Until September 25
Venue: Serindia Gallery
The 44 year-old artist Douglas Diaz resides in a small town nestled in the mountain side of Nara, Japan. There he creates work that investigates his own identity and challenges the fears that lurk in the shadows of his psyche. The quest to create this work is binary in nature—it is personal and individualistic, yet explores the themes that make us human. In this exhibition, his first in Thailand, he utilizes graphite and oil, on oversized canvas pieces, suggesting a near primitive state in which the work was realized. This reductive approach of simple yet organic forms speaks to the honesty discovered through the quest.
Broken Hopes & Wet Dreams
Until September 17
Venue: Bridge Art Space
Our urban climate is oversaturated with marketing, mass media, and hucksters selling impossible dreams of happy futures dependent on material goods and conformity. They tell us that beauty can be bought, but the brand names you wear are just your contribution to the capitalist pyramid scheme. Wage slave zombies only see life through the screens in their hands, caring more about collecting virtual animals than protecting real ones. Taking this dystopian view as a starting point, this joint exhibition by artists Thumbo (Russia) and Jeff Ross (Germany), features painted and screen-printed works, plus a new collaboration between the two artists.
Venue: YenakArt Villa
This multi-media exhibit presents works by a group of four fresh graduates, and two seasoned graduates, all from Bangkok University’s Visual Art department. The exhibition title is an oxymoron—two words with contradictory meanings that are placed next to one another. Many contradictions and paradoxes appear naturally in our everyday encounters, especially in our current age of unashamed selfies and banal social-media broadcasts. These young artists reflect relevant voices of their generation, with interpretations from the grand narrative ideas of Thainess, gender and individuality.
Pratuang Emjaroen Traces and Trails
September 2-November 20
Venue: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC)
Traces and Trails is an art exhibition to honour Pratuang Emjaroen, an influential Thai contemporary visual artist. The exhibition concludes his monumental series from his first artistic period, to the very recent one spanning over five decades of his creative output. In this exhibition his works of art will be structured in five sections in order to clarify the evolutionary road this acclaimed National Artist of Thailand has paved—a narrative that fully embraces the story of his life, and family, as well as the deeply involving ever-changing scenarios of Thai society, economy, and politics. A must-see retrospective.
Venue: Number 1 Gallery
The art exhibition Patronage System presents a series of oil paintings that touch upon the idea of nonequivalence in society, involving the behaviour of wealthy persons towards the poor. Artist Leela Promwong depicts—in a Thai contemporary style that incorporates both fantasy and fantastic creatures—the image of the wealthy person exhibiting threatening behaviour, much like a kind of gangster. In turn, these acts lead to persecution, threats, and exploitation against people who are in vulnerable situations. The person who has no money and no power falls wearily into position.
A Space to Exist
September 3–October 2
Venue: Subhashok The Arts Center
Korean-born Gi-ok Jeon is an innovative multi-media artist combining many different techniques—from embroidery and woodcuts, to painting and weaving—and she uses these diverse methods to touch upon content that is associated with multicultural identity, motherhood, and daily life; at all times referencing her Korean heritage, Chinese aesthetic, and Thai life. Her exhibition A Space to Exist, makes use of Thai Patoong fabric on Korean rice paper and Korean Hanbok fabric on Thai bamboo paper. The show is presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center.
September 8–October 8
Venue: Tadu Contemporary Art
In this interactive installation exhibition by Witaya Junma—curated by Nikan Bow Wasinondh—a set of art projects combine technology and human interaction-based digital arts. Each project has been through hours and hours thought processing and finessing, and participants in these projects will be able to experience and interpret their feelings when interacting in the installation which, in turn, will make them part of the overall exhibit. The 36 year-old artist behind the show is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang-Mai University, and has exhibited numerous times in and around Bangkok.
Parade of Toys
September 9–November 12
Venue: Kalwit Studio & Gallery
Racial and cultural discrimination is always unavoidable in any form of social movement. The vast majority of people are often superficial or pay unwarranted attention to the appearance of others. Similarly, favouritism and patronage are deeply rooted in society. For some, both can be beneficial and troublesome, which can lead to problems seen today. Ideas such as these are what artists Jirapong Somphao, Phurapol Sotaiyin, and Phuwadon Thongnoum choose to explore. This showcase of their work reflects the meet-up and brainstorming sessions held between these three talented artists as they discuss the subject through art.
For All Of You Are Who I Am
September 10–October 9
Venue: Subhashok The Arts Center
In this solo exhibition, 25 year-old Tarntara Sudadung expresses the truth from her heart as a female artist. The canvas is the mirror that reflects the artist’s identity in the parallel world. The purest elements of her subconscious world, reflecting so much of her life, cannot be described with mere words, and are thus communicated freely through her artwork, which partly explains the show’s enigmatic title. Born and raised in Thailand, Tarntara specializes in drawing and oil colour painting, and most of her art works are inspired by her interest in female beauty, Eastern culture, and her own deep feelings.
Venue: Project 189 Bangkok
Photographer Nana Chen first exhibited her series entitled Nocturne, a portrait of Bangkok’s Chinatown, back in June of this year. Now her show returns to Bangkok, but just for four days. Chen explores Chinatown by night, over the course of two months, and her photos are haunted by isolation, loneliness, decay, and death—a temple morphs into the face of a lion, an artificial streak of light points to an eroded building, and a display case containing dried leaves and stuffed tarantulas suggests an alchemist lives nearby. Her images at once dissect the human condition and life’s fading elegance.
Nine Expressions of Asia
September 15-October 15
Venue: Sathorn 11 Art Space
This group photography exhibition will feature both Thai nationals and non-Thais alike. The line up includes world-renowned photographers such as Andrew McNeill, Ekkarat Punyatara, Jesper Haynes, Tavepong Pratoomwong, Christian Hogue, Miti Ruangkritya, Nick McGrath, Vichaya Chatikavanij, and Rudolf Beger. The photographers will exhibit their work under the theme of ‘Expressions of Asia’, and each master shutterbug will bring their own style and influence to bear, creating their interpretation of what “expresses” Asia to them. It should be interesting to see what differences and similarities might emerge.
Theatre of Detail: 30 Years of Gray Street Workshop
September 29–November 20
Venue: ATTA Gallery
While 30th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with lilies and pearls, Gray Street Workshop entices viewers with a more adventurous material vocabulary for their upcoming show. This artistic trio’s deep research into new languages and knowledge, unites these adventurous bodies of work on display. The show ‘Theatre of Detail’ is an enchanting spectacle that brings together the real and the imagined in an exhibition full of ideas, concepts and refined skill. Catherine Truman‘s work touches on biomedical microscopy research, Jess Dare‘s collection showcases metal and glass pieces, and Sue Lorraine exhibits a 50’s laboratory aesthetic in her work.
September 29–December 2
Venue: Tars Gallery
The exhibition, entitled ‘Isolation’, will present to viewers artworks produced by Yann Lacroix, the recipient of TARS Gallery’s second residency program. The artist, through his painting, elaborates the landscapes between memory and the experience of reality, creating visuals that are truly unique. During this upcoming exhibition the gallery will display a new series of works created during the artist’s residency in Bangkok. Lacroix, who normally calls Paris home, has exhibited in numerous gallery shows worldwide, and has completed residencies in various cities in France, as well as a residence at the Stage School of Fine Arts in Porto, Portugal, in 2008.
This latest gallery exhibit, entitled ‘The Invisible Ink’, showcases the work of the Italian artist Keziat (aka: Keziat Terracciano), who surprises viewers with her diversified inspirations. The 43 year-old artist ranges from paintings portraying lunar, fantastic and mysterious worlds, to works having women as protagonist figures. Her works have been exhibited in Europe, United States, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, but Bangkok is the location for her latest cycle of works, known as “Hybrids”, where she reveals her talent with drawings on paper and canvas realized with a simple biro.