6 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
August 4-September 9
Kalwit Studio & Gallery
119/14 Ruamrudee Soi 2
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm
Tel: 02 254 4629 | www.facebook.com/kalwitstudio
This exhibition highlights the assumptions of four artists: Kamolchat Pangtho, Nuttiwut Choomanowat, Patt Yingcharoen, and Sakarin Sukmanatham. Based on their own experiences, the artists have found that body of knowledge that exists in society is constantly changing and developing, but it is the vital tool used by humans to understand the world and their surroundings. As time passes, so do social processes. In general, certain bodies of knowledge will be passed down to the new generations, however those sources of knowledge change according to context and individual notions.
Weaving Narratives: Awaken
August 5-September 10
Subhashok the Arts Centre
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit Soi 39
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5:30pm, Sun, noon-6pm
Tel: 02 662 0299 | www.facebook.com/sacbangkok
In this first solo exhibition by Kma Sirisamphan, the artist draws from his own and others’ life experiences, pulling from his perceptions of dealing with growth, success, failure, and seeking for the value of life. Throughout this series, he has shone a spotlight on the curvature of the sculptures. The form of the muscles exhibits an emotional force; the significance being to stay strong as one tries to strike a balance between the ups and downs. His sculptures urge us to keep going through the hurdles of life while building a mindful position on the meaning of it all.
A Talebearer’s Tale : The Last Deer
August 16-September 23
Tang Contemporary Art
153 Ratchadamri Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm
Tel: 02 652 2732 | www.tangcontemporary.com
This exhibition by Sakarin Krue-On presents another perspective of his previous work, ‘Monument of Awakening Era’, the installation of porcelain antlers that appear like a landscape of doom. The artist relays his fond memories of his first encounter with the elegant Schomburgk’s deer while visiting a musuem in Paris. Even though the body of the exquisite animal has been exhibited there for many years, it once was native only to central Thailand. The story of the Schomburgk’s deer is an example of the majestic inspiration the world has provided us with to lead a peaceful way of life with righteous virtues.
The Land of Virtue – The Land of Karma
August 24-October 1
Ardel Gallery of Modern Art
99/45 Belle Ville, Boromratchonnanee Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10:30am-7pm, Sun, 10:30am-5:30pm
Tel: 02 422 2092 | www.ardelgallery.com
This exhibition by Anupong Chantorn features sculptural works inspired through thoughts about good and bad deeds according to the belief of heaven, earth, and hell (Tri Bhum) found in Buddhism. The artist points out the value, and true and great meaning of Buddhism by applying characters in Apaya Bhumi—appearing in unattractive physical appearances—from committing evil deeds, together with monk robe and alms-bowl, which have also been modified to symbolize the ill-wishers in disguise and people that would take advantages from being in the monkhood.
Ruen Sam Nam See (7 Elements)
Until August 31
72/3 Aree Soi 5
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm
Tel: 02 617 2794 | www.gallerynumthong.com
After the exhibition, ‘Rebirth’, in 2014, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, a female artist who relates her artwork to each stage of her life, is back with her latest series of work. Her current exhibition is named after a Thai proverb, which is famous among elders when giving advice or blessing young girls who are about to get married to learn the role of a housewife. Using symbolic integration of hair embroidery and installation techniques, she presents her interpretation and own definition of this traditional proverb.
Story From My Garden
Until August 16
Duke Contemporary Art Space
1F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd
Viewing hours: daily, from 11am to midnight
Tel: 094 647 8888 | www.facebook.com/duke.gaysorn
In his latest art exhibition, entitled ‘Story From My Garden’, Thai artist Srijai Kuntawang shares with viewers his impressions and observations gleaned during the course of an ordinary day. His impressions are rendered somewhat extraordinarily as he lets his imagination guide the narrative. What we are left with is a reflection of the pure pleasures to be discovered from spending a peaceful day in his shady garden in Northern Thailand. The exhibit features woodcut and acrylic paintings, with the cast of characters being the many living creatures that dwell in the artist’s garden.