6 Art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
Until June 17
Bangkok Citycity Gallery
13/3 Sathorn Soi 1 | 083 087 2725
Wed-Sun, 1pm-7pm | bangkokcitycity.com
Following his previous solo shows—Awkward Relationship at JAM Cafe (2016) and Mnusychāti, at Speedy Grandma (2017)—the new exhibition by artist Tae Parvit will feature a broad range of works; from paintings and drawings to large-scale sculpture, animations, and site-specific installations. Impulsive and sentimental, his new pieces continue to present emotions and feelings as well as perspectives of today’s generation through expressive brushstrokes, lines, colours, and forms. Every studio-based work featured has its own narrative; a unique action that somehow links it all together. All elements featured in the artworks, such as flower vases, potted plants, or human forms in actions and interactions, express his stream of consciousness—that certain moment when he creates these pieces. Both the front and the main galleries will showcase Parvit’s life and thoughts during the six-month period of his experimental gestation.
As the artist himself says: “I like to draw the head first. Then from there, I would just draw and manage within the canvas or paper space as I go on with the work. If there would be any errors in the process, I just ignored them and went with the flow.” Such spontaneity allows his works to communicate through accidentally beautiful images and characters where viewers are invited to freely contemplate and comprehend his images in all ways possible. In addition, a limited-edition boxset and zine of the 28 newly-drawn animated shorts in the show—which debuted on the exhibition’s opening day
Until July 1
Subhashok The Arts Centre
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit Soi 39
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5:30pm, Sun, 12pm-6pm
Tel: 02 662 0299 | www.facebook.com/sacbangkok
Having spent more than three years creating fantastic works of art including paintings, sculptures, and installations, Wittawat Tongkeaw returns to the Bangkok art scene with his latest solo exhibition. The subject matter in this series is still an investigation into the systems and regimes in Thailand—a place that is rich in beliefs and faiths. Since Thailand’s society is driven primarily by discourse and myth, the artist invites audiences to explore a bit the various phenomena occurring within Thailand’s social strata. It’s an exploration that weaves its way through a variety of symbolic objects.
Deeper in Still Life – World – Life
Numthong Gallery at Aree
72/3, Aree Soi 5, Soi 7 Phahonyothin Rd.
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm
Tel: 02 617 2794 | www.gallerynumthong.com
These still-life works, in black and white surroundings, were all meticulously created but with irrational leaks of colourful lights seeping into the near-perfect paintings of artist Phattharakorn Sing-Thong. The misfitting colours in turn seem like certain shapes that exist but cannot be touched; blended into the atmosphere, nature, things, people, and the self. The artist searches for veracity permeated around him using drawing as a study method. But beyond studying, he has here transformed what he has learned into pieces of art for others to experience the atmosphere of “still life” from different angles—searching for what lies “deeper”.
6F, THA City Loft Hotel, Ekkamai Soi 6
Viewing hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Tel: 099 394 4417 | www.facebook.com/nowherebkk
Russian-born, Bangkok-based art photographer extraordinaire Olga Volodina presents works from her Metamorphosis series—a conceptual collection of startling black and white photographs printed in limited edition. Her photography projects are always very personal and sincere, intended to evoke an emotional connection within the viewer. For Olga, photography is an exploration of how the camera translates her feelings, thoughts and attitudes. A human is always the main source of inspiration for the artist, and it is here that her controversial inner world comes to life; conveying a message within a single frame.
201, Sathorn Soi 12
Viewing hours: Daily, 10am-6pm, Tue by appointment
Tel: 085 021 5508 | www.hgallerybkk.com
The full title of this exhibition is Designing Informality: Inhabitable Chariots for Daily Rituals, and it consists of installation-based works by INDA, otherwise known as the International Program in Design and Architecture at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. Directed by Ajarn Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri, it showcases the work of 20 students from the 2nd year program; exploring ideas of identity, folklore and rituals, which will be translated into an architectural assemblage. Through pictures, drawings, and physical models, the works create a hybrid synthesis between a market stall and a religious baldaquin.
Portrait of the Mind
Sathorn 11 Art Space
404, Sathorn Soi 11
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 5pm-midnight
Tel: 02 004 1199 | www.sathorn11.com
The exciting show features the art of Kanika Jansuwan, a new and fresh talent on the Bangkok art scene. It is described as the result of a personal search—a long-term dialogue between opposite aspects; seen and unseen, rational and irrational. In the words of the artist herself: “This exhibition presents a variety of sensations and emotions, expressed at once for the animal aspect and the human body. Both minds connected, all differences are blurred: pain, happiness, sadness, joy. All emotions can be seen as one, expressed from a human-animal totemic character that reminds us we are all one.”
Until June 24
Sea of Corrosion
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 artist Tadayoshi Nakabayashi, whose full title is Sea of Corrosion / From Ground to Light, presents etching and aquatint technique by this Japanese master. The images are rooted in the idea of corrosion; the corrosion of the artist’s body in concert with the corrosion of the actual copper plates used in the printing process. The work of art represents tension and harmony between white paper and black ink which in turn become a metaphor for light and dark, day and night, and life and death. He seeks calm in the environment where light infuses his prints.