6 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
May 19 – July 1
Subhashok The Arts Centre
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 39
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, Sun, 12pm-6pm
Tel: 02 662 0299 | facebook.com/sacbangkok
Having spent more than three years creating fantastic works of art that are capable of expressing his ideas through paintings, sculptures, and installations, artist WITTAWAT TONGKEAW returns to the Bangkok art scene with his latest solo exhibition, entitled PRELUDE. 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, as if to remind people to set forth questions pertaining to their own beliefs… and of the possible consequences of those beliefs. As the artist reveals in his own artistic statement: “In a battle of thought, attempting to contend for a meaning, in-between moving forward and pulling back to reverse, they established a canny era in terms of thought and action. Among chaotic rumours within the discourse battle, no one knows whether the present is the dawn or the twilight, or even the midnight that is full of obscuring darkness”
Wittawat Tongkeaw was born in 1974, in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a BFA, MFA, and Ph.D. in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. With his outstanding skill, Tongkeaw has won plenty of art awards in his home country. His works have been purchased and prized by Thai and international collectors, as well as significant institutes, including major banks in Thailand. The social crisis and political unrest that has been happening consistently in Thailand for over decade (and up until the present), has had an impact on the artist, cementing his intention to reflect on this systemic chronic problem once again through his unique artworks.
May 5-June 23
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Soi Pan, North Silom Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm
Tel: 02 234 6700 | www.kathmanduphotobkk.com
Through the lens of Greek-born, self-taught photographer Pericles Boutos we are not complicit in voyeurism but participants. In this latest exhibition, immaculate beings in a carefully-staged world appear garbed in black tie and national dress, performing a grand charade for the good of their country. There is no judgment amidst the chatter and the tinkling of glasses, only exquisitely observed moments of odd beauty and human truth in the theatre of diplomacy. Interestingly, Mr. Boutos has also had a career as a professional diplomat since 1986, and is currently the Ambassador of Greece in Bangkok.
Strange Loops II: Confusion is Next
Until May 13
2198/10-11 Narathiwat Soi 22
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, noon-6pm
Tel: 02 103 4067 | www.facebook.com/galleryver
This show, by artist Pathompon ‘Mont’ Tesprateep, is a visual and thematic exploration of the idea of “mental time travel”, and the mechanisms of memory which can shift between remembering the past and simulating the future; between a backward glance into a dark history, and being lost in an imagined oneiric dystopia. Combining loops, repetitions, and layering, the focal point of this structure is the portrayal of nomadic noise musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan (aka: Thom AJ Madson). In a film, he appears as a fictionalized version of himself, living in a fragile state, a collapsed country.
Until May 31
Case Space Revolution
2F, Broccoli Revolution, Sukhumvit Soi 49
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-7pm
Tel: 02 662 5002 | www.facebook.com/casespacerevolution
This exhibition showcases the work of Tua Pen Not, a Thai artist based in Chiang Mai who blurs the limitation of physical ability, and re-evaluates an abundance of everyday objects through the eyes of innocence and action. The idea is to break down the overarching paradigm of human thoughts and experiences by giving an impression of fragmentation through the “life” of everyday objects, which becomes a form of semiotic analysis of foreign matter. The transformation offers new functions and forms, and offers likewise a reincarnation of all those defunct objects… liberated by their randomness.
Spotlights on Tim-Street Porter
Until June 16
House of Lucie, Centre for Photography
Ekkamai Soi 8, Sukhumvit Soi 63
Viewing hours: Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm, Sat, 12pm-5pm
Tel: 095 478 9987 | www.luciefoundation.org/house-of-lucie
British born Tim Street-Porter is an internationally recognized photographer who began his career in London and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He is considered unique among photographers in that he exhibits an architect’s eye for shooting interiors, but also has an interest in writing about design (and has worked for a variety of design and travel magazine). This exhibition presents a selection of his most famous works, with a focus on the clean lines and integration of architecture with nature most typical of mid-modern design. In 1997, the LA Times described him as “one of LA’s coolest people”.
A Painting Exhibition with No Title
Until June 19
PT-Gallery, by P. Tendercool
48-58, Soi 30 Charoen Krung Rd.
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Tel: 02 266 4344 | www.ptendercool.com
Somboon Hormtientong is a Bangkok-born artist who observes the world he lives in and travels in. He encounters. He registers. He contemplates. He feels. The resulting fusion ends up as energy, which transforms into urges. Thus Somboon cannot but interpret, translate, and modulate these feelings. Feelings then become lines—still, chaotic, rhythmic—while energy becomes colours—complementing and opposing. It all merges into compositions, and ultimately “creations”. However, they exist without title, so as to not define. Note that 15 other works by Somboon Hormtientong will be on display at Numthong Gallery.