This site-specific painting installation by YUREE KENSAKU has transformed—over the past 4 months—the white cube interior space of 100 Tonson Gallery. The show is entitled ATMOSFEAR, and presents the artist’s own alternate universe through her biggest mural painting to date. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a special place, oozing with malicious energy, where the protagonist battles his villain called Makuu Space (as has appeared in a Japanese superhero TV series called Space Sheriff Gavan). The word Makuu Space then became a Thai colloquial word used to describe awkward or uncomfortable situations.
Entering the exhibition space the audience faces Yuree’s outlandish characters, including Little Rodeo Girl who wears a crab helmet while crashing her whip on a lobster and a macho man springing out of Venus’s clam half-shell, Meanwhile, dangerous cuddly beasts surf the waves while a deep fried mermaid reclines comfortably on a trash strewn seaside beach where a pastel tsunami is crushing everything in sight.
Yuree Kensaku is one of the leading Thai new wave talents whose art is exhibited and collected internationally, with works in the renowned museums such as the Mori Art Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. Most recently her solo showcase at Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 drew wide attention. Known for her lively, colourful painting, with characters influenced by wide range of sources—from mythologies, popular culture, Japanese Manga, folklore and fairy tales—combined with her witty wordplay, the result is a visual narrative with unexpectedly serious underltones.
ATMOSFEAR runs from June 23-November 27 at the 100 Tonson Gallery.
Viewing hours are Thursday to Sunday, from 11am till 7pm. For more information, call 02 010 5813.
100 Tonson Gallery
100 Soi Tonson, Phloenchit Rd
02 684 1527