Capitalism has been “reinvented” several times under different forms of government, and in different eras. Humans are not alienated nor do they exist apart from history, thus it is the capital that works through the body and unconscious mind—from the inside. Photographer Nipon Intarit explores sociological, societal, and ideological issues through his work. In this show he continues this subtextual narrative, examining the role of individuals and their geographical contexts in late stage capitalism. In deconstructing and reconstructing, and duplicating duplicates, the work seeks to obfuscate and play with its own concept and installation.
Bridge Art Space
Charoen Krung Soi 51 | Tel: 089 666 2051
Viewing hours: Wed-Mon, 10am-10pm | facebook.com/bridgeartspace
This is a jewellery exhibition by Ito Aya, who is finishing up her Master’s Degree at Silapakorn University. She has been living in Thailand for the past 8 years, and her work is influenced by her experiences here. She focusses her work around onomatopoeia: words that phonetically resemble or imitate sounds of actions. Doki Doki is an onomatopoeia that describes feeling of excitement. In this collection the artist the feelings of the heart. Her amusing pieces are lively, and influenced by the works of Alexander Calder, George Rickey, and Time Prentice (who also focus on movements).
OP Garden, Unit 1109, 4-6 Soi 36 Charoen Krung Rd | Tel: 02 234 6422
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 1pm-7.30pm, Sun, 1.30pm-6pm | attagallery.com
This exhibition by Lawan Upa-in includes art pieces from her student years to the present. She became well-known for her works in portraiture, and she was the first female student to be granted a Bachelor of Arts in Painting at Silpakorn University, and also the first female artist to be honored as National Artist. Lawan was also commissioned by the King and Queen of Thailand to serve the royal family as a court painter for many years. Now, at the age of 81, Lawan is an artist and scholar who masters in art academically and practically.
The Queen’s Gallery
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd | Tel: 02 281 5360
Viewing hours: Thu-Tue, 10am-7pm | queengallery.org
This exhibition by Sakaranon Supap, a young artist who is uncompromisingly committed to creating works in his own style and concept, presents scenes from behind the dancer’s curtain. Whether helping each other dressing up in traditionally unique costumes, or putting on jewellery that seems to be too big and luxurious for their age, these young performers anxiously await their moment on stage, with pieces of the clothes and flower petals all over the floor. Their eyes are like clear glass that has not yet been scratched by the state as the is society nowadays.
HOF Art Space
1588/288-290, W District, Sukhumvit Rd | Tel: 02 711 1251
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm | hofart-bkk.com
The group exhibition involves 9 artists, all tasked to complete a specific assignment—to create artworks using new techniques and aesthetics without any restriction or rules. In addition, those works need to represent their unique artistic pursuits. Each artist’s perspective may either endorse, enhance, or possibly clash with one of the other’s. The aim is to allow artists to have freedom of expression in the most direct and internal manner. The show is designed to reflect different aspects of social, political, cultural, and behavioural issues, in order to explicitly discuss the outside world and its context.
Kalwit Studio & Gallery
119/14 Ruamrudee Soi 2, Wireless Rd | Tel: 02 254 4629
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm | facebook.com/kalwitstudio
A visit to Thailand in the 1980’s—as part of a British Council show—initiated in artist Andrew Stahl a fascination with the country. A number of artist residencies and exhibitions have followed in the intervening years, and this month a new solo exhibition, entitled ‘Hot Summer by the Klong’, shows off some recent works. These paintings were made during a residency near Bangkok’s Chinatown, where the artist spent a large part of the summer of 2016. The new paintings reflect on the experience, memories and thoughts of this time spent working intensely through the heat and travelling to the sea. They also reflect on a journey to Rome just before the summer, which revived his fascination with fountains as a source of surprise and joy. These paintings have a new fluidity and flow. Momentary visions, thoughts, memories, and imaginations coalesce into a whirlwind of fragments held together by an overriding sense of euphoria. This exhibition will consist of both large and small works, as well as drawings and a large sculpture in the garden of the gallery.
69 Soi Prasart Suk, Yenakart Rd | Tel: 086 705 4280
Viewing hours: Mon-Fri, 2pm-7pm | yenakartvilla.com
The ‘Val’ in the title of this exhibition is French artist Valérie Goutard, who was born in France in 1967. She came upon sculpture for the first time in 2001, and followed her inner journey—immersing herself in the observation of nature. In April 2016, she installed three sculptures, made of concrete, bronze, and coral, in an underwater site on Koh Tao island in Thailand. Unfortunately, in October 2016, Val died in a tragic road accident in Thailand. A few days before, she had just finished a monumental sculpture project for a Taiwanese private collector.
S Gallery @ Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
189 Sukhumvit Rd | Tel: 093 582 6588
Viewing hours: Daily, 10am-10pm | facebook.com/sgallerysukhumvit/
The collection was inspired by the daily life of artist Kanitharin Thailamtong, which revolves around a traditional shophouse and a round Chinese dining table. For generations, the artist’s family have lit incense and prayed in many locations around the shophouse. She was told that her ancestors travelled from mainland China in a traditional junk sailing boat. Today, reunions with family are important and celebrations always include feasting together at the round table. The work on show explores changing narrative within the family home and which is better—the round Chinese dining table-style of eating or microwaved meals?
The Gallery @ Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
36F, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 118 Silom Rd | Tel: 02 238 1991
Viewing hours: Daily, 10am-5pm | pullmanbangkokhotelg.com
Even though we live in a high tech world with vast amounts of information at our fingertips, we are still searching for answers to age old questions: “what is the meaning of life?” and “why do we feel lonely?” When artist Narissara Pianwimungsa looks at people she can sometimes see their unhappiness emanating from within. It’s apparent that we, as humans, have a hole in our hearts that can never be filled, only patched up. These feelings are both abstract and personal, so the artist uses the animal form to represent these feelings—because animals have a close relationship to us. In turn, they link to our subconscious, and Narissara uses embroidery both to heal and to remind people of feelings they may have forgotten. After graduating in 2004 with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Silpakorn University (she completed her BFA in 1996) she has been in several group shows as well as having two solo exhibitions. In 2003 she won the Purchase Prize Award, and in 2016 she was awarded a Silpa Bhirasri Creativity Grant from Silpakorn University.
Soi Mahadlek-Luang 3, Rajdamri Rd | Tel: 090 910 6863
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-7pm
This show is part of the Condition Report, a collaborative art project with curators from Japan and various Southeast Asian countries with the aim of incubating young curators through working in collaboration with senior curators panning projects across the region. The show in Bangkok is entitled ‘Mode of Liaisons’, a concept that is rooted from biological standpoint employing the works of art from the senior curators’ previous selections in other cities, stemming out with the new artworks selected to reach the conceptual whole. Each different work can lead to the exploration of further meaningful relationships.
Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC)
939 Rama I Rd | Tel: 02 214 6630-8
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-9pm | bacc.or.th
This exhibition, curated by Roger Nelson, features the artists Khvay Samnang, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, and Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai. It explores how the travel and migration of populations and industries, ideas and spiritual beliefs, aesthetics and technologies—and artists themselves—are continually remaking our world. All of the exhibited pieces were created not in the “home” cities of the artists, but rather in distant sites charged with locally specific meanings. The works consider movement both as an experience, and as an object of artistic research. These sites of interest thus mirror the artists’ own experiences.
Jim Thompson Art Center
6 Kasemsan Soi 2, Rama I Rd | Tel: 02 216 7368
Viewing hours: Daily, 9am-8pm | jimthompsonhouse.com
This solo exhibition by Angki Purbandono, a well-known photographer from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, includes a series of photographs taken during 2012-2013 while he was imprisoned. As a photographer, he discovered the way to create an image from scanner (as a camera was prohibited to him). Some parts of the artworks were co-produced with the warden and others prisoners. For over a year he turned the controlled situation into opportunity—making the impossible possible. As a result, Angki’s works are full of the unexpected surprises, and may appear to viewers as though they come from different world.
Bangkok University Gallery (BUG)
Bangkok University Gallery Bldg, Kluai Nam Thai campus, Rama IV Rd
Tel: 02 350 3626 | Tue-Sat, 10am- 7pm | fab.bu.ac.th/buggallery