7 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
February 22 – March 25
The Jam Factory
Viewing hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm
Tel: 02 861 0950 | www.facebook.com/thejamfactorybangkok
Thailand and Japan, have—for many decades in recent history—been continuously integrating into one another. This fusion has been presented in many forms; from cinema, comics, music, fashion, cuisine, products, advertisements, literature, and economy, down to certain ways of life themselves. All this interchange has slowly precipitated into the knowledge and understanding of an entwining heritage. This exhibition showcases the unique work of a Japanese artist known only as Wataboku, who is renown both on social media and exhibitions worldwide, depicts the characteristics and attitudes of a nostalgic girl in the image of a high-school student in her uniform. This show illustrates the seemingly similar subcultures existing between the Thai and Japanese society, and expresses it in the form of contemporary artworks created from digital equipment.
February 2-March 31
H Gallery Bangkok
Viewing hours: Daily, 10am-6pm, Tue by appointment
Tel: 085 021 5508 | www.hgallerybkk.com
This large-scale exhibit takes over both the main gallery and project room, with an ambitious installation that continues to evolve the interests of artist Mit Jai Inn in the spatial possibilities of painting—from bulbous surfaces to canvases that hang, or scroll down free of any support. An experimental use of lighting also allows for the exploration of newer physical and perceptual relationships to the artworks. Mit often plays with his audience, as he allows his audience to play, but in this show he most immediately introduces a darker, somber tone to his oeuvre (the title should be read as deeply ironic).
Cho Why (and at Ba:Nana:Press)
Viewing hours: Daily, noon-6pm
Tel: 081 902 9196 | www.facebook.com/chowhybkk
Bangkok-based visual artist Justin Mills aims to create images we have never seen before; paintings with enduring visual intensity. His ambiguous artworks often baffle the viewer, compelling us to look at them again and again. In this latest exhibition his paintings incorporate lyrics and poetry, using a manipulated alphabet that makes ambiguous references to the socio-political situation in Thailand. In order to investigate a pictorial discourse, he has also felt compelled to engage with the technological changes happening in our time. Thus his paintings serve as visual metaphors for an unseen reality.
February 9-April 8
Viewing hours: Fri-Sun, 1pm-7pm
Tel: 081 699 5298 | www.facebook.com/1projects
Photographs are a depiction of an instance. In this exhibition, the images of Kamthorn Paowattanasuk and Montre Kumsiri are captured without preconception, a mere reaction to visual and emotional expression unique to a particular moment. Paowattanasuk’s perfect moments seems minimal, as if his ideal beauty is in simplicity and the peace that lies within it. Meanwhile, the works by Kumsiri are vibrant, reflecting contemporary society. In photography, as in life, there are times when we need to follow natural rhythms, to free our minds and perceptions from limitation.
House of Lucie Centre for Photography
Viewing hours: Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm, Sat, 12pm-5pm
Tel: 095 478 9987 | www.facebook.com/houseoflucie
The title of this show refers to the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, the title of Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting which art history buffs have long felt seems to be hiding within it a secret code. It showcases quite clearly the most significant element of the image, but at the same time leaves us lost in thoughts, wondering about the girl. Photographer Dasha Matrosova here says: “Let’s imagine the girl without a pearl earring. Do the pearl and the turban emphasize the status of the girl? Or was she a simple servant? I can only be sure about one thing—pearls are extracted at depth, and her eyes reflect this depth.”
Legendary Land of the King
February 15-March 18
Ardel Gallery of Modern Art
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10:30am-7pm, Sun, 10:30am-5:30pm
Tel: 02 422 2092 | www.ardelgallery.com
This art exhibition is inspired by artist Pishnu Supanimit’s love, respect, and grievance for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The show’s full title is ‘Legendary Land of the King: Journey through the Prints of Thailand’s Cultural and Natural Landscape’, and herein Pishnu makes use of various symbols in his artworks—through his meticulous technique of woodcut and silkscreen printmaking—to transmit ideas that are related to the philosophy of the deceased monarch. Rama IX played an important role in uniting and keeping Thailand in peaceful state, allowing the nation’s art and culture to be properly nurtured.
Common Exercises: Isan Contemporary Report
Until April 15
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-9pm
Tel: 02 214 6630-8 | www.bacc.or.th
This group show presents exciting findings on different phenomenon found in the contemporary scene in Isan (Northeastern Thailand). It explores it through photographs, videos, installations, sound and video installations, and interactive artworks. The artists showing are: Chokchai Tukpoe; Thaworn Kwamsawat; Songwit Pimpakun; Boonnam Sasood; and Paisarn Am-pim (in collaboration with Thitiya Lao-an, Pattarapong Sripanya, Maitree Siriboon, Roengrit Kongmuang, Worawit Kaewsrinoum, Sompop Budtarad, Adisak Phupa and Realframe).