6 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
Illusions of Liberty
November 22 – December 31
69 Soi Prasart Suk, Yenakart Rd.
Viewing hours: Wed-Fri 2-7pm Sat 11am-7pm
Tel: 081 902 9196 | www.yenakartvilla.com
In this solo show Jirapat Tatsanasomboon will exhibit 22 never before shown paintings—all created in his very recognizable iconographic style, with bright colours, references to pop-art, and a transposition of Thai traditional figures into iconic Western visuals (and vice versa). One of the highlights of this exhibition are nine large portraits derived from archetypes of the Thai epic Ramakien, depicting human behaviour in a contemporary socio-political context: power abuse, anger, lust, greed, delusion, but also loyalty. In a clear reference to Andy Warhol’s camouflaged self-portraits, Jirapat is taking a new look at traditional Khon masks, while still preserving their original significance.
Garden of God
November 5-December 10
Duke Contemporary Art Space
1F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd.
Viewing hours: Daily, 11am-midnight
Tel: 094 647 8888 | www.facebook.com/duke.gaysorn
Artist Kriangkrai Kongkhanan presents viewers with an imaginative journey into the garden in a secret land that is the centre of Gods that human beings worship as symbols of prosperity, stability, happiness, and success in life. Images of such gods and auspicious symbols represent certain needs in human minds, which form emotions. However, this garden also hides the lust and wants of human beings, with images of a hell that is the place for the dark spirits of human beings—reflected through the deformed shapes that act as mirrors and reflect the true images of human beings.
November 6-December 3
Subhashok The Arts Centre (SAC)
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit Soi 39
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5:30pm, Sun, 12pm-6pm
Tel: 02 662 0299 | www.facebook.com/sacbangkok
Bangkok based artist Aof Smith has cultivated a following among collectors in Thailand. Greatly influenced by American pop-surrealism, he maintains the dream-scape of the surrealists and the celebration of the “shallow” world often associated with pop art. His use of colours brings forward vivid and full-flavoured visuals that add dimensions and volume to the layers of characters in his works. Although deceptively cute and playful, this particular series of works on display raises the debate about animal cruelty—especially to one’s own pets. In Thailand, for example, people breed fighting fish and roosters to fight one another in blood sports.
The Shape of Colour
November 11-December 12
Future Factory Bangkok
1077/48 Phahonyothin Rd.
Viewing hours: Daily, 11am-10pm
Tel: 098 253 9356 | www.facebook.com/futurefactorybkk
Featuring a spectrum of vibrant abstract-surreal paintings, drawings, prints, wall hanging sculptures, and digital art, this solo exhibition by Thai-Indian artist Karma Sirikogar truly examines the “shape of colour”. The works presented here are a culmination of three years of her experimental developments in abstract-surrealism. Her personal visual language is inspired by female anatomy, music, organic forms, geometric urban structures, and the colours of the Indian Vedic Chakra system. Using mixed media techniques, her lines dance across linen canvas and bamboo paper, intertwining in complex ways.
Between Intimacy and Estrangement
Until November 30
201, Sathorn Soi 12
Viewing hours: Daily, 10am-6pm, Tue by appointment
Tel: 085 021 5508 | www.lalanta.com
British-born artist Will Klose has been based in Thailand for over a decade, and currently works out of a studio on the edge of the city of Chiang Mai. The artist’s practice of meticulously painted scenes carefully shifts around a core preoccupation with the subtle conflicts between intimacy and estrangement. Spaces of domesticity are rendered in view of urban density, and creeping psychological dramas are evoked by both the presence and sense of absence of human figures. In this exhibit there’s a deliberated framing of the immediate space of an individual through limited expanses and an aura of the wistful.
Until December 24
Soi Mahadlek-Luang 3, Rajdamri Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-7pm
Tel: 090 910 6863 | www.novacontemporary.com
Artist Kawita Vatanajyankur creates luminous and colourful works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social, and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women’s everyday labour. In her video performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, and often painfully, test her body’s limits—a challenge that is both unavoidably compelling and uncomfortable to watch. This solo exhibition marks the first time that this body of work will be seen by the general public.