot govern what goes on in this world.
Color Me Bear
November 23-December 15
Venue: Sathorn 11 Art Space
A collaborative show presents paintings created by 15 distinguished talented Thai artists. The world famous Bearbrick—a collectible toy designed and produced by the Japanese company MediCom Toy Inc.—becomes a challenging medium for creatives and artists of different visual schools, including street art, contemporary art, traditional, and even classical Thai art. Each transformation displayed is an interpretation via unique artistic skills and limitless imagination, which will be portrayed on canvas as well. Sathorn11 Art Space provides a playground for a unique morphed art genre, in turn transforming collectable toys into art pieces.
Back to the Moon
November 24-January 15
Venue: Yenakart Villa
This is the first solo exhibition of Sivadol Sitipol since the one he had at the National Gallery in Bangkok back in October of 2006. During the intervening 10 years this Thai sculptor has been involved in a long-term project in India. In his upcoming show, he will present 15 sculptures, of various sizes—some up to 5 meters high—made from various materials, including stone, marble, bronze, brass, and metal. The shapes are at once abstract and figurative, featuring the interactions between the artist’s sensibility, his environment and his beliefs, especially his strong Buddhist culture.
November 25-January 5
Venue: Pandora Art Gallery
This solo exhibition by Wipoosana Supanakorn employs “abstract figurative” paintings styles, however the title ‘Palimpsest’, refers to a manuscript on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing, even though traces of the original remain. The artist’s style evolved during his years of studying in the United States, as location became important to his life and works. A sort of spiritual mix resulted, as expressed through glimpses of people, architecture, weather, food, and language. Now living back in Thailand, the artist admits that location changes how he feels and paints.
November 25-February 26
Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
The world famous Austrian artist Erwin Wurm offers viewers serious depth of philosophies through the sublimity of art. By stimulating viewers to explore a light and humorous—yet at the same time critical—worldview, the artist encourages them to see the pluralistic thoughts that locate one in a meaningful place in this contemporary era. Since the late 1980s, the artist has developed an ongoing series of ‘One Minute Sculptures’, in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday objects close at hand. His works are included in prestigious collections throughout the world.
November 26-December 30
Venue: Numthong Gallery
This exhibition by Tawatchai Puntusawasdi reflects on the deformation and distortion of shapes. His systematic method of artwork creation, using mathematics for calculating the scale of each piece of art, together with the unique style of changing shapes differently from same perception, results in thousands of smaller and different shapes being produced and combined together into the distorted and deformed world shape—reflecting the feeling of instability that piece of art could not be situated. These artworks provide a new experience of seeing to the audience, which can be construed as simply fun, or strange and mysterious.
Believe in Chaiyot Jindagun
November 26-January 8
Venue: Subhashok The Arts Centre
In these works of Chaiyot Jindagun the artist reflects on the beauty of vintage puppets. He researched and devoted himself whole-heartedly to the project, working to attain the perfection he demanded of himself. The works employ watercolour, pastels, oils, and even sketches, while the tools and materials—including teakwood frames and linen—have been laboriously constructed in an old-fashioned manner, ensuring that no step of the creation has been compromised. In turn, the artist reveals a spirit devoted to the power of creativity, creating tender moods and an overall intrinsic harmony.